Layers (part 2)

 For me, this is probably the work that got the Israeli PR thinkers to seeing the possibilities for a beautiful friendship between Zionism and fundamentalism:  Hal Lindsey’s 1970 “The Late, Great Planet Earth.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Late_Great_Planet_Earth

I remember hearing about this while we were still in high school, and wondering what in the hell kind of foolishness is this?  Up till then, I had never heard such stuff, even though we were steeped in Southern Baptist culture and lingo (albeit a vintage variety — my parents have been kinda frozen in a 1950s time warp ever since they left the USA).  I’m guessing mainstream Christianity felt so marginalized by communism, atheism, and science that they opted for a Rodney King “Why can’t we all just get along?” moment instead of confronting what was clearly codswallop of the snake-handling and poison-drinking backwoods variety.

Like I said, we can’t blame the Jews for everything, but we tend to fail to examine the underlying reasons for why they get away with so much.  Why are so many Americans willing to go along with (or shrug off) behaviors that would be considered treasonous coming from any other sector of its citizenry?  A manufactured sensitivity about the Holocaust helps (we don’t give a rip about Armenians or American Indians or Africans who died in the Atlantic slave trade), but there is something else that has become an unacknowledged part of America’s spiritual fabric, that resonates deeply with fundamentalists (and those who have been influenced/seduced by them).  Until respected Christian thinkers (and there are some, contrary to what secularists think) rip it out by the roots and publicly consign it to the rubbish bin of loony ideas, Israel and its supporters are going to get away with murder.  Literally.

Related Posts

Sticks and stones and pepper spray Words! - A Poem By Samah Sabawi, 15:29 03/30/2012 ... I've been down this road before: Someone tries to teach me how to use words that can 'o...
They attach epic importance to their work Christians Called To Serve Jewish Settlers By Nathan Jeffay, March 25, 2012 ... Psagot, West Bank — It is a typical, even  stereotypical, West ...
Bought and paid for Newt Gingrich's agenda-setting big donor By Arun Kundnani, Saturday 28 January 2012 14.18 ES ... By donating $10m to the pro-Newt Gingrich Su...
Unsayable The World War on Democracy By John Pilger, January 20, 2012 ... Lisette Talate died the other day. I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woma...
God, who has chosen us We have not survived Pharaoh By Yossi Sarid, 02:16 06.04.12 ... From Passover 1968 to Passover 2012 not much has changed. It feels, in fact, li...
Begat Defining Jews, Defining a Nation: Can Genetics Save Israel? By Jeff Wheelwright, Mar 14 2012, 7:01 AM ET ... Herzliya, a broad-beached ocean-si...
Climate change in Arkansas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aunab1wtUfY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aunab1wtUfY ... The following was just emailed to John Lowery, a Democr...
Stars of David. Everywhere. Being a Jew in Palestine By Beth Miller, April 20, 2012 ... The first people I told were Safa and Imad. Good friends, they lived near me  in ...
When the ground is burning Israel is paranoid about pro-Palestinian activists By Gideon Levy, 01:43 12.04.12 ... And with what shall we frighten the Israeli public in adv...
Protestant empire Where Exactly Is Biblical Israel? By Rachel Havrelock, 1/14/12 05:07 PM ET ... The phrase "Biblical Israel" often passes on the lips of Repub...

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2008/08/24/layers-part-2/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.