Examination of Cantor’s Zionism and Bachmann’s Dominionism

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Both Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann have extreme religious beliefs. In Cantor’s Zionism God expressly desires a piece of land in Middle East be ruled and occupied by Jews. Bachmann’s Dominionism asserts that Christians should play a special role in the American Republic. However, the major news outlets have treated their religous beliefs very differently. While it is open season on Bachmann, Cantor’s Zionism is off limits. In a bizarre marriage of extremism, Zionism and Dominionism are joined at the hip; one never speaking a word against the other. But which one is truly dangerous for America?

via Cantor’s Zionism and Bachmann’s Dominionism: Joined at the Hip | Hawai`i News Daily.

Zionism and Dominionism – Yes, too very political and very theological viewpoints, neither of which I believe are ‘biblical.’

When people are elected to Federal Office in the United States, they swear to uphold the Constitution, but many today are taking pledges and running on platforms which promise to protect Israel over and above the United States. Why? Bad theology.

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Have you seen the Messianic Movement In Israel?

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Read the entire thing.

In line with this grasp of history, Tau has encouraged many of his disciples to limit their time in the study hall and seek careers in the military, which he sees as the road to power and influence within Israeli society; a growing number of leading IDF senior officers are his students. In time, Tau confidently believes, the current occupants of positions of power in Israel will yield their place to those who alone understand the subtle dialectics of God’s movements through history.

Nobody can deny that, in recent decades, the dreams of religious Zionists for an ushering-in of a messianic era have fallen on hard times. The more ecstatic fervor that, from the mid-70s on, characterized much of the Israeli Right and nearly the entire religious-Zionist camp has dissipated, ground by hard realities into a grim combativeness toward enemies both without and within. The Gaza disengagement of 2005 was an especially difficult blow, exposing fault lines between those who advocated disobeying orders to evacuate Jewish settlements and Tau’s disciples (and, for different reasons, others) who maintained their commitment to sovereign institutions.

Today, while many in the religious-Zionist camp are focused on what they see as the immediate battles ahead, the kav pursues its own, dual program: full-blown engagement, coupled with a self-imposed retreat to its “Hill of Myrrh,” where it can preserve its spiritual purity even as it contemplates the historical moves to which it holds the hermeneutical key.

Messianic Temptations – Jewish Ideas Daily.

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What Role is Israel Playing in Keeping Mubarak in Office?

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Egypt has been Israel’s near partner in maintaining peace, albeit a ‘cold peace’, for many years. What would a democratic government in Egypt do to that process, especially if it was the Muslim Brotherhood who controlled the Government?

“The Israeli government is freaking out,” said Dr Shmuel Bachar, at the Israel Institute for Policy and Strategy. “For the past 30 years we have depended on Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. Now, suddenly, we have rediscovered the existence of something called an Egyptian public, the existence of which we’ve vigorously tried to ignore.” (here)

The President of the United States has, at the first, refused to almost make any statements calling for anything but support of a 30-year dictatorship. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been less committal.

So my question is this: To what end is Zionism, Christian or otherwise, or maybe better, the fear that democratic Arabic nations may threaten Israel in some way playing into the world (non-)reaction to the what is happening in Egypt?

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Is Post-Zionist Theology is an Attack on God’s Character?

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I didn’t know it was post… I thought Christians were simply returning to a better theology which is found solidly in church history. Not everyone agrees with me, I reckon.

Surrounding by enemies on all sides, both literally and figuratively, Israel has long known that it can count on the Evangelical Christian Church as a stalwart ally, a shield against an increasingly aggressive campaign to reverse this nation’s divine restoration.

But that is starting to change. Within the Evangelical Church itself there is a growing trend toward a different view of Israel, one that questions whether or not the modern State of Israel has anything at all to do with God’s Word and His plans of redemption. At the forefront of that movement has been the documentary-style film “With God on Our Side,” which takes aim at Christians who use the Bible to justify their support of the Jewish state

israel today | Post-Zionist Theology is an Attack on God’s Character.

There are a lot of issues with the State of Israel, none of which I care to go into here, but suffice it to say, I am not a Zionist. I believe that nations, all nations, must act justly. Christian denominations are starting to demand that of Israel, and Israel doesn’t like it.

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Christian Zionism is a ‘A Fanatical and Dangerous Ideology’ – UK Gov’t told

A film produced earlier this year that depicts Christian Zionism as a fanatical and dangerous ideology is gaining popularity in the UK, and is even being peddled to government ministers in an effort to snuff out the influence of grassroots Christian support for the Jewish state.

