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Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2013

Christians jailed in Iran beaten for drinking wine during communion

A court in Iran has sentenced four Christian men to 80 lashes each for drinking wine during a communion ceremony, a Christian advocacy group and international news sites report.

The sentencing coincides with a government crackdown on so-called “house churches,” that is unofficial gathering spots in which Christians gather in Iran in an effort to practice their faith undetected.

Behzad Taalipasand, Mehdi Reza Omidi (Youhan), Mehdi Dadkhah (Danial) and Amir Hatemi (Youhanna) — were convicted of drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and a satellite antenna, according to a statement issued by Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

They were first arrested during a worship service last year around Christmas, the Independent reports.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in a statement, “The sentences handed down to these members of the Church of Iran effectively criminalize the Christian sacrament of sharing in the Lord’s Supper and constitute an unacceptable infringement on the right to practice faith freely and peaceably.”

The Christian persecution and violence is contradictory to the “moderate” label and image of President Hassan Rouhani, who took office and has not freed any of these prisoners or ended the malicious tactics.

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