Last week the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, went to Qom, the emotional home of the Islamic Republic. And with up to 50,000 religious students, it is the training centre for Shias the world over. Workers and children were given the day off, and a huge crowd poured out to welcome him. In his speech Ayatollah Khamenei gave generous praise for Qom, and then he moved to familiar ground, with much mention of foreign enemies seeking to undermine the values of religion and his government. This has been a common theme in the Supreme Leader’s world outlook, and it has always been threatening for Christians. For it unfairly implies that since they are not Muslims and are a part of a world-wide church fellowship, they might have some involvement in ‘foreign plots’. In actual fact many Christians fought bravely for their country during the Iran-Iraq war, and the churches in Iran have always kept out of national politics. It is important that the a-political nature of Iranian Christianity is constantly spelt out to the authorities in power.