Saeed Abedini Sentenced In Idaho

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33 Responses

  1. JD says:

    A reminder that your wife can be your best friend or your worst enemy. 🙂 or 🙁

  2. Paige says:

    God has a way of “settling accounts” in His way, His timing…. human intervention or not.

  3. filbertz says:

    He should go into politics. He says what happened was personal and he wouldn’t speak of it in public, but would write about it in his book. Isn’t that ‘going public?’

    or he doesn’t think his book will be read by anyone.

    we can only hope.

  4. EJW says:

    Anyone else would have been required to serve the entire sentence.
    This is not his first offense.

  5. Steve Wright says:

    Sincere question. Why did you use a photo with Franklin Graham with this story? Has Graham continued to promote Saeed since his release and the publicity of the marital problems came to light. I don’t see anything online that is as recent as these charges from a few months ago that would indicate so. I don’t know when or where the photo was taken, but if it is an old one from the time of the release, then it seems pretty wrong to post it with such an article.

    I know I would not want my prior support of Saeed’s release to be linked to this sin by someone with an ax to grind against me who sees Saeed as an easy way to take a shot.

  6. Michael says:


    I used it because it was the first one that came up on the collection I have on the backend of the blog.
    I was in a hurry, had to go across town and feed some friends dogs.

    To my knowledge, Graham is still in support of him and has never said anything different.

    I look forward to the day when the entire story of Grahams involvement in this mess is published.

    I think they are both asshats, so there’s that as well.

  7. EJW says:

    That is the photo that was used by the Idaho Statesman which released the article today.

  8. Kevin H says:

    Many of us who previously supported Saeed have now stated otherwise in regards to Saeed’s designs to continue to claim a position of spiritual leadership and influence.

    Franklin Graham was Saeed’s most well-known supporter. Unless someone can show me otherwise, Graham has never uttered a public word against Saeed in relation to the abuse accusations and criminal convictions and his continued drive to be a spiritual leader. Thus by omission, Graham sends the message of still being supportive of Saeed because that is the only record we have.

  9. Michael says:

    Graham was also aware of the abuse and was involved in providing “counseling”…that would assure Abedini of a clean slate in the public eye and smear his wife.

    To be continued…

  10. Bob Sweat says:

    “Sincere question. Why did you use a photo with Franklin Graham with this story?”

    Birds of a feather.

  11. JM says:

    “Thus by omission, Graham sends the message of still being supportive of Saeed because that is the only record we have.”

    Astute, Kevin H.

    In general, omission (silence?) when there is sin/abuse is often the selfish policy of cowards. So many cowards. So little time.

    Again, thanks Kevin H. for that one sentence. You have made my day.

  12. Michael says:

    Kevin writes a lot of good sentences…very glad he’s here.

  13. nathan priddis says:

    How the hell does he get judge’s chambers? There is no way I can visualise our Superior Court doing that.

    About five years back, I was at the Court House, stuffed shoulder to shoulder with maybe fifty others with business before the Court…in a tiny, painful bench-seat courtroom. In front of normal citenzery (non-criminal cases / petitions) the judge handled an elderly wife beating drunk who violated court orders. It was a public showing of disgrace and humiliation, and the wife was seated in the front row. Placed right at the top of the docket.

    I am wondering here if celebrity intervention was behind such favorable treatment.

  14. Captain Kevin says:

    “Yes sir…it was the strangest thing. I just happened to be walking down that aisle when all of these Abedini books jumped off the shelf and landed in that trashcan. Never seen anything like it.”

  15. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, JM and Michael.

    Glad I’ve been able to come up with at least a few good sentences among all my drawn-out writing here.

  16. Siggy the Terrible says:

    Another book? Ugh…Can’t he just start a blog? Sheesh… I’m sheesh-ing for the money the sheeple will flush for the book. If nothing else profiting off one’s excuses/explanations is not circumspect.

  17. dusty says:

    Steve W @#5 said, “I know I would not want my prior support of Saeed’s release to be linked to this sin by someone with an ax to grind against me who sees Saeed as an easy way to take a shot.”

    it seems you are thinking the worse of Michael…..why?

  18. dusty says:

    Captain Kevin, you are a funny man!

  19. ( |o )====::: says:

    “I know I would not want my prior support of Saeed’s release to be linked to this sin by someone with an ax to grind against me who sees Saeed as an easy way to take a shot.”

    I think the outstanding word here is “prior”, for which I which applaud Mr. Wright.

