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Beware of Bachmann Palin and Religion in Politics

Bachmann previously worked in an area ethnically cleansed of Palestinian by Israel.

Bacmhan Palin
Courtesy: Veterans Today

(CLERMONT, Fla,) - Less than 24 hours after President Obama stated:

“The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.” [1]

Presidential candidate, Tea Party congresswoman Michele Bachmann launched 150,000 robo-calls to residents in Iowa and South Carolina on May 19th accusing Obama of not standing up for Israel.

In her recent speech at the “Faith & Freedom Conference” held in D.C., Bachmann termed Obama’s call for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict based on Israel’s 1967 boundaries and mutually agreed land swaps “shocking ” and she followed up by buying ads on Jewish websites reiterating her message.

After graduating from high school, Bachmann worked on a kibbutz in Israel near Beersheva; one of over 500 Palestinian villages and towns that Israel ethnically cleansed beginning in 1948.

In 1986, Bachmann received a J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University, a cross-denominational/non-denominational Christian university that is part of a movement of individual, historically mainstream congregations who have adopted beliefs and practices similar to Pentecostals, which includes a wide range of different theologies, such as The NAR/New Apostolic Reformation.

The NAR is a religious movement of elites and regular people guided by an entire genre of books, texts, videos and other media. Among NAR adherents, is Sarah Palin and the NAR is one of the largest movements in America that nobody knows of due to the dearth of investigative reporting on the intersection of faith and politics.

NAR videos “demonstrate the taking control of communities and nations through large networks of ‘prayer warriors’ whose spiritual warfare is used to expel and destroy the demons that cause societal ills. Once the territorial demons, witches, and generational curses are removed, the ‘born-again’ Christians in the videos take control of society…Leaders in the NAR movement refer to themselves as ‘apostles.’

“Along with her entire family, Sarah Palin was re-baptized at twelve at the Wasilla Assembly of God in Wasilla, Alaska and she attended the church from the time she was ten until 2002: over two and 1/2 decades. Sarah Palin’s extensive pattern of association with the Wasilla Assembly of God has continued nearly up to the day she was picked by Senator John McCain as a vice-presidential running mate.

“Palin has also been blessed, or ‘anointed’, by an African cleric, prominent in the Third Wave movement, who has repeatedly visited the Wasilla Assembly of God and claims to have effected positive, dramatic social change in a Kenyan town by driving out a ‘spirit of witchcraft.’

“The Wasilla Assembly of God church is deeply involved with both Third Wave activities and theology…The Third Wave is a revival of the theology of the Latter Rain tent revivals of the 1950s and 1960s led by William Branham and others. It is based on the idea that in the end times there will be an outpouring of supernatural powers on a group of Christians that will take authority over the existing church and the world. The believing Christians of the world will be reorganized under the Fivefold Ministry and the church restructured under the authority of Prophets and Apostles and others anointed by God. The young generation will form ‘Joel’s Army’ to rise up and battle evil and retake the earth for God…” [2]

Jesus called politicians foxes and with Bachmann and Palin being touted as presidential material, the issue of faith in politics has never been more deadly.

As Don Hewitt advised: “Tell me a story. It’s that easy” I offer this one to my sister and brother Americans, in particular those who claim to be Christian:

Dear Christian: Resurrect This and Know That..

On March 20, 2006, I traveled from the Little Town of Bethlehem: Occupied Territory to the Mount of Beatitudes in Israel. This awe inspiring site sits above the shimmering Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and I ended up delivering my own Sermon on that Mount! Read more…

Four Franciscan Sisters, one each from Syria, Jordan, Malta and Italy care for the shrine and the pilgrim guests at the Hospice Center where I spent two nights and a day of silent reflection after nine days on a Sabeel Reality tour through occupied Palestine.

At dinner a Catholic Pentecostal from Scotland introduced himself and asked me why I was there and what church I was from.

I responded that I have Irish Roman Catholic, Polish Jew and Ukrainian DNA and my rock is The Beatitudes.

He looked even more perplexed when I told him I had come to the Mount of Beatitudes to decompress and reflect upon my nine days in Occupied Territory. I asked him if he were aware of the work of Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian liberation theology organization founded by a 1948 refugee, which promotes a theology of liberation, based on justice, peace, non-violence and reconciliation with all people regardless of faith path or nationality.

He sternly admonished me; “God gave this land to the Jews! The Bible never mentions Palestine, and that is that! God gave this land to the Jews and that is that!”

