The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference condemned the terms of the Iranian nuclear deal in a statement released Friday, calling the agreement "not only bad; it is very dangerous."
"Last week, American negotiators and their negotiating partners signed off on an agreement that is supposed to tame Iran's once-secret and long-denied nuclear weapons program," the Hispanic evangelical group said. "The original goal was to prevent Iran from having any pathway to nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this agreement falls far short of the original goals."
The organization follows in the footsteps of a slew of others including the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee, several 2016 presidential candidates and Republican and Democratic members of Congress.
Among the grievances mentioned in the statement, NHCLC criticized the deal's lack of "anytime, anywhere" inspections of nuclear facilities, terms that allow some uranium-producing centrifuges to remain intact and the lifting of bans on conventional weapons ban and sanctions.
"The alternative is not war," the statement said — a direct jab a President Obama, who said war was the only other inevitable option to the deal announced on July 14. "The alternative is the opportunity to regroup and demand a better agreement, one that ensures Iran will not ever become a nuclear power."
The NHCLC expressed concern about Iran's ability to fund terrorism, noting the promised removal of sanctions against Christians, Jews and even Muslims with whom they disagree. In the long term, they fear that the agreement leaves Iran with an "industrial-scale nuclear enrichment program" with the ability to "produce enough enriched uranium for nuclear weapons in a matter days."
At that point, NHCLC says the United States' only options will be to go to war with Iran or allow the country to keep its nuclear weapons.
The statement urges members of Congress to reject the deal and calls on members of the Hispanic evangelical community to contact their representatives.
"America is our country; Israel is the spiritual homeland for Christians and Jews around the world," said the statement. "As Americans and Christians, we care deeply about both, and these two great nations represent the greatest hope for the future of the world. This Iran deal which accelerates Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons and foment extremism and terrorism is a threat to world citizens who long for freedom and safety. We could not trust Iran in the past and we cannot trust Iran in the future. A more powerful Iran will propagate more deception and death."
NHCLC is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, according to the statement. "It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora," the statement said.