Obama Religious Adviser Visits Tehran

An American religious delegation is in Iran to improve dialogue between the United States and the clerics who rule the Islamic Republic, an Iranian media outlet reported Thursday.

The 30 American delegates, headed by what Jahan News called President Barack Obama’s “spiritual adviser,” Dr. Joel Hunter, traveled to Tehran in late May and continue to hold meetings with the radicals who rule Iran. The news outlet said the U.S. delegation’s travel to Iran was coordinated with the country’s intelligence services.

Hunter, the senior pastor of Northland Church, is accompanied by, among others, Dr. Barbara Skinner, head of the National Network of U.S.-African Priests; Dr. James August Kovalevsky; Professor Anthony Destro of Washington Catholic University; and Dr. Alex Roy Medley, head of the National Council of U.S. Churches.

Jahan News reported that Dr. Hunter serves on the White House’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, consults with Obama, and was influential in the election of the president in 2008. It called Hunter one of the most important evangelists in America who has taken the lead after Jerry Falwell’s death and that he represents the “Zionist Christians” in America.

Jahan News also reported that an American economic delegation traveled to Iran recently, looking to expand ties in the automobile industry despite the fact that the Islamic Republic is under several U.N., U.S. and European sanctions barring any company from doing business with the regime because of its illicit nuclear program.

Last week, the regime’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a speech to parliamentarians called for jihad against America until it is destroyed. “Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist,” Khamenei said. “This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought. … This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.”

In another speech days ago on the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei said, “The oppressors’ front [America] is mistaken in thinking that the root cause of the Islamic Awakening can be destroyed; however the understanding and the thought which resulted in the Islamic Awakening [Islamic revolution in Iran] will not go away.”