Christians Honoring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: WHAT?

When I heard about the following story last week, I was awestruck and have been waiting for print about it.

I could not believe that not one, but five christian groups would be honoring the Iranian President while he was here in the US.  I was also amazed that this “person” was going to be allowed to cross American borders and speak at the very organization that he and his country have flagrantly disrespected numberous times by not honoring the UN Security Council’s resolutions.  It reminds me of the Vatican making a deal with Hitler way back when.  I understand the christian tenet about turning the other cheek, but how may people really think that in this day and age, we should be encouraging a dictator that wants to annihilate Israel.  I applaud the President of the World Jewish Congress for speaking out against Christian groups hosting and honoring President Ahmadinejad at a dinner in New York this evening.

  • The head of the World Jewish Congress has expressed outrage at the decision of five Christian groups to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a dinner in New York. The Mennonite Central Committee, the Quaker United Nations Office, the World Council of Churches, Religions for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee are sponsoring a dinner on 25 September 2008 with Ahmadinejad as the guest of honor, an event described as “dialogue between religious and political leaders” and a conversation to discuss “building peaceful societies”.
  • Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said: “These organizations, who present themselves as altruistic and who have global influence, are promoting the world’s foremost supporter of terrorism and an egregious violator of human rights. It was Ahmadinejad who held the first-ever state-sponsored international conference of Holocaust deniers. It is Ahmadinejad who is posing a threat to the United States and to Europe, and who has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel. It is Ahmadinejad who is defying the United Nations Charter with his mistreatment of minorities and women, and violates the UN Genocide Convention by threatening the destruction of another member state. It is Ahmadinejad who is steadfastly ignoring UN Security Council resolutions and who continually lies to the International Atomic Energy Agency about the real intentions of his nuclear program, endangering not only his neighbors in the Middle East but the entire world. Such a man cannot be a partner for peace and inter-faith dialogue.”
  • Lauder added: “These groups, who claim to hold up values such as peace and mutual understanding, make a mockery of themselves by shamelessly providing a cruel dictator and racist with a platform for his invective. There is no purpose in dignifying him. The World Council of Churches, the Quakers and the other sponsors of the event in New York have a long and distressing record of demonizing Israel. With their bow to Ahmadinejad, they have brazenly chosen a racist dictator as their friend.”
At least the Catholic League and others have their game on:

  • Catholic League President Bill Donohue called on supporters to attend a rally to disrupt Thursday’s “obscene” Ramadan event.
    • “Ahmadinejad is a menace to freedom-loving people the world over, and the sight of religious groups embracing him is nauseating,” Donohue told UPI. “The Catholic League is proud to take part in this rally, and we encourage people of all religious groups to have a contingent represent them on Thursday evening.”

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