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The Christian Right in the Americas and Africa

This page is dedicated to the Cubans who have asked for more information on the threat posed by missionaries and fundamentalists to traditional religions and people of color. Missionaries are essentially continuing the civilizing mission of European colonizers. In the US, the churches considered slavery to be a pinnacle of civilization and provided the main propaganda arm to defend slavery and insure all poor whites fought to defend their rich masters' rights to slaves. Throughout Africa, today missionaires continue to pervert traditional cultures and impose European gender roles, leading witch hunts and assaults on LGBQ. In Brazil and much of Latin America they have supported right wing politicians, helping to elect Bolsonaro in Brazil, brainwashing AfroBrazilians into supporting their own destruction in a country where they have allied with drug traffickers in assaults on traditional African religious houses. In Central America, the Christian Right supports governments in Guatemala, Honduras, and soon El Salvador that are allied with gangsters and narcotics traffickers responsible for the large influx of refugees to the US. In the US, they constitute one of the most important groups supporting Trump and Spencer, replete with Dominionist ideas about installing a theocracy, and they are of course in favor of a wall to repel those same refugees they helped create.

Christianity resulted from a merger of pacifist early Christianity and the highly dualist Persian Mithraism of the Roman Army, Senate, and Emperor Constantine following Constantine's vision in 312 AD of "In this sign, you will conquer," referring to the sign of the cross. The Roman Empire was rebranded as the Catholic Church, leading to numerous crusades to convert the heathens and evetually to the immense late second millenium colonial effort. Echoes of various aspects of Christianity, such as helping the poor, the glorification of poverty, and the missionary approach, can be found in secular progressive ideals that 18th and 19th century European thinkers worked out and propagated.

The Christian right maintains an alliance with the Israeli right:

Brazil's New Minister: Boys Wear Blue and Girls Wear Pink 1/4/2019 teleSUR: "Brazil's new Minister for Women, Family, and HumanRights threatens the LGBTQ community." [The Israeli flag is the backdrop, showing the alliance between the Israeli right and the evangelicals, which is driving a lot of conflict throughout Latin America as they seek to firm up colonial settler culture.]

Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north  12/17/2018 Wayne Madsen Report: " In every country where leftist governments are plagued by right-wing insurgencies—Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba—the right-wing forces are backed by the Israelis and U.S. fundamentalist groups."

Cuba lacks experience dealing with the christian right and has allowed them to dictate elements in the new Cuban constitution, gaining the repeal of non traditional marriage.

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La Iglesia Metodista de 25 y K  1/13/2019 Julio César González Pagés: "La Iglesia Metodista de 25 y K que lideró un movimiento en contra del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, avanza y sus cultos de domingo se trasmiten desde dos pantallas exteriores y un audio que se oye desde la parada del Céntrico Copelia. El culto de hoy refuerza sus posiciones contra el matrimonio igualitario, el aborto y la ideología de género, país que no despierta .....seguimos por un mundo mejor, diverso e inclusivo.¡Tú voz es fundamental contra los fundamentalismos¡"

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism  1/6/2019 Alternet: "The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness."

Brazil's New Minister: Boys Wear Blue and Girls Wear Pink  1/4/2019 teleSUR: "Brazil's new Minister for Women, Family, and HumanRights threatens the LGBTQ community." [The Israeli flag is the backdrop, showing the alliance between the Israeli right and the evangelicals, which is driving a lot of conflict throughout Latin America as they seek to firm up colonial settler culture.]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets LGBT people, racial minorities on 1st day in office  1/3/2019 AP: "Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation… The Justice Ministry previously handled demarcation of indigenous lands through the FUNAI agency, which also oversees other initiatives for indigenous groups such as health care, housing and language preservation. Bolsonaro's order is raising uncertainties about FUNAI by shifting it to a new ministry for family, women and human rights that is headed by an ultraconservative evangelical pastor."

Evangelicals: God Sent Trump to Be King  1/1/2019 Church and State: "Unbeknownst to people with even a tenuous grip on reality, prior to the midterms a thousand theaters showed “The Trump Prophecy,” a film about a firefighter who, in a blinding orgiastic epiphany, picks up a Bible and turns to Isaiah 45, “which describes the anointment of King Cyrus by God.” Get it, Isaiah “45” — Trump “45”? What more proof do you need, right?"

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus  12/31/2018 NYT: "The identification of the 45th president with an ancient Middle Eastern potentate isn’t a fringe thing. “The Trump Prophecy” was produced with the help of professors and students at Liberty University, whose president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been instrumental in rallying evangelical support for Mr. Trump. Jeanine Pirro of Fox News has picked up on the meme, as has Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, among many others."

Black Florida State Representative Proposes Law to Prevent the Erasure of Confederate Monuments  12/22/2018 Atlanta Black Star: "The Florida Panhandle’s first Black representative since the Civil War just proposed a bill that would make it a crime to remove Confederate memorials, names and symbols in the state, not to mention that any intentional damaging of said memorials would be treated as a third-degree felony. Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola) insists Gen. Robert E. Lee was more than just “some racist” and lauded him as “a gentleman, a Christian, and a man of great valor who” deserved to be revered, as should all Confederate leaders, the Broward Palm Beach New Times reported."

¿Ya no habrá matrimonio igualitario en Cuba?  12/19/2018 Tremenda Nota: "“Grupos de fundamentalistas religiosos están tratando de chantajear al Gobierno cubano con que no van a votar a favor de la Constitución si se deja el artículo relativo al matrimonio entre dos personas”, aseguró en entrevista publicada este 17 de diciembre por el diario Gara, del País Vasco, y reproducida luego en el blog La Pupila Insomne."

Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north  12/17/2018 Wayne Madsen Report: "In every country where leftist governments are plagued by right-wing insurgencies—Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba—the right-wing forces are backed by the Israelis and U.S. fundamentalist groups. These U.S. groups, such as those led by pastors John Hagee, Robert Jeffress, Paula White, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., are in lockstep with the Trump administration and Israel. These groups and individuals, all favoring Trump’s southern border “wall,” are largely responsible for supporting Central American autocracies, propped up by Protestant fundamentalists, that are driving refugees to the U.S. southern border."

Christian nationalists are trying to seize power — but progressives have a plan to fight back  12/16/2018 Salon: "This week, new exit-poll data from this year's midterm elections re-emphasized how much the Trump-led GOP depends on evangelical voters, as opposed to the much more discussed "white working class." Among white non-evangelicals, non-college-educated men voted for Republicans, 53 to 44 percent, while women voted Democratic by 57 to 41 percent. But among white evangelicals there was virtually no difference between college and non-college voters in their GOP support: 78 percent among men for both groups, and 73 and 71 percent, respectively, for women."

