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Meet REV. RICH LANG: Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard {Seattle, WA}. For a look at how he interprets the Book of Revelation go to http://www.tumseattle.org/ and click "sermon".

"Today's column is Part One in a series of articles concerning a very intimate and controversial subject: Christian Zionism." {In Real Change, a member of the North American Street Newspaper Association. Published weekly and sold by the poor and homeless of Seattle.}

 "...............Christian Zionism is the dominant belief of media and cultural Christianity in America. A Christian Zionist is a fully committed supporter of the Jewish right to the entirety of the land of Israel, including the West Bank, Gaza and, for some, all of the land between the Nile River in Egypt and the Euphrates in Iraq. {Emphases mine! BMT}

The belief emerges from a peculiar interpretation of the Bible that assumes that the scriptures contain a hidden code revealing a detailed prediction of events that will lead to the end of life as we know it. The good news of such an end becomes the advent of an entirely new creation, purified of all the unclean and unrighteous. Christian Zionism affirms that the Jews must reclaim their own purified land before the end-times clock can start. Most {but not all} Christian Zionists believe that today the end-times clock is about to start ticking. One implication being that those kids we all sent to school last week, are, in fact, the last generation before the end of time.

The theology of Christian Zionism has major implications for the political, economic and military policies of this nation. Whether or not you give a rip about such esoteric theological pontifications, the reality is that such pontifications have deeply influenced the right-wing of this country. Such pontifications are, for example, deeply embedded in the theology of many chaplains who serve in the armed forces, and who have indeed helped twist the minds and hearts of our military apparatus in our current undeclared holy war against Islam.

Christian Zionism is a movement of spiritual despair. It has political implications that justify violence, genocide and ethnic cleansing in a celebratory fantasy that they will glorify and please the Creator. In the months ahead, I will continue this series with growing specificity concerning the theological heresy of Christian Zionism. I will attempt to make the case that such a Christianity is the antithesis of the spirit of Jesus, and the Jewish tradition in which his teachings are rooted. Such a theology, I will argue, imperils the wellbeing of our nation and the political and economic health of all creation."

By Reverend Rich Lang, Seattle, Washington

I look forward to the future series! BMT

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Oct 10, 2008

Please vote for Obama, even if you have reservations, as I do. 

This is repeated from a thread in my groups. I hope I reach Progressives who object on various grounds to Obama, and are considering voting for Independents or not voting at all. I can't argue with you if you have MORAL objections. There are some religious groups whose members don't vote, for spiritual reasons. However, if you are thinking of ACTUALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE, actually ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING, "protesting" by not voting for Obama, by not voting at all or by voting for an independent, IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH EXACTLY ZILCH in this, possibly the most important election OF ALL TIME.

Here is why I say this [to Americans, of course]:

There is absolutely no way for any independent to win at this time. There is not nearly enough of a voter base for ANY of the independent candidates running.

VOTE FOR OBAMA! Even if you have reservations about some of his positions, as I certainly do.

If McCain gets elected, he will DIE VERY SOON in office. THEN, Sarah Palin will be President. The WORST POSSIBLE THING would be, for SARAH PALIN TO HAVE HER FINGER ON THE NUCLEAR TRIGGER; SARAH PALIN AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATES. Sarah Palin belongs to A SECT, THE CHRISTIAN DOMINIONISTS OR CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISTS, that actually WANTS NUCLEAR WAR to bring about what they think Biblical prophecy says will be "ARMAGEDDON" in the Middle East. MILLIONS of people will die, as one country after another {think Russia and Pakistan and Israel, all of whom are armed with nuclear weapons}, joins in the HOLOCAUST. Sarah Palin's sect believes that "Nuclear Armageddon" will PURIFY the earth of non-believers -- like Jews, like Muslims, like you & me who are not of her sect.

WHATEVER HIS FAULTS OR MERITS, BARACK OBAMA WILL BE A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN SARAH PALIN. It is TOTAL NONSENSE that Barack Obama is somehow a "traitor" with "terrorist connections". Just SCARE PROPAGANDA, swift-boating by Republicans, to divert your attention from the REALLY SCAREY AGENDA OF SARAH PALIN AND HER CO-RELIGIONISTS.

Whatever his faults or merits, BARACK OBAMA CAN BE REASONED WITH. Sarah Palin and the BAND OF FANATICS she is the representative of, CANNOT BE REASONED WITH. THEY DEFINITELY WANT, AND CAN'T WAIT FOR, NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON.

The ONLY alternative to President Sarah Palin, is Obama. These are the ONLY alternatives; if there are elections at all, only ONE of these can possibly be elected: Palin, or Obama.

Obama is very intelligent, was most certainly born in the US, and he is not NUCLEAR-SUICIDAL like Sarah Palin and her crowd, are. I can see him making an EXCELLENT President for this country; even tho I dis-agree with many of his positions. As I said, HE CAN BE REASONED WITH; and Sarah Palin CANNOT.

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It is of PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE to get the news about Sarah Palin and her crazed religious affiliation OUT INTO THE WIDER WORLD. Try writing letters to local newpapers and columnists; especially Progressive ones. They may not be printed; but, at least, SOMEBODY will read them.

