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Former Iranian President’s Visit Meets Opposition [Speaks at Washington National Cathedral]
CBN News ^ | September 8th, 2006 | Erick Stakelbeck, CBN News Terror Analyst

Posted on 09/08/2006 1:08:48 PM PDT by shield

CBNNews.com – Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami is the highest ranking Iranian official to visit the U.S. in 25 years. The latest stop in his two-week U.S. tour came Thursday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Representatives of the Cathedral invited Khatami to speak about religious tolerance.

“The time has come that in the midst of chaos, war, violence, terror, and insecurity on the one the hand, and poverty, ignorance and backwardness on the other, we seek to envision a world of peace, morality, ethics and progress for all humankind,” said Khatami.

The State Department granted Khatami and his entourage visas to travel in the U.S. They're also providing them with a security detail, courtesy of American taxpayers. Unlike other Iranians who visit the U.S., Khatami and his companions were not fingerprinted or interviewed. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said Khatami is no moderate and that the decision to grant him a visa was a big mistake.

“This is a man who has ruled over Iran during a time when there was suppression of student uprisings, suppression of religious freedom. And to have him speak at the National Cathedral is an insult to religious freedom in my opinion,” said Santorum.

He also held a press conference prior to the speech where he brushed aside questions about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

He said, “There are at least 200 nuclear warheads in Israel, and fewer than those exist in India and Pakistan.”

He said it also sends the wrong message to the people of Iran.

“When we honor and give voice to one of the people who have oppressed them, then we send a very bad signal as to what the United States is all about,” said Santorum.

With the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11 just days away, critics are questioning the timing of Khatami's U.S. tour. Several of the Sept. 11 hijackers spent time in Iran prior to carrying out the attacks. At the time of their stay, Khatami was President.

Former Iranian political prisoners gathered in Washington yesterday to oppose Khatami's visit. They shared harrowing tales of torture and murder of Iranian dissidents that occurred under Khatami's eight-year reign. They also listed a rundown of Khatami's accomplishments.

During all eight years of Khatami's presidency, the State Department identified Iran as the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism. Iran's secret nuclear weapons program rolled along during that same span. Khatami's government also shut down over 100 newspapers and magazines.

Khatami recently called the terrorist group Hezbollah "The Sun of Islam, shining over the world." He's called Israel "a criminal Zionist regime." The Bush administration did not oppose his visit.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ecusa; iran; ncc; rop

1 posted on 09/08/2006 1:08:49 PM PDT by shield
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To: shield
To me this is the most outrageous part of his whole trip. For him to speak at that Cathedral, where Pres. Bush gave the greatest speech of his life after 9/11, is just too much.

At least I thought that is where they held a memorial service after 9/11.....

Why would the State Dept. allow this?

2 posted on 09/08/2006 1:12:42 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: shield

This monster speaking in a Christian Church?
That's just sick. What is the Bishop thinking?


3 posted on 09/08/2006 1:14:56 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: shield
The Bush administration did not oppose his visit.

I dare say this does not help Bush appear to be strong against terrorism. While I stand by Bush's side in the WOT, I strongly believe he needs to make changes and make them soon.

4 posted on 09/08/2006 1:15:23 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: yellowdoghunter
It's outrageous to me also. W could've nixed this but he allowed it on grounds to show how open a society we are!

Can you imagine if anything like this would've happened during WWII...I mean give me a break...aren't we in a war with these types?

5 posted on 09/08/2006 1:15:57 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: snowman1

Please don't use that word!... I love "that" too much :)... I know because I have the same impulse sometimes but I make effort not use that name. I try to use the "other one," you know... A**, that is more appropriate.. :)


7 posted on 09/08/2006 1:19:24 PM PDT by ElPatriota (Let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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To: shield
Can you imagine if anything like this would've happened during WWII...

No, I don't think it would have ever happened during WWII. Sometimes I am afraid that America has become soft, that we live such sheltered lives and don't have the backbone to do what is necessary. I often ask if today's leaders, all of them, including Pres. Bush, would have the nerve to drop the bomb that saved my great-grandfathers life. I have to say I lean towards no.

To sully that Cathedral is a slap in the face to all Americans.

8 posted on 09/08/2006 1:21:55 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: snowman1

The State Dept. does always appear to be the one that allows stupid stuff like this to take place. These people want to kill us all and they invite them into our home. Just unbelievable!


9 posted on 09/08/2006 1:23:23 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: Mount Athos
That's just sick. What is the Bishop thinking?

He probably is thinking Christianity and Islam are pretty much one in the same, except for that jihad thingy - which he thinks Islam will "eventually outgrow".

He's an ecumenical sap, the kind of which Jesus said, "I will spit you out of My mouth!".

