Guess who’s coming to dinner: Dining With Evil
In case your invitation was lost in the mail, here it is:
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
In the interest of space, I’ll shorten the rest. The inviters are listed as His Excellency Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations (the foreign minister of Nicaragua); 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.”
I hate formality, don’t you? Let’s just re-do the invite in good, old fashioned American style.
Hey gang! Hitler’s coming to town and we’re throwing him a party! Want to come?
Let’s start the focus here with some of the American “religious leaders” involved in this dark little soiree “in the presence of” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their organizations are listed as follows: American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker United Nations Office, Religions for Peace and the World Council of Churches.
Of those (and the Mennonite Central Committee deserves special mention as a leader in the blame-Israel-first crowd), two groups — Religions for Peace and the World Council of Churches — involve my own denomination, the United Church of Christ. You may have heard of the UCC in this space before. It is the home denomination for Senator Barack Obama’s now ex-church, Trinity UCC in Chicago. For that matter, while Obama has since left Trinity because of his famous dust-up with Trinity’s retired pastor the Rev. Jeremiah