Sunday, August 28, 2011

Islamic Freedom Project (IFP)

We believe in the Constitution of the USA and The Holy Qur'an. We believe in the first Amendment of the Constitution where it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." We are a group of Muslims and people of other faiths that wish to create a balance between right wing Muslims and right wing Christians, where the centrist view is the path to follow. We support the Democratic Party and President Obama in his wonderful efforts to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians, as is his family heritage. President Obama is a product of the Union between a Muslim and a Christian and a black man and white woman. He is the example of a Multi-faith and Multi-cultural society that we call America.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Religion of Moderation

Sayed Hossein Qazwini speaking of "The Religion of Moderation":



Islam is a religion of moderation, when this moderation goes to an extreme, it ceases to be Islam. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MEK Terrorists do not represent Iranian-Americans

 
 

What is the Background?
The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has been designated by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) ever since the FTO list was established in 1997 and previously was designated in the Patterns on Global Terrorism report. 
  • According to the State Department, the MEK is a Marxist-Islamic Organization responsible for terrorist attacks that have killed Americans and Iranians.  
  • As recently as 2009, the State Department affirmed, “MEK leadership and members across the world maintain the capacity and will to commit terrorist acts in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada and beyond.”
  • RAND and Human Rights Watch have reported that the MEK is a cult that commits human rights abuses against its own members, including forced separation of families, torture, and indoctrination rituals. 
What is the Problem?
A decision is imminent regarding whether the MEK will stay on the terrorist list or if it will be permitted to receive U.S. Government funding and support.  The State Department has been ordered to review the MEK’s terrorist designation as result of a legal appeal by the MEK and a decision is expected in August 2011.
The MEK has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, PR agents and communications firms to orchestrate an unprecedented political campaign to pressure its way off the terrorist list.  High profile former U.S. officials have received payment to advocate publicly for the MEK, and Members of Congress have introduced resolutions calling for MEK to be removed from the FTO list. 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to issue a decision on whether the MEK will continue to listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in August 2011. 
MEK Factsheet2you
The Iranian-American community must not stay silent
  • The MEK does not represent the Iranian-American community or the pro-democracy movement in Iran.
  • We do not support the use of violence and war to replace Iran’s undemocratic regime that abuses human rights with the MEK’s undemocratic cult that tortures its own members.
  • Our community’s view must be absolutely clear: we support the aspirations of the Iranian people for human rights and democracy, not the aspirations of Maryam Rajavi and the MEK.
  • We call on the FBI and law enforcement to enforce the law and investigate MEK activities, including paying U.S. officials to speak at MEK conferences,  
  • We call on the State Department to not bend to political pressure orchestrated by the MEK to have itself removed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list.
Help us set the record straight.  To take action visit: www.MEKterror.com


MEK Factsheet
The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) seeks to be removed from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist 
Organizations, which would enable the group to raise money in the U.S. and even receive 
direct U.S. government funding and support.  
• The State Department reports the MEK is a terrorist group that has murdered innocent 
Americans and maintains “the will and capacity” to commit terrorist attacks within the 
U.S. and beyond. 
1
  
• The MEK claims to have renounced terrorism in 2001, but a 2004 FBI report states “the 
MEK is currently actively involved in planning and executing acts of terrorism.”
 2
   
