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Iím not anti-Semitic; I hate everyone.

Excerpt from original: "At long last. After 45 years, I finally saw another side to them.

But despite all that torrent of abuse from probably 30,000 Jews and 5,000 Judeophiles (almost all Zionists), I don't have many anti-Semitic feelings at the moment, though unfortunately I did go through a "phase", which passed years ago."
"As noted above, a similar process of increased Jewish identity and deepened attachment to Zionism occurred in most US Jews after the 1967 War (Chomsky has noted this), gave rise to the Jewish-Israeli Lobby in US politics, and caused a tectonic shift in US support for Israel, beginning under Henry Kissinger in the 1973 War. The German-born Kissinger was (and remains) a strong Jewish tribal activist and passionate Zionist.

Since then, US support for Israel and the power of the Jewish-Israeli Lobby in the US have both continued to increase, off and on, to the present day. We are now at the bizarre point under Bush where we are so close to Israel that we may as well make it a state, except no state gets anywhere near such lavish benefits as Israel does.

Or perhaps we should just merge the two states in our minds as "USreal" like some of my Arab nationalist friends do. In the thread, I said these Jews moving to the Right in these pro-war movements were taking sides in the Terror War, and picking their tribal identity over their human identity - they were choosing to be Jews first and humans second.

Which of course is not particular to Jews but is the case with many tribes, clans, nations, states, and religions everywhere and through time. Choosing one's tribe over one's humanity is known to massively dramatically during wartime, and may even be a good idea, survival-wise.

In the thread, I then noted two prominent US War on Terror warmongers, one a Clintonite Centrist, another a Leftist moving rapidly to the Right.

For Madeline Albright, the liberal, I noted that a while back she discovered that she was 1/2 Jewish and had lost relatives in the Holocaust. Shortly afterwards, when told that US-Zionist sanctions had killed 500,000 Iraqi children, Uber-Zionist Albright said, "It was worth it." I suggested a possible connection between's Albright's newly discovered Jewish identity (and probably intensified Zionism) and her shocking applause, shortly afterwards, for killing the 500,000 baby Arab enemies of the Jews.

The Leftist sprinting to the Right is Christopher Hitchens. To be fair, Hitchens still considers himself a Leftist, but most of the Left treat him like a leper, which is appropriate. For Hitchens, former basher of such precious icons as Mother Theresa, it was a breathtaking shape-shift. Hitchens is yet another suspicious case. Like Albright, he too found out late in life he was 1/2 Jewish. Seems in the years following this experience, he started moving more and more to the Right, especially in the neocon sense.

Hitchens the sellout is obsessed with Israel's Arab and Muslim enemies (though he refers to them as enemies of the US in the typical Zionist feint), sucks George Bush's toes and plays "honorary leftist Bush supporter" court jester to King Bush in USreal's War on the Enemies of the Jews (otherwise known as the War on Terror). His ultimate self-abasement was his "Why I'm Voting Bush" column in the Nation before the 2004 election.

I suggested that Hitchens' discovery of his Jewish roots and his move to the Right for the War on Terror may not be coincidental. Then I said that such mental shifts were common in Jewish converts, who often become passionately committed to Judaism (to the point where born Jews are embarrassed by them), develop a peculiarly intense Jewish identity, and begin to experience a fear of the Gentiles, as in, "When are the Gentiles coming to kill us Jews?"

Also noted amongst newfound Jewish converts is a desire to associate less with Gentiles and more with their newfound tribe (possibly due to the fears above). This conversion process has been widely noted and commented on in the Jewish press, in fact, most everything I said above, with the exception of my speculation about Hitchens and Albright, are favorite discussion topics in the Jewish press. As usual, these discussions are confined to the "behind closed doors" safety of the Jewish media.

If any Gentile "outsider" (like me) dares to broach the "secret topics that Jews can only discuss with themselves", most Jews and many Judeophiles will bash them ferociously as anti-Semites, even if the Gentile makes the same comments about the Jews that Jews make about themselves when they think no one is listening. This tribal double standard seems to be profoundly unfair and immoral.

