650 Christian leaders rally for Israel vs. Iran nuke deal

Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Hundreds of Christian leaders and pastors are uniting to support Israel through the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) network to voice strong opposition against the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iraq.

A Closer LookACLI petitioned the White House — and copied congressional leaders — strongly voicing its opposition to America’s agreement with Iran that failed to demand the Islamic Republic’s dismantling of its nuclear program, which dissenters say threatens not only Israel and Middle Eastern nations, but Europe and the United States, as well.

Tens of millions of grassroots Americans were represented in the letter signed by more than 650 Christian leaders listed here, telling White House officials that the Iran deal is bad for Israel, bad for America and bad for global security.

A bad idea no matter how you look at it

U.S. Director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) Susan Michael argues that the stance of ACLI—the American branch of ICEJ—represents a common concern for people from diverse religious, ethnic and political backgrounds.

"Through this joint initiative, we want to demonstrate that this is not a partisan issue, nor a Jewish issue, nor only an Israel issue, but it is an American issue, and millions of grassroots Americans are opposed to this disastrous deal," Michael declared. "This network of Christian leaders in support of Israel is unprecedented and reflects the gravity of the situation.”

With a great backing, Michael is urging Washington to forget about party politics and act to protect American citizens.

“We are asking all members of Congress to set aside partisan issues and vote against the agreement," Michael continued. "The ICEJ, with branches in 80 countries, obtained 90,000 signatures on two petitions: 60,000 of them in the U.S. addressing their concerns to the White House and Congressional leaders, while 30,000 outside the U.S. were sent to the other P5+1 leaders."

A concerted effort against the deal

Besides their opposition expressed in the petition, numerous Christian leaders issued personal statements pointing out the flawed reasoning behind the controversial Iran nuke deal. The concerted effort includes millions of emails to authorities, on-air speaking engagements, tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to members of Congress and statements informing their constituencies of the numerous problems plaguing the deal.

CUFI Action Fund Washington Director Gary Bauer conveyed the magnitude of the effort.

"CUFI Action Fund sent more than 1.1 million emails to grassroots activists in addition to launching a six-figure media campaign,” Bauer noted.

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) explained that the Obama administration’s nuke deal with Iran can have dire consequences.

"This deal is not only bad; it is very dangerous,” said Mario Bramnick, who serves as the president of HILC — a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “It falls woefully short of what both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have said is acceptable.”

Bramnick noted that tens of thousands of Latino Christians are standing against the deal and he is appealing to Congress to make a stand, as well.

“We lead an evangelical Hispanic community which represents more than 40,000 Hispanic churches across America,” Bramnick stated. “We are asking members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to oppose this deal.”

Christian Coalition of America President and CEO Roberta Combs announced a broad from Christian pro-Israel supporters to put an end to the Iran nuke deal.

"Christian Coalition sent emails to some 3 million people and organized lobbying appointments for their state directors, as well as on Capitol Hill," Combs reported.

Earl Cox, a journalist and broadcaster for Israel Always, gave a warning about the grave danger to which the Obama administration is subjecting the world.

"Like it or not, the weak leaders of the West concluded a weak deal with Iran,” Cox proclaimed. “Obama's legacy may prove to be more explosive than he ever imagined."  

Standing on the Bible and for Israel

Aglow International President and CEO Jan Hansen Hoyt said that Christians’ obligation to take a stand against the Iran deal is of biblical proportions.

"AGLOW's call at this urgent moment in history is an Esther call,” Hansen asserted. “Just as God empowered Moses and Esther to speak to their ancient leaders, I'm now calling on the men and women of AGLOW to follow our biblical role models and talk to our modern leaders."

National Religious Broadcasters President and CEO Jerry A. Johnson says the deal should be thrown out not only on principle, but out of loyalty to one of America’s greatest allies over the decades.

"First and foremost, this deal should be rejected on the fundamental grounds that Iran continues to unjustly and brutally detain American citizens, including Pastor Saeed Abedini,” Johnson argued. “Moreover, this agreement puts Israel, America's steadfast Middle East ally, at great risk and … demands the rejection of this proposed nuclear agreement with Iran."

A dangerous deal in more ways than one

Speaking against the agreement, Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty called out the fallacy that war would break out if the U.S. didn’t concede to Iran’s demands in the deal.

"Traditional Values Coalition has been aggressive in its opposition to the Iran deal, mobilizing millions of Christians represented by our network of 43,000 churches, ministries and grassroots activists, lobbying members of Congress sitting on the fence that a wide bi-partisan opposition to the Iran deal exists, and arguing forcefully that the alternative to this bad deal is not war — it's a better deal," Lafferty informed.

Concerned Women for America President and CEO Penny Nance says that America is turning its back on its key ally and against citizens by going ahead with the Iran nuke deal.

"This deal with Iran is a bad deal for the U.S., our ally Israel, and the four American hostages who were left behind,” Nance insists. “No deal is better than a bad deal that locks in the negative consequences currently incorporated. CWALAC activated our half-a-million members, particularly focused on a number of key states, and also organized a lobbying day on Capitol Hill to express our opposition to the deal."

America’s descent from being a bold and respected world leader was emphasized by Center for Urban Renewal and Education President and Founder Star Parker.

"It's not just the American people and the Israeli people that need American leadership now,” Parker points out. “Who will be the voice for freedom and civility in the world if not America? Our national anthem says that America is the 'land of the free and the home of the brave.' Free and brave people don't do deals like this."

National Religious Broadcasters COO and Executive Vice President Linda Smith says that Obama’s nuke deal is a tragic mistake that sends a message that we don’t have our Middle East friend’s back.

"The Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters, which represents outlets reaching 60 million viewers and listeners, earlier this year unanimously approved a formal Resolution calling 'on the United States to continue to stand steadfast by Israel in its time of need,'” Smith shared. “This agreement falls dangerously short of that position."

Pointing out the unrealistic expectations held by those supporting the Iran nuke deal, The Institute for Religion and Democracy Executive Director Mark Tooley says that those in agreement with the Obama administration’s foreign policy leading up to the Iran nuke deal need a reality check.

"The IRD spoke out against the letter in favor of the Iran Agreement that had been organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation and National Council of Churches, saying it continues a longtime religiously utopian tradition of addressing the world as it wishes it to be instead of reality," Tooley concluded.

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