Palin Disinvited from Pro-Israel Rally
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Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 01:07:18 AM EST
Update [2008-9-19 2:10:20 by Frederick Clarkson]:
I originally wrote this post as a newsy item, based on an announcement by religious right publisher Stephen Strang. Turns out that this is a lesson in 'don't believe everything you read by Stephen Strang'-- who made it sound like the rally was organized by CUFI -- when CUFI is not even listed among the rally organizers. What's more, Palin has been disinvited, by the actual rally organizers, according to a report on Politico.

I admit I was taken in -- and should have done more research. Nevertheless, it is very likely that CUFI members will be present at the rally, as planned. Here is the post as it was written:

On Monday, September 22nd, Sarah Palin will address a rally at the UN put together by John Hagee's organization Christians United for Israel. Hagee is the Texas mega-church leader whose endorsement McCain sought for at least a year before receiving it during the primaries.  But it didn't last long.  John McCain renounced that endorsement around the same time Hagee withdrew his support for McCain.

Controversy had dogged the relationship until Bruce Wilson's video at Talk to Action showed Hagee claiming that God sent Hitler and the holocaust as a message to Jews to head to Israel and thereby fulfill Biblical prophesy.  

That was the last straw.

According to Steven Strang, a religious right publisher and a regional director of CUFI:

Be sure to support Israel at this rally next Monday in New York.

Here is a message from my friend Robert Stearns, who is regional director for Christians United for Israel for the area including New York City.

We are living in an hour when terrorists who become presidents of rogue states are welcomed at the UN, even as their anti-Semitic vitriol is broadcast around the world on the evening news. Christian support for Israel is not to be taken for granted, nor is it an absolute. The dividing line over Israel is being drawn today in the nations, and yes, even in the Bible-believing Church. Now is the time to stand up and be counted on the side of God's eternal covenant promises!

I am asking you to adjust your schedule and make whatever sacrifice that you can to be a voice for Israel at this critical hour.

We are calling on you to make your way to New York City this Monday morning, September 22, to join together with Jews and Christians from the tri-state region to declare support for Israel, and to protest the visit of Iran's president to the United Nations General Assembly. Due to Iran's nuclear ambitions and the threat to Israel, our friends in the Jewish community have planned this protest and they have reached out to us as Christians to add our voice to theirs.

I have just received information that vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a believer and advocate of Israel, will speak at the rally. We will have signs for you to pick up on-site as a demonstration of support that will be seen by the leaders of the nations coming to the UN, and by the world as they watch on the news. Rarely do we have such a strategic opportunity to show the world that we believe in God's word, and are willing to place our time and our money on the line to be present and counted on the side of Israel! [emphasis added]

Come pick up your signs at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 45th Street at 10:45 a.m., and then head over to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (2nd Avenue and 47th Street) across from the United Nations for the rally which will begin at 11:45 a.m., rain or shine. We will see you soon!

Well, that's all for this week in the Strang Report. Remember to leave your comments below.

All the best,

Steve Strang

It is not clear whether Sarah Palin gives Hagee & Co a new lease on legitimacy after the desperation of recent months or whether John Hagee becomes Sarah Palin's pastor problem, as he was for John McCain. (As if she didn't have enough problem pastors of her own.)

Hagee had said at the time he with drew his endorsement of McCain that the would "remove myself from any active role in the 2008 campaign." Palin's planned appearance at the rally suggests that Hagee may be playing a more active role than meets the eye.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Organizers of an anti-Iran rally next week have dropped Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin from the event, days after Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled out.

The National Coalition to Stop Iran Now said Thursday that it will put on a rally without "American political personalities" and Palin won't be there.

The move angered Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who accused Democratic rivals of having his running mate disinvited. All Americans should agree on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he said.

"Governor Palin was pleased to accept an invitation to address this rally and show her resolve on this grave national security issue," McCain said in a statement. He blamed "Democratic partisans" and Barack Obama's campaign for pressing organizers to dump Palin.

by Asbury Park on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:17:56 AM EST

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