Hating Christ . . .
Vol: 70 Issue: 27 Friday, July 27, 2007
Hating Christ . . .
I was reading the comments posted by readers of the Huffington Post in response to a column posted by Max Blumenthal about the “Christians United For Israel Tour” Washington summit meeting, hosted by San Antonio pastor John Hagee.
The column was entitled, “Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United For Israel Tour.”
Blumenthal’s column fairly dripped with hate for Christians in particular, but reserving some for Jews who collaborate with them.
“CUFI has added the grassroots muscle of the Christian right to the already potent Israel lobby. Hagee and his minions have forged close ties with the Bush White House and members of Congress from Sen. Joseph Lieberman to Sen. John McCain.
In its call for a unilateral military attack on Iran and the expansion of Israeli territory, CUFI has found unwavering encouragement from traditional pro-Israel groups like AIPAC and elements of the Israeli government.”
Let’s digest that before moving on, ok. The warmongering Christians are in a conspiracy with other pro-Israel groups and elements of the expansionist Israeli government to destroy Iran.
Now that we know who the players are; warmongering Christians and expansionist Israel, Blumenthal warns that the Christians are not just warmongers, they are duplicitous, as well.
“But CUFI has an ulterior agenda: its support for Israel derives from the belief of Hagee and his flock that Jesus will return to Jerusalem after the battle of Armageddon and cleanse the earth of evil. In the end, all the non-believers – Jews, Muslims, Hindus, mainline Christians, etc. – must convert or suffer the torture of eternal damnation. Over a dozen CUFI members eagerly revealed to me their excitement at the prospect of Armageddon occurring tomorrow.”
The real motive behind Christians United For Israel, according to Blumenthal, is suspect, because what Christians really want to do is convert Jews to Christianity.
There are two ways to look at that motive. The first is positive.
The Bible says that Jesus is the only way to heaven and my greatest earthly obligation is to do everything I can to keep people from going to hell. I have nothing to gain in this lifetime by seeing someone converted to Christianity.
And, assuming there really isn’t a God or an afterlife, nobody has anything to lose.
Nobody is injured by coming to Christ. And if the atheists are right, as they believe, nobody is injured in the afterlife, either, since there isn’t one.
But the way that Blumenthal expresses it, Christianity is an evil, hateful religion in which “Jews, Muslims, Hindus, (and) mainline Christians must convert or suffer the torture of eternal damnation.”
It is hard to think of a more negative way of expressing it — Blumethal is to be congratulated for his semantical skill. It is interesting that Blumenthal included ‘mainline Christians’ in his list of the damned.
That is very revealing. It isn’t the Christian system that Blumenthal rails against.
It is Christ Himself.
The reader comments to Blumenthal’s column literally took my breath away. Christianity calls on its followers to love God above all things and to love one’s neighbor as himself.
Evidently, that is exceptionally offensive to the readers of the Huffington Post:
“Dear Max, You’re the best, this report of yours gets right to the heart of the matter. These Zealots are a danger to Humanity. Thanks for exposing them, because it is their dreams of “Heaven” that is bringing us to *HELL* on earth. – DAP”
“They want to finish the job Hitler started — removing Judaism from the face of the earth — and they imagine that a nice Jew, Jesus, is going to do it for them. They are a curse on the face of Christianity, a danger to Jews, capable of starting a war in the Middle East if they feel it will bring Armageddon closer and just the kind of offal that makes Christianity ugly to Jews who are not sucking up.” – Midnight4
” I agree Dap . . .thank you Max . . these guys need to be exposed and stopped . . . put behind bars more like . . . they are insane.” – Macready
“When terms like “Jesus Freak” and “Bible Thumper” prove woefully inadequate to describe such creatures, there’s always the clinical yet entirely apt “dangerous psychopath”. – willfarnaby
“There IS NO GOD! GOD is a fictional character and it never ceases to amaze me how supposedly intelligent people that seem to demand proof of everything else in life (most of which doesn’t need more than looking at to prove – e.g. air quality and it’s relation to green house effect) then say “oh…it’s all about belief and faith.” What blind bullsh*t.”