Fundamentalismo religioso en Cuba amenaza a la comunidad LGBTI  12/16/2018 IPS: "Libertad religiosa, garantías a los derechos de personas no heterosexuales y la alianza de iglesias fundamentalistas contra la propuesta no discriminatoria y por el matrimonio igualitario de la reforma constitucional, centraron la VI Jornada Socioteológica Identidades sexuales y de género no hegemónicas. El espacio de debate tuvo como sede el Centro Internacional de Salud La Pradera, de esta capital, y fue convocado por el proyecto Abriendo Brechas de Colores (ABC), que defiende la justicia social y la igualdad, además de que considera la diversidad de identidades sexuales y de género como un don divino y un derecho humano fundamental."

Lo que el fundamentalismo religioso quiere negar  11/30/2018 El Toque: "Existen muchas personas cristianas pertenecientes a los colectivos LGBTIQ+, cuya voz es invisibilizada por el estigma que rodea a sus identidades sexuales en los contextos religiosos y las propias prácticas discriminatorias de las comunidades a las que pertenecen."

The Missionary Threat to Uncontacted Tribes: John Chau, the Sentinelese Tribe and the Risk of Epidemics  11/29/2018 Counterpunch: "Mary Ho, the head of the missionary agency which supported John Chau, is now claiming that he was not a risk to the Sentinelese tribe. She says, “We are talking about a different time here, we’re talking about a time right now when there is modern medicine, when there is antibiotics.” This displays an extraordinary level of ignorance which highlights why it’s so dangerous for such people to be anywhere near uncontacted tribes."

Meet the pastors behind Brazil’s new pro-Israel foreign policy  11/29/2018 Cleaveland Jewish News: "One of those supporters, Dr. Josimar Salum, met with Bolsonaro multiple times, worked on his campaign and has been part of a group of pastors who urged Bolsonaro not to waver on Jerusalem. “We had a meeting with Jair Bolsonaro in October 2017 in New England that included about 70 Brazilian pastors,” said Salum. “In the same time period that President [Donald] Trump was speaking about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, we were able to make the case that Brazil needed to change its foreign policy towards Israel and move its embassy to Jerusalem.” Asked to explain their goals, Salum said: “Brazilian Christian Zionism is a movement to bless Israel not only with words, but with concrete actions. It is no use merely to carry the flag of Israel, to sing songs and to speak good words about Israel. Christian Zionists must engage in the daily defense of Israel, be defenders of the Nation of Israel in their spheres of influence, and stand against anti-Semitism around them.”"

¿El futuro de América Latina está en manos de conservadores y evangélicos?  11/3/2018 La Republica: "Los evangélicos componen, según el NY Times, el 20% de la población de Latinoamérica. Se explica la influencia de la religión debido al soporte espiritual e incluso económico que brindan a sus miembros. Se presentan con una actitud paternalista y ofrecen solucionar los problemas de los ciudadanos. Si un miembro se queda sin trabajo, sabe que puede contar con el apoyo de su comunidad, porque hay un fondo económico de respaldo."

Evangélicos en América Latina: ¿El poder a toda costa? (En los 501 años de la Reforma Luterana)11/3/2018 Protestante Digital: "Lo que hoy pasa por protestantismo no es más que una negación persistente, triunfalista y que se está orientando hacia el integrismo, de los ideales anticonstantinianos propios del anabautismo radical."

El peligro de las iglesias evangélicas en la política latinoamericana  10/25/2018 El Mostrador: "En una investigación del Centro Estratégico Latinoamericano de Geopolítica (CELAG), titulada “Iglesias evangélicas y el poder conservador en Latinoamérica”, se establece que el evangelismo explota políticamente su gran despliegue mediático, gracias a sus propias emisoras, canales de televisión y redes sociales, que deja en desventaja a los demás candidatos del sistema político, ayudadas de una "gran capacidad económica ligada al aporte-convicción de sus feligreses" y son fervientes "defensores del neoliberalismo y la sociedad de consumo"."

Evangelicals wield voting power across Latin America, including Brazil  10/6/2018 Times of Israel: "Evangelism has played a key role in some of the biggest political upheavals in the region in recent years, said Gaspard Estrada, a specialist in Latin American politics at Paris’ Science Po university. They include the impeachment of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, the “No” vote in the Colombian referendum on the 2016 FARC peace deal, and Guatemala’s recent decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… According to evangelists, Jews should rebuild their biblical temple in Jerusalem, which is a key step in a series of events that will lead to a second coming of Jesus Christ on Earth."

Editorial: ¿De qué modo se oponen las iglesias cubanas al matrimonio homosexual?  7/18/2018 Diario de Cuba: "Carteles contra del matrimonio homosexual en La Habana. (ALIANZA AFRO-CUBANA/FACEBOOK)"

Iglesias evangélicas, un poder que crece en Latinoamérica  6/3/2018 El Tiempo: "Un caso más curioso es el de Colombia, donde los evangélicos contribuyeron visiblemente a la victoria del No a los acuerdos de paz en el plebiscito sobre la paz en el 2016. “Jesucristo es el único que puede traer la paz que tanto anhelamos”, decía el mensaje del jugador de fútbol Daniel Torres, que rechazaba los acuerdos firmados entre el presidente Juan Manuel Santos y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). La mención a los derechos LGBT en las negociaciones de paz puso en alerta y movilización a las iglesias y los pastores."

White fear elected Trump: Political scientist Diana Mutz on the “status threat” hypothesis  5/7/2018 Salon: "I find that those who believe dominant groups such as men, whites and Christians are now discriminated against were very attracted to Trump. Interestingly, the racial attitudes that mattered in 2016 were not the kind that first come to mind, such as racial animosity or the stereotyping of minorities as poor or unintelligent. Instead, in the post-Obama era, what many whites fear is successful minorities in powerful social and political positions. Because status is a relative concept, it is difficult for people to imagine that others’ group status has improved without hurting the status of their own group. Status, like international trade, tends to be perceived as zero-sum."

Study Shows Trump Voters Were Motivated by Fear of Losing Privileged Status—Not Economic Anxiety  4/24/2018 Alternet: "The actual correlation she uncovered involved a “social dominance orientation,” which measures whether people see hierarchy as a good and natural way to organize society. White people who had that view gravitated towards Trump. “It used to be a pretty good deal to be a white, Christian male in America, but things have changed and I think they do feel threatened,” Mutz said."

Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds  4/24/2018 NYT: "For example, Trump support was linked to a belief that high-status groups, such as whites, Christians or men, faced more discrimination than low-status groups, like minorities, Muslims or women, according to Dr. Mutz’s analysis of the University of Chicago study. What does it matter which kind of anxiety — cultural or economic — explains Mr. Trump’s appeal? If wrong, the prevailing economic theory lends unfounded virtue to his victory, crediting it to the disaffected masses, Dr. Mutz argues. More important, she said, it would teach the wrong lesson to elected officials, who often look to voting patterns in enacting new policy."

"La fuerza política más nueva": cómo los evangélicos emergen en el mapa de poder en América Latina  4/17/2018 BBC: ""Ofrecen servicios comunitarios, entonces esto les trae un seguimiento muy grande: tienen una adhesión que ningún partido, ninguna ONG, ni otro movimiento es capaz de igualar", explica Corrales. Además cuentan con radios, canales de TV y fuerte presencia en las redes sociales. Y la fidelidad que logran la hacen valer cada vez más en la arena política, a veces con acuerdos electorales, otras impulsando sus propios candidatos. "

La fe evangélica abraza las urnas en América Latina  4/13/2018 El Pais: "Dos meses antes de las elecciones más disputadas de la historia de Brasil, en 2014, la entonces presidenta, Dilma Rousseff, del Partido de los Trabajadores (PT), una exguerrillera agnóstica declarada, se desplazó hasta São Paulo para asistir a un culto evangélico de casi tres horas. El acto incluyó el discurso de un pastor que rememoró la época en que fumaba “hasta cien piedras de crack por noche” y atribuía el vicio a “un espíritu que domina el sistema nervioso”. Se curó “gracias a la fe”, explicó el pastor ante un auditorio que, además de Rousseff, reunía a la crema del poder brasileño: el entonces vicepresidente y ahora presidente, Michel Temer, ministros, el gobernador y el alcalde de São Paulo —también del izquierdista PT— y los miembros más importantes del Congreso Nacional. Era la inauguración del Templo de Salomón, una megaiglesia de 100.000 metros cuadrados con capacidad para recibir hasta 10.000 fieles construida en el centro de la mayor ciudad del país."

Cientos de miembros de las iglesias evangélicas de Granma salen a la calle para protestar en contra del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo que propone la nueva Constitución cubana  4/12/2018 Isla Local: "Como una muestra de expresar su desacuerdo con lo reflejado en el artículo 68 del nuevo proyecto constitucional, un grupo de Metodistas de Manzanilo en la provincia de Granma se lanzaron a las calles para hacer pública su postura. En esta ocasión los fieles traspasaron las paredes de su templo para expresar su deseo de que se mantenga el diseño original de la familia."

Women’s Empowerment Was a Big Deal In African Societies, Before Christianity and Islam  3/23/2018 Atlanta Black Star: "Aside from being empowered in marriage, precolonial African society had several avenues for women to exercise power. Throughout African history we have numerous examples of woman as queens who ruled, warriors who shed blood, and traders and merchants who built immense fortunes. Vanderbilt professor Dr. Sandra Barnes, posits that “women in Africa were “one of history’s most politically viable female populations.” Queens such as Egypt’s Hatshepsut and Ethiopia’s Makeda (thought to be the biblical queen of Sheba) were known for using their leadership and wisdom to protect, expand, and enhance their nations."

Christian Dominionists Meet at Trump's Washington Hotel to Answer the "Divine Call to War"  3/9/2018 Truth Out: "Those leaders, according to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, "are associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, which believes a triumphant, dominion-taking church will help bring about the return of Christ, and many are part of POTUS Shield, a network of self-described apostles and prophets who believe President Trump was anointed by God to help bring that all about."

How Christian Slaveholders Used the Bible to Justify Slavery  2/23/2018 Time: "During the period of American slavery, how did slaveholders manage to balance their religious beliefs with the cruel facts of the “peculiar institution“? As shown by the following passages — adapted from Noel Rae’s new book The Great Stain, which uses firsthand accounts to tell the story of slavery in America — for some of them that rationalization was right there in the Bible."

Long, uneasy love affair of Israel and U.S. evangelicals may have peaked  1/28/2018 WaPo: "The Trump administration's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the subsequent visit of the evangelical vice president to Israel mark the culmination of a long, complicated and sometimes uneasy alliance between Israeli leaders and Christian evangelicals that dates to before the establishment of the state. But the high-water mark comes just as younger American evangelicals are growing less attached to Israel. Recent polls have sparked anxiety among Israeli officials and Christian Zionist groups, which are trying to reverse the decline. Faced with the dip in support, Israel is increasingly looking to evangelical communities in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere to build international support. Guatemala, where President Jimmy Morales is an avowed evangelical, was the first country to follow suit after the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem."

Gen. Kelly's Civil War Story Derives From 19th-Century Pro-Slavery Evangelicalism  11/9/2017 Alternet: "This framework asserts that the Civil War was not primarily about slavery, that slavery itself was not nearly as bad as we are led to believe (in fact it was a “positive good” in that it exposed Africans to the Gospel and to a “biblical family”). The war was framed as a theological conflict in which Southern culture was an expression of a Godly civilization battling against a materialistic “humanistic” one."

How a Growing Christian Movement Is Seeking to Transform America With Supernatural Miracles and Divine Interventions  10/12/2017 Alternet: "INC Christianity is led by a network of popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as “apostles.” They have close ties, we found, to conservative U.S. politicians, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and more recently President Donald Trump.INC Christianity is led by a network of popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as “apostles.” They have close ties, we found, to conservative U.S. politicians, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and more recently President Donald Trump."

Drug traffickers and pastors united by prejudice? Is Evangelical demonizing of Afro-Brazilian religions to blame for recent violent assaults?  10/2/2017 Black Women of Brazil: "In one attack in August, 65-year old Maria da Conceição Cerqueira da Silva suffered injuries to her face, mouth and arm when she was stoned in Nova Iguaçu, in suburban Rio. According to her family, she was a victim of religious intolerance. One of the principal culprits of this increasing violence against Afro-Brazilian religious followers is the Evangelical church, whose rhetoric and demonizing of these religions, lead followers who claim to represent Jesus, to violently oppress, threaten and attack followers of a religion they consider to be “of the devil”."

