Terrible news about Stephen Sizer’s visa:
I was due to be in Iran next weekend for a conference on Palestine. My visa application has been denied. Another application has been submitted by friends in Iran but it may be too late. It may be because I have lobbied for the release of Marzieh and Maryam and other Christians in Iran. If I am given a visa, I will ask if I may visit them in prison. Marzieh and Maryam are sadly not alone.
How could they? Who would have thought that the Iranian government would be so cruel to Rev Sizer? Perhaps they’ve be reading this blog and heeded my advice!
Or perhaps Stephen Sizer has put concern for human rights and the treatment of his fellow Christians in Iran at the top of his list. If that’s the case, well then, good for him.
This will hopefully set a precedent for Christian scholars who hope to tour totalitarian regimes and lecture about human rights in Israel.
Meanwhile, Theresa Malinowska has a vital piece on Comment Is Free about the sad case of Marzieh and Maryam.