Comments for Journey to Jerusalem http://coveringreligion.org Reporting on the faiths of the holy land. Thu, 13 May 2010 14:03:32 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 Comment on Religious Zeal Drives Housing Crisis in Ramat Shlomo by Kayode http://coveringreligion.org/?p=1239&cpage=1#comment-483 Kayode Thu, 13 May 2010 14:03:32 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=1239#comment-483 I love everything about Isreal. Let them go ahead and build. Forget about Obama, Joe Biden or any other world leader because they are no true friends they modern people who do not recognize the place of biblical history in today's world. Don't seek for their protection anymore because you'll soon discover that they can't protect after all. Let the quartet or what did they call themselves gang-up against you, it is recorded in the Bible Jesus will come to save you not another Messiah which you are hoping to get. Look up to Jesus whom was crucified for your salvation. It is high time Jerusalem recognises Jesus as the Son of God and that is the crux of the matter. Anyway before I start blasting off let apply some break. I love you and love Jesus. God bless Isreal. Amen. I love everything about Isreal. Let them go ahead and build. Forget about Obama, Joe Biden or any other world leader because they are no true friends they modern people who do not recognize the place of biblical history in today’s world. Don’t seek for their protection anymore because you’ll soon discover that they can’t protect after all. Let the quartet or what did they call themselves gang-up against you, it is recorded in the Bible Jesus will come to save you not another Messiah which you are hoping to get. Look up to Jesus whom was crucified for your salvation. It is high time Jerusalem recognises Jesus as the Son of God and that is the crux of the matter. Anyway before I start blasting off let apply some break. I love you and love Jesus. God bless Isreal. Amen.

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Comment on Palestine on the Lower East Side by Dan http://coveringreligion.org/?p=166&cpage=1#comment-414 Dan Sat, 08 May 2010 07:04:29 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=166#comment-414 And how is this entry(and a lot of the others, in this section) related to Judaism ??? And how is this entry(and a lot of the others, in this section) related to Judaism ???

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Comment on Get Your Kosher Ice Cream: A New Parlor Draws Crowds and Critics by Michele http://coveringreligion.org/?p=1192&cpage=1#comment-328 Michele Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:47:04 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=1192#comment-328 An interesting story, but it took a long time to get to the "nut graf," about the religious tensions. An interesting story, but it took a long time to get to the “nut graf,” about the religious tensions.

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Comment on Daily Dispatch: March 12, 2010 by Tod Clemmon http://coveringreligion.org/?p=318&cpage=1#comment-234 Tod Clemmon Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:45:25 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=318#comment-234 lolol where is a dark beer when you want one lolol where is a dark beer when you want one

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Comment on Christian Zionists: Down But Not Out by Ellis Marina http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204&cpage=1#comment-146 Ellis Marina Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:56:54 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204#comment-146 [...] Christian Zionists: Down But Not Out – Journey to Jerusalem >> <a href="http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204" rel="nofollow">http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204</a> >> http://www.churchofthe.net [...] [...] Christian Zionists: Down But Not Out – Journey to Jerusalem >> http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204 >> http://www.churchofthe.net [...]

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Comment on Daily Dispatch: March 19, 2010 by Pamela Olson http://coveringreligion.org/?p=727&cpage=1#comment-112 Pamela Olson Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:00:25 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=727#comment-112 Thanks for this report -- it's far better than most of what we're getting in the mainstream media. I worked as a reported in the West Bank for almost two years, and I know how overwhelming the place is the first few times you go, or the first few months you spend there. And it seems to make even less sense as time goes on. Finally, with a lot of listening and studying and soul-searching and research and observation, things begin to crystallize to some extent. Fear has a way of hijacking and manipulating our highest instincts, and so do a lot of political leaders. The real pity is that so little true understanding gets past the editors at places like the NYT. Most Americans still have no idea about the conditions Palestinians live under, the policies that keep them living that way, and the fact that non-violent resistance to illagal occupation and colonization is blossoming all over the Palestinian territories and all over the world. I hope you will continue to report what you see rather than what you think your readers and editors prefer to hear. I'm working on a book that's simulataneously a travel/adventure story, a coming of age memoir, and a "Palestine for Beginners" primer called Fast Times in Palestine. Chapter One is posted here: http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/chapter-one My blog has other stories from Palestine, including a Beer Fest in a village near Ramallah, that most people never hear about, either: http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/beer-fest-in-palestine Thanks again, and best of luck. Thanks for this report — it’s far better than most of what we’re getting in the mainstream media. I worked as a reported in the West Bank for almost two years, and I know how overwhelming the place is the first few times you go, or the first few months you spend there. And it seems to make even less sense as time goes on. Finally, with a lot of listening and studying and soul-searching and research and observation, things begin to crystallize to some extent. Fear has a way of hijacking and manipulating our highest instincts, and so do a lot of political leaders.