Urgent Letter to International Journalists and Organizations: Afro-Brazilian Religions Under Attack  9/30/2017 Rioonwatch: "By means of this letter, I kindly ask international bodies or even the UN itself to take action against the cases of violence, destruction, death, beatings, and torture that black people who follow Afro-Brazilian religions are facing. There have been such cases all over the country. The State of Rio de Janeiro is the leader in that ill-omened ranking. Many municipalities have been under attack. Armed men with machine guns and rifles invade religious houses and force religious leaders to break all of the objects in the houses as well as sacred artifacts. Those men beat people up or torture them with threats of severing their hands off if they do not obey."

The Religious Right Moves to Cement Political Power Under President Trump  9/2/2017 Alternet: "During his campaign, Trump offered conservative evangelicals a deal: help him take the White House and he would make them more politically powerful than ever before. They took the deal, urged voters to overlook his glaring character flaws, and helped put him in office. Trump’s conservative Christian cheerleaders have told him repeatedly that he is on a divine mission and that God intervened in the election. Religious right leaders upheld their end of the deal and delivered an overwhelming majority of white evangelical votes to Trump. Now he’s upholding his end by giving them more than they might have expected even from a President Pence."

The Missing Black History At Some Civil War Memorials  8/31/2017 Black Agenda Report: "Though I haven’t been to the site of Chicago’s Camp Douglas monument since the 1980s I’m willing to bet the memorial exhibit says nothing about the reason those four or five thousand white boys in Chicago and fifty thousand more white boys in the other camps north and south died. They died because by 1863 the federal armies began fielding regiments of black troops. By war’s end there were more than 200,000 black soldiers in the Union Army, most of them former slaves. The Confederates refused to treat captured black soldiers as prisoners of war. Captured black soldiers were murdered on the spot, or sold into slavery. White officers and noncoms leading black troops were supposed to be tried and summarily executed for leading slave insurrection, a capital offense, so they also took pains not to be captured alive."

'God Will Wipe Them Out': White Supremacist Preacher Promises 'Bloodshed' at Future Rallies  8/31/2017 Alternet: "In a video, Puckett also said that “God’s going to wipe them out one day anyway,” referring to anti-racist and anti-fascist counter-protesters who have marched against white supremacist groups in recent months. He also professed a belief that those who organize such rallies shouldn’t cancel them for fear of violent retaliation, but should be “patriots” willing to “fight” in the streets for their white supremacist beliefs."

Televangelist Jim Bakker: Christians will start a civil war if Trump is impeached  8/29/2017 The Hill: ""If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up permanently if we're not careful," he said on "The Jim Bakker Show" in a clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch."

Nearly Half of Trump Voters Think Whites, Christians Are Most Oppressed Groups  8/25/2017 Truth Out: "However, Trump's approval rating is not as low as some assume it is. It continues to hover just below 40 percent, even as calls for Congress to censure or impeach the president for capitalizing on racial animus and supporting white supremacy grow louder and louder. How can this be? White people, and particularly white Christians, are the group that Trump does not lash out against, and if you ask the Trump fans filling his ears with applause at rallies, they will likely to tell you that white Christians are the most oppressed people in the country."

How White Christians Used The Bible — And Confederate Flag — To Oppress Black People  6/22/2017 Huff Post: "White Christians in the South didn’t just support slavery — the Southern church was the backbone of the Confederacy and its attempts to keep African Americans in bondage, according to Harry Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University."

Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian Women, and African Religiosity in Brazil  6/15/2017 Black Perspectives: "Africana women — in particular, Afro-Brazilian women — who practice African indigenous religiosity both historically and contemporarily play a pivotal role in Black women’s political mobilization in Brazil. By embracing Candomblé — a Pan-African spiritual subset of Ifá — Black Brazilian women who practice African religious customs are not only asserting their socio-political agency, but more importantly, they are promoting an intersectional stance that focuses on their race, gender, and the social injustices that impact their livelihoods."

Cuban religious freedom activist threatened after visit to US, says Christian Solidarity Worldwide  5/4/2017 Sight: "A 20-year-old religious freedom activist and university student was detained and threatened by Cuban state security agents after a visit to the US to raise concerns about religious freedom violations in Cuba, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide."

Cuban religious freedom activist threatened  5/2/2017 Christian Solidarity Worldwide: "F?lix Yuniel Llerena López, A 20 year-old religious freedom activist and university student, was detained and threatened on his return to Cuba following a visit to the US, which included advocacy meetings arranged by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in Washington, DC to raise concerns about continued violations of religious freedom in Cuba."

Cabinet Is Riddled With "Christian" Wingnuts Who Want To Eliminate Secular Government-Ours  4/20/2017 Daily Kos 

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro  3/21/2017 Amnesty International: "A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International."

Trump’s Supporters Believe a False Narrative of White Victimhood—and the Data Proves It  2/12/2017 Alternet: "The rhetoric of victimization has costs — white supremacists are committing unspeakable violenceto combat the perceived threat of immigrants, Muslims and people of color. For the next four years, we are likely to have a government driven by perceptions of white Christian victimhood."

“This Evil Is All Around Us”  1/12/2017 Slate: "Amid the fire hose of lunacy that is the Trump transition, however, Pompeo’s extremism has been overlooked. It’s worth pausing to appreciate the fact that America’s CIA will shortly be run by a man who appears to view American foreign policy as a vehicle for holy war."

Operativos contra Damas de Blanco y multa de 2.000 pesos a un opositor  12/5/2016 Diario de Cuba: "Disidentes, Damas de Blanco y periodistas independientes de diferentes lugares del país han sido víctimas de hostigamiento y arrestos en los días del "duelo nacional" decretado por el régimen por la muerte de Fidel Castro. Entre los casos más graves estarían los del coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), Eduardo Cardet, en Holguín, y el grafitero Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto), en La Habana. Ambos fueron golpeados y llevan varios días presos."

¡Fuera Testigos de Jehova y Pentecostales de nuestro territorio! Fue la decisión de los indígenas Wiwa  10/21/2016 Las 2 Orillas: "Los Wiwas se cansaron de las prédicas encendidas que contribuían al exterminio físico, cultural y espiritual de su etnia, de ser llamados paganos, infieles y adoradores de Satanás. Por eso están decididos decididos a sacar de sus tierras a los pastores que han construido recientemente una iglesia para testigos de Jehová y otra para pentecostales en la cuenca del río Ranchería en el pueblo de La Laguna. No era la primera vez que un pueblo indígena se atrevía a echar de su territorio sagrado a religiosos que no comparten sus creencias. En 1998 los arhuacos, sus primos, expulsaron a un grupo de evangélicos que habían llegado en la década del cincuenta con una mujer de su propia etnia, María Eugenia Solis acompañada por su esposo, un pastor protestante."

