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Condemning Iran for its Persecution of Youcef Nadarkhani

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ADERHOLT. I want to thank my colleague, the gentleman from Pennsylvania, for his work on this in authoring this resolution. I think, as Mr. Pitts mentioned, both sides of the aisle have worked together on this issue. I know many times the American people get frustrated with what goes on here in Washington, but this is a time when Democrats and Republicans have come together, Mr. Speaker, and worked together, and I think this is certainly a crucial thing that we're doing tonight.

Few times, Mr. Speaker, do Members of Congress have the opportunity to work on life-and-death issues. I would tell my colleagues tonight, Mr. Speaker, tonight is one of those issues.

As has already been said by Mr. Pitts, this is an issue where a pastor, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, is in prison because of his belief.

There are few things in life that a government can provide for its citizens that's more important than religious expression and a simple ability to worship as one chooses. That is why the support of this resolution tonight is so important, House Resolution 556.

We would ask that the people of this country, Mr. Speaker, would remember not only Pastor Youcef but other citizens of Iran and other countries around the world that sit in the same position as Pastor Youcef does.

But tonight, we focus on Pastor Youcef. We ask the leadership in Iran to set aside this ruling and release Pastor Youcef, and also that he can be reunited with his wife and his two young boys who are there in Iran.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to speak tonight. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.


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