Father Dave Smith On Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism: “Politics And Religion Mixed Up A Lot.”

By Jerry Alatalo

Australian Father Dave Smith at a recent “Warrior Weekend” – part of the “Boxing For Life” program, using boxing to bring people of different faiths and cultures together through sport.

ather Dave Smith of Australia was one of  the men and woman from around the Earth who received invitations to speak at the recent New Horizons Conference in Iran – the 6th Annual convening of the event in May 2018.

Among the group of others who participated were (from the U.S.): Alison Weir (author, founder of If Americans Knew), retired Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence expert Philip Giraldi, former State Department official Michael Maloof, military psychological operations expert and author of “Shell Game” (Swiss banks terrorist financing) Scott Bennett, and attorney/author Michael Springmann (Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry).

Father Dave Smith’s talk  focused on the erroneous theological foundations of Christian Zionism, the distinctive branch of the faith finding 50-70 million adherents in the United States alone. The Christian block is very influential (negatively, if what Father Dave Smith suggests is correct) when it comes to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere around the Earth, particularly with regard to Israel-Palestine.

If one accepts the central thrust of Father Dave Smith’s thesis, the most worrisome aspect of Christian Zionists’ erroneous beliefs set is holding the idea that being a Christian requires giving full support to Israel – and accepting the “prophecy” that the return of Jesus Christ is dependent on Israel’s militarily conquering its neighbors or enemies. In other words, Christian Zionists are to believe (and do believe) that wars fought by Israel, including those fought by the United States for or joined with Israel, are absolute/solid “signs” – ignorant of the potential huge losses of human lives, the injuries, dislocation and destruction associated with military violence – of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

This theologically incorrect stance is actually the one held firmly by millions of U.S. Christian Zionists (readers might have family members or friends in the religious category) – in fact to the point where many are joyously anticipating the “Armageddon” of Revelations in the Bible or major war in the Middle East, which supposedly then triggers the prophecy-fulfilling supernatural spiritual event of Christ’s return, the 2nd Coming, and/or “The Rapture”.

Americans might find it important to know that former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and now Secretary of State under Donald Trump – Mike Pompeo – believes in “The Rapture”. Moreover, Father Dave Smith wonders out loud in his talk whether Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton is a Christian Zionist. The selection of Bolton by Trump did not require the approval/vote or confirmation of the U.S. Congress.

The Rapture has come into the consciousness of America’s estimated 50-70 million Christian Zionists through the reading of the controversial (many Christian leaders criticize and consider it sheer blasphemy) Scofield Bible, published in 1909 and including extensive end notes or interpretive commentary by editor Scofield, which portray biblical scriptures/verses in an extremely Israel-centric light.

Perhaps some men or women journalists can ask Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton if their bibles are the Scofield version. It might be very important to know the answer, and especially so, given the current highly tense global situation.

A few hours of research into the Scofield Bible, its historical facts and the theological controversy surrounding it are enough for one to lean strongly in the direction that millions of Americans who’ve used/read solely the Scofield publication have been sadly fooled about Israel vis-à-vis Christianity. In many instances people professing themselves as Christians have used the Scofield Bible alone … solely that book without exception, for decades and/or generations.

Among America’s more well-known Christian Zionists are Pat Robertson (who ran for president as a Republican, and once publicly called for the political, literal assassination of  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez), John Hagee and Robert Jeffress (who both spoke in Israel at the U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony, after Donald Trump moved it from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem), Jerry Falwell, Benny Hinn, Hal Lindsey, and many others.

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Father Dave Smith spoke toward the end of his talk:

“Hence, biblical prophecies … they’re never designed to help shape foreign policy; any more than they’re designed to just satisfy our curiosity about the future. They’re designed to call us back to the commandments. Once we recognize this, I think we can see the fundamental flaw in the logic of Christian Zionism. They claim the biblical prophecies point to the triumph of the modern-state Israel over its neighbors.

“Even if they could be right, that some prophet had predicted this, it wouldn’t mean that either the prophet or the scriptures as a whole endorsed the event, nor would it mean that people should support it, any more than Jeremiah’s dire warnings were intended to garner support for the destruction of Jerusalem. In the Hebrew bible, when the prophet gives dire predictions about the future, his hope is that his warnings will cause his hearers to come back into a relationship of obedience to God – resulting in the prophecy proving false.

