Franklin Roosevelt coined the name "United Nations" for the allied countries fighting together against the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) and their totalitarian axis powers.
Speaking on Justice for War Crimes, March 24, 1944, Roosevelt explained the original goal of the United Nations involved protecting the Jews: "In one of the blackest crimes of all history – begun by the Nazis ... the wholesale systematic murder of the Jews of Europe goes on unabated. ... Hundreds of thousands of Jews ... are now threatened with annihilation as Hitler's forces descend. ... The United Nations have made it clear that they will pursue the guilty. ... All who knowingly take part in the deportation of Jews to their death ... are equally guilty with the executioner. ... The United Nations are fighting to make a world in which tyranny and aggression cannot exist."
Advertisement - story continues below
On Nov. 11, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt complimented the Jewish Theological Seminary of America: "If the world to emerge from the war after a victory of the United Nations is to be a world of enduring peace and of freedom, that peace and that freedom must be founded on renewed loyalty to the spiritual values. ... Enemies of mankind who are arrayed in battle against us realized this, and therefore began their effort to subdue the world with an assault on religious institutions ... which ... taught ... the dignity and worth of human personality. ... In cooperation with Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant scholars ... it will in time, I trust, become an increasingly powerful instrument for enlightening men of all faiths."
Franklin D. Roosevelt died. The day after his funeral, President Harry S Truman told Congress, April 16, 1945: "Our forefathers came to our rugged shores in search of religious tolerance. ... Within an hour after I took the oath of office, I announced that the San Francisco (United Nations) Conference would proceed. ... In the memory of our fallen president ... I appeal to every American ... to support our efforts to build a strong and lasting United Nations Organization ... with Divine guidance, and your help. ... I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: 'Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart.'"
In April 25, 1945, President Truman addressed United Nations delegates at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco: "At no time in history has there been a more important Conference than this one in San Francisco which you are opening today. ... We beseech our Almighty God to guide us in the building of a permanent monument to those who gave their lives that this moment might come."
The United Nations Charter was signed June 26, 1945, by 51 member nations.
Advertisement - story continues below
The United Nations began with high hopes, as President Harry S Truman stated, March 6, 1946: "We have just come though a decade in which the forces of evil in various parts of the world have been lined up in a bitter fight to banish from the face of the earth both these ideals – religion and democracy ... founded on one basic principle, the worth and dignity of the individual man and woman. Dictatorship ... is founded on the doctrine that ... men and women and children were put on earth solely for the purpose of serving the state. ..."
Truman continued: "The Protestant Church, the Catholic Church, and the Jewish Synagogue – bound together in the American unity of brotherhood – must provide the shock forces to accomplish this moral and spiritual awakening. ... Unless it is done, we are headed for the disaster we would deserve. ... We have tried to write into the Charter of the United Nations the essence of religion."
One of the first acts of the United Nations was to recognize Israel as a nation on May 15, 1948.
In 1953, President Eisenhower addressed the United Nations: "The whole book of history reveals mankind's never-ending quest for peace and mankind's God-given capacity to build."
The president of the United Nations' General Assembly, 13th Session, was Charles Habib Malik, who helped write the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Charles Habib Malik stated in 1958: "The good (in the United States) would never have come into being without the blessing and power of Jesus Christ. ... Whoever tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the suffering and love and salvation of Christ is only dreaming. I know how embarrassing this matter is to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and cynics; but, whatever these honored men think, the irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is at its best and highest, Christian."
Advertisement - story continues below
Eisenhower's delegate to the United Nations was Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who sent a letter to every member state, Dec. 30, 1955: "I propose that God should be openly and audibly invoked at the United Nations. ... I do so in the conviction that we cannot make the United Nations into a successful instrument of God's peace without God's help – and that with His help we cannot fail. To this end I propose that we ask for that help."
The United Nations did not act on Lodge's proposal to open with prayer. In subsequent years, the mission of the United Nations has become unclear. Former President Herbert Clark Hoover told the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1950: "I suggest that the United Nations should be reorganized without the Communist nations in it. If that is impractical, then a definite New United Front should be organized of those peoples who disavow communism, who stand for morals and religion, and who love freedom. ..."
Hoover continued: "What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who believe in God against this tide of Red agnosticism. It needs a moral mobilization against the hideous ideas of the police state and human slavery. ... It is a proposal to redeem the concept of the United Nations to the high purpose for which it was created. ... It is a proposal for moral and spiritual cooperation of God-fearing free nations ... in rejecting an atheistic other world."
President Eisenhower stated Feb. 20, 1957: "No one deplores more than I the fact that the Soviet Union ignores the resolutions of the United Nations."
Advertisement - story continues below
President Dwight Eisenhower confided to the National Junior Chamber of Commerce, June 10, 1963: "The United Nations has seemed to be two distinct things to the two worlds divided by the iron curtain. ...
