Opening of us embassy in Jerusalem | Michael D’Antonio CNN | May 16, 2018
“At the embassy, various dignitaries struck a celebratory tone. Among them was an American pastor, Robert Jeffress, who has said all faiths, except his, lead people to eternal damnation. “Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism — not only do they lead people away from God,” said Jeffress, “they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell.” As the most prominent Mormon figure in America, Mitt Romney took exception to the role Jeffress played at the embassy opening. He expressed his view in clear terms, tweeting, “Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.” However, Jeffress was an early and vocal Trump supporter who helped deliver the conservative Christian vote in 2016.”
A quote by Bertrand Russell comes to mind:
“The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”
There is a smug perversity of soul in a Robert Jeffress which perfectly mimicks the leader at whose feet he fawns.
“82 per cent of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump — far more than for George W. Bush or any previous Republican candidate.”¹
An interesting observation at clarissablog – that fundamentalist Christians have being playing and been played by Israeli Zionists at the expense of believing Jews. It’s shameful, Machiavellian on the part of the evangelicals, and cynical on the part of the Zionist political leaders.
“In order to ground its Zionist politics, the State of Israel is here making a catastrophic mistake: it decided to downplay, if not outright ignore, so-called “old” (traditional European) anti-Semitism, focusing instead on the “new” and allegedly “progressive” anti-Semitism masked as critique of the Zionist politics of the State of Israel.
This is happening against the background of growing “old-style” anti-Semitism in Europe. Let’s remember that it was precisely that kind of anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust not so long ago. Nobody is saying that the Holocaust is about to repeat itself in Europe, but the trend is definitely scary and needs to be addressed. Instead of doing so, however, Israel has identified the greatest enemy of the Jewish people elsewhere:
Zionism itself, in its hatred of those Jews who do not fully identify with the politics of the State of Israel, paradoxically became anti-Semitic, for it has constructed the figure of the Jew who doubts the Zionist project along anti-Semitic lines.
A really disturbing part of this process are Israel’s welcoming gestures towards openly anti-Semitic Christian fundamentalists who support the Zionist project for reasons of their own.
And finally Žižek dares to say what I always wanted to say but never mustered the strength to do:
However, are not the real self-haters those who secretly hate the true greatness of the Jewish nation, precisely the Zionists who have allied themselves with anti-Semites?
“82 per cent of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump — far more than for George W. Bush or any previous Republican candidate.
The dispensationalist Christianity of the evangelicals owes its origins to the teachings of John Nelson Darby in England and Ireland during the early 19th century.
Darby’s theology crossed the Atlantic, where it was promoted by William E. Blackstone, a Chicago dispensationalist who organised a petition calling for “Palestine for the Jews”. This was known as the Blackstone Memorial and was presented to President Harrison in March 1891.
Blackstone taught dispensationalists that they could understand the unfolding of events and their own place in them by considering the Jews to be “God’s sundial”.
However, the anti-Christ, in Blackstone’s estimation, was likely to be Jewish as well. Jewish participation in universalist rather than in particularist movements was viewed as diversionary and counter-productive.
Thus, Jewish revolutionaries in Russia, such as Trotsky, could be understood as satanic figures. In the aftermath of the October revolution, Blackstone’s options for the Jews were to convert to Christianity, assimilate, or become Zionists.
Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War and its conquest of Jerusalem propelled the Israeli right-wing on the road to power, but it also had dispensationalist implications in the progression towards the “end times”. The year 1977, when Menachem Begin was elected, was also dubbed “The Year of the Evangelical” by Newsweek.”
– The Jewish Chronicle – the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper.
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“If “each human being is made in God’s image and likeness,” then Christians have a duty to repudiate “the resurgence of white nationalism and racism in our nation on many fronts, including the highest levels of political leadership.” A belief that “we are one body” requires opposition to “misogyny” and “the mistreatment, violent abuse, sexual harassment and assault of women.”
Since “how we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick and the prisoner is how we treat Christ,” Christians must oppose “attacks on immigrants and refugees” and “cutting services and programs for the poor” accompanied by tax cuts “for the rich.”
The final three assertions were especially pointed about the unnamed president. Because “truth-telling is central to the prophetic biblical tradition,” Christians should stand against “the practice and pattern of lying that is invading our political and civil life.” It notes that “Christ’s way of leadership is servanthood, not domination,” and this means resisting “any moves toward autocratic political leadership and authoritarian rule.”