I discovered via Technorati that the Fellowship of Reconciliation had posted an article about the response of Americans, pro and con, to their meeting with the President of Iran. In it they referred to a couple of UU blog posts on either side of the issue. Mine was one of them. I wrote a comment and am reposting it here.
"I appreciate your listing my post in your article. I believe that what you and FOR did, including the president of my religious tradition, Bill Sinkford, was prophetic and courageous, whether others see it that way or not.
Only time will tell whether your act has produced any positive effect, other than the inner sense of being called to act and doing so. ...When we are prophetic, we are often doing it because we have to do it, not because it is going to change our enemy's mind.
You have been criticized because you did not bring power to the table, the traditional power that supposedly gets things done. You brought, in my opinion, a different kind of power to the table, the power of courage and a willingness to sit down with one who may use and abuse you, but whom you see as another human being.
That motivation is fully supported by my own faith tradition's First Principle: that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. That is our founding principle and it is often hard to act upon, particularly with a man whose behavior has been heinous. To see him as a person with inherent worth and dignity is hard, but you did it. Thank you."
There still has been no conversation about this issue on the ministers' chat, so I don't know what other ministers are thinking, other than those who have posted on their blogs.