Accuracy in Media

On
September 23, 2008 speaking to the UN in New York
City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked the
U.S. again declaring the “American empire in the world is reaching the end of
its road.”  And accused “a few bullying powers” of
trying to stop his country’s nuclear
programs.

Also, as FOX News reported: “With major world leaders watching and just eight hours after
President Bush’s final speech before the general assembly, Ahmadinejad used the
U.N. platform to decry a “zionist regime” for what he called a persecution on
Arab peoples around the globe.”

And a  group has formed, StopAhmadinejadRally, to
protest a religious group meeting honoring Ahmadinejad while he is here this week: On Thursday,
September 25, at 6:00
 pm in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, The American
Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker UN Office,
Religions for Peace, and the World Council of Churches-UN Liaison Office will be
“honoring” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Iftar
(dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast). Other organizations, political leaders
and the media have also been invited. 

Here’s the text of the invitation:

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 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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 
 

The StopAhmadinejadrally’s stated mission is to expose the truth of the
current Iranian regime’s crimes against humanity, and to deny them that false
legitimacy.  
 
Here is the list  so far of organizations
participating in the 
Stop
Ahmadinejad
 Rally:

Women
United/Code Red
911 Families
ACT for America
Alliance of Iranian
Women
AMCHA
American Center for Law and Justice
American Coptic
Union
American Maronite Union
Americans for a Safe Israel
Arabs for
Israel
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Center for Security
Policy
Christian Solidarity
Coalition for the Defense of Human
Rights
Committee on the Present Danger
Concerned Women for
America
Council for a Democratic Iran
Family Security
Matters
Foundation for Defense of Democracy
Glenn Richter, Founder Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Guardian Angels
Institute for Freedom and
Democracy
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem
International
Christian Union
Aryeh Eldad, Israeli Knesset
Jewish Action
Alliance
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Log Cabin
Republicans of New York City
Open Doors USA
Phyllis Chesler,
author
Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rambam Mesivta high school
Rabbi Joseph
Potasnik
StandWithUs
Stop Shariah Now
Sudan Freedom Walk
The Ethics
& Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist
Convention
Traditional Values Coalition
Women’s Freedom Movement of
Pakistan

See
more

This week while the religious left panders to Ahmadinejad, and the
Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama team plays political chess causing Sarah Palin to
be disinvited to speak to this group on
Ahmadinejad (see
full text of the speech
she was going to deliver), the rest of us watch (in
amazement?) at the complete loss of discernment of those who consider themselves
leaders.

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