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Apr 27, 2016 by Rik Bokelman

Friend Of Naghmeh Abedini Speaks Out: "Saeed Is Lying"

This week Christianity Today posted an interview with Saeed Abedini concerning his ministry, his marriage, and the allegations of abuse against him made by his wife Naghmeh. In the interview he denies the allegations. David Hayward, a personal friend of Naghmeh, also known as Naked Pastor, writes about the issue on his blog. "CT should be embarrassed that it published such obvious propaganda filled with Saeed’s pompous self-adulation and hollow denials."

David Hayward, whom we recently interviewed, writes his blog post with a reason. "My primary concern as her friend is for the safety and happiness of Naghmeh. But my other concern is the response of the church to her claims that Saeed was abusive to her." 

"I believe her. I believe Saeed is lying. I also believe he’s being instructed to lie and to withhold the truth. Even in the interview he clumsily reveals Franklin Graham told him to be quiet about the abuse allegations. The interview, for those who have eyes to see, is such a compromised piece of work that it simply can’t stand with any integrity. CT should be embarrassed that it published such obvious propaganda filled with Saeed’s pompous self-adulation and hollow denials."



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Hayward writes for the sake of women, he writes. "Especially women and the church, and women survivors. Like Naghmeh! The church prefers success stories rather than dealing with basic and fundamental issues like the rights and safety of its members, especially women and other marginalized people. The exact opposite of the gospel’s message!"

"When Naghmeh and I started talking months ago I felt sad and concerned for her because I knew how this was going to go down. I predicted to her exactly what would happen, and it has."

"I’m no prophet. I’m just observant and remember things. She would be painted a liar, a disgruntled spouse, a complaining whiny woman, a bad Christian wife, a woman with questionable morals, a neglectful mother, an indiscreet woman who should’ve kept her marital problems private, and as a Jezebel undermining the gospel. She’s on her own against a huge institution with famous leaders, money, and lawyers stacked against her. And now with CT, the press."

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