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Zionists on Both Sides of Tenn. Mosque Debate

Evangelicals vs. Abe Foxman

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Sign at the site of the planned mosque.(WKRN-TV/Time)

Matthew Yglesias notes that among the organizations sponsoring a court challenge to the building of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a Christian Zionist group. “The point here is that PJTN’s views on Israel are just part of a larger worldview that casts Muslims and Islam as the enemy,” he writes.

I come not to quibble with Yglesias’s view of Christian Zionists—my view is similar, although I do think columnist Lee Smith’s more nuanced take is worth considering as well. But I want to point out that if “Post-Jewish Zionists” are the ones opposing this mosque, Jewish Zionists are the ones supporting it: The Anti-Defamation League, through its Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (established, conspicuously, after its wrongheaded stance on the lower Manhattan Islamic center), filed an amicus brief urging the court to drop the Murfreesboro suit, which the ADL called “an artificial roadblock to delay the start of this approved project and to deny the mosque’s sponsors their religious freedom.”

Just a friendly reminder, first, that Zionists whose prime motivation is anti-Muslim sentiment are the exception, not the rule; and, second, that the Anti-Defamation League is at its best when it is combating defamation.

Post-Jewish Zionism [Yglesias]
ICOM Acts Against Lawsuit Intended to Stop Tennessee Mosque [ADL]
Related: Friends in Deed [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: My Hagee Problem—and Ours

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Daniel says:

Your link that you provide to your view on Christian Zionists – goes to an article that discusses Hagee alone, and (in the comments) some crazy and troubling things he has said over the years (I did not read most of them through – but I read enough). But is it your view – as strongly implied here – that Hagee representative of all Christian Zionists in these views?

PilgrimSoul says:

The problem with Christian Zionists is that they believe in an apocalyptic religious war, which they believe will bring Jesus back to earth. That’s why they support the racist settlers’ movement, and oppose a two-state solution (or any kind of solution, for that matter).
Nor do they advertise what they think will happen on the happy day when the Second Coming of Christ actually occurs. They believe that Jews will convert to Christianity. Those few recalcitrant Jews who refuse to convert will then be mass-murdered by God, thereby finishing what Hitler started. A ghastly, juvenile and totally anti-Semitic theological idea.


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