10 posted on 09/08/2006 1:30:18 PM PDT by Gritty (If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: shield

11 posted on 09/08/2006 1:31:24 PM PDT by Gritty (The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men – Psalm 12:8)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Courtesy of the EPISCOPAL church usa and the NCC
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_77626_ENG_HTM.htm


12 posted on 09/08/2006 1:32:44 PM PDT by mandingo republican (Libs are Moloch worshipers I tell ya! - FREE HK, CUBA & IRAN - SATAN was the first liberal!)
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To: Gritty
Hilarious cartoon...LOL... ;o)
13 posted on 09/08/2006 1:34:32 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield; All

I thought this was in the article...reading it again..I see it wasn't...He brought with him 120 Iranian men = terrorist?


14 posted on 09/08/2006 1:37:32 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: mandingo republican

Why am I not surprised?????


15 posted on 09/08/2006 1:38:49 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: Gritty

That pretty well sums up my view of Khatmi and his ilk.

What it doesn't cover, are my thoughts on a president, a state department and a bishop that would allow this thug to pose as a statesman.

I'm not convinced that 100 Grand Canyons would enough to equal the moral decay in this nation.


16 posted on 09/08/2006 1:49:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: mandingo republican
From that official Church publication:
Introducing Khatami and explaining the cathedral's decision to extend an invitation to him, Dean Samuel T. Lloyd said: "As Christians, we are called to a ministry of reconciliation. ... Reconciliation requires us to seek out partners, to take risks, to hear what these potential partners say, and to examine what they do. It requires us to submit to the same sort of searching scrutiny."
Seek out potential partners? Take risks? Submit to searching scrutiny? This is today's Episcopal Church, all right!
17 posted on 09/08/2006 1:53:38 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: yellowdoghunter

The Washington Cathedral would let Satan himself speak if they thought he would criticize the US.


18 posted on 09/08/2006 1:54:17 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
The Washington Cathedral would let Satan himself speak if they thought he would criticize the US.

I am beginning to realize that. I will just never forget that day when they had the memorial service. All the living Pres. were there, yes, even Clinton and it was so moving. They played the Battle Hymn of the Republic and it was a defining moment for me...that the country was getting ready to really go to war in my lifetime.

19 posted on 09/08/2006 2:10:17 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: shield

"He said it also sends the wrong message to the people of Iran.
“When we honor and give voice to one of the people who have oppressed them, then we send a very bad signal as to what the United States is all about,” said Santorum."

EXACTLY


20 posted on 09/08/2006 2:30:14 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Mount Athos
That's just sick. What is the Bishop thinking?

He's probably thinking that Vicky Gene would look hot in a dog collar and state troopers outfit.

21 posted on 09/08/2006 2:36:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: yellowdoghunter
I often ask if today's leaders, all of them, including Pres. Bush, would have the nerve to drop the bomb that saved my great-grandfathers life

Today, as things stand, no leader (such as Ahmadinejad) takes the US nuclear deterrent seriously. Look at their behavior, his and Kim's, Hu's and Putin's. They know we will never again use the bomb even if it is used on us--unless something very radical happens in the meantime.

22 posted on 09/08/2006 2:40:48 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Fundamental Patriotism? We will not win this thing (meaning we will die) until/unless we have death squads of our own that can operate outside of any political accountability. I hear Boston is nice this time of year, but I wonder how much a hunting license costs there.


23 posted on 09/08/2006 3:37:29 PM PDT by jgophel
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To: shield

Man for a country that's gotten more and more anti American over the last 2 or 3 years there sure are a lot of Iranian leaders hanging out here in the USA and giving speeches. Why all of sudden are these people rock stars ???


24 posted on 09/08/2006 3:41:50 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: shield

I keep forgetting, who is that heads up the State Department? I also distinctly remember voting for a Republican in the last two Presidential elections.


25 posted on 09/08/2006 3:46:40 PM PDT by Modok
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To: shield
“The time has come that in the midst of chaos, war, violence, terror, and insecurity on the one the hand, and poverty, ignorance and backwardness on the other, we seek to envision a world of peace, morality, ethics and progress for all humankind,” said Khatami.

(in his best Bill Clinton "I did not have sex with that woman" voice - cellos in the background)

26 posted on 09/08/2006 3:47:28 PM PDT by auboy
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To: Obie Wan
One day...the ones so happy to allow this...WILL BE VERY SORRY...they'll see what awful mistakes were made...how conned they were...and how awful...this group has made the world...they'll wish for the days when W was in office and they were protected so well by that administration...

I say...you made your bed...suffer in it...and I expect there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

27 posted on 09/08/2006 3:54:59 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

Why I'm Not An Episcopalian Anymore
(among many other reasons)


28 posted on 09/08/2006 4:48:04 PM PDT by Fairview
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To: jgophel
We will not win this thing (meaning we will die) until/unless we have death squads of our own that can operate outside of any political accountability.

I seem to recall, it worked for El Salvador. The sooner we accept that we are in a dirty back alley fight to the finish, and act accordingly, the sooner we will make concrete progress.

29 posted on 09/08/2006 7:13:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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