A municipal councillor in Northern Ireland notified Israel Today that he and many other local and national officials have been invited to attend a screening of the film “With God on Our Side” on November 11 at Queens University in Belfast. The event is being sponsored by The Ireland-Palestine Alliance.

Among those invited are several prominent members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, as well as Daphne Trimble, wife of former First Minister David Trimble.

The 82-minute film they will to be treated to accuses Christian supporters of Israel of advocating the ethnic cleansing of the region’s Arab population, be they Christians or Muslims, and of rubber stamping all Israeli actions and policies regardless of morality.

israel today | UK gov. officials urged to oppose Christian Zionism.

That is the trailer for the film.

I’ll wait to see it before I comment.

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Are we Encouraging Apartheid in Israel?

I am becoming more and more convinced that Pastor John Hagee will one day be viewed as being a part of this unfortunate fraternity of clergy who were trusted to preach the truth of God and instead proclaimed a lie. For his personal and political gain, he is preaching a message of separation, discrimination, and occupation in light of Palestinian people. Apartheid literally means “separateness“.

The article links to another article, this one supported by South Africa, which concludes that yes, what Israel is doing is in fact apartheid,

There is growing international awareness of the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. The Government of South Africa funded and coordinated an International Legal Study entitled “Is Israel an Apartheid State? Do Israel’s Practices in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Amount to Crimes of Apartheid under International Law?” The conclusion was that Israel’s practices in these territories constitute both colonialism and apartheid.

via Pastor John Hagee: Minister of Apartheid | Faith in Action.

Esther, a commentator on Jim’s post from yesterday, writes,

Second class citizens? In Israel, they have the same opportunities as everyone else: same higher education, same medical care, same housing (depending, of course, on what one can afford). There are Palestinians in the Knesset, for crying out loud! Their leaders keep the majority of them poor for political purposes, but those who, like everyone else, choose to work hard, stay out of trouble, and meaningfully contribute to society can make it!

It seems to me, that what Esther is stating is the pre-Civil Rights maxim – separate (apartheid) but equal. There is, in fact, no such thing. There is enough evidence against what she is saying to fill up several posts.

Does Israel have a right to defend herself? Yes, just as any geo-political unit does, but does Israel have the right to commit injustice? No, but she has obviously the allowance.

Is Middle East Peace Likely? Abbas agrees to Israeli control over Western Wall

This is always a touchy issue, politically and religiously, but it seems that at least for now, the Palestinian Authority is making overtures for peace with Israel. Could a two-state solution be in the forecast?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has given U.S. special envoy George Mitchell a list of written proposals for reaching a peace agreement with Israel, which includes leaving the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and Western Wall under Israeli control, Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat reported on Saturday.

Abbas is said to have proposed the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, but with a land swap encompassing 2.3 percent, which would leave larger settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion, Pisgat Ze’ev and Modi’in Ilit in Israel’s hands, along with a swathe of land overlooking Ben-Gurion International Airport.

In return, the Palestinians would get land bordering the southern West Bank in addition to land for a passageway between the West Bank and Gaza.

Just think what a peaceful resolution would mean for the likes of John Hagee…maybe he would finally leave the air. No, no, I don’t mean to suggest that Hagee and others simply don’t want peace in the Middle East because it would threaten their lifestyle. No, not at all…

Jon Voight, Idiot

If you read his ‘open letter‘, comprised of little more than talking points produced by the Right, I get the sense that his concern is more for Israel than anything else.

You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.

You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.

You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.

With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,

Jon Voight

I cannot believe that people, honest and sincere that they are, actually buy into this garbage. I pray that people wake up to the vitriolic hatred spewed out by people like Voight. And if calling Voight an idiot offends you, let me remind you that I am not commenting on his soul or final judgment – that is up to God – I am commenting on his mental facilities.

Question of the Day: Must we Support Israel at All Costs

Not should we support Israel as a political ally, but are Christians called to support Israel in all things? And if so, can you prove it by Scripture?

Zionism is the problem

It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1944, six years after Kristallnacht, Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, felt comfortable equating the Zionist ideal of Jewish statehood with “the concept of a racial state — the Hitlerian concept.” For most of the last century, a principled opposition to Zionism was a mainstream stance within American Judaism.

It just goes on from there.

Zionism is the problem — latimes.com.

A college student infiltrates and exposes a messianic cult

I am not a fan of Messianic Judaism, but even then I couldn’t call every congregation a cult:

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