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Friday, September 12, 2008

UN sponsoring 'religious dialogue' with Ahmadinejad: No Jews invited

I received the following email today from a reliable (but unverified) source:

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

Please direct further inquiries to sept25@us.mcc.org.
Iranian Ahmadinejad is going to be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly beginning on September 23.

Note: No Jews invited.


Ahmadinejad held a similar meeting last year and apparently no Jewish representative was willing to come because they could not get any support for it (Hat Tip: Red Tulips.). CAMERA did a good job of ripping the participants.


Abraham Foxman, the President of the Anti-Defamation League - the Jewish community's watchdog on anti-Semitism - has slammed the Mennonites for inviting Ahmadinejad.
"Ahmadinejad represents a rejection of everything these religious groups stand for," Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, said in a statement Wednesday.

"His speech at Columbia University a year ago showed the futility of attempting to dialogue with a dictator who makes crystal clear his antipathy toward the West, who denies the Holocaust, and who defends the Iranian regime's willful neglect of basic human rights."

Foxman said the dinner "tarnished" the reputations of the participating religious groups as peace-seekers.

A spokesman for the Akron, Pennsylvania-based Mennonite Central Committee, which is organizing the dinner, said no one was immediately available for comment.

Other groups involved in hosting the dinner - including the World Council of Churches, Religions for Peace and the Quaker group American Friends Service Committee - either did not immediately return messages left seeking comment or referred questions to the Mennonite organization.


At 3:05 AM, Blogger PM said...

Bahai's ?
Hindus ?
Buddhist ?
Pagan's ?
Athestist ?

or is it that Radical Muslim world is afraid of only Christians, because they still outnumber them on global population chart ?

At 4:08 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I can't even keep track of all the upcoming ecumenical events on the calendar, activity like never before, it's a veritable Babel. And Obama gives voice to all they stand for.

At 4:11 AM, Blogger muman613 said...

Curses on Ahmajibbahjabbahs head!

At 4:22 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

/Why didn't they wait until 29 September, Erev Rosh HaShanah? Will Condi be there?

And no dogs allowed, either...just like the old days, with signs 'No dogs or Jews allowed'.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

One would think that he's anti-Semitic.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Daniel434 said...

@orde: Well said, although I slightly disagree. I believe this conference will involve much Anti-Semitism instead of working towards a one-world religion.

As far as ecumenical events goes, I'm looking at the Roman Catholic Church to do that. Nonetheless, well said and I'm glad there are people like you out there watching and warning about ecumenicism.


At 5:59 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...


NY Times Article about last year's meeting

It appears that Dinnerjacket held this meeting last year already, and this is only a repeat.

This is so disgusting it is beyond imagination.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

More about last year's event:


This is disgusting. The Quakers should be ashamed of themselves, for kissing up to a genocidal madman.


At 6:07 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Finally, below is a link to a JPost article, confirming this meeting:


Beyond vile, and beyond words.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

re: your comment:
"this conference will involve much Anti-Semitism instead of working towards a one-world religion."

Not mutually exclusive. Antisemitism is precisely the point of the one-world religion, their whole obsession!

Here's how their typical get togethers go:
"blah common blah blah social justice blah peace blah interfaith blah justice blah blah peace blah justice blah blah Yale blah justice blah blah Jerusalem" ...

Signed agreements, letters to the Pres, the Yale movement, Sojourners and other coordinated efforts always comes down to Jerusalem, specifically sharing Jerusalem.

The non-Jewish participants mostly are aware of their anti-Jewish goal, though I suspect those Jews involved (such as Synagogue 3000), don't realize they're being played.

(And of course, we know that's just a step.)

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Rabbi Burton Visotzky gets played

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Steve Emerson notes that this summer's Madrid interfaith conference, with rabbis invited (and one from Israel attended), was organized by a "senior Al-Qaeda financier."

At 6:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The only people not deserving of a dialogue are the Jews. I'm not interested in making nice with a Nazi. And I hope Jews follow suit!


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