Skip to comments.Iran's Ahmadinejad talks to US Christians
Posted on 02/25/2007 4:02:36 PM PST by stan_sipple
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said Iran bore no hatred towards the United States as he held talks with American Christians in a rare official contact with visitors from Tehran's arch enemy.
State television showed Ahmadinejad meeting with a dozen American representatives from various Christian orders who are in Iran for a week-long visit to promote peace and dialogue between the foes.
"The Iranian nation does not have any feeling of hatred and opposition towards the American people and we believe that all people are respectful and given the common grounds people have, they could achieve peace and justice," Ahmadinejad said according to official media.
"The US government has initiated and is continuing animosity against Iran," he told the assembled US delegation, made up of Mennonites, Quakers, Episcopalians, Catholics and United Methodists.
"Due to the repeated mistakes made by the American leadership, the image of the United States is becoming tarnished in the region," the president added.
The delegation, which arrived in Iran last week, has already met with leading Muslim clerics as well as religious leaders of Iran's Christian Armenian minority.
The trip by the US Christians comes after US religious leaders met Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York in September to address the UN General Assembly.
Iran and the United States have had no diplomatic relations since Washington severed ties in 1980 in the wake of the seizure of its embassy in Tehran by Islamist students.
However small groups of US media, sportsmen and tourists still visit the Islamic republic each year.
"Mennonites, Quakers, Episcopalians, Catholics and United Methodists."
The "usual suspects". :(
Mahmoud, you must think we're all that stupid. You sad sack, you.
Did EpiscoBaalian Bishop Ken Schori stop by? Im sure She-he could help Ahmed come to Jesus on tolerating gays
Can Kerry, Dodd, Biden and Baghdad Jim McDermott be far behind?
These people are friends of Tehran and any other government that is the enemy of the US. For that reason they are probably the best friends Ahmadinejad has right now.
The definition of "useful idiots".
Sen Biden said Ahmadinejad was for an Iranian clean, articulate, good looking and didnt smell too bad.
Fine, allow Christian missionaries to open churches in Iran, then.
"See, he wants to play nice. He sent me a St. Anthony card and said he would light a candle for me. Bush is the REAL enemy.
I am a born-again Christian, Ahmadinejad.
You seem incapable of speaking the truth.
In fact sir, you are hateful and it shows.
Aminadnutjob's a guy who likes to tell everybody to either convert or die. I wonder if anybody bothered to present the Gospel to him at this little kissie-fest?
Or would that be too confrontational, not promoting "peace and dialogue"?
No Independent Fundamental Baptist would have wasted time listening to a lost person bent on the destruction of Israel.
I consider myself a Christian,
I have a message for Ahmadinenutjob
Excellent point.But I doubt Mr. Ahmadinejad would have any interest in that idea !!!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
"The US government has initiated and is continuing animosity against Iran...."
In one sentence he says he does not have any feeling of hatred towards the American people, than in the next sentence he targets the U.S. Government, which the American people voted for and are represented by. Someone should tell him how representative government works.
His double-speak is lousy.
If anyone finds the names of the delegates, please do post them on this thread. I would be very interested to know the names.
These leftist "Christians" don't represent the views of the membership of their denominations.
Jeff Carr is the Chief Operations Officer for Sojourners/Call to Renewal.
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, associate general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) for Interfaith Relations
Mary Ellen McNish, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) international program director, Ron Flaming.
Maureen Shea, director of the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations,
No Christian suicide bombers?
Would consider him an Anti-Christ candidate if it is in fact one person, but his ability to deceive does not seem all too impressive.
Or maybe I'm missing something.
Nah. Just plain fodder like, well, the Egyptian army in the book of Exodus.
ROFL! That's great!
Why am I not surprised...
Jim Wallis is of course the founder of each, and Glenn Palmberg, president of the Social Justice ab
denomination the Evangecical Covenant Church of Americais awfully tight with him - they both sit on the board of Call to Renewal with inclusivist gay apologist Tony Campolo. Palmberg signs just about every bit of activist tripe Wallis comes up with. Elizabeth Palmberg is a goofy frequent contributor to Sojourners and I am dying to know if she's of any relation to Mr Glenn V Palmberg.
I wonder if any of these Christian visitors to Iran know ground zero Imam Feisal Rauf?
I don’t know.
I’m a Christian in the true sense, so I couldn’t tell you what those people are/were thinking.
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