Christianity Today has just recently highlighted a developing story coming out of Sweden, where many Muslim Iranians who converted to Christianity are now being denied religious asylum. As we highlighted last year, Iran is an incredibly dangerous place for Muslim converts to Christianity because of Iran’s policy of persecuting (perhaps even executing) Muslim apostates in accordance with traditional sharia.

This, of course, raises substantial questions about Sweden’s asylum process given that asylum programs are traditionally designed precisely to help political and religious dissidents avoid personal persecution. Do Swedish officials simply fail to appreciate the realities of Iranian policy? Do they believe that these Iranian Christians have “faked” their conversions? Perhaps they misunderstand the theological rivalry between Christianity and Islam?

The details remain hazy, but the situation is worth watching as the confusion will very likely not remain isolated to Sweden.