We've Reached the End of White Christian America  10/13/2016 The Atlantic: "The United States is no longer a majority white, Christian country, and that is already beginning to have profound social and political implications. At 45 percent of the population, white Christians are a shrinking demographic—and the backlash from many members of the group against the increasing diversification of America has been swift and bitter. “People fight like that when they are losing a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a sense of the country that they understand and love,” says Robert P. Jones, the author of The End of White Christian America, in this animated interview. “How do they reengage in public life when they can’t be the majority?”"

Black and White Race in American Denominations  3/1/2016 NAE: "The statement by Martin Luther King, Jr., that “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning” still rings true."

Proslavery Ideology: Christian Beliefs  11/30/2015 University of Georgia 

Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?  8/23/2015 Atlantic: "Above all, it was a time when Christianity allied itself, in the most unambiguous and unconditional fashion, to the actual waging of a war. In 1775, American soldiers sang Yankee Doodle; in 1861, it was Glory, glory, hallelujah! As Stout argues, the Civil War “would require not only a war of troops and armaments … it would have to be augmented by moral and spiritual arguments that could steel millions of men to the bloody business of killing one another...” Stout concentrates on describing how Northerners, in particular, were bloated with this certainty."

Afro-Brazilian religions struggle against Evangelical hostility  2/6/2015 WaPo: "Candomblé survived centuries of slavery, but the quasi-respectability it has gained in recent decades is now under concentrated attack from radical Evangelical Christians, a growing force in Catholic Brazil, who regard it as the devil’s work and its priests and priestesses as little more than neighborhood witches. Tactics range from propaganda blitzkriegs launched on blogs and YouTube videos to threats, violence and expulsions from drug gangs. Afro-Brazilian religious leaders and sympathizers are fighting back in court. A low-intensity war is being fought for Brazilian souls."

The Indoctrinated West  3/7/2014 CounterPunch: "Christianity, that symbol of Western civilization, brought torture and slavery; it blessed the men and the deeds that murdered millions. So far, there has been no attempt to declare Christianity illegal because of the genocides it performed, strictly based on crimes against humanity."

The Christian Right’s Anti-Sex Campaign in Africa  8/3/2012 CounterPunch: "The Christian right’s sex war in sub-Sahara Africa is being waged on two fronts – against homosexuality and a woman’s right to control her pregnancy. It is spearheaded by an informal coalition of right-wing Roman Catholic, Mormon and Protestant evangelical groups that few have heard of. Foremost is the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), originally founded by Pat Robertson; led by right-wing evangelicals, it operates two centers in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, encouraged the ACLJ to open an office and assist in drafting the constitution to reflect “Christian values.” Other groups promoting Christian intolerance in Africa are the Family Watch International (led by the Mormon activist, Sharon Slater), the Human Life International (a Roman Catholic group) and the World Congress of Families (an umbrella group promoting “pro-family” values)."

The Truth About Religion in America: The Founders Loathed Superstition and We Were Never a Christian Nation  6/15/2012 Alternet: "The Founding Fathers weren’t all Christian. Some, of course, were: Patrick Henry (Episcopalian), John Hancock (Congregationalist), John Jay (Episcopalian), and Sam Adams (Congregationalist), for example, were all devout and pretty conventional Christians. But the big players in the founding of the United States—such men as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, and probably Alexander Hamilton—weren’t. Each of them was much more comfortable with a deistic understanding of God than a Christian one. For them, the deity was an impersonal First Cause who created a rationally patterned natural order and who was best worshiped through the exercise of reason and virtue."

Why Non-Slaveholding Southerners Fought  1/25/2011 Civil War Trust: "Southern clergy defended the morality of slavery through an elaborate scriptural defense built on the infallibility of the Bible, which they held up as the universal and objective standard for moral issues. Religious messages from pulpit and from a growing religious press accounted in large part for the extreme, uncompromising, ideological atmosphere of the time."

How Radical Christian Conservatives May Succeed in Destroying Democracy  10/15/2010 Alternet: "The huge amount of taxpayer money doled out to Wall Street, investment banks, the oil and natural gas industry and the defense industry, along with the dismantling of our manufacturing sector, is why we are impoverished. It is why our houses are being foreclosed on. It is why some 45 million Americans are denied medical care. It is why our infrastructure, from public schools to bridges, is rotting. It is why many of us cannot find jobs. We are being fleeced. The flagrant theft of public funds and rise of an obscenely rich oligarchic class is masked by the tough talk of demagogues, themselves millionaires, who use fear and bombast to keep us afraid, confused and enslaved."

TRAVESTY in Haiti : A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking  12/10/2009 Marguerite Laurent 

Grupo "evangelico" anuncia presencia del general golpista Vásquez en Miami  7/23/2009 Aporrea: "El General golpista Romeo Vásquez, quien secuestró y expulsó de Honduras al Presidente Constitucional Manuel Zelaya, estaría en Miami este de 22 de julio para participar en un encuentro convocado por un tal "profeta" Jaime Chávez en el Centro de Convenciones de esa ciudad norteamericana. La presencia en territorio de Estados Unidos del jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras fue anunciada por los organizadores del "IV Congreso MIGApartners" que tendría lugar bajo el tema "El Gobierno del Reino en Miami"." Jean Guy Allard

The Fellowship, Governor Mark Sanford’s Secretive Christian Landlords On C Street  6/25/2009 Guanabee: "1984 The Fellowship brought former Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova to the prayer breakfast. In 2002, Casanova was found liable for the torture of thousands of civilians in the 1980s. Casanova attended the breakfast along with Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, then the head of the Honduran armed forces. Alvarez, later linked to the CIA and a secret death squad, became an evangelical missionary before he was assassinated in 1989."

The Most Influential (and Self-Promotional) Christian Zionist You've Never Heard Of  2/24/2009 IPS News 

Judeo Christian conclave to be held in Grand Bahama  10/3/2008 Freeport News, Bahamas: "He noted that the economy of the Caribbean has benefited from Israel with the introduction of the sugar cane, Jewish influences and pioneers of national development. "Solomon Kerzner who is the biggest employer in The Bahamas has parents who are Russian Jews and Mick Harrison of Carnival Cruise Lines has also descended from Israel," Wallace said. Tony Gee, president of the Freeport Hebrew Congrega-tion, has welcomed the message of SCI and is focused on fostering a positive relationship with the Hebrew community."

