The Story That Won’t Go Away…
The big story on Christian social media today is a Washington Post article describing how Franklin Graham pressured Naghmeh Panahi to reconcile with her (then) husband Saeed Abedini despite his continual abuse.
In 2016 I was allowed to interview Saeed and tried to get him to address the (then) fresh allegations against him.
He basically just repeated what he had been told to say by his handlers and refused to answer many other questions I posed to him about the discrepancies in the various narratives we had been given about his captivity and release.
I had developed sources that had provided me hard evidence that much of the story we had been fed was pure fiction….but he refused to even hear most of my questions on those matters.
My biggest takeaway from that interview was that I’d had more intelligent conversations with sundry tree stumps than were possible with Saeed Abedini.
This was a man with an enormous ego and a small IQ with predatory instincts and powerful handlers.
It also confirmed to me that the whole incident would go down in history as one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the American Christian public, a position I still hold today.
Do I believe that Abedini was an abusive husband?
Do I believe that Franklin Graham and Jay Sekulow wanted to keep it quiet for the sake of the gravy train?
Panahi’s story is being framed as representative of spousal abuse issues in evangelical churches…and there are things we can glean from her on that topic.
Evidently, all the other questions that many of us had about the Saeed Abedini story are now supposed to be consigned to the dustbin of ancient history…but some of us still remember…