Saturday, April 25, 2009

A random thought on welcoming dictators

All the discussion that was going on last week about meeting with people like Hugo Chavez reminded me of something. Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union while President Benson was serving as our Secretary of Agriculture, came to visit the United States. President Benson said this about his visit during a 1966 talk at BYU:

"It may surprise you to learn that I was host to Mr. Khrushchev for a half day when he visited the United States, not that I'm proud of it. I opposed his coming then and I still feel it was a mistake to welcome this atheistic murderer as a state visitor."

It's amazing how many topics the Apostles have talked about, if you are looking for it...while I would consider it a statement of President Benson's opinion rather than a statement of church policy, it does give some insight into how he felt about befriending some of the evil leaders of the world.

I highly recommend watching the warning that President Benson gave in that talk:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. I was send this audio as an email when Glenn Beck had it on his program and I have been trying to do a post on it myself, but could not figure out how to do it. (I'm such an amateur with this blogging stuff)
    All these years we have been told and warned. Told and warned some more. Can you believe it is really here?
    My husband isn't giving me a hard time about getting my "doomsday" machine anymore (propane generator).
    You can't get any more straight forward than with Pres. Benson.