Did Tim LaHaye Just Call Israelis "Not-To-Be-Trusted Yids?"
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Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 06:12:32 PM EST
The Christian right sure gets its panties in a bunch when Jews act without their permission. Recently, a speech by the ADL's Abe Foxman denouncing the Christian right's theocratic agenda provoked a Gangland-style threat from James Dobson minion Tom Minnery -- "If you keep bullying your friends, pretty soon you won't have any." Then, in response to Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout and subsequent formation of a new, centrist party, Tim LaHaye's Left Behind Prophecy Group leapt into the fracas with some good, old-fashioned anti-Semitic slurs.  
In an article entitled "Will the Goyim Win?" published on the official site of best-selling author Tim LaHaye (who also operates an annual Holy Land tour for evangelicals), "Christian journalist" Stan Goodenough takes Israel and the Sharon government to task for trading land for peace. In breathless prose, Goodenough bemoans the Israelis' supposed surrender of "the cradle of their nationhood, the burial places of their national patriarchs and heroes."

Then, he proceeds to pile it on:

But do you know what, Jews of Israel - and those Jews still in exile who so fervently support this way? You may think that in so acquiescing, you are setting a glowing example to the nations of the world.

But as far as these nations are concerned, the last thing they will want to do is emulate you. All you are doing is proving them right in their long-held belief that you are illegitimate, land grabbing, not-to-be-trusted Yids. And, as far as the Muslim world is concerned, your actions only confirm their view of you as a dhimmi nation, fit only to be ruled over by, and subdued under, Islam.


Ariel Sharon may have bulldozed countless Palestinian homes, but to the apparent dismay of many Christian Zionists, he won't clear enough space in the Holy Land to build the Messiah's landing pad. And so the movement that had hoped to exploit the Jewish state all the way to Judgement Day has reverted to its old, bigoted self. Though Goodenough tries to afford himself a degree of plausible deniability by using the international community as his surrogate for calling Israelis "not-to-be-trusted Yids," his point is clear: If Israel is not useful to rapture-ready evangelicals, it might as well not exist.



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Scratch the surface of the theology and the old hate oozes out.

Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention.
You and Esther Kaplan and Michelle Goldberg are doing important work in detailing the realignments going on among conservative evangelicals, the American Jewish community, the state of Israel, its political factions.

For a generation, the Christian Right has been able to effectively innoculate itself against charges of anti-Semetism by pointing to its support for the state of Israel. But as American Jews stand up to the Christian Right political agenda (and it's ugly religious supremacism), and Israeli leaders like Sharon take a political path that is not necessarily in tune with thier theology -- politics here in the U.S. will be seeing some changes.

by Frederick Clarkson on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 09:25:44 PM EST


With some of this allegedly untrustworthy population.

Cultures grounded in recent tragedy tend to have clearer priorities, I think. These were my in-laws , but that's not the only reason I'm sympathetic :  I had a good time.

The event was pleasant, the turkey perfect, the hosts gracious.

Well, that day has come and gone. Today is another day. I don't find Mr. LaHaye's showcasing of such language nice at all.

I find it ugly.

by Bruce Wilson on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 10:06:24 PM EST


I'm a Christian, but not a fundamentalist. I have relatives who are fundamentalist Christians and they told my children that Jews will not reach heaven. I told my children that it is up to God to decide who will get to heaven and who will not, and I am not God so I cannot tell them who will reach heaven and who will not. My fundamentalist relatives insist that Jews cannot get to heaven unless they abandon Judaism and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. With the Religious Right claiming to embrace Israel it is important to ask them a fundamental question. Will Jews go to heaven? Almost all fundamentalists will tell you that they will go to Hell and burn for eternity unless they turn away from Judaism. So their support of Israel is just a means to an end: the speeding up of the day that Jesus comes back. They fully expect their Jewish allies to burn in Hell for eternity, but for now they will pretend to be their friends so that they can a achieve their ends.

by joemama on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 10:06:41 PM EST

true colors are being shown. but what makes them true is that in light of the full scope of history, they are so very common and clear.

the Christian Right by definition, as a movement of politicized Christian fundamentalists, sees Jews as ultimately nothing more than a people who blew their special opportunity with God, a people of tragedy, a people who are bound, destined, to suffer and be wrong.

it is horrible what the Christian Right thinks about so many things--from these topics of Judaism and Israel, to topics like science and great cosmic irrelevancies like same-sex sexual desire--in their peculiarly medieval and irrational way. But, i submit it is equally horrible that observers are surprised, pleasantly or otherwise, by comments like Goodenough's, for such comments reflect the most basic tenets of the Christian Right. (In particular, any Jew shocked by Goodenough's comments--or disappointed by them as comments from an "ally"--has been willfully blind, which is ironic given that what the Christian Right professes is that all Jews are willfully blind about Jesus' divinity.)

The inability of people to see for so many years now what the Christian Right's true colors are, is also a profound indictment against progressives' inability to invest in progressivism itself over the last 40 years, through research, advocacy, think tanks, and control of (or the creation of new forms of) mass media.

The rightwing passed progressivism by in America. (And contrary to what many American progressives think, I submit that the battle is not over yet in Europe, either, particularly in Eastern Europe.) Now it's the era of progressivism's desperate campaign of catch up, with no guarantee of success whatsoever. None.

i hope Goodenough's comments stir more progressives from talk to action.

by IseFire on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 10:10:20 PM EST


...the only real interest in the Jewish people among the pente/charismatic dominionists are:

a) Israel's formation being in and of itself a trigger event for Apocalypse

b) Israel being center stage for Apocalypse

c) converting Jews to "Messianic Jews" aka kosher pentes (so they can CLAIM to be Jewish because they keep kashrut laws and celebrate High Holidays, and we won't seem so callous)

Trust me, despite all the idolatry of Jews and Israel you see in especially the pente/charismatic-flavoured types of dominionism, they would be MORE than happy to ship everyone of Jewish descent back to Israel and promptly all have them convert to pentecostal kosher dominionists.  That's actually what they're hoping WILL happen; some groups even claim during the tribulation two Jews who convert to "messianic Judaism" will be martyred and this will cause a mass conversion.

When the Jewish people and Israel don't play along with the script--and increasingly, in part because they're realising just what script the "premillenial dispensationalists" are reading from in the first place, they aren't playing nice anymore--this tends to make the dominionist groups quite cranky, and they are probably just STARTING a massive tantrum.

This is why I have been beating up and down on each and every antidominionist forum I know of since the SPLC announced their expose on dominionism--and ESPECIALLY since the ADL and the Reform congregation started standing up to them--that these groups are going to need every bit of our support.

I fully expect the ADL, all political parties in Israel outside of Likud (including the new centrist party that Sharon just formed), and possibly most of Judaism and the antiracist/antihate group to be viciously demonised before it's over with.  I fully expect the dominionists to even descend into frank anti-Semitism, old-style, and claim that Jewish groups that don't play nice with the dominionists "aren't real Jews at all and have rejected G_d".  I've seen them do it with each and every group that has criticised them in past, and especially viciously towards people who have walked away; the larger Jewish community is now essentially "walking away" from the dominionists, and I expect the dominionists to be especially vicious in turning on the Jewish community because they were so close beforehand.  We're seeing it already.  We're probably only seeing the very surface of how bad it's going to get.

It's not terribly reassuring to my mind knowing that a lot of people who are influential in the dominionist movement as a whole (notably in the Family Research Council and especially  dominionist "golden boy" Roy Moore and some of the Christian Reconstructionist groups) have known, proven links to racist groups including "Christian militia" groups and other groups which have partnered with neo-Nazi organisations.  (This is actually how SPLC first got into things--noticing links between dominionists and known racists they were already monitoring.)

by dogemperor on Thu Dec 01, 2005 at 11:34:05 PM EST


i don't really look like that much of a psycho. the dominionists must be to blame for my insane headshot!

by Max Blumenthal on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 01:00:30 AM EST
But just bigger. I don't think it necessarily looks bad....  it's sort of like a younger, thinner Tom Waits after he's just been socked in the eye by Ricki Lee Jones, goes out and gets plastered and sings his heart out wobbling from bar to bar, falls asleep in an alley, then wakes with a bad hangover.

Things could be worse.

by Bruce Wilson on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 03:32:13 PM EST
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maybe we should have made you take that dominionist test....

by Frederick Clarkson on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 01:11:37 AM EST
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The real question is can Max beat a neg 37 (which is the low score--or high score, depending on how one counts--of the readers so far).

Bonus points, of course, for being called a Communist and/or Marxist in the survey (because you get Godless Commie Points (tm) that way, you know :3)

by dogemperor on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 03:46:41 PM EST
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Is that -37 points or -37%?  I just took it and scored -46 points of 170 for a percentage score of -27% (errrmmmm ... how a negative percentage score is possible is beyond me).

Peace,
ninewands


by ninewands on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 08:50:10 PM EST
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Thanks to Max for posting this blog and thanks to dogemporer, Fred and other for the comments.

This material is very informative and important.

by Mainstream Baptist on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 03:53:37 PM EST


But I found the following comment by Goodenough to be even more threatening.

If you, Jewish people, are so determined to race towards the precipice, ignoring, belittling, even shouting down the warning cries from those few who see the peril and - with all the history of Jewish-Gentile relations to fuel our fears - care enough to plead with you to halt this headlong dash towards your destruction, there is very little that we can do but cry out to your God to intervene as drastically as He may need to, to open your eyes and so save you. (emphasis mine)


by tikkun on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 01:50:27 PM EST
that really is astounding.

Has anyone besides Max called them to account yet?

by Frederick Clarkson on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 04:57:38 PM EST
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I've passed the information on to individual Jews but I haven't yet had an opportunity to pass it on to rabbis.  Tomorrow I have an interfaith meeting here in the Albany New York area.  I'm going to copy the article and give it to all the members.  

by tikkun on Sun Dec 11, 2005 at 10:08:34 PM EST
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Last year, Herbert Zweibon of Americans for a Safe Israel warned in the Jerusalem Post that if "Israel withdraws from Judea, Samaria and Gaza, I think you will see anti-Semitism in America like you have never seen. These people [Christian Zionists] will see it as a betrayal of their own trust."

Zweibon is a rightist who has his own motivations, of course, but it looks like he knows his allies well enough.

by Richard Bartholomew on Mon Dec 05, 2005 at 05:23:18 AM EST


Thanks for this article, it was interesting to read. I'm really not a fan of Ariel Sharon, have never liked the way he's ruling Israel.
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