Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rally to Protest Ahmadinejad's 'honoring' in NY this Week

Today speaking to the UN, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked the U.S. again this year declaring the "American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road."

He accused "a few bullying powers" of trying to thwart the country's nuclear programs and vowed to defend Iran's right to peaceful nuclear power.

FOX News reports: "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."

Also, a group has formed, StopAhmadinejadRally, to protest the religious group meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in New York while he is hear this week to speak to the UN (today).

On Thursday, Sept 25, at 6pm 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 “honoring” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Iftar (dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast). Other organizations, political leaders and media have also been invited.

Here's the invitation:

This is the text of the invitation sent to religious and political leaders for the dinner with Iranian dictator Ahmadinejad:

An invitation to

an international dialogue between religious leaders and political figures:

“Has not one God created us?”

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 – a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.

In the presence of

§ His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

With contributions from

§ His Excellency Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations

§ His Excellency the Rev. Kjell Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway and President of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

§ 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 sept25@us.mcc.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 – United Nations Liaison Office

StopAhmadinejadrally's mission is to expose the truth of the current Iranian regime’s crimes against humanity, and to deny them that false legitimacy:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be inside the hotel speaking about “peace” while waging terror against his own citizens and those of other nations. The event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations; American Friends Service Committee; Mennonite Central Committee; Quaker United Nations Office; Religions for Peace; and World Council of Churches - United Nations Liaison Office.

Here is the list of organizations participating in the rally:

As of Monday, September 22, the following organizations are participating in the rally to protest the Hyatt event with Ahmadinejad. This coalition is unprecedented in its breadth and in the variety of organizations joining together to oppose the dire threat of Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs’ tyrannical regime.

Women United/Code Red
911 Families
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
Christian Solidarity
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
Guardian Angels
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
Women’s Freedom Movement of Pakistan

See more

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.

Today on the show we take a look back at Ahmadinejad's visit last year and the groups that invited him to speak. This is our live show and is heard only on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco/Sacramento and online at KDIA.com at 4:30 pm California time.


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