Why Opposing Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitic: The Christian Roots of Zionism

When Naftali Bennett, the first yarmulke-wearing Israeli prime minister, refers to the Bible to justify his claim to the Land of Israel, he is not referring to Jewish scripture but to Protestant religious doctrine.

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JERUSALEM -- Naftali Bennett once stated in an interview with Mehdi Hassan that, according to the Bible, Palestine -- or, as he calls it, Israel -- belongs to the Jewish people. Palestine is referred to as “The Land of Israel'' by some people and, in this interview from 2017, Bennett insists that if Hassan wants to claim that “the Land does not

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How a Black Evangelical Denomination was Duped into “Blessing” Israel

“There are more than 40 million Black Americans, they spend more than $1.3 trillion a year, so we’re a measurable market, a measurable group of people, easily identified, and we think we can also contribute to the advancement of Israel.”  – Glenn Plummer, Bishop of Israel

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The Church of God in Christ, or COGIC, is certainly not the first evangelical group to embrace the state of Israel. But unlike most evangelical denominations, this one is mostly African American. Its leadership includes the newly-minted and first-ever “Bishop of Israel,” Dr. Glenn R. Plummer, who now resides in Jerusalem – and he cherishes his new

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How Vietnam War Protests Helped Mold America’s Modern Christian Right

For decades mainline Protestants united liberal leaders with more conservative churchgoers. That union proved unsustainable in the wake of 1968.

** FILE ** Rev. William Sloane Coffin, center, followed by his sister Mary Lindsey, left, arrives at the Federal Building in Boston in this May 20, 1968 file photo. Coffin and four others including Dr. Benjamin Spock were preparing to go on trial on charges of conspiring to counsel young men to evade the draft. Coffin was a former Yale University chaplain known for his peace activism during the Vietnam War and his work for social justice. (AP Photo)

In May of 1968, a high-profile trial began in Boston that dramatically illustrated a larger phenomenon fueling the rise of conservative Christianity in the United States. Five men had been charged with conspiracy for encouraging Americans to evade the draft. One of the prominent defendants in the trial was a Presbyterian minister and Yale

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The Legacy of Billy Graham, America’s Foremost Peddler of Fear

Graham’s message was principally one of fear: fear of a wrathful god; fear of temptation; fear of communists and socialists; fear of unions; fear of Catholics; fear of homosexuals; fear of racial integration and above all, fear of death.

The Reverend Billy Graham speaks at Flushing Meadows Auditorium in Queens, New York, June, 2015. (Photo: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx)

Billy Graham was a preacher man equally intent on saving souls and soliciting financial support for his ministry. His success at the former is not subject to proof and his success at the latter is unrivaled. He preached to millions on every ice-free continent and led many to his chosen messiah. When Graham succumbed to various ailments this week

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Trump Cabinet Members Hold Weekly Bible Study In The White House

While Christian groups protest Trump’s policies, cabinet meets with pastor to study scripture

Mike Pence pauses while administering the oath of office to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, March 2, 2017. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

The founder of a group dedicated to making "disciples of Jesus Christ in the political arena" has been leading a Bible study with top members of the Trump administration. Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries has been working with cabinet members including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human

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Bill Maher And Muslim Terrorists – What Americans Miss In Their Mindset Of Fear

Given the destructiveness of the wars throughout the Middle East, can one honestly say some blowback was not inevitable?

Bill Maher, winner of the First Amendment Award, speaks to the crowd at the 26th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

The bombing in Manchester was a horrific event by any measure. There’s no justification for the senseless loss of lives. Yet given the destructiveness of the wars throughout the Middle East, can one honestly say some blowback was not inevitable? As recently revealed, the British foresaw such attacks even before the invasion of Iraq. Yet the tragedy

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