• RAND and Human Rights Watch have reported that the MEK is a cult that abuses its 
own members. 
3 4
• MEK has no popular support in Iran and has been denounced by the Green Movement, 
Iran’s peaceful democratic opposition movement.
5
Delisting MEK: Disastrous Repercussions
The MEK is opposed by the Iranian people due to its history of terrorist attacks against 
civilians in Iran and its close alliance with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. 
1. The greatest beneficiaries of delisting MEK would be Ahmadinejad and Iranian hardliners who 
seek to link the U.S. and the Green Movement to MEK.    
2. U.S. support for MEK would be used as a propaganda tool by hardliners to delegitimize and destroy 
Iran’s true democracy movement. 
3. American credibility among the Iranian people would be ruined if the U.S. supported this group.
Iran’s Opposition Green Movement Rejects the MEK
o The leaders of the Green Movement, Iran’s true popular opposition movement, have denounced the 
MEK and warned that the Iranian government seeks to discredit Iran’s opposition by associating it 
with the MEK:   
• “The Iranian Government is trying to connect those who truly love their country (the 
Greens) with the MEK to revive this hypocritical dead organization.” – Mehdi Karroubi, 
Green Movement leader.
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1
 U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, available at: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2006/82738.htm   
2
 Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Criminal Investigation, November 29, 2004, available at: 
http://www.niacouncil.org/site/DocServer/FBI_Report.pdf?docID=921  
3
 RAND Corporation, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum, available at: 
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG871.pdf
4
 Human Rights Watch, No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps, May 18, 2005, available at: 
http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/45d085002.html
5
 Mohsen Kadivar and Ahmad Sadri, Salon.com, “Hillary Clinton’s Crucial Choice on Iran,” March 26, 2011, available at: 
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/26/iran_green_movement/index.html 
6
 Tony Karon, Time, “Why Are Some U.S. Politicians Trying to Remove an Iranian 'Cult' From the Terror List?” March 4, 2011, available 
at:  http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/03/04/why-are-some-u-s-politicians-trying-to-remove-an-iranian-cult-from-the-terror-list/.   
Original quote in Farsi available at: http://www.peykeiran.com/Content.aspx?ID=11802  www.mekterror.com
• “The MEK can't be part of the Green Movement. This bankrupt political group is now 
making some laughable claims, but the Green Movement and the MEK have a wall 
between them and all of us, including myself, Mr. Mousavi, Mr. Khatami, and Mr. 
Karroubi.” – Zahra Rahnavard, Women’s rights activist and wife of Green Movement 
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi
7
Iraqi National Congress Redux?
o The MEK claims it is “the main opposition in Iran,” yet similar to Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National 
Congress that helped bring the United States into war with Iraq, the MEK is an exiled organization 
that has no popular support within Iran. 
8
o RAND reports that the MEK are “skilled manipulators of public opinion.” The MEK has a global 
support network with active lobbying and propaganda efforts in major Western capitals. 
9
o Members of Congress have been deceived and misinformed into supporting this terrorist  
organization:   
• In 2002, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen led efforts for the U.S. to support the group, prompting 
then-Chairman and the Ranking Member of the House International Affairs Committee, 
Henry Hyde and Tom Lantos, to send a Dear Colleague warning against supporting the 
MEK.  They cautioned that many Members had been “embarrassed when confronted with 
accurate information about the MEK.” 
10
   
• In the current Congress, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) have each 
introduced resolutions calling for MEK to be removed from the Foreign Terrorist 
Organization list.   
A Capacity and Will to Commit Terrorist Acts in the U.S. & Beyond
o The Bush administration determined in 2007 that “MEK leadership and members across the world 
maintain the capacity and will to commit terrorist acts in Europe, the Middle East, the United 
States, Canada, and beyond.”
 11
o The Canadian and Australian governments have also designated the MEK as a terrorist 
organization. The Canadian government just reaffirmed its designation in December.
 12 13
o An EU court removed the MEK from its list of terrorist organizations, but only due to procedural 
reasons.  According to a spokesperson for the Council of the European Union, the EU court "did not 
enter into the question of defining or not the PMOI [MEK] as a terrorist organization." 
14
                                                          
