Trump Outreach: Pandering to Christian Zionism

January 24, 2020
Global Research, July 18, 2019

In Washington on the weekend after the Fourth of July, Israel was praised and Iran was condemned in the strongest terms, with a bit of a call to arms thrown in to prepare the nation for an inevitable war. It might just seem like a normal work week in the nation’s capital, but this time around there was a difference. The rhetoric came from no less than five senior officials in the Trump Administration and the audience consisted of 5,000 cheering members from the Christian Zionist evangelical group called Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

Christian Zionism is not a religion per se, but rather a set of beliefs based on interpretations of specific parts of the Bible – notably the book of Revelations and parts of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah – that has made the return of the Jews to the Holy Land a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ. The belief that Israel is essential to the process has led to the fusion of Christianity with Zionism, hence the name of the movement. The political significance of this viewpoint is enormous, meaning that a large block of Christians promotes and votes for a non-reality based foreign policy based on a controversial interpretation of the Bible that it embraces with considerable passion.

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In Search of the Lost Gospels

January 24, 2020

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This article was published in New Dawn Special Issue Vol 8 No 3 (June 2014)

Slowly the public has learned that the Gospels in the Bible are not the only ones that were written. Some of these other half-forgotten texts have survived in whole or in part; some have vanished, known only by their names and, perhaps, by a few quotations in the works of other writers. Of some of them we do not even know the names.

Were these Gospels suppressed and kept secret because they contain knowledge about Jesus that the established church did not like? Do they tell us any more about the life of Jesus than do the texts in the Bible? Is there any value to them at all?

To try to answer these questions, it may be best to start by defining just what a Gospel is. The English word is a translation (via the Latin evangelium) of the Greek word euaggelion (euangelion), meaning “good message” or “good news.” The original word in Old English, godspell, or “good tale,” had much the same meaning.

Thus a Gospel is an attempt to convey the “good news” about Jesus Christ. It presents his teachings and as much of his life as is relevant to those teachings. It is not a biography. The genre of biography was known in the ancient world, but the Gospels do not try to fit into it. Hence we know very little about the life of Jesus apart from his public ministry.

The Gospels all share another striking feature. None of them – or, for that matter, any of the texts in the Bible – were written by anyone that knew Jesus personally. Nor do they claim to be. The Gospel of John has a curious statement at the end: “This is the beloved disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true” (John 21:24). This verse seems to start by saying that this Gospel was written by Jesus’s mysterious “beloved disciple” (usually identified with John), but then it says, “we know that his testimony is true.” No one who had been an eyewitness to Jesus’s life, or who had written the text himself, would have any reason to say this. The other Gospels are even more elusive about their connection to their subject. They were written by people who knew of Jesus only at second or third hand. It’s useful to remember this fact when looking at Gospels of any kind.

In order to piece through the enormous amount of scholarship that the Gospels have inspired, we might start with some basic hypotheses that are accepted by most reputable (i.e., non-fundamentalist) scholars, although they are little known to the public.

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Sweet Jesus: The Disturbing Marketing of a Trendy Ice Cream Franchise

January 22, 2020

Sweet Jesus: The Disturbing Marketing of a Trendy Ice Cream Franchise

The marketing surrounding Sweet Jesus is based on satanic symbolism combined with children in creepy and questionable situations. 

Read the full article and see more disturbing pictures at VigilantCitizen


Latest Middle East War Scheme Revealed

January 2, 2020

 

One mercenary’s death is used to force new wars upon Iraq, Iran and Syria. The US political leadership demonstrates what Christmas is not about, by bombing several sites over the holidays. Reportedly the U/S killed 19 Iranians and Syrians, wounding some 50 on the last, sad days of 2019. How many of those killed were civilians is not disclosed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo let us know the Arabs had it coming, having killed an “American contractor” three days prior.  He stated, “the strikes send the message that the US will not tolerate actions by Iraq that jeopardize American lives.”

A spokesman for the Iraqi government claimed that top officials had “pleaded with the United States”not to go ahead with the threatened Sunday night airstrikes. But to no avail.

Associated Press reported that three days later, on Dec 31, Iraqi protesters burned property in front of the US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq.

“Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing the central door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. There were no reports of casualties.”

US Press, from the New York Times to the Nashville Democrat, have all reported on the bombings and the follow-up assault on the US Embassy, but this author has yet to see anybody raise two vital questions:

First question: Why does the US military attack a country where we maintain an actively staffed embassy? Is not our embassy a symbol of peace and cooperation? What can be the motives of politicians who direct military raids that kill dozens in a country with whom we have diplomatic relations? Is this a scheme to force new wars?

Second question: We are told the US deadly military raids were in response to Iraq killing a single American “military contractor.” But Is a “contractor” in fact a war mercenary, hired by a private company, and paid to carry out often questionable legal acts?

Our President tweeted that he will “protect all Americans.” Should this include mercenary warriors on unknown missions paid by private companies, many of which companies are weapon makers? And is not the purpose of “contractors” to carry out clandestine, politically questionable tasks, some that US military would not or could not legally do? The individual’s name has not been released, nor has the contracting company and its mission when he was killed!

We are correct in calling this unnamed warrior a “mercenary”. Our Secretary of State and President are using this contractor’s death as the latest but weakest excuse for a new war with Iraq, Iran and Syria. He has yet to be named, nor have we been told the circumstances of his death, how much he was paid, what his orders were, and who issued them. It is unlikely we ever will.

His employer is not required to tell us what he was doing or why. But we ask, why do we taxpayers pay contractors more money to do secret jobs in undeclared wars than we pay our own Marines? Because they carry out the political agenda of our President and others!

Only The Atlantic took note of the push for war. Use of mercenaries is not an isolated case; it is the norm against the oils rich Middle East. Atlantic points out that, as of June 2011, 554 private contractors died in the first Iraq war. And of those 254 were Americans and 59 Britons.

Contractors hire former military-trained Americans, who become mercenaries, flying below the radar of accountability under the US military code of conduct. No wonder it is so easy to get into the wars. Leaders, including our present administration, have for years privately agitated for war that results in slaughter of victims, using excuses like this one.

The US President has already ordered 14,000 Marines be dispatched (at taxpayer expense) to Iraq because of the minor breach of security (no injuries) at the US Embassy

We Hold These Truths has always taught that war is a business, maintained by those who profit from it. War must be hidden from us less we revolt! This is why the mercenary military is such a big, secret part of creating endless wars. US Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler said it best when he wrote “War is a racket.”


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