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Friday, June 30, 2006

Oy vey.

With regard to religion, I'm sort of an agnostic who has a liking for the metaphors of neo-Paganism. However, I was born Jewish to two Jewish parents, and my husband was born to a Jewish mother who fled Nazi Germany in 1938. And for the Nazis and modern anti-Semites, that's enough for them. And in the case of modern anti-Semites, they are now emboldened by the current political climate to be quite open about their anti-Semitism. Just ask the Dobritch family about what is going on in the Indian River School District in Delaware. They are suing the school district because of a pattern of incorporating Christian prayer and bible study in the schools. And now they are paying the price for asserting their right to freedom of religion.

There is a tendency in America called Dominionism. Dominionists want to basically gut the Constitution and elevate the Christian Bible as the Law of the Land. Most believe that this can be put into place gradually, by statute. And some will say this process is already taking place.

Although most Dominionists make a lot of noise publically about supporting Jews and "praying for the Peace of Jerusalem," in private, the Dominionists are no friends of the Jews.

The god of Judaism is the devil. The Jew will not be recognized by God as one of His chosen people until he abandons his demonic religion and returns to the faith of his fathers--the faith which embraces Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
-- David Chilton, from "The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation"

Even those who depart from Dominionism's religious tenets, which in their most orthodox form believe that the events of Revelation will happen only after a nation that is ruled under their belief system appears on the Earth, and instead believes in a "pre-Tribulation" rapture ala "Left Behind," only love the Jews for the place they have in the Book of Revelation. They trumpet their Judaeophilia only because according to their view of the End Times 144,000 converted Jews will wander the Earth as evangelists during the "Tribulation." Once these 144,000 "Jewish Billy Grahams," as they were referred to in the influential book "The Late Great Planet Earth," have had the "seal of God sealed in their foreheads" it's back to "turn or burn" for the Jews.

Dominionism hasn't taken over...yet. However, the plight of the Dobritch family, who have felt the need to move to another part of Delaware because of the backlash over the lawsuit against the school district, is chilling to say the least. Another family who joined the suit are referred to only as "The Doe Family" because of their fears of suffering the same fate as the Dobritches. And who would blame them? According to an article in the local "Delaware Wave" newspaper, Mona Dobritch, the mother, was threatened thusly:

"You just might disappear like Madalyn Murray O'Hair."

If you remember, in 1995 Ms. O'Hair disappeared. Her dismembered body was found in 2001 in a shallow grave on a Texas ranch. This is scary stuff. Read the links. Anti-Semitism is alive and well in America today.