7
 Patrick Disney, Foreign Policy Magazine: Middle East Channel, “Congressional backers look to exiled Iranian group for regime change,” 
September 22, 2010,
http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/09/22/congressional_backers_look_to_exiled_iranian_group_for_regime_change  
8
 Jason Rezaian, Foreign Policy Magazine: Middle East Channel, “Washington's dangerous (and deluded) support for the MEK,” March 1, 
2011, available at: http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/24/washingtons_dangerous_and_deluded_support_for_the_mek
9
 RAND Corporation, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum, Pages 39-40, available at: 
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG871.pdf  
10
 Sam Dealey, The Hill, “Rep. Ros-Lehtinen defends Iranian group labeled terrorist front for Saddam Hussein,” April 8, 2003, available at: 
http://replay.web.archive.org/20040619065636/http://www.thehill.com/news/040803/roslehtinen.aspx  
11
 U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, available at: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2006/82738.htm   
12
 Canadian Department of Public Safety, “Currently Listed Entities,” December 22, 2010, available at: 
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/ns/le/cle-eng.aspx#MEK  
13
 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. http://www.dfat.gov.au/globalissues/terrorism.html. See Australia’s sanctioned 
terrorist list at http://www.dfat.gov.au/icat/regulation8_consolidated.xls  www.mekterror.com
Saddam Hussein’s Terrorist Militia 
o The MEK received all of its military assistance and most of its financial support from Saddam 
Hussein, including funds illegally siphoned from the UN Oil-for-Food Program, until 2003. 
15
  
o The MEK helped execute Saddam’s bloody crackdown on Iraqi Shia and Kurds. Maryam Rajavi, 
the MEK’s permanent leader, instructed her followers to “take the Kurds under your tanks.” 
16
A Cult That Abuses Its Own Members
o Human Rights Watch reports that MEK commits extensive human rights abuses against its own 
members at Camp Ashraf, including “torture that in two cases led to death.” 
17
o A RAND report commissioned by DOD found that the MEK is a cult that utilizes practices such as 
mandatory divorce, celibacy, authoritarian control, forced labor, sleep deprivation, physical abuse, 
confiscation of assets, emotional isolation, and the imprisonment of dissident members. 
18
o RAND concluded that up to 70% of the MEK members at their Camp Ashraf headquarters were 
likely recruited through deception and are kept there against their will. 
19
o The FBI reports that the MEK’s “NLA [National Liberation Army] fighters are separated from their 
children who are sent to Europe and brought up by the MEK’s Support Network. […] These 
children are then returned to the NLA to be used as fighters upon coming of age.  Interviews also 
revealed that some of these children were told that their parents would be harmed if the children did 
not cooperate with the MEK. ”
20
   
A History of Anti-Americanism
o One of the founding ideologies of the MEK is anti-Americanism—the MEK is responsible for 
murdering American businessmen, military personnel, and even a senior American diplomat. 
21
o The MEK strongly supported the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, vigorously 
opposed their eventual release, and chastised the government for not executing the hostages. 
22
The MEK was Not “Added” to the FTO List as a Goodwill Gesture to Iran
o The MEK has been a designated terrorist group since the State Department established the FTO list 
October 8, 1997.
 23
 MEK was also listed in the Patterns on Global Terrorism report prior to 1997. 
24
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
14
 CNN, “Iran condemns EU for delisting terror group,” January 27, 2009, available at: 
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/01/27/iran.eu.terror.group/  
15
 U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 2009, available at: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2009/140900.htm  
16
 Elizabeth Rubin, New York Times Magazine, “The Cult of Rajavi,” July 13, 2003, available at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/13/magazine/the-cult-of-rajavi.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm   
17
 Human Rights Watch, No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps, May 18, 2005, available at: 
http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/45d085002.html  
18
 RAND Corporation, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum, Page 3, available at: 
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG871.pdf
19
 RAND Corporation, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum, Page 74, available at: 
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG871.pdf
20
 Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Criminal Investigation, November 29, 2004, available at: 
http://www.niacouncil.org/site/DocServer/FBI_Report.pdf?docID=921
21
 U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 2009, available at: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2009/140900.htm
22
 Letter from the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs to Congressman Lee Hamilton, Congressional Record Page E2263 in the 
103rd Congress, available at http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1993_cr/h930929-terror-pmoi.htm    
23
 U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism 1997, available at: 
http://www.state.gov/www/global/terrorism/1997Report/backg.html  
24
 U.S. Department of State, Patterns on Global Terrorism. See, for instance, the 1994 report, available at 
http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/terror_94/append.html  

 
 

There are two FBI reports on MEK that were publlished in 2002 and 2004.