“That those of the Jewish faith would allow this merger with those Christians, who believe that the rapture will give the Jews, “God’s Chosen People”, a chance to save their souls would be laughable, if it wasn’t so frighteningly delusional!” – JoDeeVa
“Clearly these religious freaks should not be allowed to vote; or drive for that matter.” – editor
The hatred the comments expressed was aimed at people like me. I guess that is what was so breath-taking to me. Logic doesn’t apply to this kind of white-hot hatred.
Wrote another blogger, “As a non-believer, it’s frightening that these people go to sleep hoping that I will burn in hell tomorrow.” dragbunt
If the guy, ‘dragbunt’ is an unbeliever, then what difference does it make? There is no hell, so what the heck is so frightening to him? And if he is frightened by a Christian belief that doesn’t apply to him, wouldn’t that necessitate the coining of a new word, say, “Christophobe”, to describe him?
I don’t get it. The Left utterly vomits out its hatred for believing Christians and Jews, but champions Islamic rights to demonstrate its enlightened and progressive doctrine of “inclusionism”.
Here is the Left’s brand of inclusionism at work: Pro Islamic and Saudi-funded K-12 school curriculum is now mandated by the federal government. The government gave the job of designing it to Harvard University.
According to a report authored by Sandra Stotsky, a former senior commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Education, the curriculum is both “distorted” and “manipulative.”
Harvard s outreach program delivered seminars that virtually promoted Islam as a religion, while sharply criticizing alleged American prejudice against the Muslim world, she found.
Harvard s outreach training prompted K-12 teachers to design celebratory treatments of the life and teachings of Mohammad and the revelation and spread of Islam, with exercises calling on students to appoint imams, memorize Islamic principles, and act out prayer at a Mosque.
According to Stotsky, if Harvard s outreach personnel had designed similar classroom exercises based on Christian or Jewish models, People for the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the A.C.L.U. would descend upon them like furies.
We’ve discussed this program in previous briefings several years ago, they aren’t new. But the Lefties that express such hatred for those who believe the Bible have no problem with Harvard’s Islamic evangelical outreach programs.
There are no ACLU lawyers serving papers, People for the American way publicists whispering in news editors’ ears, no atheists challenging their 1st Amendment Right not to believe in Allah to the Supreme Court.
They’ve had time. The public school system has been using this curriculum since 2002. No doubt the first crop of American jihadists have already graduated.
Stotsky criticized one of the key teaching resources pushed by Harvard s outreach program: The Arab World Studies Notebook. The Notebook has been widely denounced as a practically proselytizing text offering uncritical praise for the Arab world. Stotsky calls it, a piece of propaganda.
Even the Notebook s editor, Audrey Shabbas, acknowledges that it s purpose is to provide the Arab point of view.
One analysis quoted by Stotsky says that the Arab World Studies Notebook is designed to induce teachers to embrace Islamic religious beliefs and to support political views favored by the Middle East Policy Council (formerly the Arab American Affairs Council).
How is it that Christianity so hateful that the Bible qualifies as ‘hate literature’ while a Saudi-funded Islamic indoctrination program is part of the K-12 public school curriculum?
It isn’t that the Left prefers Islam. It’s just a knee-jerk, mindless response to its blind hatred of Christ.
Christ, not “Christianity.” The Left has no beef with the Christian ‘system’. (After all, they’re going to hell with everybody else.)
It is the followers of Christ who are the hateful ones so despised by the Left that they’d rather see America embrace the Koran than the Bible.
It is Christ, and those who follow Him, of whom BufuAmericanus was speaking when he wrote in his comment: “If you don’t bow to the right ghosts, we will wish for you to burn alive and suffer in eternal torment… God is love, A-Men.”
Saying someone will go to hell if he doesn’t accept the gift of pardon offered by Jesus Christ is ‘hate speech’ to the Left.
Calling Christians “religious freaks” that should be silenced, disenfranchised and jailed is not. Since it is aimed at Christians, it is protected opinion being expressed by those exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
With all the hatred being espoused against Christ, and knowing that Christian sites are being targeted for hate crimes, it helps to keep in mind that we DO follow the real Jesus Christ. He said this would happen, and He gave us a command for when it did.
“These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. . . He that hateth Me hateth My Father also.” (John 15:17-19, 23)