The real pity is that so little true understanding gets past the editors at places like the NYT. Most Americans still have no idea about the conditions Palestinians live under, the policies that keep them living that way, and the fact that non-violent resistance to illagal occupation and colonization is blossoming all over the Palestinian territories and all over the world.

I hope you will continue to report what you see rather than what you think your readers and editors prefer to hear.

I’m working on a book that’s simulataneously a travel/adventure story, a coming of age memoir, and a “Palestine for Beginners” primer called Fast Times in Palestine. Chapter One is posted here:

http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/chapter-one

My blog has other stories from Palestine, including a Beer Fest in a village near Ramallah, that most people never hear about, either:

http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/beer-fest-in-palestine

Thanks again, and best of luck.

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Comment on Daily Dispatch: March 19, 2010 by Columbia J School class covers the occupation, after all http://coveringreligion.org/?p=727&cpage=1#comment-105 Columbia J School class covers the occupation, after all Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:26:29 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=727#comment-105 [...] fact of racial profiling in annexed East Jerusalem. I see that student Carolyn Phenicie also covers this ugly practice here, for Goldman’s class. Good [...] [...] fact of racial profiling in annexed East Jerusalem. I see that student Carolyn Phenicie also covers this ugly practice here, for Goldman’s class. Good [...]

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Comment on Breaking News: Violent Clashes in East Jerusalem by Columbia J School class covers the occupation, after all http://coveringreligion.org/?p=651&cpage=1#comment-104 Columbia J School class covers the occupation, after all Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:24:13 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=651#comment-104 [...] at the Columbia Journalism School was taking a caravan to the Holy Land and had scheduled Yad Vashem for Friday– when Fridays are the time of nonviolent popular resistance actions across the West Bank and in Judaized East Jerusalem, which maybe you noticed is about the biggest international story these days. Well Goldman’s class is back and here is a good report by student Rory Kress [...] [...] at the Columbia Journalism School was taking a caravan to the Holy Land and had scheduled Yad Vashem for Friday– when Fridays are the time of nonviolent popular resistance actions across the West Bank and in Judaized East Jerusalem, which maybe you noticed is about the biggest international story these days. Well Goldman’s class is back and here is a good report by student Rory Kress [...]

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Comment on Israel-Palestine Conflict Takes to Stage in Brooklyn by florida pubilc adjuster http://coveringreligion.org/?p=25&cpage=1#comment-52 florida pubilc adjuster Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:37:46 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=25#comment-52 I understand that Israel has it's own lobbyist group in washington (AIPAC – gee I wish the citizens of our country had a lobbyist group of their own), and that Israel also receives over 2 billion dollars from the USA annually. Perhaps throwing this insulting monkey wrench into the peace process, was just their way of saying "thanks". After all this, there are still some people who say "they're our closest ally in the region". Want another tired old saying? ...With friends like these...and I am Israeli! I understand that Israel has it’s own lobbyist group in washington (AIPAC – gee I wish the citizens of our country had a lobbyist group of their own), and that Israel also receives over 2 billion dollars from the USA annually. Perhaps throwing this insulting monkey wrench into the peace process, was just their way of saying “thanks”. After all this, there are still some people who say “they’re our closest ally in the region”. Want another tired old saying? …With friends like these…and I am Israeli!