“See, the tragedy of Christian Zionism … Is it gets the whole process back to front, urging us to follow the prophecy even if it means breaking the laws of God, breaking the commandments. Prophecy has never been normative. The commandments are normative. The commandments tell us how we have to behave towards God and towards our neighbors. It’s the commandments with which we can base our foreign policy on, – a biblically based foreign policy, which would require of course a focusing on justice.

“As a Sydney Anglican priest I’m privileged to be part of a church tradition that has never been greatly influenced by Zionism. Indeed, I believe that at the Sydney Anglican Synod of 1948, some people did indeed stand up suggesting the creation of Israel was the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

“It was the principal of our theological seminary who corrected them, saying: ‘No, no … It’s the fulfillment of the 8th commandment – Thou shalt not steal’. And this is the great tragedy of Christian Zionism … That under the guide of faithfulness to biblical prophecy it indeed justified stealing, and murder, and any number of other crimes that are clearly contrary to the commandments of God.

“A genuinely biblical approach to the situation in Israel-Palestine must begin, I believe, not with prophecy, but with the unambiguous command to do justice. A justice that respects the rights of Palestinian people to their land, to life and to liberty.”

Father Dave Smith after declared the ‘winner’ of an exhibition boxing match.

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(Thank you to Dave Smith – YouTube)

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9/11 Activists Urge Iran Appeal In U.S. Courts.

By Jerry Alatalo

“A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

– DAVID HUME (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher

he government of Iran has been urged to act quickly to appeal a U.S. court judgment of complicity in the events of 9/11. The urgent invitation was offered by researchers and activists who assert they hold the evidence for overturning the decision. In what most informed observers perceive as a completely irrational, nefarious and politically provocative legal move – and in a process Iran ignored and never engaged with, Iran was eventually “ordered” to pay $6 billion to surviving family members of 9/11 victims. The deadline for Iran’s appeal – should their government decide to challenge the U.S. court system – is only hours away on Wednesday May 30.

Were the Iranians to appeal the decision, long-time determined men and women activists would be feeling added encouragement – after the petition for a Grand Jury was officially served on April 10 in New York City by the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry – that their wish for a new investigation of 9/11 will become reality. The U.S. Attorney in New York has the obligation by law to act upon the petition by the Lawyers Committee, and, should the petition be denied, the Lawyers Committee has the right of pursuing additional legal (mandamus) action making it impossible for the government to block the initiative’s moving forward – effectively forcing the U.S. Attorney to act.

Were Iran to choose the appeal process and accept the extremely strong body of research, facts and evidence of the (currently) over 40 men and women who signed the letter urging Iran to appeal, one could foresee a situation where the global spotlight on 9/11 shines at an unprecedented level since September 11, 2001. One might describe such a development as the lighting of a fuse which leads to the blowing up of the greatest military false flag deception of the 21st century, quite possibly the most decisive and consequential in world history.

While millions around the Earth wish for Iran to appeal and accept the help of researchers, academics, military experts and investigative journalists in challenging the official U.S. government narrative as put forward in the “9/11 Commission Report”, the idea of measuring the magnitude of the decision reveals that instances of such historical importance and enormity are very rare – thus making a correct assessment close to impossible.

One thing is certain. An Iranian appeal would represent and fully entail, among others, the following descriptive terms:

  • Off-the-charts
  • Paradigmatic
  • World-changing
  • Volcanic
  • Stupendous.

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(Thank you to PressTV at YouTube)

Wilkerson: Iran Middle East’s Most Stable Nation.

by Jerry Alatalo

oil wellAlphabet So, what to make of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress?

How about 100% political theater, shocking, and gravely concerning. Very dangerous political theater of the kind performed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Tony Blair during their lies in the run up to the 2003 invasion/war on Iraq. Shocking in its brazen attempt to intentionally deceive. And gravely concerning for its message with clear warnings and threats of a repeat of Iraq War-scale violence in the Middle East.

According to nearly every serious analyst of the Middle East, Netanyahu’s speech was filled with inaccuracies, tough-sounding unrealistic falsehoods, and dramatically delivered, complete obfuscations. However, what is most important to remember about Netanyahu’s speech was the inherent, real danger of his message.

Because Netanyahu’s speech can only be described as a declaration of war against Iran.

Many will remember the days in 2003 before George W. Bush unleashed “Operation Shock and Awe”, the war on Iraq based on lies about “weapons of mass destruction”, when millions of men and women around the world protested Bush, Cheney and Blair’s war of aggression – before the first bomb dropped on Baghdad.