Anti-Gay Movement of Immigrant Fundamentalist Christians Threatens Western States  10/5/2007 Alternet: "In recent months, as energetic Russian-speaking "Russian Baptists" and Pentecostals in these states have organized to bring thousands to anti-gay protests, gay rights activists in Sacramento have picketed Slavic anti-gay churches, requested more police patrols in gay neighborhoods and distributed information cards warning gays and lesbians about the hostile Slavic evangelicals who they say have roughed up participants at gay pride events. Singh's death was the realization of their worst fears. "After a couple years of fundamentalist and Slavic Christian virulent anti-gay protests at almost every Sacramento gay event in the region," said local gay rights activist Michael Gorman, "what the gay community has feared for some time has finally happened." …A growing and ferocious anti-gay movement in the Sacramento Valley is centered among Russian- and Ukrainian-speaking immigrants. Many of them are members of an international extremist anti-gay movement whose adherents call themselves the Watchmen on the Walls. In Latvia, the Watchmen are popular among Christian fundamentalists and ethnic Russians, and are known for presiding over anti-gay rallies where gays and lesbians are pelted with bags of excrement. In the Western U.S., the Watchmen have a following among Russian-speaking evangelicals from the former Soviet Union. Members are increasingly active in several cities long known as gay-friendly enclaves, including Sacramento, Seattle and Portland, Ore."

Pope Thinks Indians Were Waiting for Christianity to Arrive  5/20/2007 InfoShop: "The pope said Sunday that indigenous people of Latin American and the Caribbean were seeking Christ without realizing it. "Christ is the savior for whom they were silently longing," Benedict told a regional conference of bishops in Brazil. "It's arrogant and disrespectful to consider our cultural heritage secondary to theirs," said Jecinaldo Satere Mawe, chief coordinator of the Amazon Indian group Coiab. Mawe said the Pope's remarks made no mention of the violent history that followed or the documented decimation of native cultures in favor of the Christian model Conquistadors and other Europeans colonizers. Benedict not only upset many Indians but also Catholic priests who have joined their struggle, said Sandro Tuxa, who heads the movement of northeastern tribes. "We repudiate the Pope's comments," Tuxa said. "To say the cultural decimation of our people represents a purification is offensive, and frankly, frightening."

Christian Right Steps Up Pro-Israel Lobbying  8/10/2006 Dissident Voice: ''In mid-July, while the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict continued to escalate, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) -- an organization founded less than six months ago by Texas evangelist Rev. John C. Hagee, pastor of the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of "Jerusalem Countdown," a 2006 book about a nuclear-armed Iran -- rolled into Washington, D.C., for its first major get-together. More than 3,400 delegates from across the country attended the inaugural meeting. CUFI kicked off the gathering on July 19 with its "A Night to Honor Israel" banquet at the grand ballroom in the Washington Hilton. The festivities attracted a number of high-profile Israeli and US political leaders, including Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, retired Israeli defense chief Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. According to a report posted at Israpundit, Hagee read greetings from President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. While Bush urged "God [to] bless and stand by the people of Israel and ... bless the United States," Olmert's letter referred to CUFI's "'bold stand at this crisis time,' and the group's acknowledgment of Israel's biblical 'birthright.'" The following day, at a well-attended press conference, Hagee said that “The dots are there to be connected, and it is not some big thing called terrorism. It is Islamic fascism -- all of the various things and forces that we've seen around the world are not merely hot spots but they are all part of a theme -- a war against Western civilization.”''

Additional ties between southern Christian fundamentalists, Texas oil interests, and Russian-Israeli mobsters and weapons smugglers uncovered  12/11/2005 Wayne Madsen Report:  "According to informed Washington insiders, there is increasing evidence of financial links between key "Christian Right" GOP notables and an international ring of Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mobsters tied to notorious Russian weapons smuggler Viktor Vasilevich (aka Anatoliyevich) Bout. Bout, whose U.S. assets were frozen by the Treasury Department, continues to provide various contractor services in Iraq and is considered by Condoleezza Rice to be out-of-bounds for U.S. law enforcement authorities. When she was National Security Adviser, Rice pre-empted an attempt by Sharjah, United Arab Emirates authorities to arrest Bout. To U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, Rice was very clear when it comes to Bout: "Look, but don't touch" was her direct order to the CIA and FBI."

EXPOSÉ: THE “CHRISTIAN” MAFIA  11/16/2005 Insider 

Evangelical Christians dominate Air Force Academy, report says  4/30/2005 Seattle Times: "Religious intolerance is systemic and pervasive at the Air Force Academy and, if nothing changes, it could result in "prolonged and costly" litigation, according to a report issued by a group advocating strict separation of church and state. The 14-page report, released Thursday, listed incidents of mandatory prayers, proselytizing by teachers, insensitivity to religious minorities and allegations that evangelical Christianity is the preferred faith at the institution. "I think this is the most serious, military-related systemic problem I have ever seen in the decades I've been doing this work," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "There is a clear preference for Christianity at the academy, so that everyone else feels like a second-class citizen." "

Villagers furious with Christian Missionaries  1/16/2005 AIN: :Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion.:

"Fighting for the Work of the Lord" - Everybody's Talkin' About Christian Fascism  1/12/2005 CounterPunch 

Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction  11/18/2004 CounterPunch: "The otherwise vacuous figure of George W. Bush represents a crucial link or structural pivot between these two powerful factions, helping to tie them together: Bush presents the Neocons' radical foreign policy in a guise that is acceptable to his large base of support in the Christian Right, even as he reassures his Christian base that their moral agendas (anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, faith-based initiatives, etc) will be given powerful political support. In Bush, America as the benevolent hegemon of the Neocons and the American-led "Tribulation Force" of LaHaye's wildly popular novels come together in a disturbing, yet surprisingly successful way."

US Christian right exultant after Bush re-election  11/5/2004 AP 

Reagan-Bush: el factor religioso  6/15/2004 Jiribilla: "Los funerales de Ronald Reagan, que introducirán al ex presidente de Estados Unidos en el nicho del mítico folclore imperial, servirán al actual jefe de la Casa Blanca, George W. Bush, para reforzar la doctrina del destino manifiesto y su teología de la guerra sin fin, con la mirada puesta en millones de votantes cristianos neoconservadores católicos y protestantes y evangélicos fundamentalistas, que podrían asegurarle un nuevo mandato al frente de la Oficina Oval."

