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Obama Calls for Release of Pastor from Iran

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Pastor Saeed Abedini, Credit: Facebook

by Heather Clark, Christian News

Barack Obama called for the release of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran and a US missionary serving hard labor in North Korea during the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

Obama centered on religious freedom during his speech, seeking tolerance for all religions around the world.

“History shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people, including the freedom of religion, are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful,” he said. “Nations that do not uphold these rights sow the bitter seeds of instability and violence and extremism. So, freedom of religion matters to our national security.”

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