There are a few things Americans have learned over the past couple of years about the evangelical right. Among their many claims is that they are under heavy assault and face persecution because they are not allowed to rule by theocratic edict. The also persist in accusing President Obama, a Christian, of leading a ferocious assault on not only Christianity, but the religion’s namesake Jesus Christ. They have also demonstrated their primary loyalty is to Israel, a nation they claim President Obama hates and throws under the proverbial bus because Benjamin Netanyahu is not allowed to dictate America’s foreign policy. If one believed everything Christian extremists claimed, they are being viciously slaughtered at home and abroad for their religion as well as their devotion to Israel because it is opposed to their shared religious enemy Islam. What the evangelical right never, never ever, talks about is the persecution, barbarism, and hatred targeting Christians at the hands of Israeli Jews in the Holy Land and it leads one to wonder if America’s neo-Christians are using President Obama as a surrogate for the Israelis targeting Christians for persecution.
Recently, the evangelical right’s claim that President Obama persecutes them was due to his historically accurate claim that Christians should temper their hatred and war-rage against the Muslim religion because throughout greatest human atrocities in throughout world history was done in the name of Christ. Specifically President Obama said that as Christians, “We have no right to get on our high horse and think persecution is unique someplace else,” and that “we should remember that people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” The President’s remarks were not well-received by the evangelical right and he incited more rage when he said he was “concerned about less than loving” Christians during the White House Easter breakfast. That was twice in a very brief period of time that the President violated an unspoken American law prohibiting anyone, pundit or politician, from uttering a negative word about American neo-Christianity; even if it is truthful and historically verifiable.
The Christian right attacked the President for “throwing Christ under the bus” and inciting a war against Christians with the same intensity they accuse him of attacking and throwing Israeli Jews under the bus. Their twisted religious logic is that Obama attacks Christians and Israel to prop up the Islamic religion Islam because both groups consider all Muslims a deadly enemy. It is curious then, that a coalition of Muslims and Christians have called on the United Nations and the World Court to intervene and prosecute Israeli Jews for religious hate crimes, persecution, and terrorist attacks on both Christians and Muslims while the evangelical right condemns Obama for not supporting Israel.
Last week, as part of an ongoing assault on Christians and to a lesser degree Muslims, news from Jerusalem was that yet another Christian church was set ablaze by Jews. The terrorists also sprayed graffiti on the building that even Israeli police admitted was “offensive to Jesus Christ.” The secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian Committee in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites, Hanna Issa, harshly denounced the latest attack and described it as part of ongoing crimes against Islamic and Christian holy sites such as cemeteries, churches, mosques, and religious icons. He said, “These latest rounds of terrorism and savagery are carried out with the blessing of the Israeli government. This attack is just one example of numerous violations aimed at destroying the deeply rooted Arab, Islamic and Christian history of the Holy Land.” Where is the American evangelical outrage and calls for war against Israeli fanatics for committing atrocities toward Christians in the Middle East? They do not exist because doing so would be equating Israeli Jewish extremism with Islamic extremism as well as be regarded as “throwing Israel under the bus.” Apparently to the evangelical right, like America’s hateful neo-Christianity, Israelis can do no wrong.
The very real physical attacks on Christians have been ongoing for at least a decade and likely much longer. But evangelicals are silent while they attack President Obama for leading a “war on Christians” and persecuting them and their Christ by stating historical truths; including that American evangelicals are anything but loving. Obviously the mainstream media is reluctant to report on Israeli persecution of Christians any more than they report on Christians’ less than loving ways because they are terrified of being accused of demeaning any religious devotees unless they are Muslims.
According to Hanna Issa, an International Law expert, burning and attacking holy sites is a violation of Section 53 of the First Geneva Protocol of 1977 which outlaws all attacks against holy sites around the world. Several Christian groups in and around the “Holy Land” have called for intervention by international courts for the ongoing religious hate crimes such as in 2013 when Israeli Jews spray-painted “Jesus is a monkey” and other racist graffiti on the walls of the Church of the Dominion. Last year Israeli fanatics wrote “Death to Christianity,” “Jesus is dead,” and “Mary is a prostitute” on the walls of the Jerusalem Baptist Narkis Congregation Church. Last October a Jerusalem church was torched and a Christian teen was critically injured when a “package bomb exploded in his face.” Police are aware that Jewish terrorists were responsible; especially after a group of angry Jews publicly burned hundreds of New Testaments.
According Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a lawyer for Israeli Christians said “Official persecution of Christians is sharply on the rise in Israel and most involve authorities’ attempt to close down Christian houses of worship, revoke the citizenship of Christians, or refuse to register their children as Israelis. When there are incidents of violence against Christians in Israel, police are reluctant to press charges.” According to Christians seeking assistance from Israeli officials, “the government of Israel maintains a hands-off policy and contends that Christians who witness and are persecuted deserve it and say the government is just as anti-Christian as local magistrates.”
Where is the outrage against Israeli persecution against Christians from America’s holier-than-thou evangelical right? It is focused on President Barack Obama because the only thing more offensive to evangelicals than uttering truth about their hateful version of Christianity is saying an unkind word against Israel. They are certainly not going to criticize Israel’s terrorism toward Christians in the “Holy Land,” particularly when they have a visible African American as surrogate to attack in the White House who has done more to protect Christians, and Israel, than either group deserves.
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