I’ve been busy with school, church, and just stuff in general for the past few weeks, so maybe things can get back to normal for a while. So, where to start, how about where I left off…(here is where it began though).
Marshalling on through Valerie Tarico’s article on salon.com, we come to point number 6, in which she writes,
6. Promoting holy war is evil.What first flipped my bit, what transformed me from an agnostic into an outspoken full-time antagonist of Bible worship was a conversation with my Evangelical relatives about the Iraq war. From the vantage of my relatives and my childhood church “family,” George Bush needed no diplomatic or cultural expertise; he was Born Again. He didn’t need to seek input from his earthly father about the invasion, because he asked his Heavenly Father. Besides, Jesus is coming soon and war in the Middle East is predicted in the Bible. That makes it not only inevitable, but—in a manner of speaking—desirable.
Evangelical Christians have spent tens of millions of dollars funding the “return” of Jews to Israel and settlements in the West Bank “as it is written in the scripture”—with the perverse expectation that their presence will one day cause blood to flow in the streets as high as a horse’s bridle.
Let’s deal with her first misrepresentation, that believer’s in Christ somehow participate in “Bible worship”. Christians have this lovely term to describe that. It’s called idolatry. So, she’s making a ad hominem attack, rather than dealing with the fact that she disagreed with the US invasion of Iraq following the 9/11 attacks. Whether or not that was a proper act is still being sorted out in history.
Now, whether or not the “tens of millions of dollars” have been spent by Christians to allow Jews who, as an ethnic community, are one of the most hated ethnicities in the world to settle land that people only want so that the Jews can’t have it is simply a fallacious argument because the land that represents the West Bank was rightly won and taken as spoil in a war that was perpetuated upon a young nation by other nations that hated them simply because they were Jews.
This point that she is trying to make is not a point, but rather one drawn out of her own ignorance. Why does to matter to her what Christians do with their hard-earned money? If they want to give it to an ethnic group that has been targeted for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to have a home, a place of relative safety, something that I’m sure if she was pushed on the matter would agree is a right that every human being deserves, so why does it matter to her?
I will agree on one level that there are many who believe, and wrongly so I believe, that they can provoke God to act, and that is simply false, but that is for another post.