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Preview: Christian Zionism

This Week on Bill Moyers Journal:

As leader of the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel (CUFI), Pastor John Hagee wants to bring millions of Christians together to support Israel. But some say his message is dangerous: “It is time for America to…consider a military preemptive strike against Iran to prevent a nuclear holocaust in Israel and a nuclear attack in America.” Bill Moyers Journal reports on CUFI and then gets theological and political context from Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun, a Jewish journal of politics, culture, and spirituality, and Dr. Timothy P. Weber, an evangelical Christian, historian, and the author of On The Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend. Also on the program, a year after the tragic shooting, Bill Moyers looks at what the Amish can teach us about healing.

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The true irony of the growing coalition between Jews and "Zionist Christians" is based on the theology of the Evangelical Right: that they are obligated to "bring on Armageddon" to hasten Jesus' return and the establishment of his kingdom here on earth. The irony lies ion the fact that if such were to happen Jews would have only one of two options: either become Christian or cease top exist.. Hobson's Choice.. if devout Jews were really reflective on this, they would reject the Christian Right's zealous zeal to bring on the end times.... vis-a-vis their ultimate extinction. mark twain was right: ... man has found true religion, all seven of them. And so it goes among us carbon-based life-forms here on the third planet from the sun.. goose-stepping in lock step toward the abyss... all in the name of religious zeal.

Most interesting to me about the fanatic Christians who zealously support Israel is how we never hear about how they really feel about the Jews. It's my understanding that they want Israel protected for the "return" of Jesus, and that Jews who don't accept him as the Messiah will be condemned and even killed.

This fantastical thinking is, to me, the most amazing distortion of all Jesus was and taught (I am not a Chrisitan but believe he was indeed a great Master of his time)

For Jews to appreciate in any way this so called "support" by Christian zealots is misguided at best.

If I were Israeli, I would fear them as much or more than the threat from Iran.

Your recent interview with George Packer of the New Yorker revealed (and then inexplicitly avoided) what should have been a “bombshell”. In the words of Mr. Packer, “we invaded Iraq, according to Paul Wolfowitz, in part to undercut the power of Wahabism and Saudi influence in the region.” This assertion is by no means common knowledge, and, if true, puts our Iraq policy in a wholly new light.

The Wahabist threat, cited by Messrs. Wolfowitz and Packer, remains undiminished and unavenged these many years after 9/11, and Mr. Wolfowitz's analysis clearly defines Saudi Arabia as an adversary rather than a “moderate” friend of the U.S.

And arguably, advancing Shiite strength within Iraq and through growing Iranian status in the region, is a logical outgrowth of a Saudi “containment” policy, rather than a failed American strategy.

Isn't this strategic theory food for thought, and grounds for further exploration?

An American preemptive strike, if it comes, will most likely be at the behest of the Sunni- Muslim Saudis, rather than “Zionists”, Christian or otherwise, and will be unmoved by “end days” considerations. Invoking the image of Pastor Hagee and his minions as pivotal players in these affairs is misleading and demagogic, and only satisfies the prejudices of secular isolationists and “village atheists”.

Even before this program airs, just the preview is enough for me to ask Mr. John Hagee.

Is this what Jesus would do?

Do you read the same Bible as I do?

Do you walk outside in a thunerstorm? (you may want to think twice next time you might get struck down.)

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