Listening to Netanyahu’s speech, laced with lies just as the ones Bush, Cheney and Blair told the world before the invasion/bombing of Iraq, one senses that a similar pre-war global protest of millions may indeed again become necessary. While in America, the mainstream media neglected to ask Netanyahu to share his opinion on why the most dangerous terrorist organization in world history – ISIS – hasn’t attacked his nation of Israel, and for an explanation about why Israeli military forces aren’t engaged in the fight against ISIS.

The media could have gone straight to the issue and asked Netanyahu if Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others in the Middle East weren’t colluding in backing ISIS terrorism with money, arms, and training. The media could have asked Netanyahu to explain his comparing ISIS to Iran in his speech, while Iran has been leading the fight against ISIS as his military remains completely uninvolved.

The media could have asked Netanyahu if he has any regrets over the 2,500 Palestinians who died during his command over last summer’s “Operation Protective Edge”, or the 10,000 who suffered injuries, or the thousands now living in tents enduring freezing temperatures after their homes, and businesses, became partially or completely destroyed by Israeli bombs. Media could have asked him to give a thorough explanation for Israel’s continuing annexation of Palestinian land, for construction of even more illegal settlements.

Media could have asked Netanyahu to respond to worldwide allegations that he is a war criminal for his actions while commanding Operation Protective Edge.

Most reasonable Americans, when looking back at George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell’s outright lies including terms like “we know where the WMDs are”, “mushroom cloud” and “too late”, along with an Academy Award-deserving performance before the world at the United Nations Security Council, have developed a firm determination summed up in the phrase “never again”.

Benjamin Netanyahu, in his completely fear-mongering, lying speech before an astonishingly adoring, eager and thrilled-to-praise with standing ovations group of America’s elected “leaders”, is strongly and very dangerously advocating “again”. Those who’ve done only a moderate amount of research into Operation Protective Edge know clearly that Benjamin Netanyahu is a certified, genuine war criminal who, in a world where true justice prevails, would now be in prison.

In the following video interview with The Real News, former Colin Powell close associate during the George W. Bush administration Lawrence Wilkerson said that the current Israeli-Saudi alliance can only result in events he described as “nefarious”. Is it possible – remembering very possibly the greatest foreign policy disaster in American history: the lie-producing, truly hellish Iraq War – that “nefarious” (adj. characterized by evil) falls far short as a descriptive when seriously considering the dangerous situation in the Middle East?

In a matter of days, the people of Israel will vote in an extremely important election. Benjamin Netanyahu’s name will be on the ballot. Pray the citizens of Israel cast their votes in the state of highest wisdom and moral courage, without fear.

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(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

Iran Leader’s Address Shows New, Honest Middle East Discussion Urgent.

Posted on October 15, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Header5Alphabet Discussions held after convening a Middle East peace conference with representatives from each nation in attendance will be successful when each participant agrees to speak the full truth. A new, potential peace inducing discussion, one that separates itself from all the discussions preceding it through history and which lays out historical and present truths for people of the Middle East and the world to see and hear, can and will bring about unprecedented, peaceful, and beneficial changes.

In the spirit of unity and oneness of all people on an Earth without borders, consider this post an effort to help in some way to bring about such a new Middle East discussion. It is possible to organize in rapid fashion a high-level meeting of every leader from every nation in the Middle East and join in agreement offering the best chance for creating peace.

The inescapable fact about elimination of ongoing violence in the Middle East, namely Iraq, Syria, and Palestine, is that actions must become based on 100% acknowledgement by all leaders of the true nature of what has occurred, including total transparency with regard to exactly who is responsible for causing the violence. What the world’s people are seeing in the Middle East is a historic moment of truth, and – because of the severe negative consequences entailed for all of humanity derived from any persistent withholding of truth by those involved militarily in the region – the stakes are simply too high now for anything but full regional and international coöperation, complete honesty, and moral wisdom to prevail.

From that standpoint of urgent moral necessity, for the effort to contribute in helping to build the basis for constructive peace-creating actions in the Middle East, the words of Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are recorded here. It is instructive to keep in mind that the country of Iran has not committed a war of aggression in over 200 years. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – in an open-minded, peace-seeking, honorable, and just world – should have become familiar to all American people long ago. He has never appeared on television for interviews in America, the views he conveys are in stark contradiction to what most Americans have become exposed to, and each regional accounting of events must become part of any real effort to end the violence.

“In the name of Allah the beneficent, the merciful. And all praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds. And Allah’s greetings to Muhammad and his pure household”.

