Is the Israel Lobby
by Robert Dreyfuss,
writing on tomdispatch.com
about the Israel Lobby's
successful attack on
Charles W. Freeman, forcing
him to withdraw from an appointment
to chair Obama's National Intelligence Council
“I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for U.S. policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel... This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States.”
Recent news articles, commentary, church positions, books, and resources from evangelical pastors, academics and mission executives who are disturbed by the growing influence of Christian Zionism in America
and as a major factor in the stalled peace process in Israel/Palestine
and who offer an alternative biblical view that reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ and a God
The Rise of the Religious Right
"I have no doubt that what needs to be probed will be probed, but I also have no doubt in my heart that the IDF is the most moral army
in the world."
— Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
(ynetnews.com, March 25)
IDF soldier's T-shirt
“Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty.”
from Ha'aretz, “Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques
— IDF fashion 2009”
by Uri Blau
Principal Moriah Godley ordered Mr. Cassandra to open his Bible. “Read Zechariah 13:8-9 out loud.”
In a nervous voice Maxine Einstein’s reluctant new teacher quoted the passage.
8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two
parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them
as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my
name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The
LORD is my God.
All of the teachers understood the significance of the verses because this Old Testament passage was integral to the well-known dispensationalist End Times scenario. The doctrine was preached by hundreds of popular televangelists and believed without question by tens of millions of evangelical Christians, many of whom had never thought of themselves as “Christian Zionists” or heard the term “dispensationalism.”
Godley nodded to Tina Einstein's shy new teacher. “Well, Mrs. Waters?”
“During the seven years of Tribulation,” she whispered, “two-thirds of the world’s Jews will perish in the bloodshed. Only 144,000 will survive. Every one of those will convert to Christianity so that their ministry can offer a second chance to the billions of other folks left behind after we born again Christians are Raptured.”
Of course, pickle-faced librarian Miss Bowdler was the first to catch on. “You’re sending two of the three Einstein sisters to Israel to die in the Battle of Armageddon.”
Godley smiled. “I’ve already made the arrangements—a full college scholarship and a lucrative business opportunity. Before prayers I’ll brief the seniors. Of course, the girls must never know about the Lord’s plans. Everyone at Shepherd’s Vale is responsible to help the two girls make the decision to emigrate. And each must think that it is her own idea.”
Which two? Everyone wondered, but no one dared to ask.
“So what?” Juanito challenged his younger classmate, Norma Einstein.
“This isn’t about mankind’s laws. It’s about completing the sixth dispensation as God commanded in the Bible. That means ingathering the world’s Jews in Israel. We believe that mandate is God’s highest law in our time. That’s what makes us Christian Zionists.”
“What about the Ten Commandments?”
“They take a back seat when it comes to Israel. The country still exists because we gave the Jews permission to break the Ten Commandments. They can't fulfill God’s promise to Abraham without coveting the Arabs’ land, murdering their neighbors, electing adulterous leaders who steal in office, and lying to the world about it.”
“Now I get it!” Norma exclaimed. Finally she understood Godley’s bizarre dispensationalist theology!
“So, Juanito, the Ten Commandments are not absolute but relative to your support for what the Einstein sisters call Israeli terrorists.”
“Don’t you see, Norma? The neo-conservatives are doing something to destroy Israel’s enemies. Can’t you understand how appealing that is to Christians? That fits right into Dr. Godley’s plan—the Bible’s plan. When Bush wins, Paul Wolfowitz will target Saddam Hussein. Every Christian knows he is the Beast of Babylon in the Book of Revelation! You can read it yourself in the Bible!”
Juanito fell silent to savor the cosmic historical moment.
“Invade Iraq!” Norma’s mind boggled at the possible nightmare scenarios. “The whole world could get sucked in.”
Juanito’s eyes began to brighten.
“The whole world,” Norma repeated.
“Is that cool or what?” Juanito asked with a beaming smile. “The Jews can boot out all the Amalekites like the Bible tells them to!”
“Is Israel’s ground more important than the rest of the planet?”
Without even pausing to reflect, Juanito replied, “Of course it is. Until the Jews reclaim their land, the Lord can’t destroy Israel and the planet.”
Then he paused and took an uncharacteristic risk.
“Look, Norma, Reverend Godley could expel me for telling you this, but you have to know. He wants to convince you and Maxine to move to Israel, and he expects you to die there. I was his pawn, but I’m not anymore. I see through him now. Christian Zionists are really dangerous. They could kill us all.”
— The Einstein Sisters, “Jews Burn So Christians Can Fly”
and “Stopping Daniel’s Clock”
The Einstein Sisters Bag the Flying Monkeys: The story
It's thirteen days before the 2000 election in Florida. Can Albert Einstein's three brilliant great-great-granddaughters save America from
an eight-year-long catastrophe?
