Ahmadinejad ‘Honored’ by Religious Coalition in NY this Week
By: Sharon Hughes
On September 23, 2008 speaking to the UN in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked the U.S. again declaring the “American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road.” And accused “a few bullying powers” of trying to stop his country’s nuclear programs.
Also, as FOX News reported: “With major world leaders watching and just eight hours after President Bush’s final speech before the general assembly, Ahmadinejad used the U.N. platform to decry a “zionist regime” for what he called a persecution on Arab peoples around the globe.”
And a group has formed, StopAhmadinejadRally, to protest a religious group meeting honoring Ahmadinejad while he is here this week: On Thursday, September 25, at 6:00 pm in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, The American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker UN Office, Religions for Peace, and the World Council of Churches-UN Liaison Office will be â€œhonoringâ€ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Iftar (dinner to break the dayâ€™s Ramadan fast). Other organizations, political leaders and the media have also been invited.
Here’s the text of the invitation:
An invitation to an international dialogue between religious leaders and political figures:
â€œHas not one God created us?â€
The significance of religious contributions to peace
It is an honor to invite you to participate with religious, cultural, and political leaders in a conversation about the role of religions in tackling global challenges and building peaceful societies at an Iftar â€“ a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.
In the presence of
Â§ His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
With contributions from
Â§ His Excellency Miguel Dâ€™Escoto Brockmann, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Â§ His Excellency the Rev. Kjell Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway and President of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
Â§ and distinguished religious leaders
This conversation is the fourth in a series of high-level bridge-building and reconciliation efforts that have helped to build mutual understanding between our peoples, nations and religious traditions. It is our hope that as religious and political leaders, this communal meal and exchange of views will enable us to explore faith perspectives for dealing with global issues such as poverty, war and prejudice while deepening mutual understanding.
The dinner will be at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42nd Street, New York, N.Y., on Thursday, September 25, 2008, beginning with evening prayers from several religious traditions. Please arrive by 6:00 pm to clear security. Following dinner and presentations, the moderator will open the floor for comments and discussion.
Please note, entrance to this event is by limited invitation only. Some members of the media have been invited to cover the event.
RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, September 15, 2008, confirming you interest in participation and sending us your mailing address. After confirmation of your participation, we will send a card explaining procedures for entry to the event.
The Sponsoring Committee welcomes your participation and appreciates the cooperation of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in co-hosting this event.
American Friends Service Committee
Mennonite Central Committee
Quaker United Nations Office
Religions for Peace
World Council of Churches â€“ United Nations Liaison Office
The StopAhmadinejadrally’s stated mission is to expose the truth of the current Iranian regimeâ€™s crimes against humanity, and to deny them that false legitimacy.
Here is the list so far of organizations participating in the Stop Ahmadinejad Rally:
Women United/Code Red
ACT for America
Alliance of Iranian Women
American Center for Law and Justice
American Coptic Union
American Maronite Union
Americans for a Safe Israel
Arabs for Israel
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Center for Security Policy
Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights
Committee on the Present Danger
Concerned Women for America
Council for a Democratic Iran
Family Security Matters
Foundation for Defense of Democracy
Glenn Richter, Founder Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Institute for Freedom and Democracy
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem
International Christian Union
Aryeh Eldad, Israeli Knesset
Jewish Action Alliance
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Log Cabin Republicans of New York City
Open Doors USA
Phyllis Chesler, author
Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rambam Mesivta high school
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
Stop Shariah Now
Sudan Freedom Walk
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Traditional Values Coalition
Womenâ€™s Freedom Movement of Pakistan
This week while the religious left panders to Ahmadinejad, and the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama team plays political chess causing Sarah Palin to be disinvited to speak to this group on Ahmadinejad (see full text of the speech she was going to deliver), the rest of us watch (in amazement?) at the complete loss of discernment of those who consider themselves leaders.
Â© Sharon Hughes 2008
Sharon Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews and a radio talk show host on KDIA in San Francisco and online at Salem Web Networkâ€™s Oneplace.com. Her articles appear in many recognized news sites and publications, including FRONTPAGEMAG. She also writes for NewsBusters.org, a division of The Media Research Center, and has appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs. For further information visit her Websites www.changingworldviews.com, WOMANTalk.us, and Blog http://changingworldviews.blogspot.com
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