Fatwa

This week, President Obama recorded a message to update the people of a certain Middle Eastern country about the progress of the nuclear arms talks with Iran. (If you guessed “Israel” following the re-election of Netanyahu, you’re dreaming.) Mr. Obama sent it to Iran. He said “hardliners” were the most significant threat to an agreement, but he wasn’t talking about the mullahs. I wonder who the president had in mind?

Not to worry, though. Mr. Obama said Ayatollah Khameini has issued a fatwa saying that nuclear weapons are un-Islamic, so I suppose we can trust the “Death to America, Death to Israel” fanatics running Iran to stop their pursuit of the bomb forthwith.

That being the case, we might as well end the negotiations right now. After all, there’s nothing left to negotiate. Mr. Obama trusts Iran to keep its word. So should the rest of us.

Right?

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 BreakPoint.org. 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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