Many on the Left are quite outspoken about keeping the religion of those “fundie Christers” out of their tax funded schools. But when it came to the rash of religious speech in the UN this week, there was not much complaining to be heard from most on the left. That is understandable considering how many liberals worship there.
Those speaking at the altar of the UN this week though were not worshipping the body. They were actually quite critical of it. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked, “… if the governments of the United States or the United Kingdom, who are permanent members of the Security Council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the U.N. organs can take them into account". Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who spoke on Wednesday, even suggested the UN should be recreated and moved to another country, volunteering his own.
No, these men were not worshipping the UN. They were practicing an even more popular religion among those on the Left – the religion devoted to the hatred of America, and in particular, George W. Bush. President Ahmadinejad set the stage with his “come to Allah” meeting. He said a light surrounded him which caused his audience not to blink as he spoke of U.S. efforts in Iraq. "The occupiers are incapable of establishing security in Iraq.” He said that every day hundreds of people get killed "in cold blood" and that "it seems that intensification of hostilities and terrorism serves as a pretext for the continued presence of foreign forces in Iraq,"
Ahmadinejad ended his speech by praying for the reappearance of the 12th Imam and the end of this world. Incredibly, most all major American news outlets failed to even include his prayer for the apocalypse as part of their reports. (I am sure that if George Bush had ended his speech by praying for the Rapture and for Christ to return to rule the world, it wouldn’t have rated a mention either, though.)
As “inspired” as Ahmadinejad was though, it was not until Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez spoke on Wednesday that the fire and brimstone made an appearance. Literally. "Yesterday, the devil came here, right here, right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of," Chavez said. "Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world, truly, as the owner of the world.”