While Jews tolerate all sorts of discussions in these Jews-only fora (including often-ferocious criticisms of Jews, Jewish jokes, etc.), it's still pretty taboo for Jewish authors to discuss these "sensitive subjects" with the "outsiders", i.e. in the non-Jewish media.

Brave, noble Jewish prophets who dare step off the Jewish Plantation to discuss the dirty linen with the frightening goys are often ruthlessly gang-bullied and ordered by other members of the Tribe to "Shut up!" amid cries of, "Are you trying to start a pogrom?" There is a mentality of, "There are certain things we only discuss with our own kind".

So now, as a result of the utterly harmless statements and two airy, idle, innocuous speculations above, I am now a big fat anti-Semitic Naziboy.

Well, well. It won't be the first, but I never expected it from the Left.

In Summer 2002, after a few months study, I adopted the Palestinian cause and started strongly opposing Israel. Before, I was the usual wishy-washy "let's talk peace" fence-sitting US liberal on the subject. I've been active for almost three years now, debating Zionists on the Web anonymously. Previously, no sane person ever called me Nazi or anti-Semite. Suddenly, as an enemy of Israel and supporter of the Palestinians, I have been called these things 100,000 times at least, or so it seems.

I've gotten many threats, including death threats, challenges to fight, threats to beat me up, to fire me from my job, to destroy my business, to uncover dirt on me, to destroy my reputation and career. Since I was anonymous, there were endless attempts to find out my real name, address, phone number, school history, work history, town of residence, life history, you name it. Dossiers or files were made listing my postings. I dealt with my share of stalkers and harassers.

Debater opponents posted lists of dozens or hundreds of my annotated, cross-referenced quotes, trailing back years. They somehow uncovered nym and nym, linking them all, and putting them into Big Fat Files. Creepy. The creepiest of the harassers, stalkers, and threateners were often US Jews associated with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Jewish Defense League (JDL).

Others were associated with heavily Jewish "anti-racist", "anti-fascist", or "anti-revisionist" liberal-to-Leftist groups. A number of them came from Ken McVay's anti-revisionist Nizkor website.

Note: all of this occurred during my anonymous posting on the web. I have finally gotten brave enough to write about these issues under my own name and am now prepared to face the music.

I've been called every name in the book, insulted with every insult you can think of, and baited in every possible way. And 80-90% of those who declared war on me over this issue were...um...Jewish people (Zionists).

And. So. At long last. After 45 years, I finally saw another side to them.

But despite all that torrent of abuse from probably 30,000 Jews and 5,000 Judeophiles (almost all Zionists), I don't have many anti-Semitic feelings at the moment, though unfortunately I did go through a "phase", which passed years ago.

As far as this abusive Zionist Jewish tsunami that has been trying to drown me goes, I just shrug it off, figure, that's the way they are, assume they can't really help it, forgive them like a good Christian (Say, "They know not what they do") and try not to give them much thought. But since feelings are not like faucets we can turn on and off, there were nights when I would head off to bed thinking, "Grrrrr, Jews, grrrrr."

Using the faucet analogy above, as a Leftist, I would identify that feeling, note that I was feeling some racism (anti-Semitism), try to convince myself it was pathological, and do mind exercises to make it go away. Sleep on it, most times, get up the next day and it's gone. Sometimes it would linger for a day or two. But if it lingered, I would try to keep convincing myself that I was feeling racist, that this is irrational, and try to work the feeling away with reason.

I think all humans are susceptible to racism, sexism, etc., and we Leftists are too. The only difference between the racists and us is that they aren't bothered by their racism in the slightest - they relish it, cavort in it and mold pleasing identities with it. On the other hand, we try to banish it when it appears.

Before I adopted the Palestinian cause, I never cared anything about Jews; in fact I was a shameless Judeophile. It was such a petty issue that I spent decades hanging out with a couple who were friends of my family before I even found out they were Jewish. When I finally found out, I had known them my whole life (30 years) and honestly, the subject just never came up - it wasn't important. There were a number of other family friends whom I would only recognize as Jewish if I really thought about it. Most of the time, the thought never even occurred to me.

