David Barton Pins Global Warming Effects on America’s Alleged Failure to Support Israel

David_Barton_IsraelDavid Barton, who has been doing his own level best for years to destroy America, renews an old refrain when he said on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” last week that God is going to get the US for not supporting Israel.

Watch courtesy of Right Wing Watch (if his shirt bothers you, just close your eyes; if his voice bothers you, just read the transcript below):

The way that you treat the Jews shows the degree of civilization that you have. Any time you go after the Jews, God comes after you. And by the way, the deal that we’re fighting right now with Israel, they need to give up land or this, we’re told in Acts, God says “I’m the one who established the boundaries of nations.” God told us in the Bible exactly what the boundaries of Israel are to be. And whenever a politician gets involved and says “we need to give up this land or that land,” you better get God’s permission first because he’s the one who drew the lines, he’s the one who made the covenant with those boundaries. You start messin’ with that you’re messin’ directly with God. This is not like other nations; this is a covenant nation.

This is David Barton and so overly simplistic. In the Old Testament, God repeatedly punished his covenant nation. How do we know he is not doing so now?

You already know of course, because the American Family Association’s own Bartonian, Bryan Fischer, told you so the other day, that Israel’s borders, like all other borders, have been ordained by God and are therefore sacrosanct. Except, as I have just pointed out, when God decides they are not.

God many not care about Iraq’s borders, or perhaps he accepted the Bush-Cheney get-rich-quick scheme in 2003 as “just war,” but he sure as shootin’ cares about Israel’s borders, except when he doesn’t.

And nobody loves Israel like God, except for America. In fact, it could in fact be argued that the United States has treated Israel better than it’s own God. So far, we haven’t let anyone walk all over Israel. There has been no change in this pro-Israel outlook under the Obama administration.

The Religious Right loves Israel too.

Not because the Jews are his Chosen People in the Religious Right scheme, but because Israel is important because without Israel, folks like Barton don’t get their end-time scenario, the source of so many of their profits. Without a Jewish state, fundamentalists believe, God can’t do his rapture thingie (never mind that the idea of the rapture only dates from the 19th century and isn’t to be found in the actual Bible). As Gary Wills has pointed out, a misreading of Paul of Tarsus has convinced them the Jews have to convert or no rapture.

These profits must be protected, which means Israel must be protected. With pure Texas bombast Barton lays out the consequences of ignoring Israel’s welfare:

And so you look at what’s going on with Israel, if you side [with] Israel, God can bless that; if you don’t side [with] Israel, God’s gonna have trouble with that. And how does he express that? Well, one of the things he often did in the Bible was weather phenomenon. Other things that he did was productivity would go down, or agriculture, crops, or droughts, and suddenly you’re not as prosperous as you were; there are things that have happened.

This is clever. David Barton has proved he possesses a sort of low cunning by taking something he knows is going to happen – the effects of anthropogenic global warming we are already experiencing and which are only going to get worse – and assigned them to God’s agency. He is guaranteed the effect; he needs only a cause.

Enter Israel and divine wrath, literally a match made in heaven: “any time you go after the Jews, God comes after you.”

We’ve heard all this before; Rick Perry said back in 2011, “As a Christian, I have a clear directive to support Israel. So from my perspective, it’s pretty easy. Both as an American, and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel.” Israel right or wrong is the mantra of the Religious Right, to the extent they would turn control of America’s foreign policy over to Israel. They don’t even want our own president to have a say in our foreign policy but they’ll let Israel.

But there are real problems with Israel’s borders, problems I have pointed to here before. It’s all well and fine to say God made Israel’s borders but there is a huge difference between these divinely ordained borders and reality, and these differences have always existed. These borders are described in Genesis 15:18-21; Deuteronomy 11:24; Deuteronomy 1:7; Exodus 23:29; Numbers 34:1-15; Ezekiel 47:13-20, and they don’t match up well with the facts on the ground.

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Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel), a concept often conflated with Greater Israel, may extend from the Jordan to the sea, but the Mediterranean coast was always Pagan. It was Pagan when, according to the Bible, the Jewish invaders ignored the borders of the Canaanites, and it was Pagan until the Romans gave Herod the Great brief control of a narrow strip of coast (where he promptly built a Pagan city – Caesarea), and it was Pagan after Herod was dead, and continued to be Pagan long after Israel itself was gone.

Ben-Zion Rosenfeld points to the fact that the Jewish historian Josephus “makes it appear that the biblical conception was that he coast of Palestine in its entirety, from Sidon to Gaza, had belonged to the land of the Jews from antiquity,” and that he “appears to have exploited the biblical text to create an ideological geography in accord with his perception of the coast as belonging to the Jews from biblical times.” He was even willing to rearrange geography in the interest of pressing his point, moving an entire mountain range closer to the sea. The Jewish historian would have fit comfortably in the milieu of modern-day fundamentalists in his efforts to infuse “his realistic description with Bible-based ideology.”

David Barton, we are looking at you.

Elsewhere, Josephus attempts to separate the Jews from the coast, which is Phoenician, the Phoenicians being “coastal dwellers” and “sea merchants” while the Jews are agricultural and not interested in coming into contact with foreigners, let alone mixing with them. In Rosenfeld’s opinion, Josephus’s description here is based on cultural perceptions, reflecting “both the reality and an ancient ideological tradition, extending back to biblical times, of keeping a distance from the sea,” and that, in fact, “most of the coast was not in their hands already in the biblical period.”