"The Republican Party of Texas affirms that the United States is a Christian nation." Texas Republican Party Platform, 2002,  3/10/2004 Theocracy Watch 

Bush's "Christian" Blood Cult  4/22/2003 CounterPunch: "Bush mocked Tucker's appeal for clemency. In an interview with Talk magazine, Bush imitated Tucker's appeal for him to spare her life - pursing his lips, squinting his eyes, and in a squeaky voice saying, "Please don't kill me." "

Christian fundamentalists and American hegemony  12/12/2002 Arab News: "The American writer Grace Halsell did not exaggerate when she said that Christian Zionists in Washington were more dangerous than the Zionist lobby. In 1989, Muhammad Sammak translated Halsell’s book “Prophecy and Politics” into Arabic. The book discussed the dangers posed by militant Christian fundamentalists to the Arab world but Arab policy-makers did not pay much attention to her warnings."

Christian Coalition Boosts Israel  10/24/2002 CounterPunch 

Falwell Remarks Prompt India Riots  10/11/2002 AP 

Christian Coalition latches onto Israel  8/9/2002 Working for Change: "Nearly left for dead by a string of controversies and mishaps over the past few years, the Christian Coalition may yet rise again. In its recent history, the organization has experienced a sharp decline in membership, gone through a series of unexplained personnel changes, and had to deal with the resignation of its founder, Pat Robertson. Now it's pinning its comeback hopes on Israel and Ariel Sharon. According to executive director Roberta Combs, the Christian Coalition is planning a massive pro-Israel rally in Washington on the afternoon of October 11 to "press for increased support for Israel's fight against terror and oppose the Bush administration's call for the establishment of a Palestinian state," reports the Jerusalem Post. The rally, titled "Israel, You Are Not Alone," will be held on the Ellipse near the White House, and organizers told the Washington Post that they hope to bring out "a minimum of 100,000 supporters."

Christian Coalition to rally for Israel  7/14/2002 World Net Daily: "The Christian Coalition said in a statement that it is "committed to Israel's survival." The organization does not believe Israel can survive if a Palestinian state is built." These good "christians" wish to condemn Palestinians to perpetual servitude and ethnic cleansing.

U.S. Christians find cause to aid Israel - Evangelicals financing immigrants, settlements  7/10/2002 San Francisco Chronicle: "The largest contingent of American Jewish immigrants in years stepped off the El Al charter flight at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, overjoyed at the chance to begin their new lives in Israel. Forgotten amid all the excitement was the fact that many of the 371 newcomers had been bankrolled by grants from U.S. evangelical Christians, who regard the return of Jews to the Holy Land as part of an apocalyptic prophecy foretold in the Bible. "What I'm seeing is the Scriptures being fulfilled right before our very eyes," said Bishop Huey Harris, whose First Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Elkton, Md., raised $2,500 from its congregation to help finance the American Jews' journey."

Israel wins support on Christian Right  5/8/2002 Telegraph, UK: "Some very interesting alliances are forming," said Gary Bauer, a prominent Christian conservative. "Many evangelicals believe that the land of Israel is Covenant land that was promised by God to the Jewish people. I believe Israel and the United States have got a confluence of interest. We're both democracies, and I see Israel, as I see Great Britain, as a defender of Western civilisation." For the time being, differences with Jewish groups over issues such as abortion has been set aside."

Evangelical Christians and the Sharon lobby  4/27/2002 Asia Times, Hong Kong: "The strategy worked so well that many political analysts credit Carter's defeat by Ronald Reagan with Carter's loss of evangelical Christian support three years later and the forging of an effective alliance between neo-conservative US Jews and the Christian right that has grown more and more powerful over the past two decades."

The Christian Right, the Rapture, and one former Christian broadcaster  4/9/2002 Unknown News: Cheryl's Daily Diatribe: viva Cheryl!

Sharon dazzles Christian Zionists  4/4/2002 Jerusalem Post: Oct 2000 article

Ann Coulter Calls Christian Soldiers to Arms  9/15/2001 Inside 

The Christian Right and Israel - La derecha cristiana y Israel

 Brazil's New Minister: Boys Wear Blue and Girls Wear Pink  1/4/2019 teleSUR: "Brazil's new Minister for Women, Family, and HumanRights threatens the LGBTQ community." [The Israeli flag is the backdrop, showing the alliance between the Israeli right and the evangelicals, which is driving a lot of conflict throughout Latin America as they seek to firm up colonial settler culture.]

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus  12/31/2018 NYT: "The identification of the 45th president with an ancient Middle Eastern potentate isn’t a fringe thing. “The Trump Prophecy” was produced with the help of professors and students at Liberty University, whose president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been instrumental in rallying evangelical support for Mr. Trump. Jeanine Pirro of Fox News has picked up on the meme, as has Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, among many others."

Avant le déluge: El Salvador election will drive more asylum-seekers north  12/17/2018 Wayne Madsen Report: "In every country where leftist governments are plagued by right-wing insurgencies—Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba—the right-wing forces are backed by the Israelis and U.S. fundamentalist groups. These U.S. groups, such as those led by pastors John Hagee, Robert Jeffress, Paula White, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., are in lockstep with the Trump administration and Israel. These groups and individuals, all favoring Trump’s southern border “wall,” are largely responsible for supporting Central American autocracies, propped up by Protestant fundamentalists, that are driving refugees to the U.S. southern border."

Meet the pastors behind Brazil’s new pro-Israel foreign policy  11/29/2018 Cleaveland Jewish News: "One of those supporters, Dr. Josimar Salum, met with Bolsonaro multiple times, worked on his campaign and has been part of a group of pastors who urged Bolsonaro not to waver on Jerusalem. “We had a meeting with Jair Bolsonaro in October 2017 in New England that included about 70 Brazilian pastors,” said Salum. “In the same time period that President [Donald] Trump was speaking about moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, we were able to make the case that Brazil needed to change its foreign policy towards Israel and move its embassy to Jerusalem.” Asked to explain their goals, Salum said: “Brazilian Christian Zionism is a movement to bless Israel not only with words, but with concrete actions. It is no use merely to carry the flag of Israel, to sing songs and to speak good words about Israel. Christian Zionists must engage in the daily defense of Israel, be defenders of the Nation of Israel in their spheres of influence, and stand against anti-Semitism around them.”"

