Report: Iran Pushes to Convert Illegally Confiscated Church into Mosque

Iranian Christians pray during New Year’s mass in Tehran / AP


The Iranian government is planning to convert a Christian church it illegally confiscated years ago into a mosque despite protests.

According to the Foreign Deskthe regime illegally seized the Assyrian community’s Chaldean Catholic Church in western Tehran two years ago. Church leaders were informed then that the property would be used to build an Islamic prayer hall.

Despite protests, the government has refused to return the church and is moving forward with the transformation.

According to the National Council of Resistance in Iran, Jonathan Bet-Kelia, who represents the Christian minority in the Iranian Parliament, told a state-run newspaper that he recently voiced concern about the matter to a special assistant to President Hassan Rouhani on ethnic minorities affairs. The assistant, Ali Younesi, said nothing could be done about the confiscation.

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Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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