The Middle East is the center of three Abrahamic faiths -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Over the centuries, conflicts have arisen between the people of these faiths, often violent. Separating out the element of faith -- religious conflict -- from the ethnic, political, and territorial disputes can be difficult. Is it better to ask a broader question, where are the religious and political leaders of these faiths leading their people?
Influential Christian and Jewish leaders around the world are calling for and praying for peace in the Middle East. There is a shared hope that one day all people, wherever they reside, will experience true religious and political freedom without the fear of government-backed retribution.
The direction of political and religious leaders in Iran is much more troubling. Rather than joining international efforts to promote peace, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs who rule Iran are fomenting violence, funding terrorist activities, and corrupting tenets of Islam all while systematically persecuting citizens of the Islamic Republic. Ahmadinejad has a record of violence against his fellow Muslims and countrymen. After stealing the Iranian elections from reformers in 2009, Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei brutally suppressed the brave Iranians who peacefully took to streets in support of the Green Revolution.
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Please note that in discussing political issues, candidates positions and political party statements, Jordan Sekulow is offering analysis in his individual capacity as lawyer and commentator. He is not speaking on behalf of the American Center for Law & Justice. The ACLJ does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as the position of the ACLJ.