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I responded just as fervently that the Palestinian Christians are the descendants of those who first followed Jesus and they have been denied inalienable human rights by the Israeli government. I told him the Christians in the Holy Land have shrunk from 20% of the total population to less than 1.3% since 1948 and if things don’t change soon, there will be no Christians left in the land where Christ promised that it is the peacemakers who are the children of God.

He sputtered, “But the Jews have suffered! God gave this land to the Jews and that is that!”

This really got my Irish up and I retorted, “Yes they did because good people did nothing for far too long, and now the oppressed have become the oppressors. In the 21st century good people are unaware, ignoring or are in total denial of the injustices Israel gets away with in the so called Holy Land. And the Hebrew prophets, such as Micah reminded the people of what the Lord requires: To be just, to be merciful and to walk humbly with your God!”

I could NOT shut up although I knew that that Scotsman was trying to get away from me, but, I was on a tear and barely took a breath as I told him that instead of staying in Israel for his entire visit, he should go and witness life in the occupied territories; go and see the effects of The Wall on his spirit and see what it has done to the Palestinian economy. I told him he should go and tour some of the Bethlehem refugee camps and see the ruins of all the uncompensated home demolitions. I brought it on home by telling him that I also doubt that God was ever in the real estate business!

His eyes had bugged out and his mouth had dropped open while the torrent of words spewed out of me. After I finally shut up, he stammered, “But there is suffering everywhere!”

“Yes there is and Christ always stood up for the poor and the oppressed. And he told us what ever we do or do not do for the least and the outcast; we do it or not unto God.”

He shook his head and turned and walked quickly away and never again looked my way.

Nobody else spoke to me the rest of the evening or the next day. That was fine with me, for I was listening to the voice within and I kept hearing Luke 23:34:

“Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

But when you know and if you are of good will, you must do something and as education is the way to compassion and compassion is the way to change, so I persist to try and Wake Up the Bachmann’s and Palin’s of America many of whom have been misled into accepting the ideology of Christian Zionism as IF it were theologically sound!

What is Christian Zionism?

Christian Zionism is an extremist Christian movement, which supports the claims of those who believe that the State of Israel should take control of all of the land currently disputed between Palestinians and Israelis. It views the creation and expansion of the modern state of Israel as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy toward the second coming of Jesus.

Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine and Israel. The Christian Zionist program provides a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it laces an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ’s love and justice today.

What is the Christian Zionist connection with the Holy Land?

Believing that God fights on the side of Israel, Christian Zionists call for the unqualified support for the most extreme political positions. They do not have eyes to see or ears to hear their sisters and brothers in Christ, or cousins in the family of Father Abraham who are caught in the crossfire of the military minded.

Christian Zionist spokes persons have also attributed Hurricane Katrina to God’s wrath over America’s failure to stop Israel from “disengaging” from Gaza in 2005, although Israel has never ceased their total control over air, land and sea borders!

They also consistently oppose any moves towards a solution to the conflict, which would validate the political aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Who Supports Christian Zionism?

Christian Zionism has significant support within American Protestant fundamentalists, and number between 10 and 20 million. Its reach is broad, by virtue of its favorite themes related to the “End Times” and an Israel-fixated Christian media.

Christian Zionism is both a political movement and a way of mis-interpreting current events. Its focus on Israel and the Middle East is an ideology and a movement. Its promoters share many beliefs but are not organized through any one institution.

Throughout history Christians have at times twisted scripture to justify violence: for the Crusades, for Antisemitism, and for slavery.

Too often the Church has been slow to respond to these biblical distortions and with disastrous results.

Today Christian Zionists – particularly those with dispensationalist leanings – are well organized and although their motives are couched in terms of compassion toward the Jewish people they base their theology on literal readings of scripture.

The political agenda of territorial expansion advocated by Christian Zionists has given rise to the brutal injustices against Palestinians, which fuels the fires of militancy in the Middle East.

While Jewish Zionism began with the hope that all Jewish people would have a safe and peaceful dwelling place, these corruptors of the gospel Christ preached, adhere to a 200 year old convoluted interpretation of disparate scriptures that they have chosen to weave together to support their fear based judgmental narrow minded doctrine.

This heretical theology of Premellenial Dispensation worships a god of Armageddon and not the God of love, forgiveness and compassion that Jesus/The Prince of Peace modeled even while being nailed to a cross.

The “Left Behind” series of fiction is the epitome of what millennium of theologians have always understood to be what the term anti-Christ is truly about

The term “Antichrist” only appears five times in the Bible, but a cult not based on sound theology has created an urban legend that seeks Armageddon.

