Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | July 18, 2013

Christian Century editor blogs with virulent anti-Semites

I’ve been watching this one from the sidelines for the last couple of weeks, hoping the leadership at Christian Century would take it seriously when the organization CAMERA notified the venerable Christian publisher that one of its editors, James M. Wall, blogs at a site where anti-Semitism is rampant.

Veterans News Now, which purports to have the interests of American military veterans at heart, is a hotbed of conspiracy theories, 9/11 Truther-ism, and anti-Semitism.  CAMERA highlights one particularly ugly post by someone named Mike Stathis, “Zionist Washington Ensuring End of America,” from June 2011.  See the link for CAMERA’s samples from the post; it is stuffed from beginning to end with the full complement of memes and themes in anti-Semitic demagoguery.  The passage I quote here might have been lifted directly from Nazi propaganda ca. 1935:

Zionist Jews have effectively caused the societal and economic collapse of the U.S. This is a process that has been under way for several decades. Throughout this long period of deceit and subversion, they have created covers, distractions and deflections. They have transformed politicians into puppets. They have enslaved consumers using their banks. They have defrauded the entire population using their control over Wall Street. They have used their control over media, politicians and policy makers in order to shield any criticism of their crimes and their powerful crime syndicate.

There are over 8,000 words in this vein.  With anti-Semitism like this, the reductio ad Hitlerum is inevitable, prudent, and just.

I don’t provide a link to the above post – web-clicks hygiene is more important – but search on the title and it comes up immediately.  (The top link in your search results may be to Veterans News Now’s sister site, Veterans Today, which is even more openly and virulently anti-Semitic.  It’s the same piece, though.  Several of the writers in the “Veterans” stable post their material at both sites.)

Sample anti-Semitic imagery from Mathis blog post at VNN

Sample anti-Semitic imagery from Mathis blog post at VNN

Other posts on similar topics at Veterans News Now include:

“Earth’s alpha predator: Zionist Mafia” by Rand Clifford (samples at CAMERA)

“[David] Cameron’s ‘Torah’ Party Rules!” (Subtitle: The unbearable shame; Section heading: “So many Jews that the Tory Party should be known as the ‘Torah’ Party”) by Stuart Littlewood

“The Most Famous American Journalist Exposes the Zionist Conspiracy” by David Duke (yes, that David Duke)

“Will the Church of Scotland Cave in to Zionist Bullies?” by Stuart Littlewood

“How Zionists Manage to Get Away with Their Myths and Lies?” by Gilad Atzmon (yes, that Gilad Atzmon)

“Arch Zionist Gets Top BBC Strategy Job” by Nureddin Sabir

“New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian Leaders” by James M. Wall

In this last post, from October 2012, Mr. Wall takes the New York Times to task for reporting that Jewish groups were upset, just prior to an interfaith conference, when 15 Christian leaders sent a letter to Congress demanding that Israel be “held accountable” to the standards of U.S. policy.  In Wall’s characterization, NYT was “flacking” for the Jewish groups, a point he drove home by featuring the name of the reporter (Laurie Goodstein) several times, and including her photo with the post, the better to illustrate her Jewishness, apparently.

The whole post is intemperate, accusing Goodstein of a “not-so-subtle attack” on the Christians because of this passage from her article:

A letter signed by 15 leaders of Christian churches that calls for Congress to reconsider giving aid to Israel because of accusations of human rights violations has outraged Jewish leaders and threatened to derail longstanding efforts to build interfaith relations.

The Christian leaders say their intention was to put the Palestinian plight and the stalled peace negotiations back in the spotlight at a time when all of the attention to Middle East policy seems to be focused on Syria, the Arab Spring and the Iranian nuclear threat.

(I actually think only a minority of NYT readers would interpret this passage as even mildly critical of the Christians, but that’s an argument for another time.)

More imagery from VNN website

More imagery from VNN website

Wall berates the reporter for not sufficiently clarifying that some of the Jewish groups involved are secular – non-religious – groups, but then he goes further to accuse organizations like the Jewish Council for Public Affairs of “infiltrat[ing] religious denominational meetings to intimidate voters and water down resolutions.” This comes off as tinfoil-hat boilerplate, perfectly at home with the tone of the Veterans News Now site.

As a Christian, one hopes for a different tone from Wall when he addresses points like this one:

The Times says the [Christians’] letter is intended to “put the Palestinian plight and the stalled peace negotiations back in the spotlight”.   That is balderdash, as Joe Biden likes to say.

The 15 leaders make no reference to a “motive” for writing the latter. They do not have to. The New Testament is their motive.

There is another way to put this – one that doesn’t sound like “New Testament” is something to whack Zionist-flack news correspondents in the chops with.

