Conservative Christians Demand Action Against Iranian Nukes

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Although not specifically mentioned in their letter, the Christian Leaders for a Nuclear Iran are certainly aware of the Iranian theocracy’s persecution of their nation’s small but vibrant Christian minority, which numbers about 200,000.  The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) reported early last month that Iran had incarcerated as many as 70 Christians, both evangelical and Armenian, since Christmas.  One Iranian official reportedly denounced them as “parasites” and claimed they were British agents.

Concerns about the Iranian mullahs’ persecution of fellow Christian believers do not typically excite distress by the Religious Left in America, much less the strategic threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to all its neighbors, including Iran, and ultimately the U.S.  Several years ago, Jim Wallis’ Sojourners, along with the United Methodist lobby office, the Episcopal Church, and the National Council of Churches, organized a “Words Not War with Iran” campaign to forestall any decisive U.S. supported action to prevent Iranian nukes.   “Words Not War with Iran” benignly portrayed the situation as a “conflict” between t he U.S. and Iran that potentially could be ameliorated through the mediation of noble pacifist religious groups like themselves.  They simplistically portrayed the choices as U.S. initiated war on Iran versus “dialogue” and “direct engagement” with Iran’s supposedly reasonable theocrats.  Although they briefly acknowledged that Iranian nuclear weapons would be undesirable, though not necessarily worse than U.S. nukes, they did not articulate nukes in the hands of crazed Shiite theocrats a uniquely disturbing.  They did seem to admit that Iran supports terrorism but did not dwell on it as a major concern.  And they did not elaborate on 32 years of police state oppression in Iran under the mullahs. Instead, they cited their own friendly visits to Iran as showcases of Iranian goodwill.  They also urged supporters to light oil lamps in their homes in solidarity with the cause of peace with Iran.

This “Words Not War with Iran” coalition seems now mostly to be dormant, since the coalition was presumably less perturbed about the possibility of U.S. actions under the Obama Administration.  But the coalition’s study materials helpfully remain on Jim Wallis’s Sojourners website.  Presumably the coalition will reactivate when and if the current Administration is perceived to become overly bellicose towards the Iranian mullahs and their nuclear aspirations.

SoChristian Leaders for a Nuclear Free Iran” seems to be the only U.S. religious voice now willing to recognize Iran’s grim reality and urge meaningful action, hopefully making war unnecessary.  Meanwhile, the Religious Left will remain mostly silent about Iran and its potential nukes until it becomes alarmed about possible U.S. actions.

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  • kafirman

    The left is correct in that words are indeed the best weapon. Unfortunately, being bereft of both courage and mind, the left has no helpful words to offer.

    Republicans too have precious little to offer. How many weepublicans will openly muse, "By what rationale does the US grant 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to Islamic institutions which teach the Jizya tax on infidels 'to make them feel oppressed' (Koran 9:29)"?

  • George

    These conservative Christians have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful, unlike India, Pakistan, Israel, the US, the UK, France and Russia. Iran is the most inspected country in the world. Does anyone from the IAEA ever inspect the nuclear facilities of any of these countries? The US just allocated $75B to upgrade its nuclear arsenal and the US is the only country in history which has actually used nuclear weapons. It is the height of hypocrisy to complain about Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons program. If someone thinks otherwise, please provide the evidence.

    • MixMChess

      Iran has waged war on its neighbors and made territorial claims to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and other UAE states. Its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has admitted he follows the belief of the 12th Imam, and wants to bring about armageddon so the Mahdi can return. Ahmadinejad has also promised to wipe Israel off the map and has committed countless human rights abuses against his own people (see riots of 2009). The supreme leader mullahs are xenophobic Islamofascits who want to wage worldwide Jihad. It is hypocritical to claim that Iran's nuclear program isn't incredibly dangerous.

      • George

        You are totally ignorant about Iran. You are worse than these conservative Christians, or maybe you are one of them. I ran has made absolutely no claim on any other country. It has also not attacked another country for at least 300 year (longer than the US has been in existence). Where did you get the ridiculous beliefs? Iran has plenty of space (it is three times the size of France), it has enough people (about 75 million) and it is extremely rich in resources. Do you think it need more oil wells like the oil-starved US?

        As far as the 12th Imam is concerned, I'll let Ahmadinejad discuss it with the conservative Christians. I know nothing about it.

        Concerning the claims that Ahmadinejad wants to "wipe out Israel," you have been asleep for at least two years. It was refuted at least that long ago. The whole thing was based on a mistranslation. Check the following:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mScWWtRfGQ
        http://www.antiwar.com/orig/norouzi.php?articleid

  • george lover

    george knows whats up

  • adam

    Garbage article on a garbage website for garbage people.