Get Religion reveals the apocalypticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The New Republic article requires a subscribtion; use BugMeNot if you’re poor, or visit your local library. In either case, it is essential to understanding the importance of Ahmadinejad’s presidency.
This phrase is, of course, taken from the final act of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadâ€™s dramatic address at the United Nations. …[H]ere are the crucial quotes:I emphatically declare that today’s world, more than ever before, longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanity; and above all longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet.
O, Almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have ordained their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirsts for justice, the perfect human being promised to all by you, and make us among his followers and among those who strive for his return and his cause.
Does that sound familiar? Did you see this passage played over and over on the evening newscasts and debated on the niche-market shows on cable?
…Try to imagine what would have happened if President George W. Bush had ended his U.N. address with a call for the second coming of Jesus Christ and pledged that he would strive to see this event come to pass, sooner rather than later. Imagine the mainstream media response. Do you think this would be mentioned in major media? Do you think journalists would jump to cover that topic (as well they should)?
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