The Romans mandated Jewish borders from the time they first came into contact with the Hasmonean state in the first century BCE. Barton’s God did nothing to the Romans engaged in this border-adjusting activity. The Roman Empire lasted a long time and Christians came to believe that Rome itself was mandated by God. The Romans ruled over Palestine until the Muslims took it away from them in the 7th century.

But apparently, God is going to do something to us if we don’t stand by Israel, and Barton is in a position to make the threat stick, since there is no escaping the effects of anthropogenic global warming. Fundamentalists can blind themselves to the cause, but they are more than willing to see the effect and blame God. They’ve been doing it successfully for twenty centuries. Why stop now?

Map from Wikimedia Commons

Sources:

Ben-Zion Rosenfeld, “Flavius Josephus and His Portrayal of the Coast (Paralia) of Contemporary Roman Palestine: Geography and Ideology,” The Jewish Quarterly Review (2000), 144.

Gary Wills, What Paul Meant. Viking, 2006, 125-140.

23 Replies to “David Barton Pins Global Warming Effects on America’s Alleged Failure to Support Israel”

  1. Why why why are these crazy people allowed to spew their madness on our tax dollars? This isn’t religion: it’s pure politics. Tax these shows and churches right now.

  2. Our country would not be in so much debt if we left these damn countries fight their own battles. If we left them alone maybe they would learn how to get along with each other. Religion is the one big reason we are in these wars, and that man tried to Kill my Daddy.

  3. It’s neither his shirt nor his voice itself that bothers me, it’s the moronic reasoning spewing from his cranial sphincter that is most offensive.

  4. Yes the guy’s pathetic but what’s infinitely worse is when you hear such nonsense from politicians who have the power to make policy.

  5. But, but. . . Baron used the magic word: God. He knows that using that magic word will incite the God-people to rally to his support. It works all the time.

  6. As usual, Barton neglects to mention that, while this is punishment for the US because we haven’t (quite) become the United States of Israel yet, AGW will affect the entire planet. Of course, we all know that Barton’s pathetic little deity has terrible aim, but taking revenge on an entire planet to punish one country is ridiculous, even by Barton’s ‘standards.’

  7. If Israel’s borders were fixed by God for all time how come the Kingdom of Israel was allowed to fall to the Assyrians in 722 BCE? I am sure Barton would say the kingdom fell because it disobeyed God. But which borders were specified by God for all time. The border of Israel and Judea? The borders of Judea only? the borders of the modern state of Israel in 1948? The borders of Israel after the 1973 war? Please tell us which borders you are talking about “Professor” Barton.

  8. I think global warming is caused by the excess energy required to transmit the garbage put out by David Barton. Prove me wrong. My theory is just as valid as yours “Professor” Barton.

  9. But, of course, any thinking person with some knowledge of the history of Israel , would know that the territorial lines for Israel and Palestine(and much of the Middle East) were not ‘drawn by God’, but by the World War I and II imperialist Great Powers victors , Great Britain , France, with United States complicity.

  10. Barton and friends only need Israel as a jumping off point come the rapture. The Jews will be left behind, unless, of course, Barton needs a “smart Jew lawyer.”

  11. David Barton opines or warns the world that should anyone harm the Jews in the Jewish state God will harm them (us. QUESTION: This is a little sensitive, but here goes. Germany (Nazis+other Germans) harmed the Jews BIG TIME! Are they paying the price from God now? Doesn’t looks so. Germany is highly industrialized, prosperous and NO Terrorist are out to harm them in the name of Allah. So what’s his point. And shouldn’t we all go Hmmmmm???

  12. What is it about religion that makes people crazy-stupid? This moron has been trying for years to always top his last pathetic pronouncements with something even more insane?

    If I were a religious person, I would tell him to his face to “just shut up, you’re making us all look like idiots.”

  13. I know absolutely nothing about David Barton, other than the fact that his shirt is hideous, as everyone else has agreed. He may very well be an idiot, I have no idea.

    I do know this: There are ALOT of things that ALOT of liberals believe that sound equally as stupid and ridiculous as David Barton’s conservative beliefs about Israel sound to all of you.

    For example: We all evolved from monkeys……………………..REALLY?

    Just sayin’…

  14. No, we didnt evolve from monkeys.

    We had a common ancestor with apes.

    You really need to read up if you are going to try and bash people. You are doing a terrible job.

  15. Thanks for the correction Shiva.

    You are OBVIOUSLY much more intelligent than me, and I should have done my research. Do forgive me!

    We had a common ancestor with apes is INDEED what I should have said, because when you put it that way, it sounds SO much less stupid!

    By the way, even though this entire article and every single comment is someone “bashing” someone else, I would like to add that I wasn’t trying to bash anyone, I was simply pointing out the fact that liberals also have beliefs that sound beyond ridiculous.

  16. What do I believe?

    I believe that no one has all of the answers. Not conservatives, not liberals. Not Christians, not Non-Christians.

    I believe that liberals sometimes take things WAY too far. I also believe that Christians/conservatives sometimes take things WAY too far.

    If what you are asking is how I believe we got here then well, I think you could probably guess.

    I choose to believe that we were created by a supreme being…by God. If choosing to believe that, rather than believe that I “share ancestors with apes” makes ME a nut, then I’m PROUD to say that….

    I BELIEVE THAT I’M THE BIGGEST NUT OF THE CENTURY…POSSIBLY OF ALL TIME!!! :)

  17. Hypocrisy is thy name. You say no one has the answers but you want to believe a deity has all the answers. Exactly how does that works? Even today we can prove evolution works through a simple flu virus but no one including the sky god himself has shown us proof of his existence.

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