National Council of Churches of Christ praises Ahmadinadinnerjacket as pious and wittyThe Anti-Defamation League has condemned praise by the National Council of Churches of Christ for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinadinnerjacket as "a shameful betrayal of American values and Christian - Jewish relations."
After meeting Ahmadinejad in Tehran, leaders from the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA praised Ahmadinejad as a pious and witty man. "Ahmadinejad comes across as a very religious man," said the Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, NCC's Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations. J. Daryl Byler, Director of the Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office, reportedly described Ahmadinejad as having a measured tone, seeming reasonable and having a witty personality.IsraelInsider notes that before the trip Byler
"By meeting with Ahmadinejad, these American Christian leaders are collaborating with a dangerous despot who calls for the destruction of Israel and denies the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Their action is a shameful betrayal of American values and the Christian-Jewish relationship."
"In reporting on their meeting, the NCC delegation chose to ignore Ahmadinejad's numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel and his sponsoring an infamous international conference to promote Holocaust denial," Mr. Foxman added.
The NCC delegation included leaders from Mennonite, Quakers, United Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, and Catholic churches.
sent a letter to President Bush about the upcoming meeting with Ahmadinejad. In it, the Assyrian International News Agency reports, he said he wished President Bush were the one meeting the Iranian president, whom he desribed as "bright and engaging." Byler went on to compare the two men. "Like you, Ahmadinejad is a religious man. I believe you would enjoy one another's company. Your conversation could signal a positive change in a relationship severed more than 25 years ago."Byler is a moonbat who is a frequent contributor to antiwar.com. Last summer, he suggested that Israelis allow themselves to be killed:
Neither hostage taking and acts of terror, nor overwhelming force, targeted assassinations and naval blockades will create the conditions for peace and security. Indeed, they cannot, for they do not lead to mutual understanding or the practice of justice.Sure, we should have just let it go last summer. And we should just let pious, witty Ahmadinadinnerjacket nuke us too....