Smooth-Talking Kook

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad-who denies the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist-has received an invitation to speak at Columbia University. Columbia officials say it is a “free speech” issue. Lovely. I wonder when an Iranian university will reciprocate with George W. Bush? Oh, yes-they don’t have free speech-at least not much of it-in Iran. Thousands are languishing in political prisons in Iran right now because they dared to speak out against Ahmadinejad’s corrupt regime.

If Ahmadinejad were a U.S. citizen, the kindest thing we could say about him is that he’s a smooth-talking kook, on the level of David Duke. But since he is the titular head of Iran and seemingly hell-bent on pursuing nuclear weapons, we give him a gold-lettered, embossed invitation to speak in one of our most prestigious universities. Haven’t we learned anything about appeasing dictators?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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