Sadly, this seems to be a recurring story in some Muslim countries: a Christian pastor is facing execution for his refusal to recant his faith. This man was convicted of "apostasy," and this verdict was upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court. This is quite distressing to me, because there is absolutely no basis for the killing of apostates in the Qur'an. Many Muslims claim that Islam demands the death of those who leave its fold, but there is no evidence in the Qur'an for such a position.
A cursory reading of even a poor translation of the Qur’an would reveal that Islam places the sanctity of human life at the utmost of importance: