Why Pat Robertson believes Ariel Sharon has incurred the wrath of God
Joan Bokaer printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 11:03:10 PM EST
Today on his 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that Ariel Sharon had invited God's wrath. These were his words ( "700 Club." ABC Family. Thurs Jan 5, 2006):

Now Ariel Sharon who ...  was a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with, I prayed with him personally, but here he's at the point of death. He was dividing Gods land and I would say woe unto any Prime Minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations, or the United States of America. God says "this land belongs to me. You'd better leave it alone."

Pat had good reason to be upset with Sharon. Sharon had single-handedly broken the back of a powerful union dating back to 1978, the year Prime Minister Menachem Begin personally invited Jerry Falwell to visit Israel.

Begin was the first member of the right-wing Likud Party to become Prime Minister -- until his election in 1977, Israeli politics had been dominated by the Labor Party.  

The rise of the American Christian Right in Israeli politics parallels its rise in U. S. politics. The Moral Majority formed in 1979 with Jerry Falwell at the helm and dramatically altered the U.S. political landscape. 1979 was the year that the Likud government in Israel gave Falwell his very own Lear Jet. Soon after began the pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The pilgrimages led to an outpouring of money and support from Christian Zionists for Israeli expansion into the West Bank and Gaza, dramatically altering the physical landscape of Israel.

CBS correspondent Bob Simon explains on Zion's Christian Soldiers aired on 60 minutes:

What's the number one item on the agenda of the Christian Right? Abortion? School Prayer? No and No. Believe it or not, what's most important to a lot of conservative Christians is the Jewish State. Israel: Its size, its strength, and its survival. Why?

.... For Christians who interpret the bible in a literal fashion, Israel has a crucial role to play in bringing on the Second Coming of Christ.  

For Biblical prophecy to unfold, the Jews must return to Israel, and Israel must take over all of the Palestinian territories. The late Ed MacAteer, considered to be the godfather of the Religious Right, talked about his expansionist dreams for Israel on the same 60 minutes:

I believe that we are seeing prophecy unfold so rapidly and dramatically and wonderfully and, without exaggerating, makes me breathless. Every grain of sand between the Dead Sea, the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea belongs to the Jew.

 When asked if that includes the West Bank and Gaza, his answer was "Every bit of it."

Fast forward to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, former general and architect of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. His primary concern has always been the security of Israel.  At some point he understood that those settlements he helped birth made Israel less rather than more secure and decided to begin the process of withdrawing them.

Bush faced a serious dilemma - how to deal with his political base over Sharon's plans for withdrawal from Gaza. The Village Voice documented that Elliott Abrams, National Security Council director for Near East and North African Affairs met with the Apostolic Congress, a dispensationalist organization, to discuss their theological concerns. Dispensationalism is a system of theology that believes the Jews must return to Israel as part of God's plan for Christ to return. From the Village Voice:

Claiming to be "the Christian Voice in the Nation's Capital," the members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon's temple rebuilt, they believe, Christ won't come back to earth.
Abrams attempted to assuage their concerns by stating that "the Gaza Strip had no significant Biblical influence such as Joseph's tomb or Rachel's tomb and therefore is a piece of land that can be sacrificed for the cause of peace."

Three weeks after the confab, President George W. Bush reversed long-standing U.S. policy, endorsing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank in exchange for Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

We watched last summer as many Jews were carried, kicking and screaming, from their homes in Gaza. Sharon had pulled it off. A civil war had not broken out.

But Gaza was child's play - a small interlude to what might happen as withdrawal began from the West Bank.  For one thing, the ancient city of Hebron is the second Holiest site to Jews. Its Cave of the Patriarchs is believed to have the tombs of Abraham and Sarah. And Hebron was not on the Israeli side of the barrier Sharon was building between Israel and the West Bank.

Most important of all -- Sharon, the architect of the Israeli settlements and leader of the Likud Party - had broken with Likud and created a centrist party that was about to win handily in the next election. In other words, this marriage between Likud and the Christian Zionists was about to lose its hold on Israeli politics. Sharon was doing something truly remarkable. And Pat Robertson - along with his fellow travelers into Biblical Prophecy - were about to lose something very big.  So it makes sense that God said to Pat,  "this land belongs to me. You'd better leave it alone."




Display:
The Washington Post's Daniela Dean reports today that the White House has denounced Pat Robertson's remarks on the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The White House today criticized television evangelist Pat Robertson's remarks that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's severe illness was deserved, calling the comments "wholly inappropriate and offensive."

White House press spokesman Trent Duffy made the comment to reporters traveling on Air Force One with President Bush this morning. He added that Robertson's comments "don't have a place in this or any other debate."

Duffy also told reporters the president is praying for Sharon's full recovery.

Those comments from the White House are appropriate and welcome. And it is good to know that President Bush is praying for Prime Minister Sharon's recovery. Now the question is, since George Bush has repudiated Robertson's remarks -- after Robertson indicated that he was relaying an important message from God -- then would the White House like to go on record repudiating Robertson's claim to speak for God? I mean, how do you know when a prophet is a false prophet?

by jhutson on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 05:27:29 PM EST



WWW Talk To Action


How The Election of Trump Made My Life Easier
I might be one of a select few who didn't vote for Donald but would have to say Trump's election made my life easier...I......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)
The Bakke Plot To "Infiltrate" Secular Institutions
Back in 2012-2014 I did a lot of writing and research on The Gathering, the yearly meeting of elite evangelical right philanthropists who collectively......
By Bruce Wilson (0 comments)
The Term "Alt-Right" is All Right
There is a misguided effort underway to not use the term "alt-right."  The effort, currently led by the Center for American Progress, claims that......
By Frederick Clarkson (6 comments)
Getting the Low Down on Dominionism
A refresher on dominionism will probably come in handy over the next little while. -- FC I am pleased to report that the task......
By Frederick Clarkson (10 comments)
The New Kochs: Anthology of DeVos Support, Funding of School Privatization and Religious Right
This post from 2-14 will be a helpful resource in the days ahead. -- FC Mother Jones' January/February issue includes an article titled "Meet......
By Rachel Tabachnick (1 comment)
Strategy for Privatizing Public Schools Spelled out by Dick DeVos in 2002 Heritage Foundation Speech
This post about the long term strategy for privatizing the public schools takes on fresh importance in light of the nomination of Betsy DeVos......
By Rachel Tabachnick (2 comments)
Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and Religious Right
This post from 2011 surfaces important information about President-Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. -- FC Erik Prince, Brother of Betsy......
By Rachel Tabachnick (18 comments)
Did God Engineer Trump's Win?
Political analysts have postulated a number of theories to explain the victory of Donald J. Trump in the presidential election: Hillary Clinton failed to......
By Rob Boston (5 comments)
Some thoughts for a Sunday post-election reflection:
Emancipation, Reconstruction, Redemption, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow The struggles of the Civil Rights Movement took us two steps forward Now the "Second......
By Chip Berlet (0 comments)
On The Ridiculous Charge Of Clinton Anti-Catholicism
Julian Assange has been busy lately trying to sabotage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's run for the Presidency. As part of his vendetta, he has......
By Frank Cocozzelli (2 comments)
From Russia Without Love
It was less than two years ago but it now seems like a lifetime ago that I wrote about how Russia appeared to be......
By Frederick Clarkson (3 comments)
Northwest Arkansas, A Hotbed for Anti-Semitism
Three organizations in Northwest Arkansas are deeply interwoven into the most rabid Anti-Semitic teachings in the nation.  Gerald Smith, buried at the base of......
By wilkyjr (5 comments)
Joseph Cella is Back - Taking the Opposite Tack from Pope Francis
Joseph J. Cella has had a change of heart since he joined with those conservative Catholic activists who signed a declaration during the Republican......
By Frank Cocozzelli (7 comments)
Radcliffe Sucker Punched by Right-Wing Propagandists
The prestigious Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard College will host a panel on Monday, Oct 17, titled "Righting the Record: Conservatism and......
By Chip Berlet (2 comments)
Celebrating Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is the venerable annual celebration of the right to read and the highlighting of efforts by cultural vigilantes of various sorts......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)

"America - love it or LEAVE!"
I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (1 comment)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (4 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (1 comment)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (0 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (4 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (2 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (0 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (13 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (4 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (5 comments)
Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
If anyone has been following the craziness in Polk County Florida, they know that some really strange and troubling things have happened here.  We've had multiple separation of church and state lawsuits going at......
ArchaeoBob (1 comment)
Demon Mammon?
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of......
daerie (1 comment)
Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
The mayor of a mid-size Texan city has emerged in recent months as the newest face of Islamophobia. Aligning herself with extremists hostile to Islam, Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas has helped......
JSanford (2 comments)
Evangelicals Seduced By Ayn Rand Worship Crypto-Satanism, Suggest Scholars
[update: also see my closely related stories, "Crypto-Cultists" and "Cranks": The Video Paul Ryan Hoped Would Go Away, and The Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand/Satanism Connection Made Simple] "I give people Ayn Rand with trappings" -......
Bruce Wilson (11 comments)
Ted Cruz Anointed By Pastor Who Says Jesus Opposed Minimum Wage, and Constitution Based on the Bible
In the video below, from a July 19-20th, 2013 pastor's rally at a Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, Tea Party potentate Ted Cruz is blessed by religious right leader David Barton, who claims......
Bruce Wilson (0 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.