A friend shared a link on Facebook about pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s examination before Iranian judges. Jordan Sekulow writes about the confrontation, which bore a striking resemblance to the few martyrdom narratives that I have read from the early church:
When asked to “repent” by the judges, Youcef stated, “Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?” The judges replied , “To the religion of your ancestors, Islam.” To which he replied, “I cannot.”
It appears that Nadarkhani is in danger of being executed, although it is not certain yet. Here is an update posted after the one above.