Religion and Politics

A quick post– no time to write today.

I don’t believe that there are no coincidences, but I do believe that politicians don’t pull out unusual turns of speech randomly. If they didn’t choose their words carefully they wouldn’t get the votes. Everything they do or say in public life either has an agenda or is consistent with who they are.

I attended Apponaug Pentecostal Church in the 1970’s, and absorbed the teachings for three years. This article from Huffington Post might seem like an extreme take, but it’s consistent with what I heard preached and how they connected with preachers and evangelists nationally and internationally in the mission fields.

Sarah Palin’s Jewish Problem.

She is just one of the more visible and ambitious politicians with an End-Times following.

We are free to believe as our conscience dictates. But it’s one thing to believe in prophecy as a citizen, and another when you have the power to help events along.

Don’t look for politicians to come clean about their real beliefs and their supporters. We are so divided right now that it’s hard to blame them for being cagy. Whatever they say, some constituency will accuse them of singing from the wrong hymnal. But don’t discount religion as a motivation, and thank the gods for a free press.

4 thoughts on “Religion and Politics

  1. I am Jewish by background,but not by belief-my belief is my own business,but if pressed,I guess I would say I was a Deist.
    I’m familiar with end times believers and i’m much more comfortable with them than with Islamic extremists who preach killing anyon born Jewish in the here and now.
    If I were you,Nancy,I’d think a little more and learn a little more before formimg opinions about American Jews.
    The left attracted many of them,and Jews became associated with communist and extreme liberal movements.
    At the same time many,many Jews were patriotic Americans who viewed communism as anathema.The intellectuals among the Jews have trumpeted the left wing slant.
    The control of Hollywood by Jewish entrepeneurs was a fact.A lot of people associate Hollywood with moral decay.Thus a connection developes.
    Jews have been stereotyped beyond belief.
    I spent most of my life around non-Jewish people-at work,at home,and socially.I’ve dealt with all the stereotyped thinking.Of course every stereotype is based on some kernel of truth.The trouble is,that kernel becomes generalized.
    I can tell you this,the only Jew in Congree,both houses,who I’d be enthusiastic about is Eric Cantor.
    Alan Dershowitz,the embodiment of someone who lives to uncover anti-semitism,has opined that the use of “blood libel”has become so generalized these days,that the use of it by Palin was neither offensive nor in any way antisemitic.Dershowitz is sort of liberal,and he’s a big time Zionist.
    I once read a comment by a Jewish writer(name escapes me)who said(paraphrase):If you find 10 radicals,7 of them will be Jews,but out of 100 Jews,maybe 5 will be radicals.
    It’s matter more of perception than fact.
    This subject is hard to discuss in a few paragraphs anyway.

  2. No, I don’t have deep knowledge of Jewish religion and history.
    I do know the Pentecostals, and in my opinion, they love Jews the way the Colonel loves chickens. They see nuclear war in the Middle East as a necessary step on the way to the Second Coming. They go to Israel and collaborate with extreme fundamentalist Jews there, each side thinking they will use the other.
    Anyone who talks love while looking forward to war is scary.

    1. Well,we’re not gonna get in an argument about fundamentalists of any denomination because I thnk neither of us subscribe tot heir notions.
      My point is that a lot of Jews feel compelled to cling to “progressive”politics even against their own interests.
      A lot of Jewish liberals are intelligent and accomplished ,but are frequently devoid of common sense.
      There is a jewish principle called “tikkun olam”loosley translated as “repair the world’,and in reality it gets the Jews a reputation as meddlers with the consequent resentment-a lot of the people they purport to be helping also develope resentment because of what they perceive as a patronizing attitude.
      My advice to activist Jewish people is:take your noses out of other people’s problems-they don’t need your condescending guidance.

      1. If there IS another war in the Middle East I hope we have the resolve to stay the hell out of it.

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