So, all of a sudden, upon taking up the Palestinian cause in middle age, I, previously a fawning Judeophile, morph into a raving Nazi? I don't think so. I think the moral to the story is, take up the Palestinian cause and start opposing Israel, and be prepared to be called "Jew-hater" till your ears turn blue.

I could post a whole lot more on this subject and build up 100 times more hatred, rage, scorn, rejection, name-calling, abuse, slander, stalkers, threats, harassment and flames for me, but I think I'll save that masochistic moment for later.

In the meantime, in closing, I just want to make a few aphoristic points:

There is no Jewish Conspiracy to Control the World, or if there is, they're doing a damned poor job of it, so we needn't worry. If they ever start taking over for real, then we can think about how to deal with it happens. Instead of this Jewish conspiracy, there just is imperialism.

WRT to the general disgusting question of races, tribes, ethnic groups, clans, nations, states, religions, sects, and all the other repulsive formations that humans create and embrace in order to defy their humanity, drive barriers between their brothers and sisters Sapiens, and create hatreds out of mere air, I say: I don't care anything about any of these pissant, penny-ante, tribal, divisive, hate-factory ethnicities or tribes or what have you.

And it's all a deceit anyway, because the Human Tribe is the only one that counts.

So, my attitude on race, ethnics, tribes, etc. above reads like a quiz:

Does it have a head? Yes.
Does it have less body hair than a monkey? Yes.
Does it have two arms with two hands? Yes.
Does it have two legs with two feet? Yes.
Is it talking (nonsense)? Yes.

Answer: It's a human being. White, Black, Asian, Polynesian, Indian, American Indian, Melanesian, Micronesian, Pygmy, Hottentot, Aborigine - they are all idiots of same quality.

To charges of white supremacism continuously leveled at me, I say: We Whites are the ultimate Untermenschen - just look at our history. Clearly, the White Man is a genetically degenerated form of his ancestor, the superior Black African Man. This poor degenerated White Man has lost most of his earlier superior ability to sing, smile, laugh, dance, party, play music, smooth talk, wear gold jewelry, hang loose, take it easy, kick back, pick up chicks and just have fun in general.

To the charge of anti-Semitism, I say: I don't hate the Jews, I hate everyone."

 http://robertlindsay.blogspot.com/2005/02/i-dont-hate-jews-i-hate-everyone.html
I've had almost the identical experience 14.Jul.2005 09:11

Joe Friendly

I see my own experience almost perfectly reflected in this piece. The Zionist Jews and non-Jewish Zionist Judeophiles are surely one of the most dangerously deluded and psychologically bent out of shape groups of people I've ever encountered. It's very tempting to hate them, but the Christian and generally wise way is to forgive and cultivate active goodwill towards every living being, including those who slander you, condemn you, harrass you, and threaten you, meanwhile stealing, murdering , torturing, and deliberately breeding murderous enmity by hundreds of millions of bystanders towards THEIR ENEMIES (the people of the middle east that occupy the land they covet).

Christian Zionists are the real threat - don't get hung up on 'Jewish' 15.Jul.2005 18:02

enraptured

please, STOP the focus or obsession with 'Jews' and 'Jewishness'. It's nothing to do with 'anti-Semitism', an ethnicity, race or 'hatred' of any kind - that perspective and approach is what elite powers-that-be would _have you_ believe . . .

(RE: Jews, there are plenty - living in Israel, or elswhere - who are TOTALLY opposed to what is happening in Israel and as a consequence of US policy in the region  http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en )

see the links and research below for the real threat:

dual, two-way **alliance** between US-based fundamentalist Christians (aka Christianists) and pro-Zionists (whether Jewish, or not) - along with their elite governmental + corporate media influence and connections - that foster and perpetuate continued Israel-boosting/funding of these militaristic, genocidal policies in the Middle East.