A 2004 FBI report on the Mujahaddin-e-Khalq (MEK) was revealed in June 2011 which states that the MEK “is actively involved in planning and executing acts of terrorism,” despite the organization’s alleged renunciation of terror in 2001. 

The document states that the MEK “routinely lobbies unwitting members of Congress under the pretext of human rights issues in Iran,” and that MEK members have endured “years of ideological training and for lack of better word ‘brain washing’.” 

The report also discusses cult practices by the organization, including the separation of families, stating that the children of MEK fighters are sent to Europe where they are “further indoctrinated into the organization” and “used for various social benefit fraud” to raise funds before being returned “to be used as fighters upon coming of age.”


Some of the highlights (all direct quotes):
  • “Los Angeles investigation has determined that the MEK is currently actively involved in planning and executing acts of terrorism.” [pg 4]
  • “This organization routinely lobbies unwitting members of Congress under the pretext of human rights issues in Iran.“ [pg 5]
  • “NLA fighters are separated from their children who are sent to Europe and brought up by the MEK’s Support Network.  Investigation has learned that these children are then further indoctrinated in to the organization and are often used for various social benefit fraud such as was revealed during joint FBI/Cologne Police Department investigation in Germany.  In one case one of the children was chained to a bed and only after her escape and report to local police was the fraud scheme discovered.  Interviews of some of these MEK children found children fully indoctrinated into a “cult-like” organization with no regard to the welfare of the child.  These children are then returned to the NLA to be used as fighters upon coming of age.  Interviews also revealed that some of these children were told that their parents would be harmed if the children did not cooperate with the MEK.  Open source reporting from defecting MEK members has revealed that MEK fighters are often told the same story about their children should they take issue with MEK leadership and desire to leave the organization.” [pgs 26-27]
  • “The MEK, in addition to being a foreign terrorist organization, is a “cult”…MEK members and supporters often indicate that Rajavi makes his decision based on input from God.” [pg 26] 
  • “MEK members/supporters/fighters have been through years of ideological training and for lack of better word ‘brain washing’.” [pg 31]
  • “This (Foreign Terrorist Organization) designation was made due to the MEK’s long and violent history of past terrorist activity directed against U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Iran during the 1970s, the assassinations of multiple Americans, the MEK’s ongoing acts of terrorism in Iran, and the MEK’s past terrorist activities in Western Countries to include hostage taking and attacks on Iranian diplomatic establishments and officials.  This designation was also made to send the message that the U.S. had taken the high road on terrorism and would designate any foreign group engaged in terrorist activity abroad to include not only groups that target U.S. interests, but terrorists groups that target any sovereign nation.” [pg 24]               
  • “Additionally, the MEK continues to practice misinformation operations in the U.S. and Europe.  MEK lobbyist routinely hold press conferences and pass information regarding the current Iranian government that is inaccurate and is designed to influence Western Media and governments.” [pg 18]
  • “Interviewers should keep in mind that membership in the MEK is a significant step in the MEK hierarchy or leadership cadre.  It is safe to say that only the high echelon leadership will most admit to being MEK members.” [pg 29] 
  • “ Another tactic that the MEK has been employing is disinformation regarding former MEK members and witnesses who have come forward to testify and speak against the MEK. The MEK will brand these former members and witnesses as Iranian government agents. This information is often picked up by Western Intelligence agencies as factual information and is disseminated as intelligence. This further frustrates criminal investigators as they attempt to interview these former MEK members and potentially use them for testimony." Pg 18-9  
The 2002 FBI document includes a report of an FBI raid of the MEK’s offices in Falls Church, Virginia in December 2001. It states that the FBI discovered that “the indoor swimming pool had been drained and a floor placed over the drained pool. The area above the pool was divided into offices. In each of these offices, a hatch in the floor led into the drained swimming pool. This area was used for storage of materials…”
Among the materials discovered were “signed, blank checks,” and the report states, “Confidential sources have reported to the FBI and that the NCRI and the PMOI use the signed, blank checks to pay their expenses and fund their activities.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

Christianists: A Christian Plot for Domination?


