August 25, 2010

On Christian Zionism

Steven I. Weiss, an old colleague of mine from the ten-year-ago New York blogosphere, has an interesting piece on the Christian Zionist movement. Now I don't doubt that the majority of Christian Zionists have their hearts in the right place, but I'm quite uneasy with the whole thing- largely because their leader, John Hagee, is a nut with a paper trail of noxious statements up there with that of Pat Buchanan. I also can't help but think this sort of "outreach" is part of a campaign to get Jews to vote Republican.

Here's the other part that concerns me:

While watching Hagee speak live at the CUFI summit, inveighing against anti-Semitism and declaring, to the applause of thousands of Christians, "If a line has to be drawn, then draw it around both Christians and Jews, around Americans and Israelis," I got chills.
I did too, but not for the reason Weiss did. What about black people? What about gays? Do they get to be on our side of the line?

From New Black Panthers to Arizona immigration to Cordoba the right, these days, has taken to very frequently scapegoating whole demographics of people, whether it's Muslims, immigrants, or gays. Whenever that's done, anywhere, to any group, it should give Jews pause, even if we're not one of the groups it's being done to. Just because Jews have achieved "approved minority" status among the Palinites doesn't mean I have to appreciate it or ever will.

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