To the free world it has seemed that it should be a constructive forum. ... To the Communist world it has been a convenient sounding board for their propaganda, a weapon to be exploited in spreading disunity and confusion."
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations' General Assembly, Dec. 10, 1948. Making no reference to rights being endowed by a Creator, the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognized by consent basic human rights, such as:
- Freedom of opinion and expression
- Freedom to change religions
- Right to education
- No slavery
- No forced marriages
- No torture
- No inhumane punishment
The U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights was rejected by the leaders of 57 Islamic countries, who formed their own group called the OIC – Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The OIC passed in 1990 the "Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam" affirming Shariah law as supreme, with:
- the death penalty for those leaving Islam
- punishing women who are victims of rape
- allowing men to be polygamous
- permitting wife beating
- censoring speech insulting Islam
Should nations grant freedom of speech and freedom of religion to those whose ultimate goal is to abolish freedom of speech and the freedom of religion?
During Islam's 1,400 years of expansion, wherever Muslims conquered, the subdued non-Muslim populations were relegated to live under Shariah law as second-class citizens called "dhimmi." The public proclaiming of the Christian Gospel was forbidden as it is considered insulting Islam. The claim that Israel has a right to exist is considered insulting Islam.
As centuries passed, the U.S. Navy and Marines fought the Muslim Barbary Pirate Wars, 1801-1805 and 1815, freeing hundreds of American sailors held captive.
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in "Democracy in America," 1840, Vol. II, Book 1, Chapter V: "Mohammed brought down from heaven and put into the Koran not religious doctrines only, but political maxims, criminal and civil laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, on the other hand, deal only with the general relations between man and God and between man and man. Beyond that, they teach nothing and do not oblige people to believe anything. That alone, among a thousand reasons, is enough to show that Islam will not be able to hold its power long in an age of enlightenment and democracy, while Christianity is destined to reign in such age, as in all others."
Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci interviewed Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979:
Oriana Fallaci: "Women ... cannot study at the university with men, they cannot work with men, they cannot swim in the sea or in a swimming-pool with men. They have to do everything separately, wearing their 'chador.' By the way, how can you swim wearing a 'chador'?"
Ayatollah Khomeini: "None of this concerns you, our customs do not concern you."
Oriana Fallaci wrote in "The Force of Reason" (2004): "Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam. And Italy is an outpost of that province, a stronghold of that colony. In each of our cities lies a second city: a Muslim city, a city run by the Quran. A stage in the Islamic expansionism."
On July 15, 2011, the OIC received the support of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, for the purpose of passing U.N. Resolution 16/18 censoring worldwide any speech insulting Islam.
OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu commended: "I particularly appreciate the kind personal interest of Secretary Clinton and the role played by the U.S. towards the consensual adoption of the resolution."
In 2005, the European Union hurriedly passed laws censoring speech insulting Islam after Muslims rioted, blaming a Danish cartoon. Throughout 2012, Hillary Clinton did not respond to requests for increased security personnel to protect the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
On Sept. 11, 2012, a planned attack occurred on the Benghazi Consulate, which was being listened to in real time by U.S. intelligence as the terrorists were using U.S. cell phones. Six hours into the attack, Hillary Clinton spoke via telephone with the president and no attempt was made to rescue U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. A few hours later, the administration blamed the attack on a video insulting Islam, produced by a filmmaker who has since been alleged to have had links with the U.S. Justice Department.
The next morning, Hillary Clinton's State Department contacted YouTube and Google requesting them to censor speech insulting Islam. The administration began an intense campaign aimed at censoring speech insulting Islam, as President Obama told the United Nations, Sept. 25, 2012: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Later reports surfaced that the United States had supplied guns to the terrorists overthrowing Libya's leaders and that these guns were being moved through Benghazi to arm terrorists overthrowing Syria's leader, and are now being used by ISIS terrorists to overthrow Iraq's leaders. This is part of the broader Muslim Brotherhood goal of re-establishing the Ottoman empire as union of Shariah Muslim countries called a Caliphate.
The United Nations, which began with such high ideals, has unfortunately allowed contrasting deeds, as President Reagan warned the U.N. General Assembly, June 17, 1982: "Eleanor Roosevelt, one of our first ambassadors to this body, reminded us that the high-sounding words of tyrants stand in bleak contradiction to their deeds. 'Their promises,' she said, 'are in deep contrast to their performances.'"
Reagan continued: "In these times when more and more lawless acts are going unpunished ... some members of this very body show a growing disregard for the U.N. Charter ... President Truman said, 'If we should pay merely lip service to inspiring ideals, and later do violence to simple justice, we would draw down upon us the bitter wrath of generations yet unborn.'"
Brought to you by AmericanMinute.com.