Home-schooled Maxine, Norma and Tina's parents mysteriously abandon them to join a neo-conservative conspiracy plotting a disastrous war in Iraq if George Bush steals the presidency. Immediately the sisters find themselves trapped inside ex-wrestler Reverend Moriah Godley's authoritarian Ten Commandments high school. He has brainwashed his Christian students to fly the Jewish girls to Israel to die in the Battle of Armageddon so Christians can ascend to heaven in the Rapture.
Soon Shepherd's Vale School's memorial ceremony for a sailor killed by terrorists attracts a star-studded cast of neo-conservative politicians including Bush, Cheney and their top henchmen. The Einstein sisters dub the visitors "Flying Monkeys" after the death squad in The Wizard of Oz. Jesus of Nazareth is so alarmed that the false prophets' support for nuclear war will become a self-fulfilling prophecy that he returns to earth to inspire his youthful Christian followers.
The book's powerful young heroines and their classmates unite to bag their prey in a spectacular climax that surpasses the uplifting spirit of Dorothy's melting of the Wicked Witch and return to Kansas. The book is both political fantasy and satire, but it deals seriously with political, social and religious themes from international terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Christian Zionism
and its hidden agenda, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the persecution
of gays in the name of religion. Read the Preface and other free excerpts, including the first two chapters.
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Interview with the author
Journalist Joanne G. Gruettner recently interviewed
Irving Wesley Hall about his new political satire.
Read an abbreviated version of that interview here.
For centuries satirists have delighted readers by employing improbable characters, outlandish situations, and provocative humor to poke fun at the current conventional wisdom about religion, morality, and politics—and to arouse the citizenry to right the wrongs perpetuated by the rich and powerful of their times.
In October 2000, Florida’s Shepherd’s Vale School represents a bizarre parallel universe. In the real world, public schools don’t stone students for violating the Ten Commandments. High school business majors don’t build Armageddon theme parks. The school’s loveable mascot isn’t sacrificed on an altar after a winning football season. The principal doesn’t send his Jewish students to Israel to worship Satan in order to speed up the end of the world. The nerds aren’t angry prophets who warn of eternal war, economic collapse, the destruction of the Constitution, and the shredding of the Bill of Rights—if George W. Bush steals the approaching election.
Albert Einstein didn’t really have three great-great granddaughters named Tina, Norma, and Maxine. However, the fictional sisters’ parents mysteriously abandon them to serve a sinister neo-conservative think tank in Washington that is planning a “new Pearl Harbor” to launch a disastrous war in the Middle East. Because the girls love The Wizard of Oz, they call the neo-conservatives “Flying Monkeys” after the Wicked Witch’s infamous death squad.
With Angela Jordan, their loyal and feisty African-American Baptist bus driver, they find themselves trapped inside ex-wrestler Reverend Moriah Godley’s authoritarian Ten Commandments charter school with hundreds of too-perfect students in a mythical hardscrabble town not featured on Florida’s tourist maps.
Seven-year-old prodigy Tina is a closet Christian in her wacky Jewish household. Her wholesome values are the first to clash with Principal Godley’s doom-and-gloom end time scenario. Fourteen-year-old genius Norma has invented a penny-a-mile electric motor scooter that she naively hopes the principal’s Christian supporters will fund to save the world from global warming. Fearless sixteen-year-old Maxine loves to humiliate famous American and Israeli leaders in public to prove she’s the world’s last truly ethical Jew. She jumps at the opportunity to help free the school’s athletes and cheerleaders from the prejudice of anti-Semitism.
This book is more than comic fiction. It explores seriously a popular but little understood American religion—dispensationalism, or Christian Zionism. Millions of sincere Evangelicals have accepted pieces of this theology (the Rapture, Tribulation, Armageddon, and support for Greater Israel) without knowing its underlying theory—which traditional Christians condemn as contrary to Jesus’ teachings, profoundly anti-Semitic, and, potentially, a self-fulfilling prophecy that could destroy the world.
In just three decades, American millionaire televangelists have turned Christianity upside down and morphed Jesus Christ from the prince of peace into a mass murderer, from the advocate for the poor into an apologist for the wealthy. The televangelists’ hidden agenda is to capture the conservative Republican Party and to establish a radical theocratic dictatorship with an imperial president, a corporation-loving Congress, and a Supreme Court willing to crown a fool an Old Testament king and to make the Ten Commandments the law of the land.
Satire always has a moral core; here it is the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The novel is a no-holds-barred spiritual contest between the Jesus of the Gospels and the monster created by the televangelists. When Christian Zionist soon-to-be president George W. Bush threatens to incinerate God’s creation in a nuclear war with the enthusiastic support of the perverted “Christian” dispensationalists—Jesus Himself is compelled to return to earth, bearing a cross in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He angrily destroys a temple of consumerism and helps to inspire a madcap high school rebellion to overthrow today’s hypocritical and dangerous Sadducees, Pharisees, and false prophets.
One of the joys of sharing satire with readers is that anything goes! So don’t be surprised if you recognize prominent politicians in the forms of the Antichrist, Satan, and the painted harlot of the Book of Jeremiah.
