Source: St. Petersburg Times
The eyes of the world are on Iran as several countries, the European Union and Amnesty International protest the imprisonment of seven leaders of the Baha'i faith accused of spying for Israel.
The United States, England and Canada are among the governments that have condemned the treatment of the five men and two women, who have been incarcerated since last March at Evin prison in Tehran.
The Hernando County Baha'is joined with others of their faith throughout the United States on Monday, beginning a 19-day fast that the Baha'i community will use to focus its thoughts and prayers on the situation in Iran. The local group of about 30 members will also host an interfaith devotional at 7 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ.
"It's going to be open to the public," said Lili Carson, acting public information officer for the group. "We sent out 18 or 20 personal invitations to clergy from all the other religions we have here in Spring Hill. We're hoping they all will come and bring members of their congregations."