The term “Antichrist” never appears in John’s Revelation or Daniel, two disparate works of literature written three centuries apart and under very different circumstances, yet the Left Behinder’s weave them together.

The small texts that mention the “Antichrist” were written to attack the Gnostic understanding of whom Christ was. A Gnostic relies on intuition and not on dogma and doctrine. Gnostic’s were most certainly free spirits and most all of the writings we have about Gnostics, have been the attacks upon them. That all changed when the Nag Hamadi Library was translated and published, for what had been deemed heretical by those in power in the fourth century can now be read in most every language. Read more…

The theology promoted in the Left Behind fiction is a theology based on fear and punishment.

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These misinformed Christians worship a punitive father as God. They do not have eyes to see that nature is God’s primary temple, and war the greatest abomination.

The theology of the fictional “Left Behind” series is the epitome of the spirit of the anti-Christ: which is the evil within ones own heart that leads one to fear “the other” and compels them to violence.

According to Christ, to be his follower, one must do what the Father requires. The Hebrew prophet Micah summed it up best: “What does the Lord require? He has already told you o’man: Be Just, Be Merciful and walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8:

To be just is to be fair and reasonable. To be merciful means to treat all people the way we want to be treated. To be humble is knowing oneself; the good and the evil, for both cut through every human heart.

Jesus taught that the only way to resist evil is with good and he modeled that one must always work for peaceful resolutions, even to the point of returning violence with compassion and forgiveness.

No religion owns God and no church owns Jesus, who was never a Christian, for that term was not even coined until three decades after he walked the earth.

Jesus was a social justice radical revolutionary nonviolent Palestinian devout Jewish road warrior who rose up and challenged the job security of the temple priests by teaching the people no need to pay the priests for ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for God already LOVES you just as you are.

Christianity and this republic were founded by rebels, revolutionaries and dissidents. Jesus called politicians foxes and I take that as a warning to US that when religion rules politics instead of guiding ethics and morality, we the people for justice, peace, equality and true democracy get screwed.



Originally published by Veterans Today


Eileen Fleming is the Producer of "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org, Eileen is a Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com, Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory" and the soon to be released "BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010" youtube.com/user/eileenfleming. Eileen is a unique leader in her state and she intends to run for a Florida Congressional seat in the future, to help speed the process of change that is so demanded today. Like many who walk in similar steps, Eileen, like other writers at Salem-News.com, is an outspoken advocate for humanity and she has no tolerance for the oppressive forces of the world.<

You can send Eileen Fleming an email at this address: ecumei@gmail.com

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Lynn Simmons June 25, 2011 10:56 am (Pacific time)

I am very impressed with Rep. Bachmann's resume'. She certainly is far more experienced than the current president, and we certainly need to change course, so anyone who is not Obama will get my vote. The 2012 election will be a repeat of the 2010 election in terms of bringing down the radicals, thank the lord the majority is waking up.

Patriot Piney June 19, 2011 7:30 pm (Pacific time)

Whoa! You are one sick puppy!

Editor: Yeah that 'Mike' really bugs me too.

Anonymous June 19, 2011 7:15 pm (Pacific time)

Rep. Bachmann is one of 435 congressman.How could you say that she is more "concerned with Israel's success than America's...?" I see that you don't like the way congress aids and abets Israel, I don't either, but this is a wonderful leader who has been demonized ever since she was elected. Her record is incredible [personal and professional], and frankly as per your considerations, no one is qualified to run for, or hold office unless they constantly speak out against Israel. This will not happen, and considering that the majority of Americans, see that the muslims are the ones creating the violence, that being right or wrong, pretty well sets the political stage far into the future.

Editor: First, I see how you fail to capitalize the word 'Muslim' and honestly, that tells me a great deal.  Israel is an occupying government, don't you even know that?  What Muslims are killing who?  Sorry, but you are a liar and your lies are disgusting and you can meet your maker some day and talk about how and why you rallied for a murderous army because it was the 'right' religion to fit you needs.  You are why everything is wrong with this world, so hopefully you and others like you will figure it out, but it is doubtful, because people are sheep like and respond to what they are told by authority figures.  This sickness that you think represents Jews is nothing of the sort..  Real Jews don't stand up for murder, and intelligent people do research and leave their comfort zones.  Your future... that's a good one.  

