Religious Left Opposes Pressure Against Iranian Nukes

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Bipartisan resolutions proposed in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, equally backed by Republicans and Democrats, are urging the “President to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and oppose any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.”

So naturally the Religious Left is opposing these mostly symbolic statements, because largely pacifist prelates do not believe any situation, no matter how dire, ever merits even the implied contemplation of force.  They also are more concerned about military force from the U.S. or Israel than they are about nuclear weapons in the hands of apocalyptic Iranian mullahs.

Complaining that the congressional resolutions would “undermine diplomatic efforts,” the leftist churchmen warn the statements would set a “dangerously low threshold for war” by “ruling out containment,” possibly even, by some interpretations endorsing “military force against Iran now.”

The ecumenical complaint to members of Congress was organized by the Presbyterian Church (USA) chief Capitol Hill lobbyist. It was signed by Quaker and Mennonite officials, a left-wing Catholic order, and the lobby offices of the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Noting that Iran’s theocracy since at least the late 1980s has “engaged in a sustained and well-documented pattern of illicit and deceptive activities to acquire nuclear capability,” the congressional resolutions cite Iran as the “most active state sponsor of terrorism,” according to the U.S. State Department.  They also recalled the U.S. Treasury Department’s finding last year that Iran had a “secret deal” to help al Qaeda. Of course they mentioned Iran’s genocidal threats against Israel.  And they pointed at the Islamic Republic’s “serious human rights abuses,” according to the United Nations, including “torture, cruel and degrading treatment in detention, the targeting of human rights defenders, violence against women, and ‘the systematic and serious restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly’ as well as severe restrictions on the rights to ‘freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.’”

The Congressional resolutions, noting Iran’s continued failure to comply with international non-proliferation standards, urge continued diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran until it ends its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. It also commends the “universal rights and democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.”

Leftist prelates in the U.S. of course are not particularly interested in disarming or democratizing Iran.  Instead, they complain the congressional resolutions are “undercutting” diplomacy, which “heightens the potential war.” They quote various critics claiming the resolutions resemble pre-2003 justifications for the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein Iraq. They insist Iran has not yet decided for nuclear weapons. And they reiterate: “Direct, sustained diplomacy remains the single most effective way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and avert war. And they implore:  “We urge you to support diplomacy, not war, with Iran, and to oppose” the congressional resolutions.

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  • BS77

    "Religious Left" is one of the prime oxymoronic terms of our time. Give me a break. Marxists and PC la la land liberals pretending to be pious…..Please!!!

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Perhaps the fellowship in question, cult?, whatever, needs some simple words to clarify for them the prospects.
    Lets see if this Gaucho can handle this…
    A nuclear Iran is a mortal danger to my family and friends here in Eretz Israel. There is no need to extrapolate to judge the intents of Iran. Forget about cutting a fine slice and pretending the "the people" and the islamic clergy are not of the same mind. The nukes are or will be in the hands of the later. Consequently… and here comes the touchy part, anyone failing to earnestly work and succeed on preventing such event, fall within the cauldron of accomplice to Iran.
    It would be quite irrelevant if they are part of the Iranian elites or not. They all will face jeopardy in the extreme.
    Stop Iran or pay the consequences. There will be no accommodations. None.
    And while at it. Remove the 90 nuclear bombs Gates and Soetoro re allocated to Turkey. At Incirlik TAFB.

  • Chiggles

    Pacifists should not be allowed to vote.

  • H&R_ Barack


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  • Ghostwriter

    Why are the Religious Left doing this? Don't they know that the Iranian mullahs want THEM destroyed along with every other non-muslim on earth?

  • marios

    Presbyterian church has ties with muslims coutries and benefited by Oil $. They were one of the activists in BSD. They are against only democracy in ME Israel. So, no surprise they are for mullah's regime actually.
    it is unbelievable though, that knowing that Islamists kill 100,000 Christians each year they are still on side of those supremasists who will eventually kill them to if "Islam will dominate in the world".