Sunday, June 17, 2007

Who Needs Clarence Darrow?

by: Schvach Yid

Ruth Matar of Women in Green (Women for Israel’s Tomorrow), has just posted an article on Arutz Sheva’s website extolling the virtues of the pro-zionist support and activism of much of the world’s evangelical Christians. She wrote: ‘Evangelicals today are the most fervent supporters of Israel in the Western world. Political support for Israel is one of their highest priorities. They are genuine Zionists whose faith is based on the Bible, believing that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish People’. She’s right – Israel needs all the friends it can muster. And how! But don't kid yourself Ruth. Just read John Hagee's 'Jerusalem Countdown' or listen to John Hagee’s sermons on this topic delivered to his flock in San Antonio Texas, or read Hal Lindsey's 'The Late Great Planet Earth', and you'll know exactly what's up the evangelical sleeve.

Alan Dershowitz recently 'debated' an evangelist on Lou Dobb's slot on CNN concerning the matter of prayer in American public schools. Wouldn't you know it, at the end the evangelist said 'we would be glad to sign him up', referring to Dershowitz's presumptive, but not very likely, conversion to Christianity. Knock off the wishful thinking, evangelical belief is a function of Christian religious scripture. Scripture is immutable. They’re not changing their minds!

By the way, Dershowitz missed a golden opportunity to drive home his point against organized prayer in American public schools, when his opponent in this mini-debate made this move at proselitization. The argument made in favor of group prayer in public schools was capped by an attempt at religious conversion. Group prayer is a function of group dynamics which yields membership, exclusion, cronyism, and competition between groups. And to boot, all groups are about their leaders, and that leads to another set of problems (ego, narcissistic abuse, domination, etc.). The whole mess was displayed by that one off-the-cuff remark to Dershowitz and it skated right over his head. Just consider the recent debacle at the US Air Force academy in Colorado. Silent personal prayer by students who attend public school is the answer. For organized group religious activities, attend a religious institution – you know, yeshiva!


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