Mike June 19, 2011 5:52 pm (Pacific time)

The editor and the author need a history lesson. Anti-semitism coupled with ignorence is not becoming

Tim King: Well Mike, we are actually quite studied in Genocide, and I suspect that any one of us who indulge this subject knows a good deal more than yourself or most others, because this is what we do for a living; we're professional researchers all.  As the editor, I write about Palestine and Sri Lanka, primarily.  Since the Genocidalists in these events are, respectively, Jewish and Buddhist, you thus assume that I am not writing about their heinous acts and am not really bothered by the war crimes, the deaths of children, the rampant slaughter; you believe it is just a 'mask' or a guise to hide my real motivations, of being a person who hates these two particular religions. 

Of course in past articles I have talked about the negativity associated with the Tamil ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Sri Lanka (by expulsion, not death) and I'm sure I then become a 'Hindu hater' in your book.   However, we must not forget that I also have written about the troubles in Northern Ireland and the UK's oppression there, it is true that I have. 

So therefore by your estimation, I also hate Christians, as well as Jews and Buddhists and Hindus.  Now, let's not forget that I am really disgusted by any country that does this.  Surely you conclude from my disdain over the Killing Fields in Cambodia, that I really just hate a particular religion, right?  Which one is it there, can you tell me?  I hope so, because it is you who theorizes that a person who writes critically about crimes against humanity is actually, what was it, an antixemite? 

If you want to meet one of those, go examine the early years of your Zionist founding father 'teddy' Herzl   That guy hated Jews and then turned around and led them to believe they should steal all of Palestine because it is their 'right', that my friend is racism at its finest.  Screw Israel and any other country that believes it deserves to have an exclusive religious identity. 

I'm sorry, but it embarrasses my soul to watch what the Israelis and Sri Lankans are doing and have done.  I could care less what, where or how you or any person worships.. Stop trying to excuse war crimes and human rights 

Jose` June 19, 2011 5:04 pm (Pacific time)

After reading this anti-Israel hit-piece and the editor's snarky responses, I am very grateful that I don't live in Oregon--(ok editor, do your thing...).

Management: Sorry, the editor is out on a snark fishing trip, he'll get with you later.

mm June 19, 2011 4:57 pm (Pacific time)

The funniest part is NATO allowing Israel to cause a nuclear winter for 1000 million people in order to protect a mere 5 million Israeli Jews. Yeah, right.

bob sanders June 19, 2011 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

But sending a retarded person loaded with explosives to kill innocent women and children is okay?

Dave June 19, 2011 3:44 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks for the inspiration. I've just donated $100 to buy care packages for members of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Editor: Well that means Americans sent Israel's military at least seven million and one hundred dollars today, now go wash the blood off your hands and have a nice day. 

Steve June 19, 2011 3:36 pm (Pacific time)

Just saw your comment re Rep. MB being more concerned about Israel than America....Are you nuts?

Steve June 19, 2011 3:33 pm (Pacific time)

Should we consider the Marxism of Obama a religion?

Anonymous June 19, 2011 3:20 pm (Pacific time)

The map shows in 1946 Palestine suggesting that "country" owned the land then. Was there a government of Palestine? Who were the leaders? As far back as the 7th Century that land was rued by Christians, not Palestinians.

Editor: No, and if your false claim were otherwise, where on earth would that leave Israel?  You are trying to breed confusion.  Tell me, where in the Torah does it say that Israel should form as a racist exclusive apartheid government that allows fairness to a single religion and murder for the rest?  I love Jewish people, I hate Israel's Genocide. 

Anonymous June 19, 2011 8:57 am (Pacific time)

Rep. Bachmann and her husband raised 5 children and took in [23] foster children, and all have gone on to lead successful lives. Both Rep. Bachman (a former federal prosecutor) have started and maintained successful businesses. So as per the First Amendment any American citizen can practice any faith they want, but for some this successful and compassionate woman just irks them because they have different beliefs? Oh well. Seems that her constituents want her to look after their interests, so that's how our system works. I trust her a lot more than liars like Wiener, and those of his ilk. Rep. Bachmann, like Governor Palin. are forces of nature, and Bachmann has raised more money than any other congressman in history. Also the FEC lists all her donors, all is transparent!

Editor: Too bad she's more concerned with Israel's success than America's, or the human race for that matter.  So Americans can practice any faith they want?  How do you explain the controversy over the proposed mosque in NY then?  The thing is that Bachmann backs Israel and Israel is a war crime state.  That is not very good..  

Steve H. June 19, 2011 3:11 am (Pacific time)

Well, I'm not sure what to make of all this - but your claims do bear looking into. I've posted your URL in Facebook and a Mensa forum.

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