The name 'United Nations' was coined by Franklin Roosevelt for nations fighting the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) and their axis powers.
Speaking on Justice for War Crimes, March 24, 1944, Roosevelt explained how the original goal of the United Nations involved protecting the Jews:
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."
On November 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...
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
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."
The day after Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral, President Harry S. Truman told Congress, April 16, 1945:
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 (United Nations) San Francisco 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...
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. It began with high hopes, as President Harry S Truman stated, March 6, 1946:
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...
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."
Eisenhower's delegate to the United Nations was Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who sent a letter to every member state, December 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 U.N.chose not act on Lodge's proposal.
Charles Habib Malik, President of the United Nations' General Assembly, 13th Session, who helped write the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stated in 1958:
"The good (in the United States) would never have come into being without the blessing and power of Jesus Christ...
tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the
suffering and love and salvation of Christ is only dreaming.
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
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.
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...
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."
By June 10, 1963, President Dwight Eisenhower confided to the National Junior Chamber of Commerce:
"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."
Ronald Reagan addressed 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...
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.'"
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly, December 10, 1948, recognized basic human rights, such as:
of opinion and expression; freedom to change religions; right to
education; no slavery; no forced marriages; no torture; and no inhumane
Islamic leaders of 57 countries rejected the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
formed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In 1990, they passed
the 'Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam' affirming Shariah law
as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, censoring
free speech insulting Islam, and allowing men to be polygamous and beat