Evangelicals wield voting power across Latin America, including Brazil  10/6/2018 Times of Israel: "Evangelism has played a key role in some of the biggest political upheavals in the region in recent years, said Gaspard Estrada, a specialist in Latin American politics at Paris’ Science Po university. They include the impeachment of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, the “No” vote in the Colombian referendum on the 2016 FARC peace deal, and Guatemala’s recent decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… According to evangelists, Jews should rebuild their biblical temple in Jerusalem, which is a key step in a series of events that will lead to a second coming of Jesus Christ on Earth."

Long, uneasy love affair of Israel and U.S. evangelicals may have peaked  1/28/2018 WaPo: "The Trump administration's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the subsequent visit of the evangelical vice president to Israel mark the culmination of a long, complicated and sometimes uneasy alliance between Israeli leaders and Christian evangelicals that dates to before the establishment of the state. But the high-water mark comes just as younger American evangelicals are growing less attached to Israel. Recent polls have sparked anxiety among Israeli officials and Christian Zionist groups, which are trying to reverse the decline. Faced with the dip in support, Israel is increasingly looking to evangelical communities in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere to build international support. Guatemala, where President Jimmy Morales is an avowed evangelical, was the first country to follow suit after the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem."

The Most Influential (and Self-Promotional) Christian Zionist You've Never Heard Of  2/24/2009 IPS News 

Judeo Christian conclave to be held in Grand Bahama  10/3/2008 Freeport News, Bahamas: "He noted that the economy of the Caribbean has benefited from Israel with the introduction of the sugar cane, Jewish influences and pioneers of national development. "Solomon Kerzner who is the biggest employer in The Bahamas has parents who are Russian Jews and Mick Harrison of Carnival Cruise Lines has also descended from Israel," Wallace said. Tony Gee, president of the Freeport Hebrew Congrega-tion, has welcomed the message of SCI and is focused on fostering a positive relationship with the Hebrew community."

Christian Right Steps Up Pro-Israel Lobbying  8/10/2006 Dissident Voice: ''In mid-July, while the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict continued to escalate, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) -- an organization founded less than six months ago by Texas evangelist Rev. John C. Hagee, pastor of the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of "Jerusalem Countdown," a 2006 book about a nuclear-armed Iran -- rolled into Washington, D.C., for its first major get-together. More than 3,400 delegates from across the country attended the inaugural meeting. CUFI kicked off the gathering on July 19 with its "A Night to Honor Israel" banquet at the grand ballroom in the Washington Hilton. The festivities attracted a number of high-profile Israeli and US political leaders, including Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, retired Israeli defense chief Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. According to a report posted at Israpundit, Hagee read greetings from President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. While Bush urged "God [to] bless and stand by the people of Israel and ... bless the United States," Olmert's letter referred to CUFI's "'bold stand at this crisis time,' and the group's acknowledgment of Israel's biblical 'birthright.'" The following day, at a well-attended press conference, Hagee said that “The dots are there to be connected, and it is not some big thing called terrorism. It is Islamic fascism -- all of the various things and forces that we've seen around the world are not merely hot spots but they are all part of a theme -- a war against Western civilization.”''

Additional ties between southern Christian fundamentalists, Texas oil interests, and Russian-Israeli mobsters and weapons smugglers uncovered  12/11/2005 Wayne Madsen Report:  "According to informed Washington insiders, there is increasing evidence of financial links between key "Christian Right" GOP notables and an international ring of Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mobsters tied to notorious Russian weapons smuggler Viktor Vasilevich (aka Anatoliyevich) Bout. Bout, whose U.S. assets were frozen by the Treasury Department, continues to provide various contractor services in Iraq and is considered by Condoleezza Rice to be out-of-bounds for U.S. law enforcement authorities. When she was National Security Adviser, Rice pre-empted an attempt by Sharjah, United Arab Emirates authorities to arrest Bout. To U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, Rice was very clear when it comes to Bout: "Look, but don't touch" was her direct order to the CIA and FBI."

Christian Coalition Boosts Israel  10/24/2002 CounterPunch 

Christian Coalition latches onto Israel  8/9/2002 Working for Change: "Nearly left for dead by a string of controversies and mishaps over the past few years, the Christian Coalition may yet rise again. In its recent history, the organization has experienced a sharp decline in membership, gone through a series of unexplained personnel changes, and had to deal with the resignation of its founder, Pat Robertson. Now it's pinning its comeback hopes on Israel and Ariel Sharon. According to executive director Roberta Combs, the Christian Coalition is planning a massive pro-Israel rally in Washington on the afternoon of October 11 to "press for increased support for Israel's fight against terror and oppose the Bush administration's call for the establishment of a Palestinian state," reports the Jerusalem Post. The rally, titled "Israel, You Are Not Alone," will be held on the Ellipse near the White House, and organizers told the Washington Post that they hope to bring out "a minimum of 100,000 supporters."

Christian Coalition to rally for Israel  7/14/2002 World Net Daily: "The Christian Coalition said in a statement that it is "committed to Israel's survival." The organization does not believe Israel can survive if a Palestinian state is built." These good "christians" wish to condemn Palestinians to perpetual servitude and ethnic cleansing.

U.S. Christians find cause to aid Israel - Evangelicals financing immigrants, settlements  7/10/2002 San Francisco Chronicle: "The largest contingent of American Jewish immigrants in years stepped off the El Al charter flight at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, overjoyed at the chance to begin their new lives in Israel. Forgotten amid all the excitement was the fact that many of the 371 newcomers had been bankrolled by grants from U.S. evangelical Christians, who regard the return of Jews to the Holy Land as part of an apocalyptic prophecy foretold in the Bible. "What I'm seeing is the Scriptures being fulfilled right before our very eyes," said Bishop Huey Harris, whose First Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Elkton, Md., raised $2,500 from its congregation to help finance the American Jews' journey."

Israel wins support on Christian Right  5/8/2002 Telegraph, UK: "Some very interesting alliances are forming," said Gary Bauer, a prominent Christian conservative. "Many evangelicals believe that the land of Israel is Covenant land that was promised by God to the Jewish people. I believe Israel and the United States have got a confluence of interest. We're both democracies, and I see Israel, as I see Great Britain, as a defender of Western civilisation." For the time being, differences with Jewish groups over issues such as abortion has been set aside."

Sharon dazzles Christian Zionists  4/4/2002 Jerusalem Post: Oct 2000 article
 
   

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