A Christian Plot for Domination?

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.

With Tim Pawlenty out of the presidential race, it is now fairly clear that the GOP candidate will either be Mitt Romney or someone who makes George W. Bush look like Tom Paine. Of the three most plausible candidates for the Republican nomination, two are deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism. If you want to understand Michele Bachmannand Rick Perry, understanding Dominionism isn’t optional. 
Put simply, Dominionismmeans that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outrĂ©, getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid. In a contemptuous 2006 First Thingsreview of several books, including Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy, and my own Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, conservative columnist Ross Douthat wrote, “the fear of theocracy has become a defining panic of the Bush era.”
Now, however, we have the most theocratic Republican field in American history, and suddenly, the concept of Dominionism is reaching mainstream audiences. Writing about Bachmann in The New Yorker this month, Ryan Lizza spent several paragraphs explaining how the premise fit into the Minnesota congresswoman’s intellectual and theological development. And a recent Texas Observer cover storyon Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago. “[W]hat makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government,” wrote Forrest Wilder. Its members “believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.”
In many ways, Dominionism is more a political phenomenon than a theological one. It cuts across Christian denominations, from stern, austere sects to the signs-and-wonders culture of modern megachurches. Think of it like political Islamism, which shapes the activism of a number of antagonistic fundamentalist movements, from Sunni Wahabis in the Arab world to Shiite fundamentalists in Iran.
Dominionism derives from a small fringe sect called Christian Reconstructionism, founded by a Calvinist theologian named R. J. Rushdoony in the 1960s. Christian Reconstructionism openly advocates replacing American law with the strictures of the Old Testament, replete with the death penalty for homosexuality, abortion, and even apostasy. The appeal of Christian Reconstructionism is, obviously, limited, and mainstream Christian right figures like Ralph Reed have denounced it.
Michele Bachmann; Rick Perry
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But while Rushdoony was a totalitarian, he was a prolific and influential one—he elaborated his theories in a number of books, including the massive, three-volume Institutes of Biblical Law. And his ideas, along with those of his followers, have had an incalculable impact on the milieu that spawned both Bachmann and Perry.
Rushdoony pioneered the Christian homeschooling movement, as well as the revisionist history, ubiquitous on the religious right, that paints the U.S. as a Christian nation founded on biblical principles. He consistently defended Southern slavery and contrasted it with the greater evils of socialism: “The law here is humane and also unsentimental,” he wrote. “It recognizes that some people are by nature slaves and will always be so ... Socialism, on the contrary, tries to give the slave all the advantages of his security together with the benefits of freedom, and in the process, destroys both the free and the enslaved.”
Rushdoony’s most influential idea was the concept of Dominionism, which spread far beyond the Christian Reconstructionist fringe. “‘Dominion theologians,’ as they are called, lay great emphasis on Genesis 1:26–7, where God tells Adam to assume dominion over the animate and inanimate world,” wrote the scholar Garry Wills in his book Under God: Religion and American Politics, describing the influence of the ideology on Pat Robertson. “When man fell, his control over creation was forfeited; but the saved, who are restored by baptism, can claim again the rights given Adam.”
For believers in Dominionism, rule by non-Christians is a sort of sacrilege—which explains, in part, the theological fury that has accompanied the election of our last two Democratic presidents. “Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ—to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness,” wrote George Grant, the former executive director of Coral Ridge Ministries, which has since changed its name to Truth in Action Ministries. “But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice ... It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time ... World conquest.”
