[DEBATE] : Pat Robertson's Crusade or the Malkop US Taliban
Salim.Vally at wits.ac.za
Fri Aug 11 13:57:47 BST 2006
367/19928449/SIG=10qa2akrp/*http:/www.thenation.com> -- The Holy Land
got just what it needed this week. A visit from Pat Robertson
The founder of the Christian Coalition arrived in Israel
<http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Israel> on Wednesday for a
three day show of solidarity. He prayed for a victory in Lebanon with
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He broadcast the 700 Club from a
hotspot on the Israeli-Lebanon border.
Robertson has not always been so well-received in the Land of Milk and
Honey. Last January he suggested that former Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon <http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Ariel+Sharon>
fell into a coma after withdrawing from Gaza, which he termed "dividing
Yet Robertson is still an aging reflection of a growing movement of
istian_zionism> , who not only back the most far right Israeli policies,
but espouse a disturbingly end-of-days worldview.
Just read an excerpt from Robertson's recent interview
54525834303&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter> with the Jerusalem
Do you worry that we could be on the verge of some of the apocalyptic
visions that are portrayed in the scriptures?
There was a prophet Ezekiel in the time of the Bible who wrote that in
the last days there would be an invasion of Israel by a coalition that
would include Iran
<http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Iran> , Russia, Turkey and
the Sudan and Libya. God himself is going to defeat that great army that
had come against his people. That is a prophecy of one of the Jewish
prophets that has yet to be fulfilled. It said that it would be in the
later days when Israel has been brought from the nations of the earth
and are living in peace in their land.
Are we on the verge of this apocalyptic vision?
And don't forget that Robertson's evangelical followers also believe
that Jews must be in ancient Judea and Samaria when the Messiah returns
for Christians to reclaim their rightful land.
What they really want is the destruction of the people they claim to
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