Fundamentalist CHRISTIANS are equal, corporate partners in Zionism today.

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Christianists and Zionism (6.May.2005 update)
author: enraptured
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/316906.shtml

US-based fundamentalist Christians (aka Christianists) and pro-Zionist forces are dually linked as the greatest threat to global peace and stability existing today on earth. Quite literally, their prime goal and intention is to bring the human population closer to the brink of the biblical-revelation-described 'Rapture'.

Articles and their selected excerpts below - with many references and sub-links - explain, in detail, the pervasive and unfettered power that these groups and ideologies have (especially with the advent of GWB administration post-9/11) over the current US military, mass media  http://www.corporations.org/media/ and corporate regime.

[previous 22.Jan.2005 20:16 post here  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/308997.shtml]

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A Strange Kind of Freedom, by Robert Fisk
 http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=313235
 http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0710-07.htm
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/300832.shtml

An Ideological Tower of Babel, by Lila Rajiva
 http://www.counterpunch.org/rajiva01152005.html
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/308216.shtml

Christianist Ayatollahs Bring America To Shame; Are Worse Threat Than 'Communism'
 http://www.opednews.com/kall051704_christianist_ayatollahs.htm
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288638.shtml

The Jesus Landing Pad, by Rick Perlstein
Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move
 http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0420/perlstein.php
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288694.shtml

Air Jesus
With The Evangelical Air Force
 http://www.mediatransparency.org/stories/nrbconvention.html

Stations of the Cross: How Evangelical Christians Are Creating an Alternative Universe of Faith-Based News
By Mariah Blake
The Columbia Journalism Review
 http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/3/blake-evangelist.asp
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/050505G.shtml

Bush, Christian Right and Zionism
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305253.shtml

Israel's Men from JINSA and CSP
 http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020902&s=vest
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2002/12/39650.shtml

Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell is on the JINSA advisory board
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305345.shtml

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Christianists and Zionism
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/308997.shtml

US-based fundamentalist Christians (aka Christianists) and pro-Zionist forces are dually linked as the greatest threat to global peace and stability existing today on earth. Quite literally, their prime goal and intention is to bring the human population closer to the brink of the biblical-revelation-described 'Rapture'.

Articles below - with many references and sub-links - explain, in detail, the pervasive and unfettered power that these groups and ideologies have (especially with the advent of GWB administration post-9/11) over the current US military, mass media, and corporate regime.

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A Strange Kind of Freedom, by Robert Fisk
 http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=313235
 http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0710-07.htm
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/300832.shtml

The most astonishing -- and least covered -- story is in fact the alliance of Israeli lobbyists and Christian Zionist fundamentalists, a coalition that began in 1978 with the publication of a Likud plan to encourage fundamentalist churches to give their support to Israel. By 1980, there was an "International Christian Embassy" in Jerusalem; and in 1985, a Christian Zionist lobby emerged at a "National Prayer Breakfast for Israel" whose principal speaker was Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to become Israeli prime minister. "A sense of history, poetry and morality imbued the Christian Zionists who, more than a century ago, began to write, plan and organise for Israel's restoration," Netanyahu told his audience. The so-called National Unity Coalition for Israel became a lobbying arm of Christian Zionism with contacts in Congress and neo-conservative think-tanks in Washington.

. . . In May [2002], the Israeli embassy in Washington, no less, arranged a prayer breakfast for Christian Zionists. Present were Alonzo Short, a member of the board of "Promise Keepers", and Michael Little who is president of the "Christian Broadcasting Network". Event hosts were listed as including those dour old Christian conservatives Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who once financed a rogue television station in southern Lebanon which threatened Muslim villagers and broadcast tirades by Major Saad Haddad, Israel's stooge militia leader in Lebanon. In Tennessee, Jewish officials invited hundreds of Christians to join Jewish crowds at a pro-Israel solidarity rally in Memphis.

