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November 23, 2014 2:37 pm

Presbyterian Peace Activists Bet on Iranian Good Will

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So-called peace activists within the Presbyterian Church (USA) have decided that they know better than the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA has stated that Iran is blocking efforts to determine whether or not its nuclear program is being used for military purposes. On Nov. 7, 2014, Reuters reported that the “International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran had still not provided information it was due to produce more than two months ago to help advance a long-running IAEA inquiry into suspected nuclear weapons research.” According to Reuters, the IAEA report stated that “Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures.”

In response to the IAEA report, The Institute for Science and International Security stated its concerns in a report also issued on Nov. 7, 2014:

By failing to address the IAEA’s concerns, Iran is complicating, and even threatening, the achievement of a long term nuclear deal. The United States and its allies have repeatedly stated that Iran must demonstrate concrete progress on addressing the IAEA’s concerns. Unless Iran takes some measures soon, any deal that could be reached will likely need to link any significant economic or financial sanctions relief to Iran addressing the IAEA concerns about Iran’s military nuclear programs and nuclear weapon related activities, some of which may be on-going.

Nevertheless, the geniuses at the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness have a different message for us: Don’t worry, be happy.

They make this case in an “action alert“ that calls on Presbyterians to contact their lawmakers and “Speak Out for Diplomacy With Iran.” The alert states that negotiations with Iran “have resulted in the most extensive verification program in history.”

Never mind that the IAEA has said that Iran is blocking efforts to determine if it is attempting to use its program for military purposes.

To buttress its case, the Presbyterian alert invokes an overture approved at the denomination’s 2014 General Assembly that supports negotiations with Iran. It also links to a blog entry written by a Presbyterian peace activist associated with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.” The entry, written by Don Mead asks if reconciliation with Iran is possible. Mead writes that the Iranians “are signatories of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which gives them full rights to a peaceful nuclear program,” and that the Iranians

have repeatedly affirmed that they have no intention of building atomic weapons, and their Supreme Leader has stated that the use of nuclear weapons is forbidden to Muslims.

All this begs an obvious question: If the Iranians honestly have no intention of building atomic weapons, they why haven’t they resolved their issues with the IAEA?

In sum, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has irresponsibly pushed a pro-Iranian line that encourages people to ignore real concerns over its nuclear program.

Sadly, such naked propagandizing is what we should expect from staffers and peace activists in the PC(USA).

Dexter Van Zile (@dextervanzile)  is Christian Media Analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (@cameraorg).

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  • snag

    It’s not the Persians that introduced nukes in M. East, the Israelis did ,…

  • shloime

    perhaps that’s why they are called a “faith” group – they choose to believe in things that they cannot prove… it’s just too bad that they use their pulpit to exhibit their irrational hatred towards jews.

  • Lynne T

    If I recall correctly, the membership in the Presbyterian Church are plummeting. If that’s true, small wonder, eh?

  • Estaben

    The Presbyterian Church has completely lost all credibility and the church in my opinion is in a state of apostasy. The church has lost it’s first love pretty much like the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2. Anything coming out of the Presbyterian church is garbage.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Well, it seems like some people have been a bit heavy into the sacramental wine. Perhaps they missed the part where Iran has stated its enmity with America. A nuclear Iran will be a threat to a much larger area than the Middle East. If nothing else, what will these mental giants do when Israel is destroyed and their end-time prophesies will be impossible to be fulfilled?

  • Sonia Willats

    Enjoyable irony re the genii who are able to reassure us beyond the knowledge and warnings of the IAEA.

    Huge swathes of the “church” self-righteously indulge in anti-Israel propoganda; having no knowledge of what Israel is dealing with. Comfortably, they believe in replacement theology and may as well toss their “old testaments” in the bin. They re-appropriate the promises to themselves, thinking they have been grafted on to a dead tree…

    I deeply believe and know they are deluded and the promises of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have never been nullified nor replaced.

    Thank you, Dexter, for your ongoing and eloquent advocacy for Israel.

  • Paul Cerar

    These “Presbyterian Peace Activists” are Gadarene Swine! You say they think they know better than the International Atomic Energy Agency, but you are too generous. They are blasphemers who collaborate with fascists, in God’s name! When they get to Hell they will wear s*** halos!

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Mickey Oberman

    That is a lot of buyers for one old bridge in Brooklyn.

    Mickey Oberman

  • Efram

    It is very easy for them. Church organizations usually base their reason to exist on the fight between right and wrong, good and evil. In this, as on many other issues, the church naturally supports wrong over right and evil over good. That perfectly explains their moral attitude.

  • This is same bunch that initiated the BDS action against Israel earlier this year.

    They are obviously an easily duped group that assumes they know better than the negotiators at the “front” with Iran. I guess the PC doesn’t consider that it is part of the “Crusader Nations” that Iran and the other Islamist radicals include in their “Great Satans” bunch!

    Naivete’, thy name is PC!

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    The Presbyterian Nazis want Iran to finish Hitlers job…