• antisemitism,  Books,  Shlomo Sand,  The Left,  Theology

    Israel Bartal on Shlomo Sand

    (This is a crosspost from Fathom.) Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Land of Israel, From Holy Land to Homeland, translated by Geremy Forman Verso, London & New York 2012, 295 pp. Shlomo Sand’s political treatise, The Invention of the Land of Israel, is another link in his larger project of deconstructing the ‘historical super mythos of the Jews as a wandering people’ and severing the bond of memory between the ancient Land of the Patriarchs and the modern Jewish experience. After having proved to his satisfaction in a previous book that the Jews are not a ‘people,’ the author sets out to demonstrate in this volume what every researcher…

  • antisemitism,  Theology

    Shane Claiborne: when Bonhoeffer tried to kill Hitler “the cross lost”

    Meet Christian speaker Shane Claiborne: “With tears and laughter, Shane Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible.” Claiborne is scheduled to speak at the Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 conference, which Stephen Sizer is organising, and where Ben White is also speaking. The conference will take place next month (March 5-9, 2012). Here is Claiborne speaking about theology and war. Watch from 02:13, when Claiborne begins speaking about German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s role in the attempt to assassinate Hitler: “I think even Bonhoeffer was wrong. There’s an interview with Hitler’s secretary in a movie called Blind Spot, and she…

  • antisemitism,  Theology

    Rep from Rowan Williams’ patron charity CMS: “please stop using the antisemitic line, it is getting old, we are in a new era”

    The Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 conference is organised by Stephen Sizer. Sizer is an ally of the Christian-murdering Iranian regime and Malaysian racists. The Checkpoint conference itself will, most likely, be racist and antisemitic. At Checkpoint 2010, Dutch missionary-turned-antizionist activist Brother Andrew, spoke with Stephen Sizer about the need for a Christian jihad. Both men agreed that Islamist jihadists had “every right” to attack the West. I have recently exposed how the organisers of Christ at the Checkpoint 2012, have taken Dr Jim West as an ally against Zionism and Christian Zionism. West is an American theologian who wants to rehabilitate the Nazi theologian Kittel, and thinks Luther’s book On The Jews and…

  • antisemitism,  Theology

    Christ at the Checkpoint and Kittel’s theology

    Dr Jim West is a Baptist preacher. Dr Jim West says this of the anti-Nazi activist and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who plotted to kill Hitler: Personally I never really cared for his theology.  Too whiny.  Plus plotting to murder someone, even a horrible someone… well, it’s just worse than anything Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps ever said. If you’re a Christian and you want to kill Hitler, that makes you worse than God-hates-fags-Jews-and-Sweden pastor Fred Phelps. Dr West thinks that Luther was not antisemitic – even when he wrote his tirade against the Jews, On the Jews and their Lies. Here are some excerpts from Luther’s tirade against the Jews, On the Jews…

  • antisemitism,  Theology

    Christ at the Checkpoint 2012, Dr Jim West & pro-Nazi theology

    Meet Dr Jim West, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and Pastor of Petros Baptist Church, Petros, Tennessee: He is supportive of the Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 conference, which is likely to be full of antisemitism, racism and replacement theology. He is also a fan of Stephen Sizer. Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 will be hosted by Bethlehem Bible College. Raed Salah supporters Stephen Sizer and Ben White are due to speak there. Sizer is listed as an organiser. Bethlehem Bible College has a worrying track record on antisemitism. They sent lecturer Alex Awad to represent the college, and share a platform with Hitler-admirer and…

  • antisemitism,  Iran,  Theology

    Stephen Sizer on his links with Iran’s Khomeinists: “I’ll go anywhere to share the gospel”

    Last night, I attended a debate between the Reverend Dr. Stephen Sizer PhD, Vicar of Christ Church Virginia Water, and the theologian Calvin Smith. Sizer and Smith were present to discuss the theological topic, “Has the Church replaced Israel?” Calvin Smith ably challenged Sizer’s understandings of covenants in the Hebrew Bible, and the way he applies this to Middle Eastern politics. When Smith pressed Sizer on his theology about Jewish exile in the Bible, Sizer replied to Smith: “I fear we are heading for an exile – not a restoration – from the land – based on the actions of the Israeli government.” Whilst various theological issues were discussed, I…

  • antisemitism,  Friends of Raed Salah,  Theology

    Friends of Raed Salah: The C of E-backed “Amos Trust” and the blood libel

    How will Archbishop Rowan Williams react, to the growing support for a racist antisemite who believes in the blood libel, in the Church of England? In late June, the houses of Parliament hosted a “Save Jerusalem Campaign“, with Raed Salah scheduled as the guest speaker. The event was afforded much credibility, due to its venue, and also due to the fact that several Labour MPs were in support. Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer, a director of the Amos Trust, was Raed Salah’s official photographer in London. Amos Trust director and founder, Garth Hewitt was in attendance. Garth Hewitt is the canon of St. George’s Church in Jerusalem, and he thinks anti-Zionist Jews are…

  • Theology

    Al Quds Day 2011: Allah will judge Muslims who stayed at home

    Here is Abdul Wahid, a spokesperson for Hizb-ut-Tahrir, at the Al Quds Day march: Note Wahid’s open, public support of terrorism, and his call for a large-scale war in the Middle East. Because as much as I respect, and I truly respect, those brothers who are resistance fighters, making jihad, making life tough for the Israelis and the Zionists, as much as I respect them, they can never liberate that land.  You can’t take the army, which is a nation’s army, a terrorist nation’s army, and defeat it with sincere small fighters. It needs one of those states, some of those states, around to release their armies to liberate that…

  • Israel,  The Right,  Theology

    On Michele Bachmann and the Tel Aviv gay pride parade

    Jeffrey Goldberg wonders if Michele Bachmann and other Christian-right supporters of Israel understand the country in all its complex reality, and not just as an object of Biblical prophecy. Bachmann is unwaveringly opposed to what she refers to as the gay “lifestyle.” Her husband, Marcus, runs a counseling practice devoted in part to the straightening-out of gay people. Bachmann herself told an audience not long ago, “It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.” So a gay-pride parade in New York or San Francisco might induce in Bachmann some uncomplicated feelings, such as revulsion and loathing. But Tel…

  • Iran,  Religion,  Theology

    On Mahdism, Millenarianism and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    by Joseph W CNN reports on the arrest of Abbas Amirifar, the head of the Presidential Council in Iran, and a close ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff: Top officials and media outlets close to Khamenei have mounted a campaign of criticism targeting Ahmadinejad, while several of his top aides have reportedly been arrested. The reported arrest of presidential palace prayer leader Abbas Amirifar on charges of “sorcery” is perhaps the best sign of how serious the political feud in Tehran has gotten. Amirifar produced a controversial film predicting the imminent return of the Shiite saint Mehdi, a messianic prediction that Ahmadinejad often refers to in his…