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Comment on Christian Zionists: Down But Not Out by Ross http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204&cpage=1#comment-38 Ross Wed, 17 Mar 2010 07:34:59 +0000 http://coveringreligion.org/?p=204#comment-38 PRETRIB RAPTURE POLITICS Many are still unaware of the eccentric, 180-year-old British theory underlying the politics of American evangelicals and Christian Zionists. Journalist and historian Dave MacPherson has spent more than 40 years focusing on the origin and spread of what is known as the apocalyptic "pretribulation rapture" - the inspiration behind Hal Lindsey's bestsellers of the 1970s and Tim LaHaye's today. Although promoters of this endtime evacuation from earth constantly repeat their slogan that "it's imminent and always has been" (which critics view more as a sales pitch than a scriptural statement), it was unknown in all official theology and organized religion before 1830. And MacPherson's research also reveals how hostile the pretrib rapture view has been to other faiths: It is anti-Islam. TV preacher John Hagee has been advocating "a pre-emptive military strike against Iran." (Google "Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism.") It is anti-Jewish. MacPherson's book "The Rapture Plot" (see Armageddon Books etc.) exposes hypocritical anti-Jewishness in even the theory's foundation. It is anti-Catholic. Lindsey and C. I. Scofield are two of many leaders who claim that the final Antichrist will be a Roman Catholic. (Google "Pretrib Hypocrisy.") It is anti-Protestant. For this reason no major Protestant denomination has ever adopted this escapist view. It even has some anti-evangelical aspects. The first publication promoting this novel endtime view spoke degradingly of "the name by which the mixed multitude of modern Moabites love to be distinguished, - the Evangelical World." (MacPherson's "Plot," p. 85) Despite the above, MacPherson proves that the "glue" that holds constantly in-fighting evangelicals together long enough to be victorious voting blocs in elections is the same "fly away" view. He notes that Jerry Falwell, when giving political speeches just before an election, would unfailingly state: "We believe in the pretribulational rapture!" In addition to "The Rapture Plot," MacPherson's many internet articles include "Famous Rapture Watchers," "Pretrib Rapture Diehards," "Edward Irving is Unnerving," "America's Pretrib Rapture Traffickers," "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" (massive plagiarism, phony doctorates, changing of early "rapture" documents in order to falsely credit John Darby with this view, etc.!). Because of his devastating discoveries, MacPherson is now No. 1 on the "hate" list of pretrib rapture leaders! There's no question that the leading promoters of this bizarre 19th century end-of-the-world doctrine are solidly pro-Israel and necessarily anti-Palestinian. In light of recently uncovered facts about this fringe-British-invented belief which has always been riddled with dishonesty, many are wondering why it should ever have any influence on Middle East affairs. This Johnny-come-lately view raises millions of dollars for political agendas. Only when scholars of all faiths begin to look deeply at it and widely air its "dirty linen" will it cease to be a power. It is the one theological view no one needs! With apologies to Winston Churchill - never has so much deception been foisted on so many by so few! [Also Google "David Letterman's Hate, Etc."] PRETRIB RAPTURE POLITICS

Many are still unaware of the eccentric, 180-year-old British theory underlying the politics of American evangelicals and Christian Zionists.
Journalist and historian Dave MacPherson has spent more than 40 years focusing on the origin and spread of what is known as the apocalyptic “pretribulation rapture” – the inspiration behind Hal Lindsey’s bestsellers of the 1970s and Tim LaHaye’s today.
Although promoters of this endtime evacuation from earth constantly repeat their slogan that “it’s imminent and always has been” (which critics view more as a sales pitch than a scriptural statement), it was unknown in all official theology and organized religion before 1830.
And MacPherson’s research also reveals how hostile the pretrib rapture view has been to other faiths:
It is anti-Islam. TV preacher John Hagee has been advocating “a pre-emptive military strike against Iran.” (Google “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism.”)
It is anti-Jewish. MacPherson’s book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books etc.) exposes hypocritical anti-Jewishness in even the theory’s foundation.
It is anti-Catholic. Lindsey and C. I. Scofield are two of many leaders who claim that the final Antichrist will be a Roman Catholic. (Google “Pretrib Hypocrisy.”)
It is anti-Protestant. For this reason no major Protestant denomination has ever adopted this escapist view.
It even has some anti-evangelical aspects. The first publication promoting this novel endtime view spoke degradingly of “the name by which the mixed multitude of modern Moabites love to be distinguished, – the Evangelical World.” (MacPherson’s “Plot,” p. 85)
Despite the above, MacPherson proves that the “glue” that holds constantly in-fighting evangelicals together long enough to be victorious voting blocs in elections is the same “fly away” view. He notes that Jerry Falwell, when giving political speeches just before an election, would unfailingly state: “We believe in the pretribulational rapture!”
In addition to “The Rapture Plot,” MacPherson’s many internet articles include “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” (massive plagiarism, phony doctorates, changing of early “rapture” documents in order to falsely credit John Darby with this view, etc.!).
Because of his devastating discoveries, MacPherson is now No. 1 on the “hate” list of pretrib rapture leaders!
There’s no question that the leading promoters of this bizarre 19th century end-of-the-world doctrine are solidly pro-Israel and necessarily anti-Palestinian. In light of recently uncovered facts about this fringe-British-invented belief which has always been riddled with dishonesty, many are wondering why it should ever have any influence on Middle East affairs.
This Johnny-come-lately view raises millions of dollars for political agendas. Only when scholars of all faiths begin to look deeply at it and widely air its “dirty linen” will it cease to be a power. It is the one theological view no one needs!
With apologies to Winston Churchill – never has so much deception been foisted on so many by so few!

[Also Google "David Letterman's Hate, Etc."]

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