9:09 AM, Oct 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Gertrude Himmelfarb, writing for Mosaic Magazine:
The following comments are a historical footnote to Robert Nicholson’s splendid essay, “Evangelicals and Israel.” Addressing himself to American Jews, he rebukes them for being distrustful of the millions of evangelical Christians who have been staunch supporters of the Jewish state and the Jewish people. But he also rebukes the growing minority of evangelicals who have recently withdrawn that support and are now actively hostile to Israel and Jews.
Two years ago, I was provoked to write The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England from Cromwell to Churchill, in a similarly critical mode, reproaching the present-day English (not English Jews) for betraying their own evangelical tradition, which was so respectful of the Jewish religion and people and so enthusiastic in favor of a Jewish state, and for succumbing to an anti-Israel fervor very nearly indistinguishable from anti-Semitism.
Evangelicalism was at its height in England in the early 19th century, with Lord Ashley (later the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) its most prominent and vigorous champion. “An Evangelical of the Evangelicals,” he described himself. It was evangelicalism that prompted both his zeal as a social reformer (of factories, education, and child-labor practices) and as a “missionary,” as he saw it, to and from the Jews. “Who will be the Cyrus of Modern Times,” he inquired in his diary in 1826, “the second Chosen to restore the God’s people?” (Cyrus, king of ancient Persia, permitted the exiled Jews to return from Babylonia to the land of Israel.)
Ashley was all of twenty-five and a newly elected member of Parliament when he took upon himself that role. A decade later, he helped organize the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews (the Jews’ Society, as it was known), one of whose aims, and soon its principal aim, was “encouraging the physical restoration of the Jewish people to Eretz Israel—the Land of Israel.” Two years later, he persuaded Lord Palmerston, then the foreign secretary, to appoint a British vice-consul to Jerusalem. “What a wonderful event it is!” he exulted. “The ancient city of the people of God is about to resume a place among the nations.”
Whole thing here.
For Republicans reaching out to immigrant groups, a glimmer of hope: Protestant Hispanics are genuine swing voters. Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2004 presidential election was the Republican party’s high-water mark with Hispanic voters. George W. Bush received between 40 and 44 percent of the Hispanic vote that year. Bush lost Hispanic Catholics to John Kerry, but he overwhelmingly won Hispanic evangelicals, 69 percent to Kerry’s 29 percent.
3:26 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The executive director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), David Brog, responds in a statement to Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense:
9:50 AM, Jun 13, 2012 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
As the U.S. and its allies prepare to return to the negotiating table with Iranian representatives, hoping to reach a deal on their nuclear ambitions, the Islamic Republic has significantly ratcheted up its efforts to repress religious minorities in the country.
12:36 PM, Mar 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Christians United for Israel now has a million members, the group run by Pastor John Hagee announced.
Will a winnowed field produce a "not-Romney" candidate?1:20 PM, Jan 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reports that national conservative Christian leaders are waiting until after the South Carolina primary on January 21 to coalesce around a "not-Romney" Republican candidate. Those leaders are meeting in Texas this weekend to discuss the race. Here's more from the Times:
5:12 PM, Nov 17, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
There was another attack on Coptic Christians today as they marched through the Cairo neighborhood of Shoubra.
But they won’t win.5:29 PM, Oct 12, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
This past Sunday night, the Egyptian revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak took another wrong turn when the same army once believed to be “hand in hand” with the people killed 27 Coptic Christians in Cairo and wounded hundreds of others.
How many mischaracterizations can Peter Beinart make in a single paragraph? 2:55 PM, Jul 25, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Peter Beinart has a doozy of a column up over at the Daily Beast, rather breathlessly titled, "Why Norway Could Happen Here." Since I suspect that Beinart managed to repeat every left-wing myth about the violent tendencies of Christians and conservatives, let's take a look at the key paragraph:
The ongoing persecution of Christians in China.May 23, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 34 • By MEGHAN CLYNE
Communist China has earned praise in the past few years for a perceived thaw in its strict opposition to religious observance—particularly Christianity. A visitor to China will see Christian churches out in the open; a printing facility in Nanjing is the largest Bible publisher in the world. There is the appearance, at least, of a faith that is free and tolerated.
3:38 PM, Feb 7, 2011 • By LELA GILBERT
With the eyes of the world transfixed at the sight of more than a million protestors rising up against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the brutal New Year's Day massacre of Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, where 23 Christians were killed and 79 injured, seems like ancient history. But the horrifying attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community continue—the latest was last Sunday.