Things You Should Already Know
Evangelicals are one of the primary political forces working on behalf of Israeli political interests. Here is an interesting little story about a group of Christians that recently visited the Knesset. One Australian pastor was quoted as saying, "We see Israelis as our spiritual mothers and fathers. It's an honor for us to be here. We love your God, Israel." Sigh. The problem, as Joe Sobran points out in this interesting essay is that, "Judaism and Christianity are radically opposed over the most important thing of all: Jesus Christ." Another delegate from Africa said: "We have soldiers in Africa, not just spiritual soldiers, but those who even want to come and fight with you." Christian mercenaries? I guess Paul didn't really mean it when he said "the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds."
None of this implies, by the way, that as Christians, and frankly as Americans, we should neglect the threat posed by an increasingly aggressive element within Islam. In this post, George Grant is criticized for pointing out that Christians have been waging a not too infrequently bloody war with Islam since, well, about the 7th century. We read this little doozy: "How could the Islamic conflict so overshadow all the momentous struggles of history and yet authors like Grant are just now mentioning it? If it was that obvious, why did Grant write books on the ACLU and Planned Parenthood? Where's his volumes on the great Islamic crisis? He's just now learning this?" In fact, Grant has written plenty on the subject over the years, including a book, The Blood of the Moon. Evidently I should be more concerned with Straussian Philosopher Kings pontificating from their Ivory Towers than characters who kill nuns because they're ticked at the Pope. What, I can't keep my eyes on both? I'm certainly not sympathetic to Grant's views on Iraq and I've amply documented the shenanigans of Neocons, but isn't it possible to walk and chew gum at the same time?
A homosexual pedophile leaves Congress. Next stop, the priesthood. The most hilarious thing about the story is that Foley was the chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus in the House. You just can't make this stuff up.
After fawning over the Bushies in prior tomes, Bob Woodward is looking to get back into the good graces of the DC wine and cheese set. According to Woodward, the administration is covering up the extent of our problems in Iraq. You know, I'm just an idiot with a slow Internet connection, but I figured that out along time ago.
And finally, leading Baptist ethicist Richard Land says Congress must do something about immigration right now. Land says we must "find a way to deal compassionately and fairly with the 12 to 14 million people who are here illegally." Land prattles on about the rule of the law: "We have a government and a country that is committed to the rule of law, and when we have people ignoring the law -– employers, as well as those who come here illegally –- and the laws are not being enforced, it breeds disrespect for the law. And that’s a very dangerous thing." So far, so good, but then Land says we have to ignore the law by providing amnesty for law-breakers. Congress must "get [illegal immigrants] protection, to get them identified and, for those who want to stay here, give them a pathway to earn their way to some probationary status of some sort where they can earn their way to legal residence." After that, I'm guessing they should be eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, AFDC, Food Stamps, WIC, and perhaps provided a translator. Isn't that how we're supposed to treat strangers and sojourners?