Saturday, May 20, 2006

Doubt on Veracity of Iranian Story

It would appear that the National Post is backing away from its story yesterday and admitting that several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country's Jews, Christians, and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims. (See It is suggested that these requirements may have been part of an earlier version of the bill or part of a "secondary motion" that never made it to the final edition which enforces a strict adherence to Islamic dress code, especially for women and those less than 30 years of age.

Certainly, The Voice of the Martyrs and organizations like us have no great love for the government of Iran and its increasingly draconian policies. But our dislike for a regime should not cause us to shift our brain into neutral and believe every negative report that we receive. Our call is honour God by being effective and reliable in our reporting; a God of truth requires no less.

In the meantime, this is what we know: 1) the Iranian parliament is considering legislating some kind of Islamic dress code, 2) any sort of imposed dress code is step backwards for the freedom of all Iranians regardless of religious affiliation, 3) how an imposition of strict Islamic dress code will affect non-Muslim Iranians is unclear at this time.

Do remember to pray for the Christians of Iran. Later this summer, The Voice of the Martyrs will be releasing "Iran: Desperate for God", a 152 page hardcover book containing the testimonies of seven Iranian Muslims who have found freedom in Christ in one of the most oppressive nations on earth. Watch our website and monthly newsletter for release date and price


Brian Ragle said...

I reviewed the book "Iran: Desperate for God" at Stacy Harp's request under her Persecution Blog mailing list. After reading it and calling the publishing house for more information, I found while there may or may not be desperation for a god in Iran, there is certainly a desperation for cash at Voice of the Martyrs. Read more about it at

gpenner said...

Thank you for your comment, although, to be fair, please understand that VOM USA which operates Persecution Blog and operated Living Sacrifice Press, not VOM Canada. We are independent ministries both started by Richard Wurmbrand (please see for more information. I read your blog and am sorry that you had a bad experience with our US mission, but please do not paint all of us with the same brush