Bachmann is close to Truth in Action Ministries; last year, she appeared in one of its documentaries, Socialism: A Clear and Present Danger. In it, she espoused the idea, common in Reconstructionist circles, that the government has no right to collect taxes in excess of 10 percent, the amount that believers are called to tithe to the church. On her state-senate-campaign website, she recommended a book co-authored by Grant titled Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee, which, as Lizza reported, depicted the civil war as a battle between the devout Christian South and the Godless North, and lauded slavery as a benevolent institution. “The unity and companionship that existed between the races in the South prior to the war was the fruit of a common faith,” the book said.
One could go on and on listing the Dominionist influences on Bachmann’s thinking. She often cites Francis Schaeffer, the godfather of the anti-abortion movement, who held seminars on Rushdoony’s work and helped disseminate his ideas to a larger evangelical audience. John Eidsmoe, an Oral Roberts University professor who, she’s said, “had a great influence on me,” is a Christian Reconstructionist. She often praises the Christian nationalist historian David Barton, who is intimately associated with the Christian Reconstructionist movement; an article about slavery on the website of his organization, Wallbuilders, defends the institution’s biblical basis, with extensive citations of Rushdoony. (“God's laws concerning slavery provided parameters for treatment of slaves, which were for the benefit of all involved,” it says.)
In elaborating Bachmann’s Dominionist history, though, it’s important to point out that she is not unique. Perry tends to be regarded as marginally more reasonable than Bachmann, but he is as closely associated with Dominionism as she is, though his links are to a different strain of the ideology.
For believers in Dominionism, rule by non-Christians is a sort of sacrilege.
The Christian Reconstructionists tend to be skeptical of Pentecostalism, with its magic, prophesies, speaking in tongues, and wild ecstasies. Certainly, there are overlaps between the traditions—Oral Roberts, where Bachmann studied with Eidsmoe, was a Pentecostal school. But it’s only recently that one group of Pentecostals, the New Apostolic Reformation, has created its own distinct Dominionist movement. And members see Perry as their ticket to power.
“The New Apostles talk about taking dominion over American society in pastoral terms,” wrote Wilder in the Texas Observer. “They refer to the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society: family, religion, arts and entertainment, media, government, education, and business. These are the nerve centers of society that God (or his people) must control.” He quotes a sermon from Tom Schlueter, New Apostolic pastor close to Perry. “We’re going to infiltrate [the government], not run from it. I know why God’s doing what he’s doing ... He’s just simply saying, ‘Tom I’ve given you authority in a governmental authority, and I need you to infiltrate the governmental mountain.”
According to Wilder, members of the New Apostolic Reformation see Perry as their vehicle to claim the “mountain” of government. Some have told Perry that Texas is a “prophet state,” destined, with his leadership, to bring America back to God. The movement was deeply involved in The Response, the massive prayer rally that Perry hosted in Houston earlier this month. “Eight members of The Response ‘leadership team’ are affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation movement,” wrote Wilder. “The long list of The Response’s official endorses—posted on the event’s website—reads like a Who’s Who of the apostolic-prophetic crowd, including movement founder C. Peter Wagner.”
We have not seen this sort of thing at the highest levels of the Republican Party before. Those of us who wrote about the Christian fundamentalist influence on the Bush administration were alarmed that one of his advisers, Marvin Olasky, was associated with Christian Reconstructionism. It seemed unthinkable, at the time, that an American president was taking advice from even a single person whose ideas were so inimical to democracy. Few of us imagined that someone who actually championed such ideas would have a shot at the White House. It turns out we weren’t paranoid enough. If Bush eroded the separation of church and state, the GOP is now poised to nominate someone who will mount an all-out assault on it. We need to take their beliefs seriously, because they certainly do.
August 14, 2011 10:51pm

