Sunday, January 08, 2006

Praise The Lord!

And pass the gefilte fish. Supersessionism is being replaced in a fervent effort to bring on the Rapture.
Among Evangelicals, A Kinship With Jews: "'I feel jealous sometimes. This term that keeps coming up in the Old Book -- the Chosen, the Chosen,' says the minister, who has made three trips to Israel and named his sons Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. 'I'm a pardoned gentile, but I'm not one of the Chosen People. They're the apple of his eye.'

Scholars of religion call this worldview 'philo-Semitism,' the opposite of anti-Semitism. It is a burgeoning phenomenon in evangelical Christian churches across the country, a hot topic in Jewish historical studies and a wellspring of support for Israel.

Yet many Jews are nervous about evangelicals' intentions. In recent weeks, leaders of three of the nation's largest Jewish groups -- the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Union for Reform Judaism -- have decried what they see as a mounting threat to the separation of church and state from evangelicals emboldened by the belief that they have an ally in the White House and an opportunity to shift the Supreme Court.

'Make no mistake: We are facing an emerging Christian right leadership that intends to 'Christianize' all aspects of American life, from the halls of government to the libraries, to the movies, to recording studios, to the playing fields and locker rooms . . . from the military to SpongeBob SquarePants,' the ADL's national director, Abraham H. Foxman, said in a Nov. 3 speech.

Julie Galambush, a former American Baptist minister who converted to Judaism 11 years ago, has seen both sides of the divide. She said many Jews suspect that evangelicals' support for Israel is rooted in a belief that the return of Jews to the promised land will trigger the Second Coming of Jesus, the battle of Armageddon and mass conversion.

'That hope is felt and expressed by Christians as a kind, benevolent hope," said Galambush, author of "The Reluctant Parting," a new book on the Jewish roots of Christianity. "But believing that someday Jews will stop being Jews and become Christians is still a form of hoping that someday there will be no more Jews.'"
That is the hope behind this effort. Or as one of my favorite villains and his cube were fond of saying "resistance is futile, you will be assimilated".

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