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An Ideological Tower of Babel, by Lila Rajiva
 http://www.counterpunch.org/rajiva01152005.html
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/308216.shtml

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Christianist Ayatollahs Bring America To Shame; Are Worse Threat Than 'Communism'
 http://www.opednews.com/kall051704_christianist_ayatollahs.htm
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288638.shtml

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The Jesus Landing Pad, by Rick Perlstein
Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move
 http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0420/perlstein.php
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288694.shtml

It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off bogus social science on gay marriage as if it were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that "the Presidents [sic] Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level"óthis to a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we're not supposed to know the National Security Council's top Middle East aide consults with apocalyptic Christians eager to ensure American policy on Israel conforms with their sectarian doomsday scenarios.

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Bush, Christian Right and Zionism
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305253.shtml

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Israel's Men from JINSA and CSP
 http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020902&s=vest
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2002/12/39650.shtml

Almost thirty years ago, a prominent group of neoconservative hawks found an effective vehicle for advocating their views via the Committee on the Present Danger, a group that fervently believed the United States was a hair away from being militarily surpassed by the Soviet Union, and whose raison d'Ítre was strident advocacy of bigger military budgets, near-fanatical opposition to any form of arms control and zealous championing of a Likudnik Israel. Considered a marginal group in its nascent days during the Carter Administration, with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 CPD went from the margins to the center of power.

Just as the right-wing defense intellectuals made CPD a cornerstone of a shadow defense establishment during the Carter Administration, so, too, did the right during the Clinton years, in part through two organizations: the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the Center for Security Policy (CSP). And just as was the case two decades ago, dozens of their members have ascended to powerful government posts, where their advocacy in support of the same agenda continues, abetted by the out-of-government adjuncts from which they came. Industrious and persistent, they've managed to weave a number of issues--support for national missile defense, opposition to arms control treaties, championing of wasteful weapons systems, arms aid to Turkey and American unilateralism in general--into a hard line, with support for the Israeli right at its core.

On no issue is the JINSA/CSP hard line more evident than in its relentless campaign for war--not just with Iraq, but "total war," as Michael Ledeen, one of the most influential JINSAns in Washington, put it last year . . . Indeed, there are some in military and intelligence circles who have taken to using "axis of evil" in reference to JINSA and CSP . . .

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Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell is on the JINSA advisory board
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305345.shtml

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Stations of the Cross: How Evangelical Christians Are Creating an Alternative Universe of Faith-Based News
By Mariah Blake
The Columbia Journalism Review
 http://www.cjr.org/issues/2005/3/blake-evangelist.asp
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/050505G.shtml

. . .

Christians have been flocking to broadcasting ever since the first radio programs began crackling across the airwaves in the early 1900s. By the 1930s, evangelicals were lobbying for policies that would ensure their dominance in the religious broadcasting realm. Their activism was catalyzed by the fact that early on, the big-three networks donated rather than sold airtime to religious organizations. The Federal Council of Churches, which represented the more liberal mainline denominations, favored this system, which it believed would help keep the religious message from getting corrupted. But evangelicals worried that networks would lavish mainline churches with free airtime while giving their own ministries short shrift. In 1944, they formed the National Religious Broadcasters( NRB), and that organization lobbied federal regulators. The strategy worked; the government eventually decided to let religious organizations purchase as much airtime as they could afford. Evangelical preachers were soon flooding the airwaves, while mainline broadcast ministries all but vanished from the radio dial.

In the sixty-one years since its founding, the NRB has grown to represent 1,600 broadcasters with billions of dollars in media holdings and staggering political clout. Its aggressive political maneuverings have helped shape federal policy, further easing the evangelical networks' rapid growth. In 2000, for instance, the Federal Communications Commission issued guidelines that would have barred religious broadcasters from taking over frequencies designated for educational programming. The NRB lobbied Congress to intervene, at one point delivering a petition signed by nearly half a million people. Legislators, in turn, bore down on the FCC, and the agency relented.

. . .

