What’s going on?
After seeing a woman stoned to death, Iranian actress Aideen Strandsson fled her native country as a refugee to Sweden. But her nightmare is far from over.
Strandsson, who describes becoming a Christian after having a dream about Jesus, is being denied the permit that she needs to work legally in Sweden even though the Swedish government is renowned for its generosity toward refugees. Her appeal for asylum in Sweden as a Christian refugee has been denied, and the case has been turned over to Swedish border police.
As a public figure under fire for leaving the Muslim faith, Strandsson faces unique dangers if she is deported and returns to Iran. She would likely be jailed and risk rape and torture in an Iranian prison.
Does Strandsson have another option?
After international outcry over the deportation threat, the Hungarian government announced that Strandsson would be welcome to find help as a refugee in Hungary. Strandsson still hopes to stay in Sweden since she has family there.
The U.N. and Sweden both have policies saying that people seeking asylum and facing imminent danger cannot be deported back to their countries. And yet the “tolerant” Swedish government can’t help Strandsson?
Glenn couldn’t understand why Sweden had a program to help former jihadists turned refugees who had starred in propaganda videos, yet wants to deny protection to an Iranian Christian facing persecution.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: You know, Sweden is a fantastic country. It is a country that is known as the most refugee-friendly country in the world. And that is something that they are very proud of. And something that they really lived in World War II. And they’re living it now.
When you go to Sweden, if you’re an immigrant, you’re given free housing, money, language lessons, even a salary, while you search for a job.
They are leading the world in tolerance and acceptance. Or so you would think. They are leading the world, unless you’re a Christian.
There is a shocking story coming out of Sweden now, that is kind of being buried, of Adin Stranson. She was a popular TV and movie actress in her home country of Iran. One day, she witnessed a woman getting stoned to death, and she thought, I got to get — I got to get out of here. Not long after, she had a dream, it was a dream of Jesus. And she decided that she wanted to convert, but she had to do it in private, in secret. Because in Iran, converting to Christianity is deadly. So she left for Sweden. Because Sweden was taking in immigrants and refugees, she decided to emigrate on a work visa. When she got to Sweden, is when she decided to make her conversion public, to not live a lie anymore.
Leaving the Islamic faith is illegal in Iran, punishable by death, but Swedish immigration recently has decided now to deny her asylum request and block her from getting a job.
The UN and Swedish immigration policy states that an immigrant cannot be denied asylum, if the seeker faces imminent danger upon arrival back at their home country.
She was a public figure. She’s getting death threats. If she’s deported back to Iran, she will face imprisonment, rape, and execution.
Why? Because of her faith.
Kind of an odd story from the most tolerant and accepting society on the planet. I don’t know what’s happening to Sweden. Given the recent investigation done by the Swedish newspaper, they uncovered the program — the Swedish government was running, to protect ISIS terrorists arriving from Syria. Apparently, these poor jihadists were having a hard time finding jobs because their pictures and starring roles in propaganda videos were scaring off employers. Imagine that. So the Swedes did an undercover operation, and fixed all that with brand-new identities and protected status.
What the hell is — what are we doing?
I don’t care what faith you’re in, if you’re being persecuted because of your faith, we need to protect you. But if you’re being persecuted because you’re a starring role in a terrorist’s recruiting film, I don’t get it. There is a global war being waged right now. And in some places, like here in the United States, the war on faith is being fought against ideology.
In other places like Iran, the war is literally life and death. We’ve come full circle in the Middle East. A return to the first century. And like then, the time has come to show the world that a church is meaningless. A church is how you behave. It’s more than brick and mortar. It’s not a place. It is a state of being.
I don’t know what it means to be a Christian, quite honestly, anymore. It’s supposed to change us.
But a church is about people. And millions of Christians and Yazidis and even Muslims who aren’t Muslim enough, live under the constant threat of persecution and death.
It is time we all stand shoulder to shoulder without any ill will or hatred in our hearts. And we stand with them, because never again is now.