While liberal religious leaders entertained the president of Iran, hundreds of protesters stood outside the Hyatt Hotel and questioned, “How can you dine with a tyrant?”
Those inside included representatives of the American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker United Nations Office, Religions for Peace, the World Council of Churches, and the Unitarian-Universalist Assn.
Those protesting included Women International, the Jewish Action Alliance, Concerned Women for America, the Catholic League, American Center for Law and Justice, Guardian Angels, Institute for Religion and Democracy, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The ADL and the AJC urged the President of the UN General Assembly not to attend. I had somehow missed his election: Fr. Miguel d’Escoto, a Marxist priest, a member of the Maryknoll order, who was Foreign Minister for the Sandinista government of Nicaragua! Why didn’t this get more news coverage? Anyway, it was a mute appeal–d’Escoto embraced Ahmadinejad after his address.
The American Center for Law and Justice says it is “outrageous” that Christian leaders would meet with Ahmadinejad:
This meeting with religious leaders comes less than ten days after the Iranian Parliament voted in favor of a bill stipulating the death penalty for apostasy. The bill was approved by 196 votes for, 7 against, and 2 abstentions. This new law comes into effect despite the fact that Iran voted in favor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.