As the NRB has grown larger and more powerful, so have the broadcasters it represents. Over the last decade, Christian TV networks have added tens of millions of homes to their distribution lists by leaping onto satellite and cable systems. The number of religious radio stations - the vast majority of which are evangelical - has grown by about 85 percent since 1998 alone. They now outnumber rock, classical, hip-hop, R&B, soul, and jazz stations combined.

. . .

Christian news networks devote an enormous amount of airtime to Israel, and their interest has theological underpinnings. In addition to being the place where many biblical events unfolded, Israel plays a pivotal role in biblical prophecy. Most evangelicals emphasize that God granted Israel to the Jews through a covenant with Abraham. They believe that the Jews' return to Israel was biblically foreordained, and that Jewish control over Israel will trigger a cascade of apocalyptic events that will culminate in Christ's second coming. Israel's strength is vital to their own redemption.

Such beliefs explain the unwavering support for Israel expressed by some evangelical talk show hosts. Among them is Kay Arthur, whose radio and TV program, Precepts For Life, offers audiences biblical solutions to everyday dilemmas such as divorce and addictions. She took to the stage at the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Breakfast, held in conjunction with the 2005 NRB conference, and told the hundreds of broadcasters in the audience, "If it came to a choice between Israel and America, I would stand with Israel." Janet Parshall, host of a popular political program that also runs both on radio and TV, implored the Israelis in attendance, "Please, please, do not give up any more land." Lest anyone think her alone in her zeal, she urged all those who believed "in the sovereignty of Israel" to stand. Virtually everyone in the room got up.

Some influential evangelical hosts - among them Arthur, Parshall, and Pat Robertson - sometimes broadcast live from Israel and urge listeners and viewers to visit the country. Their pleas have helped persuade thousands of American Christians to brave the bloody Intifada for a chance to savor the sights and smells of Christ's homeland, while supporting Israel's battered economy.

The Israeli government has responded with gratitude. Senior officials meet regularly with evangelical broadcasters. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent Pat Robertson a taped message for his seventy-fifth birthday, thanking him for his stalwart support. In addition to staging lavish events in the broadcasters' honor, the country's tourism ministry rents one of the largest booths at each year's NRB conference. This year's event also featured a number of other Israel-focused exhibits, including the burned-out hull of a Jerusalem city bus that was struck by a suicide bomber in January 2004. Part of the roof had been ripped off and all that was left of the rear seats was a jumble of twisted steel and charred upholstery. Near the bumper hung a poster with images of bomb-laden Palestinian boys. It read: "When Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israel, then there will be peace in Palestine."

The turmoil gripping the Middle East has proven to be a particularly appealing topic for shows like the International Intelligence Briefing and Prophecy in the News, which interpret world events - be it the rise of the European Union or the Asian tsunami - in light of biblical prophecy. This approach tends to cast events that flow from controversial human choices as the natural and inevitable march of destiny. Prophecy-focused shows suggest that the war in Iraq was foretold in the Bible, for instance.

Some political talk shows go even further out on the apocalyptic edge. Among them is the 700 Club, which airs on numerous mainstream stations and reaches about a million U.S. viewers each day. Its February 25 edition featured an interview with a man named Glenn Miller, touted on the 700 Club Web site as a "proven prophet." A scholarly looking man, Miller sat nestled in an armchair, a faux-urban skyline glittering in the background, and explained why God had sent America to war with Iraq. "It has nothing to do with terrorism," he told Pat Robertson's son, Gordon. "It has nothing to do with oil. It has everything to do with that there's 1.2 million Muslims that have been deceived by the false God Allah, and that the God of heaven, Jehovah, is now in the process of doing war if you will against that spirit to . . . break the power of deception so those people can be exposed to the gospel." As Miller spoke, Robertson nodded in sympathy. At one point, Robertson chimed in with the tale of a CBN reporter who was embedded with one of the first infantry divisions to march into Baghdad: "He said there was a sense among the troops - and he had this personal sense as well - that this was a spiritual victory, that this was a movement in the heavenlies."

Some evangelical talk show hosts see more conflict on the horizon in the Middle East. For instance, J.R. Church of Prophecy in the News recently predicted that the United States would attack Syria, probably with a nuclear bomb. As proof the host pointed to a passage from Isaiah, which warned that Damascus would be reduced to a "ruinous heap."

