Christ at the Checkpoint, or CatC, is a conference sponsored by the Bethlehem Bible College and the Holy Land Trust. It was held in 2010 and 2012, and is now being held again, in Bethlehem (Judea, in the West Bank), in 2014. A great deal can be written about the anti-Israel affiliations of its sponsors and the participation of left-wing Western – and in particular, left-leaning evangelical – Christians; a sampling of the background can be found here, here, here, here, and here.
But a group called NGO Monitor has pointed out what I want to highlight, which is that the U.S. taxpayer is contributing to CatC, if perhaps indirectly, through grants from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). (See the full NGO Monitor report here.) The NED receives funding from Congress, and between 2006 and 2012, it made grants in excess of $230,000 to the Holy Land Trust.* Continue reading “Why is the U.S. taxpayer funding a ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ sponsor?”