“Enthusiastic and respectful greetings and peace upon you, blessed ones. The first statement is that you should be grateful for this great blessing, and with cooperation on the personal, social, spiritual, and international level. Seek help in your reference from the most merciful and most powerful in order to reach the goals of this unparalleled divine command. In my heart, I join with you to plead in unison with you from the forgiving and most kind Lord”.

“That as he blessed you with this Hajj journey, he completes this blessing by permitting you the completion of the Hajj. And then, with his generous acceptance returns you to your lands with full hands and complete salvation. On this valuable occasion, in addition to spiritual purification and restoration which is the highest and most fundamental gain of this comprehensive and unique divine command, attention should be paid to the issues of the world of Islam as a central duty and ritual of the Hajj participants, with a commanding and expansive view toward the priorities and most important issues related to the Islamic (community)”.

“Today, in particular, unity among Muslims and untying the knots of separation among some parts of the Islamic (community) is a priority and an important matter. Hajj is the manifestation of unity and harmony, and the focal point of brotherhood and mutual help. During Hajj all have to learn the lessons of focusing on commonalities and rejecting differences. The filthy hands of imperialist politics have for some time now placed division on the agenda in order to fulfill their sinister interests. And today with the blessing of Islamic awakening, Muslims have correctly recognized the enmity of the imperialist and Zionist front, and they have taken a stance against that”.

“While the policies of division between Muslims have intensified, the scheming enemy is aiming to stoke the fire of a domestic war among the Muslims, to misdirect the motivation for resistance and jihad, and to secure the Zionist regime and the servants of arrogance who are the real enemies. It’s (creating) terrorist takfiri and similar groups in the countries of the region of West Asia as among those abhorrent policies. This is a warning to all of us to count the issue of unity among Muslims as the priority of our national and international duties”.

“The other important issue is the issue of Palestine. With the passing of 65 years since the establishment of this murderous Zionist regime and the various ups and downs of this important and sensitive issue – and particularly with the bloody events over the past year – the realities have become clear for all. The first reality is that the Zionist regime and its criminal supporters recognize no limits or boundaries regarding viciousness, cruelty, and trampling underfoot all human and ethical standards”.

“Crimes, genocide, mass destruction, the killing of children, women, and the shelter-less, and any violation and oppression they can commit. Not only do they make it permissible for themselves, but also they take pride in it. The tear-inducing scenes of the recent 50-day war in Gaza were the latest example of historical crimes which have been repeated numerous times in the last half-century”.

“The second reality is that this disaster and calamity did not lead to the results which the leaders and supporters of that murderous regime wanted. Contrary to the idiotic dreams of power and stability for this regime that the filthy officials of the Zionist regime dream of, day by day this regime has moved closer to implosion and annihilation. The 50-day resistance of the besieged and shelter-less people of Gaza, in the face of the full capabilities of the Zionist regime, and the resulting incapability and retreat of that regime, and its surrender to the conditions of the resistance, is a clear example of that regime’s weakness, incapacity, and hollowness”.

“All of this means that the people of Palestine have to be more hopeful than ever before”.

“The fighters of jihad and Hamas have to increase their efforts, purpose, and work. The West Bank has to intensify the continual path of glory towards power and steadfastness. Muslims have to demand real and serious support of Palestine from their governments, and Muslim governments have to take sincere steps in this path”.

“The third priority and important matter is the wise view that activists who wish well for the world of Islam have to take regarding the difference between pure Muhammadian Islam and American islam. They have to caution themselves and others from confusing these two with each other. Our magnanimous Imam was the first to point out the difference between these two, and entered it into the political lexicon of the Islamic world. Pure Islam is the Islam of tolerance and spirituality, the Islam of piety and democracy, the Islam of being forceful against the unbelievers and merciful towards the believers”.

“American islam is putting on the clothes of Islam for servitude to foreigners and enmity with the Islamic (community); the Islam that stokes the fire of division among Muslims. Instead of trust and divine promises, it trusts in the enemies of God. Instead of fighting with the Zionists and arrogants, it fights with its Muslim brothers. It united with the arrogant America against its own people or other peoples. This is not Islam”.

“It is a dangerous and deadly hypocrisy which every Muslim has to fight against. Viewing matters with insight and penetration makes these realities and important issues regarding the world of Islam clear for any truth-seeker and determines without any doubt their current duties and obligations”.

“Hajj and its rituals are a valuable opportunity to gain this insight, and our hope is that you blessed Hajj participants can make complete use of this divine kindness. I trust all of you to almighty Allah and ask that he accept your efforts”.

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