Welcome to the world of the Einstein Sisters! Join these powerful young heroines on the trail of the Flying Monkeys and cheer their teenage classmates when they bag their prey in a spectacular climax that honors the uplifting spirit of the melting of the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.
Table of Contents
(Several excerpts are provided on this Web site. Where
available, the chapter heading is underlined
and links to the relevant excerpt.)
Monday, October 23, 2000
1. Angry Jesus Pops Saddam Hussein
2. Einsteins Taken for a Ride
3. Grandpa Albert's Connections
4. Late Great Hal Lindsey
5. Israel's Messy Attic Saddlers
6. Mourning Lightning Cleary
7. Jesus, My Friend in the Closet
8. A Shepherd's Vale Welcome
9. Thank You Lord for Sending a Girl!
10. Empire and New Clothes
11. Relative Commandments
12. Pitching Norma's Ark
13. The Future Is History
14. What Intelligent Design?
15. Wal-Mart Visionary
16. Locke Rules! Hobbes Sucks!
17. Greatest History Ever Told
18. Queer Soul Mate
19. A Burning Bush
20. Open the Temple Doors!
21. Condoleezza's Snarling Poodle
22. Just a Guy With a Cross
23. No Fudge Topping, Please
24. Cyanide Kool-Aid
Tuesday, October 24, 2000
25. Hi! My Name Is Satan
26. What's a Billion to Bin Laden?
27. Hurricane Katrina
28. Gospels Incorporated
29. Adam and Eve for Sixth-Graders
30. Tom DeLay or Timothy McVeigh?
31. Hymn Singing Chain Gang
32. Identity Crisis or Identity Theft?
33. Seminoles' Revenge
34. Stoning Bill and Monica
35. Born Again Orphan
36. Sacred Fetuses and Flying Monkeys
37. Go to Heaven Without Dying
38. Temple of Doom
39. Honey, I Shrunk the Animals!
40. Jawboning Jehovah's Boys
41. Torpedoing Norma's Ark
42. Israel Trumps the Ten Commandments
43. Roasting Amalekites
44. Pearl Harbor to Free Iraq
45. Satanic Beatitudes
46. Okay, Dude, What Would Jesus Do?
47. Holy Bible for Dummies
48. Jews Burn So Christians Can Fly
49. Cherry Picking Scripture and Intelligence
50. Monkey See, Monkey Do
51. Sacrificial Lamb
52. Abomination Anonymous
53. Stopping Daniel's Clock
54. Offering Glory to Satan
55. Fatima's Messianic Visitors
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
56. The Devil's Sticky Fingers
57. Crying Wolf-Wolf-Wolf-O-Witz!
58. Yo, Bitch! Whadup?
59. Hail to the Cheese!
60. Uncle Tom's One Party State
61. Wow, A Question of Faith!
62. Crucify Jimmy Carter!
63. Cheney's Butt Hole Bomber
64. No One Important Left Behind
65. Jeremiah's Last Prophecy
66. Jesus' Personal Revelation
Stephen Lendman interviewed
Irving Wesley Hall
about the Onward, Christian Zionists documentary on
The Global Research News Hour, Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The Global Research News Hour on Republic Broadcasting Network is an initiative of the Centre for Research on Globalization.
Irving Wesley Hall was interviewed about The Einstein Sisters
Bag the Flying Monkeys on Nov. 11, 2008, by Bill Jaker,
host NPR-affiliated station WSKG's popular
“Off the Page” book program.
The author sat for an hourlong interview
about The Einstein Sisters Bag the Flying Monkeys
and related topics Oct. 26, 2008,
"Issues Oneonta with Dr. Norma Hutman"
on WZOZ-FM, 103.1
serving Chenango, Delaware and Ostego counties
in central New York.
Irving Wesley Hall appeared in 2006 as a guest
on Montreal talk radio station CJAD's “Kevin and Trudie Show”
to discuss depleted uranium and its effect
on Canadian troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Listen here to the interviews (Flash Player 7 or higher required)
Click on the desired interview in the playlist.
The author discussed Christian Zionism
and the July 21-24 Christians United for Israel
and his recently published political satire, The Einstein Sisters Bag the Flying Monkeys, on KPFK's "World Focus" program, hosted by
Blase Bonpane, Sunday, July 20.
(Fast-forward to the second half of the program.)
The program is available at www.KPFK.org
podcast or download.
KPFK, 90.7 FM, is the Los Angeles affiliate of Pacifica Radio.
Follow this link to listen to the interview
talk show host
Dan Tsang did with the author
about The Einstein Sisters Bag the Flying Monkeys
Monday, Feb. 4, on his show,“Subversity,”
on KUCI in Irvine, Calif.
at 11 a.m. EDT
Thursday, July 9,
as the author
makes a second
appearance on The
News Hour, with
host Stephen Lendman.
Follow this link for
Feb. 24, 2009,
interview with Stephen Lendman on The Global Research News Hour. You can also listen to the author' intervews with
and other radio
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