Why, after all, would any news reporter, regardless of her ethnic or religious background, be expected to couch the point in Wall’s terms?  Christians can speak in such shorthand to each other – “The New Testament is our motive” – but a New York Times correspondent isn’t writing for an in-house Christian forum.  It isn’t entirely clear from the original Goodstein piece, but she does quote from interviews given by three of the Christian leaders after the letter was sent.  In suggesting their motives for the letter, she may well have been drawing from comments the Christian leaders actually made.

I guess the opening salvo of Wall’s post should have been warning enough (bold face in original):

You have to know American Jewish “leaders” are really riled up when they call on the New York Times to flack for them against 15 leaders of Christian churches who had the audacity to send a letter to the US Congress, which said, with proper Christian indignation…

Regrettably, Wall’s whole piece fits well with the turgid, sarcastic, scare-quotes-laden anti-Semitism of the Veterans News Now website.

James Wall at Veterans News Now, Truther/Anti-Semitic website

James Wall at Veterans News Now, Truther/Anti-Semitic website

Is this the face of Christianity, as Christian Century would like to see it displayed?  For my part, I repudiate it without hesitation.  It’s not even that Mr. Wall’s oeuvre at VNN is out of place there; it’s that it’s not.  Whatever he may have been in the past, Wall must now be considered a mismatch with any journal that aspires to serious leadership in Christian thought.  I don’t know if he may come someday to repudiate what goes on at Veterans News Now, but I do urge Christian Century to repudiate it, and to remove James Wall’s name from the masthead.

Today, CAMERA posted Christian Century’s rejection of an appeal to do just that.  That’s why I write this tonight.  I hoped the Christian Century trustees would respond in a more responsible way.  Christians everywhere need to know about the unacceptable connection of Christian Century editor James Wall with anti-Semitism – and know how the trustees have responded so far to the concerns expressed over it.  Silence in the face of anti-Semitism is consent.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard online. She also writes for the new blog Liberty Unyielding.

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  1. The funny thing is that these loons somehow seem to associate BHO, Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod, Tim Genther, NYT, etc. as being in some way Zionist, pro-Zionists or supportive of the State of Israel.

    I confess that I visited the website. It is wacky. The editor, Debbie Menon, is based in Dubai and the editorial focus is so bizarrely skewed towards demonization of Israel/Jews and apologies for the government of Iran that I would not be surprised to see a funding stream guided by Tehran.

  2. Just to keep things balanced.

    From either side of this (non)issue, whether it be pro or anti Jewish, I do think this obsession with the Jews by Jews and non-Jews alike is at best comical. The fringe pro-Jewish/Zionist Israel firster whatevers, are every bit as loony as their rabidly antisemitic counterparts.

    Opposing extremists always share more in common with each other than they would readily admit to.

    • “fringe pro-Jewish/Zionist Israel firster whatevers, are every bit as loony as their rabidly antisemitic counterparts”.

      This is ridiculous moral equivalence. Some nameless “fringe pro-Jewish, etc” are worth mentioning in the same thread as the terrorist supporting, genocidal leaders of Iran?

      • I rest my case

        • translation: “I can’t support my silly comment”

          • I’m not that interested in lunatics.

            Tell it to the judge.

            • Why don’t you “tell it to the judge”?

              Real judges don’t allow snark to substitute for argument.

  3. “The editor, Debbie Menon, is based in Dubai and the editorial focus is so bizarrely skewed towards demonization of Israel/Jews and apologies for the government of Iran that I would not be surprised to see a funding stream guided by Tehran.” MarcH

    Bingo! Wall is an anti-Semitic bigot and fanatic who is being employed by Islamic agents. It’s a virtual certainty that Wall is being financially supported by interests in Dubai. This is an example of non-violent, ‘stealth’ jihad.

    And it is targeted jihad. Not primarily of Israel and Jews, though that is a secondary effect but of Evangelical Christians, who compose the largest and most vocal bloc of American’s supportive of Israel.

    The strategy is clear, deconstruct American support for Israel by a multi-front attack infiltrating America’s government and academic and cultural institutions while creating propaganda to erode the American public’s support for Israel, which includes attempting to erode Christian support for Israel.

    The goal is to both fully isolate Israel, end all support by the American government and to impose ever greater UN restrictions upon Israel. Compelling it to concede to territorial concessions that will leave Israel militarily vulnerable and incapable of defense. Once that is achieved, the clock will start its countdown toward a nuclear terrorist attack upon Tel Aviv followed by invasion and the genocidal destruction of Israel.

    Islam is committed to a second and, this time successful Jewish Holocaust.

    • I agree with everything you wrote (and enjoy your various comments) except, “Islam is committed …”.

      It’s a bit imprecise to speak of the Islamic world as a single unit (as BHO did at Cairo). There are many Muslim states and sub-state actors, often opposing each other. Oddly enough, at this time Israel and KSA seem to have very similar concerns with respect to Iran, IMHO the most significant issue in the Middle East.