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Air Jesus
With The Evangelical Air Force
 http://www.mediatransparency.org/stories/nrbconvention.html

As Christian broadcasting's leading lights gathered at the National Religious Broadcasters' convention in Anaheim, California, only power-mongering and profiteering could keep their contradictions from bubbling to the surface

by Max Blumenthal
for Mediatransparency.org

POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2005 --

"How many of you out there think ministering the Word is unpopular?" the Rev. James McDonald asked a rapt crowd of hundreds at the opening ceremony of the National Religious Broadcasters' (NRB -  http://www.nrb.org/) convention. A beefy, bald-headed evangelist Air Jesus: With the Evangelical Air Forcewith a folksy style and an uncanny resemblance to Jesse Ventura, McDonald spent his 30 minute sermon harping on a theme that would dominate the convention: Christian persecution.

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Nowhere during the NRB conference were the contradictions more severe -- or better suppressed -- than at the Israeli Tourism Ministry breakfast. Since the Intifada began four years ago, damaging Israel's international prestige and scaring off Jewish tourists, Israel ramped up its campaign for evangelical support by marketing itself as the place "where Jesus walked" and enlisting Christian broadcasters as surrogate propagandists. With the Intifada now at a dead end and Israel expecting upwards of 700,000 Christian tourists this year, tourism officials deployed to the convention exuded a blithe, celebratory mood, feting their Christian guests with abundant helpings of scrambled eggs, creamed spinach and sweet rolls, all courtesy of grateful Israeli taxpayers.

In recent years, one of the most outspoken evangelical supporters of Israel has been popular radio host Janet Parshall. As the breakfast's keynote speaker, she described her decision to tour Israel by recounting a conversation with God.

"God, the Holy Land has terrorists, I said. But, God said, 'Janet, you're from Washington DC,'" Parshall recalled to uproarious laughter. But whom was Parshall's God referring to? To DC's political class? Or to DC's sizable population of young Black males who are so often demonized in the conservative media as a criminal plague? The crowd seemed to know.

Parshall was preceded by Michael Medved, a former left-wing Jewish radical who gained prominence as a convert to conservatism. He began his speech by reminding the crowd why he was one of the Christian Right's favorite House Hebrews: "A more Christian America is good for the Jews because a more Christian America is good for America." The audience clapped politely, but did not truly warm up to Medved until his first salvo against other Jews. "When you see Jews who are part of the attack on Christmas," Medved said, "you know they have rejected their own faith." The crowd erupted in spontaneous applause.

Perhaps the most startling moment of the morning was an appearance by popular Christian Zionist author, Kay Arthur of Precepts Ministries. "I love America," Arthur said, her voice quivering with emotion. "But if it came to a choice between Israel and America, I would stand with Israel." While the crowd applauded tepidly, I looked around and saw more than a few faces cringing with embarrassment. Arthur went on to read excerpts from the Book of Revelations, painting a surreal image of Jesus seated in a throne floating above Jerusalem, rapturing all the world's true believers up to Heaven. She left the fate of unreconstructed Jews to the imagination.

When Arthur finished, Israel's soft-spoken tourism minister, Avraham Hirschsohn, approached the podium to declare somewhat unctuously, "You stood with us for the last four years when nobody else would. Thank you."

The following day, I paid a visit to the Israeli Tourism Ministry's booth in the convention's cavernous exposition hall. There I met a tall, svelte blonde named Marina, who lived on a cooperative mango farm near the Sea of Gallilee. I asked her if she agreed with the political views of the NRB conventioneers.

"No, no, and no," she stated firmly.

Then what was she doing there?

"I walked around here earlier today looking at everything," Marina said, "and I wondered to myself, 'What am I doing here?'" Her eyes welled up with tears. "I mean, come on, these people are anti-Semitic." Though I didn't see any overt anti-semitism in evidence at the conference, evangelical leaders like Pat Robertson  http://www.cursor.org/stories/selfdealing.htm and Don Wildmon of the American Family Association (  http://www.afa.net/about.asp) have long histories of anti-semitic statements.