HAARETZ: Not Jewish enough for Glenn Beck – nor Israeli enough

Not Jewish enough for Glenn Beck – nor Israeli enough

Undeterred by being dropped from Fox, or by the fallout from having compared the victims of July’s Norway massacre to Hitler Youth, the media personality has assumed a prophet's intonation in urging his followers to stand with him in Jerusalem on August 24.

By Bradley Burston

This has been a summer of astonishments. So it probably should have come as no surprise that Tel Aviv's sudden tent city should have drawn the impossibility of rain in August. Or that Glenn Beck has arrived to teach us about the meaning of courage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the likelihood of finding Islamic radicals under the protest canvas on Rothschild Boulevard.

Next week, conservative political commentator Beck plans to hold a mass rally to "Restore Courage" in Jerusalem. His goal: saving Israel and the United States from apocalyptic destruction in the form of the two-state solution.

Beck remains a curious choice, even if it is a self-choice, to save Jews from themselves. But that has done little to stop him in the past.

Twice in less than a year, the Anti-Defamation League has scathingly denounced statements by Beck. In February, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman condemned as "highly offensive and outrageous" a radio broadcast in which Beck compared Reform Judaism to "radicalized Islam," terming Reform rabbis as "generally political in nature" rather than religious. "Glenn Beck's comparison of Reform Judaism to radical Islam demonstrates his bigoted ignorance," Foxman said.

Three months earlier, Beck had already enraged Foxman, who survived the Holocaust as a young child, with remarks about the youth of billionaire George Soros, born in Hungary to Orthodox Jewish parents. Beck told a radio audience that Soros "used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps."

Foxman called Beck's account "offensive," adding that "to have the audacity to say – inaccurately – that there's a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, as part of a broader assault on Mr. Soros, that's horrific."
Hundreds of rabbis, including the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, along with Orthodox rabbis, publicly urged Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch to sanction Beck for the Soros remarks.

Undeterred even by being dropped from his Fox News television program in June, and by the fallout from having compared the victims of July’s Norway massacre to Hitler Youth, the media personality has assumed a prophet's intonation in urging his followers to stand with him in Jerusalem on August 24.
But Beck, true to mercurial form, could not resist taking a potshot at Israelis before boarding a jet to save Israel.

In a segment titled "Radical leftists protest in Israel," Beck and two co-commentators dismissed the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators as "obviously hard left," their demands reminiscent of Soviet-style communism.
Beck also hinted that an "Islamist movement" had likely joined the protests. "I hate to even bring this up," Beck said, apparently in jest, "but the Islamists in Israel are saying that they'd like to have these riots - I'm sorry, these gatherings - every Friday now. Because they can help. They can go to the mosque, and then bring everybody out to the streets on Fridays. It's gonna be good."

Beck, with trademark sarcasm, then recalled his first visit to Israel 10 years ago. "Those Friday nights, they'd get out of the mosque, it was so great, because they were so moved by the spirit, they were so full of love and joy, and they would go right there to the Wall and drop giant stones on the heads of Jews who were praying underneath… a beautiful gesture."

Last May, buoyed by the turnout at his August 2010 "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, Beck assumed the fraught tones of a prophet to unveil a new goal.

"There are forces in this land, and forces all over the globe, that are trying to destroy us," Beck said, announcing what religion scholar Joanna Brooks said Beck viewed as "a latter-day crusade to save the Holy Land from the Palestinians."

"They are going to attack the center of our faith, our common faith, and that is Jerusalem," Beck continued. "And It won't be with bullets and bombs. It will be with a two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem, the Old City, from the rest of the world."

The irony, of course, is that the two-state solution is probably farther from reality now than it has been at any time in the last 18 years. In fact, smart money might well bet on the actual End of Days coming true sooner than two states.

But what is irony to a man for whom most Jews are not Orthodox enough and therefore not Jewish enough, for whom most Israelis are not hardline enough and therefore not Israeli enough, a man for whom some Holocaust survivors have not suffered enough, a man who knows better than the Jews what Auschwitz means, who Nazis are, what Israel needs, how Jews need to figure in the greater plan of God and His Apostle Glenn.
And lest one suspect for one moment that he's not entirely serious, Glenn Beck tells followers that he's ready to give his all for the Jewish state. On his website, standing before an Israeli flag, he declares in a promotional video clip: "I will protect. I will defend. I will stand. I will speak. And in the end, if it be His will, I will die right alongside my brother. That is the stand."

"And yet he was more them than they were," wrote Howard Jacobson of a very non-Jewish character who wishes he were Jewish, in the appropriately riotous and perplexing 2010 novel The Finkler Question. He "felt more for what they stood for than they, as far as he could see, were capable of feeling for themselves. He wouldn't have gone so far as to say they needed him, but they did, didn't they? They needed him."

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Bradley Burston