      • It would be a bit imprecise to speak of the Islamic world as a single unit, if I were speaking politically, but I am speaking theologically. Islam is unequivocal in its intolerance of Israel’s existence.

        The various Muslim states and sub-state actors to whom you refer are the equivalent of individual Muslims. There are no traditional and radical Muslims because there is no ‘traditional’ and ‘radical’ Islam. There is only Islam. (the Sunni-Shia split is a minor theological distinction)

        There are devout Muslims and ‘cafeteria’ Muslims, those who pick and choose which tenets of Islam they will practice. In the West, those cafeteria Muslims are better known as moderate Muslims. If sincere, out of willful denial, moderate Muslims refuse to face the actual tenets of their ‘religion’ and that Islam specifically forbids the, ‘cafeteria’ plan.

  4. / Hello, TOC. Selfish CZists hope for a pre-tribulation rapture so they won’t have to be on earth to comfort Muslims (and Jews!) during that time of trouble! I spotted the following on the web and want to share it. /

    PRETRIB RAPTURE STEALTH !

    Many evangelicals believe that Christ will “rapture” them to heaven years before the second coming and (most importantly) well BEFORE Antichrist and his “tribulation.” But Acts 2:34, 35 reveal that Jesus is at the Father’s right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His earthly foes at the second coming. And Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! They were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters”!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) It’s amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the “great commission” for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
    Many don’t know that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into an idolized separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which evangelical scholars overwhelmingly rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google “Walvoord Melts Ice” for more on this.
    Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “X-Raying Margaret,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” and “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View” – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).

  5. BAPTISM AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE?

    The proponents of salvation by faith alone state that water baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace. Is this a correct doctrine? Yes. The problem is in the explanation of that statement. Faith only advocates say that water baptism is simply a symbolic reenactment of forgiveness that occurred at the moment a person believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior. The Scriptures do not teach that as a fact.

    DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE? YES.

    Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

    Men are baptized into Christ Jesus. Men do not believe only into Jesus. Men are baptized into His death, they do not believe into His death.

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,so we too might walk in newness of life.

    We are buried with Christ in baptism so we can walk in newness of life. We walk in newness of life after water baptism not the moment we believe.

    Romans 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

    We are united with Christ in baptism. We are not united with Christ the very minute we believe. Water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

    Romans 6:6-7 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body, of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is free from sin.

    You are baptized in water so the body of sin might be done away with and be free from sin. If men become believers in Christ and then wait one year before being baptized, they are spending that year not having their old self crucified with Christ. They spend a year not being free from sin.

    Galatians 3:26-27 For you are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    They were clothed with Christ when they were baptized into Him.They were not clothed with Christ the moment they had faith.

    Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

    You are raised up in baptism, in the faith of the working God. Men are raised up by a combination of faith and baptism. Men arenot raised by “faith only” nor are they raised before they are baptized.

    Colossians 2:12-13…..When you were dead in your transgression and uncircumcision of you flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

    When are men dead in their transgressions? They are dead before they have faith and are baptized in water.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter had already preached Jesus as Lord and Christ. Peter had already preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. They were still in their sins. They were not saved the minute they believed. They needed to repent and be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Faith, confession, and repentance precede water baptism. Water baptism is the point of forgiveness of sins.

    Water baptism is not an empty symbolic rite demonstrating what happen the very moment men believe.

    WATER BAPTISM IS THE POINT OF FORGIVENESS FROM SIN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS A BAPTISM INTO CHRIST.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN MEN ARE CLOTHED WITH CHRIST.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN MEN ARE RAISED TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN OUR TRANSGRESSIONS ARE FORGIVEN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN WE ARE FREED FROM THE CHAINS OF SIN.

    WATER BAPTISM IS WHEN WE ARE SYMBOLICALLY CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST AND PROMISED RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.

    YES, WATER BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD GRACE! THAT GRACE OCCURS DURING BAPTISM NOT PRIOR TO IT.

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  6. […] Project (OHPP) website, which contains a link to the offensive Facebook page.  If you can stomach another round of anti-Semitic imagery, cast a glance at the image copied in this post from the Facebook page – one of quite a few.  […]

  7. […] Project (OHPP) website, which contains a link to the offensive Facebook page.  If you can stomach another round of anti-Semitic imagery, cast a glance at the image copied in this post from the Facebook page – one of quite a few.  […]

  8. […] writings of authors like Rick Rozoff (“Stop NATO”), Gilad Atzmon (whom we encountered at the wildly anti-Semitic website Veterans News Now), and 9/11 Truther Michel Chossudovksy.  Global Research starts with the perspective that the U.S. […]


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