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Iranian Christians Sentenced to 80-lashes for Drinking Communion Wine

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FOX News-- According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, four Iranian Christians were sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine during communion. 

The four men were sentenced on October 6th after being arrested in a house church for consumption of alcohol, a violation of the country's strict theocratic laws. The punishment comes as a new United Nations report criticizes the Islamic republic for systematic persecution of non-Muslims. Just converting to Christianity from Islam can be penalized by death. 

Irans regime has made stopping the spread of Christianity a cornerstone of its crackdown on religious freedom. There are estimated to be as many as 370,000 Christians in Iran, according to the most recent U.S. State Department report. The clerical rulers see Christianity as a threat to Irans majority ultra-orthodox Shiite Islamic religion.

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