Just then a small, aging man ambled towards us and identified himself as Itzhak, the founder of Kibbutz Ginosar (  http://www.ginosar.co.il/indexe.html), also located on the Gallilee. "But these people supported us for four years," he reminded Marina in a scolding tone, referring to conservative evangelicals. I asked him if he agreed with their politics.

Itzhak paused, staring at the ground for a moment, then asked me, "Did you see the bus?"

I replied that I had not.

"The Americans brought that bus," he said. His voice dripped with disdain.

I followed Itzhak's directions to the back of the convention hall and there it was: Bus #19  http://www.tjci.org/bus19/html/about-where.htm , a Jerusalem city bus attacked by a Palestinian suicide bomber in January 2004. A scorched, hollow hulk of twisted steel beams, the bus was hoisted up on a display platform like a concept car at some macabre auto convention. A giant piece of posterboard leaning against the platform featured headshots of hundreds of Israeli suicide bombing casualties. Beside was a banner that read, "Terror Cannot Be Tolerated." (So must tolerance be terrorized?)

Bus #19 is owned by a Christian Zionist group called "The Jerusalem Connection" (  http://www.tjci.org/), which, according to its president, retired US Brigadier General James Hutchens, "looks at the conflict in Israel within a biblical context." The bus had toured the world, from The Hague, where it served as a prop for protesters against the World Court's condemnation of the Israeli separation wall, to the US for various evangelical "Remember Israel" rallies. At each stop, it was being offered up by The Jerusalem Connection like a moonbounce for a kid's birthday party.

At a table near the bus, a Jerusalem Connection employee was handing out pamphlets titled, "Bring Bus #19 To Your Community!" One reason the pamphlet offered for sponsoring it: "For Christians, you will increase in stature, appreciation and acceptance by Jews."

Rev. Plummer was holding court with some friends beside the bus, just where he promised to be during his fiery speech a day prior at the Israeli Tourism Ministry breakfast. A slight, mustachioed Black man, Plummer is a leading light in the GOP's push for a greater share of the Black vote. And though he took his token potshots at Black liberals at the breakfast, asserting that Blacks "have more allegiance to a party than to the God that made us," his most vitriolic statements were directed against Islam.

"I come from Detroit, where the biggest mosque in America is," Plummer said:

"It didn't take 9/11 to show me there is a battle for the souls of men...When Islam comes into a place, their intention is to take over everything. The businesses, the neighborhoods, everything."

In theory, Plummer wasn't opposed to having religious extremists subvert a greater society. His critique of Islam, couched in the language of spiritual warfare, was only meant to cast it as Christianity's most dangerous competitor. The Christian Right's dominionist intentions, a theme of the convention, were particularly in evidence at a seminar called, "Taking Over Cities For Christ: The Thousand Day Plan."

The seminar was led by Raul Justiniano, the Bolivian president of the Confederation of Ibero-American Communicators (COICOM), NRB's Latin American counterpart. Like a counter-revolutionary version of Che Guevara, the goateed Justiniano laid out his three-year plan to "invade" Latin American cities one by one by establishing cells in local churches and spreading outwards to "take possession of all parts of the city."

In the past decade, Justiniano has plastered Latin American cities with apparently non-religious billboard advertisements soliciting people to evangelization centers, saturated local media with Christian-themed commercials and films, and hosted stadium-sized revivals across the sub-continent. All in all, he claims to have won millions of souls through 61 "invasions" in six countries.

"Christian media is the air force and the church gives us people on the ground to mobilize our troops," Justiniano explained. "People will take notice and those are your targets. Everyone will be networked in eventually."

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End Times Imperialism
Biblical Prophecy and Christian Zionism

By GARY LEUPP

 http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp05072005.html


Christians? 16.Jul.2005 02:49

Jews?

or snake oil salesmen...