    Mistakes can be made.
    I’ve got some, unplanned and unscheduled, that will happen later today 😉

  20. John 20:29 says:

    what follows is not a condoning of intra family bullying and abuse, but…
    long years ago one of my daughter’s friends was the little daughter of Greek immigrants, respected business people in the community and devoutly Orthodox… the two girls came running down the hill and into the house breathless, my daughter wide-eyed… before they escaped, her friend’s father had been chasing her around their kitchen with a large knife declaring that he had brought her into the world and he could and would take her out if necessary, i don’t recall what her infraction, or supposed infraction was…
    this was a loving father
    we ought to know by now from newspaper stories of daughters shunned or worse that folk from these ancient lands bring their traditions with them… even lying and duplicity are simply considered survival skills in many other lands – needless to say what this father did was wrong, but, in their eyes , it was an honorable and necessary assertion of who was boss – in their world… so?
    right or wrong, perhaps what the judge and other people are trying to do with Abedini is finesse him into the 21st Century?
    it seems to me – dunno – that, if we are convinced that the immigration underway is right and necessary, we need to face the fact that there will be adjustments to be made by some – perhaps, we will simply see a new amalgam, a new world/civilization emerging – again – i wonder what it will be…

  21. brian says:

    I do hope his family especially his wife and children find real peace and healing. I hope that for him as well if he comes clean and there is real upfront dialog it would be very powerful. Mr. Graham? I’m sorry but I can’t stand that guy, never could. I do like samaritans purse know some that work for it, very good people. But I do hope the best for graham as well in the long run.

  22. Dave says:

    I agree that Kevin H. made a very good sentence in his comment.

    I also think the judge made a very bad suspended sentence for Abedini.

  23. filbertz says:

    I suppose a book allows him to control the discourse so it can be a work of fiction in the guise of memoir or autobiography.

    Further, his ‘statements’ then come with a price tag instead of freely to the press…

  24. Siggy the Terrible says:


    A la #16

  25. JM says:

    Does anyone know enough about this to know if Caldwell’s “disfunction” contributed to Saeed getting a pass on his original, documented, abusive behavior towards Naghmeh and being thought of as a hero for so long? When you consider the two nearly simultaneously occurring, connected situations it looks really suspect. Wasn’t Bob the one that had a hand in making Saeed a star and pushed the marriage with Naghmeh?

  26. Xenia says:

    #25 Sometimes when you know you are deep in sin you have compassion for others who are also so afflicted. You are not inclined to cast stones.

  27. Michael says:


    Anything said would be speculation at this point.
    Frankly, I gave up on the mess because I thought almost everybody I interviewed was lying about something…

  28. JM says:

    Michael, #27
    Isn’t that a sad commentary on the way things are now. You can never get to the bottom of anything because everything is spin and lying. Truth and trust are both casualties. To make a short story long–I believe you, Michael. Thanks for the answer.

  29. Josh the Baptist says:

    I will say, without opening old cans, one person in this story admitted to lying for a long period of time, then turned and started telling the truth. In my opinion, now a couple of years in, Nagmeh has proven virtue.

  30. John 20:29 says:

    #27 & 28 … sad yes, a human’s greatest, or one of our greatest, frailties is the ability to lie to ourselves even to the point of convincing ourselves that our lie is truth… not “what is, is” but rather “it is what I say it is” …
    where does scripture say that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? … not us it seems

  31. TombstoneBlues says:

    Off topic but since he is in the photo I find it reprehensible that Franklin Graham pulls in the salary he does. $880k between Samaritans Purse and the BGA. Really? I guess this has been a sore issue in Christiandom for a time but I just found out what he makes recently and I was shocked. So the first $630k that folks donate to Samaritans Purse to help the needy goes directly into Franklin’s pocket before the needy see a dime. Does he really need $880,000 annually to live a “comfortable” life…. it’s obscene.

  32. Anne says:

    I’ve been out of the evangelical supposedly non profit para ministry loop almost 8 years now. Back then when I discovered his as well as other “ministries” pay scales it added a whole additional layer to the cognitive dissonance I was experiencing while on staff at both Cccm & Orange County Rescue Mission. He was only making $450,000 then and I was so incredulous. Ahh, the stories I could tell. Just let me confirm it is better to be a poor mouse in the corner of a cold attic than to try to reconcile all that with the Jesus I first learned about in 1969 from a bunch of dirty hippies in OR. What a weird coincidence that I wound up back in OR in my old age and could start back at the basics of radical love, mercy and justice that got sidetracked for too long. Much love and gratitude to all you who I’ve met here that have traveled this crazy road with me. Peace

  33. J Keller says:

    Steve Wright @5

    Your question about the photo of Franklin Graham has been satisfied I’m sure, but just want to point out that the photo the Statesman article posted also includes Franklin.

    I can’t help but wonder if the Reverend has distanced himself from Saeed or will he be the one to write a forward in Saeed’s book? And speaking of books, if I were Naghmeh I would be writing my own book to make sure my side of the story is heard.

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