Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ahmadinejad UN Speech Prompts Christian Leaders To Renew Iran Sanctions Call

Leaders representing 28 million evangelicals and Roman Catholics are, today, calling for an immediate arms embargo of Iran and a cut-off of gasoline.

The Christian leaders say Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he reaffirmed his defiance of UN resolutions and international calls to stop his nuclear enrichment program was the catalyst for their call to push for economic sanctions.

"Yesterday the world, once again, was subjected to the anti-Israel, anti-western ravings of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reminding all civilized nations that men such as he must not be allowed to develop or control nuclear weapons,” said Dr. Richard Land of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Ahmadinejad and his regime have ignored the UN and the international community for far too long, and it is past time to impose economic sanctions on this rogue regime.”

Christian leaders representing over 28 million evangelicals, Roman Catholics and other Christians have sent a letter to Congress calling for urgent action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The letter calls for a total arms embargo and a cut off of exports of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, as a firm yet peaceful measure against the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Among those signing the letter are Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Pastor Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Charles Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship Ministries and Land. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Dr. Michael Youssef of Leading the Way, Dr. James Merritt of Cross Pointe Church, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, Gary Bauer of American Values, Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family, Gail Buckley of the Catholic Scripture Study International and Dr. John Hagee of the Conerstone Church in San Antonio also signed the letter.

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