Mike Pence the US Vice President is defending the religious freedom of a Christian woman in Iran.

This week an Islamic revolutionary court judge penalized 65-year-old Mahrokh Kanbara to prison for “acting against national security” and engaging in “propaganda against the system.”

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports Kanbara was detained last December. The Local police raided her home, enslaved her, and interrogated her for ten days

Pence took to social media to voice his concern Friday morning. He tweeted “Iran must free Mahrockh Kanbari today. Whether Sunni, Sufi, Bahai’i, Jewish, or Christian, America will stand up for people of faith in Iran like Marokh and Pastor Bet Tamrz whose persecutions are an affront to religious freedom.”

In a second tweet, the vice president wrote, “I am appalled to hear reports that Iran’s despotic rulers have punished yet another Christian woman for exercising her freedom to worship.”

Other Iranian Christians are also facing similarly unclear charges. On July 24, a hearing was put on hold after five of the accused Christians asserted on selecting their own defense lawyer.

So, rather than listening to their request, Judge Moghiseh transferred two of them to Evin Prison and arrested the other three, setting bail at around $180,000, according to the ICC.

These newest cases signal a continued downturn trend of religious freedom for Iranian Christians. The country’s Islamic command continues to view Christianity as a national security threat.

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