Ramin Parsa, an ex-Muslim Christian pastor who was arrested at the Mall of America in August and charged with trespassing, for holding a private conversation about his faith with two consenting Somali Muslim passersby has been cleared of all charges during a court hearing Thursday.
Minnesota Sun Parsa runs Redemptive Love Ministries in Los Angeles, but visited Minnesota in August. While in the state, he took a trip to the Mall of America and ended up in what he has called a “random” conversation with two Somali women.
Parsa returned to Minnesota Wednesday evening ahead of his court hearing, and spoke at the Minnesota Capitol during a prayer rally hosted in support of him. “I’ve been through this before in other countries,” he said during the rally. “The only thing that made me sad is that it happened in America, a nation I love with all my heart. This should not be happening in this country.”
According to PJ Media, Parsa could potentially sue the Mall of America for “unlawful imprisonment,” since he was held in the basement of the mall for hours before police were called.
How this travesty went down according to the Minnesota Sun:
Ramin Parsa, a Muslim from Iran who fled his home country after converting to Christianity, related his story to PJ Media, but was ignored by most major news outlets in Minnesota. Parsa currently resides in Los Angeles, but visited Minnesota for a trip in August and was invited by one of his hosts to see “the biggest mall in North America.”
“We went to the mall, randomly ran into some Somalis, we had a random conversation. They asked me where I’m from,” he told PJ Media. “I told them, and the conversation led to whether I was Muslim or not. I replied, ‘I used to be but I’m a Christian now.’”
Born and raised in Iran, Parsa claims he “was stabbed” after converting to Christianity, and eventually fled Iran as a “religious refugee.”
During the encounter, “another woman who was not part of the conversation went and complained to the security,” he said, and was accused of soliciting by the guards. He dropped the conversation, and went to a coffee shop with his hosts, but was again approached by security who arrested him on the spot.
“When we came out of the coffee shop, three guards were waiting for us, and they arrested me right there,” he said. “They came after me and arrested me, and said, ‘You cannot talk religion here.’”
Parsa was then handcuffed to a chair in the basement of the Mall of America where he waited for four hours before police arrived and was charged with criminal trespassing. But the two Somali-American women whom Parsa was speaking with continued to defend him, and objected to the onlooker who reported him.
Pastor Ramin Parsa’s persecution showcases the West’s weakness in placing compassion before individual rights. Disturbingly, Parsa faced religious suppression in Iran only to experience the same Islamic supremacy enabled here in America.