This is the poor young woman who was shot dead by Iranian security forces, and whose bleeding face became an image of the brutality and humanity of the mullahs. Now it turns out the Neda Soltani was a Christian -- a telling indication that the analysts who dismissed the protesters as simply wanting more Sharia, or better Sharia, or Sharia with a different face, were wrong: it just wasn't that simple.For example:
It is also telling that the cross around her neck was cropped out when this photo circulated around the world.
How important is it that this young woman was a Christian? At one level, of course, it isn't important. Whatever her religion or lack of religion, her life was precious, and it was savagely taken from her. But neither can the fact that her Christian faith has quietly emerged subsequently be regarded as insignificant. Who can doubt that she would have wanted her crucifix to be recognized by those who mourn her murder and honor her memory? Even beyond that, however, we cannot know how this seemingly little footnote to a heartless killing might, in C. S. Lewis' words, cause death to start working backward.
God works in mysterious ways.