Christian Zionists even worse than Jews
- George Bush's road map to nowhere has been justly criticized by anti-Zionist
groups such as the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine. It has
also been criticized as too permissive by extreme Zionists, many of whom are
not even Jews. Many American fundamentalist Christians are betraying their
coreligionists in Palestine in order to fit Zionist colonialism into their
doctrine of Biblical literalism. The following article, attributed to
Malcolm Foster of the Associated Press, appeared on page A21 of the Friday,
July 25, 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic.
It is interesting that these dissident Protestants who believe "Israel" is
a divine mandate think their God is so feeble as to need American weapons
and American tax dollars to protect His will. Surely lightning bolts from
above will strike down those who trespass against the land God has given
to His chosen people :-)
CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS CRITICIZE "ROAD MAP"
New York--As Israelis and Palestinians take faltering steps toward ending
violence in the Mideast, Christian groups watching from the United States
have adopted sharply different stances on the peace plan backed by President
The majority of churches, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, mainline Protestant and
some evangelical groups, generally welcome the three-step plan called the
"road map," which envisions the creatoin of a Palestinian state by 2005.
President Bush is to host Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas today to
discuss the initiative and will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
A vocal segment of evangelical Protestants, however, is lobbying the Bush
administration to abandon the peace plan because they believe it rewards
terrorism and violates God's promise in Genesis to give the Jewish people
this historic land of Israel.
Christian Zionists also see the modern state of Israel as a fulfillment of
biblical prophecy and a precondition of the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Setting up a Palestinian state is seen as undermining these end times events.
"Because of their apocalyptic interpretation of the Bible, they view the
initiative as a betrayal," said Randall Balmer, a religion professor at
Columbia University. "They've threatened to derail the whole thing."
Christian Friends of Israeli Communities last year donated $200,000 from U.S.
churches to help build Jewish settlements in "Judea and Samaria," the
biblical name for the West Bank.
"Judea and Samaria were given to the Jews by God, and I cannot see the
United States of America taking this land and giving it to a known terrorist,"
said religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, referring to Palestinian leader
Such views, heard widely on Christian radio and television, and increasingly
picked up in the Muslim media, are harshly criticized as counterproductive
and theologically misguided by most other American Christian groups, including
a significant number of evangelicals.
"Christian Zionists have turned their biblical interpretation into a
political ideology that is aligning itself with the most extreme forms of
Zionism in Sharon's own condition," said Donald Wagner, religion professor
at North Park University in Chicago and a cofounder of Evangelicals for
Middle East Understanding.
Others say Christian Zionists are ignoring the suffering of Palestinian
Christian Zionism is based on a theology called dispensationalism that
emphasizes a literal reading of apocalyptic passages in the Bible.
Dispensationalists believe that the regathering of the Jewish people in
Israel is foretold in Scripture, and that Israel will play a key role in
end times events.
By pushing the Mideast initiative, Bush risks alienating these evangelical
Yet televangelist the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who in the past opposed the
creation of a Palestinian state, now says he is willing to accept it, but
only because Bush is behind the plan.
"I love and trust President Bush so much, I will go with him almost anywhere,"