PLEASE READ AS MUCH OF THE FOLLOWING THREAD AS YOU CAN. THIS GIVES A GREAT DEAL OF DETAIL, HOW THE DOMINIONISTS OR CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISTS HAVE HAD A LONG-TERM PLAN TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY AND INSTITUTE A THEOCRACY OF THEIR OWN SMALL, MINORITY SECT. THERE ARE MANY, MANY LINKS TO BOOKS AND SOURCES GIVEN ON THIS THREAD. THIS IS STILL JUST A SELECTION OF THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE.

THE CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTIONISTS {referring to the fact that they want to DESTROY the Muslim Dome of the Rock sacred site in Jerusalem, and rebuild the Jewish Temple there, as part of God's Plan for the End of Days -- meaning NOW}; also called DOMINIONISTS -- believing in their "right" of DOMINION OVER ALL THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLES AND CREATURES -- since THEY AND ONLY THEY, REPRESENT "GOD'S WILL". Sarah Palin TELEGRAPHED her DOMINIONIST CO-RELIGIONISTS, when she "arbitrarily" inserted in the Vice-Presidential debate, in answer to NO question she was asked, that she would "move the American Embassy [in Israel] to Jerusalem". This, like the destruction of the Muslim Dome of the Rock and re-construction of the Jewish Temple at that site, has long been a PART OF THE DOMINIONIST PROGRAM: the idea of it being, to PROVOKE Muslim countries in every way possible, leading to increasing tension finally culminating in NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION. The "End of the World" according to their theological strict belief, will START IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND INVOLVE ISRAEL. "ARMAGEDDON" IS SOMETHING SARAH PALIN AND THE DOMINIONISTS LITERALLY BELIEVE IN. THEY BELIEVE IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THEIR OWN LIFETIMES. IT IS A GOOD DEED, IN THEIR EYES, TO HASTEN ARMAGEDDON. [There is of course no question at all, of avoiding it. It is God's will for mankind.] 

They started their plan YEARS ago, taking over some school boards by stealth in elections without identifying themselves as DOMINIONISTS, and to the intense surprise of many parents, starting the teaching of their doctrine of Creationism in some schools! NOW, they have successfully used the same tactics, to take over, against the will even of many Republicans who aren't that crazy, the Vice-Presidency and eventually, the Presidency of the United States itself!!!

PLEASE GET THIS ON THE FRONT PAGE. THE NEWS BLACKOUT OF SARAH PALIN'S AND HER CO-RELIGIONISTS' HIDDEN AGENDA, MUST END. WE CAN HELP END THE NEWS BLACKOUT. THE PRESS, EVEN THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS, IS APPARENTLY TOO FRIGHTENED OF THIS SUBJECT AND DOESN'T WANT TO EVEN GO NEAR IT.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/580831051/904061

 

SARAH PALIN and the stealth attack of DOMINIONISTS -- be afraid, Palin is not a joke, but a danger
Oct 1, 2007
B-52 loaded with nukes was headed for Iran.

[From R.B.] I was sent this editorial/investigative piece this morning. Though I have not personally done the research into all of this cover-up, my only piece of personal information about this huge B-52 flying right over my house that day back in August was that I had cold chills and felt DEEPLY disturbed by its presence. So, take this story below as a door opener to doing your own investigations and reading if you wish. I KNOW what I felt when that huge nuke-loaded plane flew over my home and me standing right below it.... was NOT a pleasant feeling for sure!

B-52 Nukes Headed for Iran, Not For Decommissioning
Air Force refused to fly weapons to Middle East theater
By Wayne Madsen
Sept. 24, 2007
Author's website

WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.

Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons.

The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.

Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in northern Syria.

WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar, near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran. The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -- Syria, Iran, and North Korea -- to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.

WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.

PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the /Times of London/, is a program that involves over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country. Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the B-52/nuclear weapons incident.

Kass' area of speciality is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran. After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other.

The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays /Washington Post/. The article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more disturbing."

Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.

CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52. In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament; Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed.

Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to /Military Times/ on September 5, the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air Force information to the media.

In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space operations at the Air Combat Command.

Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.

WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities.

The Air Force's "information warfare" campaign against media reports on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also affected international reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program under IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed on Iran and North Korea. The resolution also called for a nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East. The IAEA's resolution, titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East," was passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions. The only two countries to vote against were Israel and the United States. However, the story carried from the IAEA meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated Press, and Agence France Press, was that it was Arab and Islamic nations that voted for the resolution.

This was yet more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE, the White House, and their allies in Europe and Israel with the connivance of the media. In fact, among the 53 nations that voted for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and Japan. The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution even though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a measure. America's close allies, including Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all abstained.

Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not available either at the IAEA's web site -- www.iaea.org -- or in the media.

The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells in the Bush administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a focus on Iran's nuclear program, not on Israel's. Any international examination of Israel's nuclear weapons program would likely bring up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, a convert from Judaism to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad "honey trap" named Cheryl Bentov (aka, Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held against his will in Israel ever since.

Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons program would focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation, including its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s. The role of Ronald Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame 1983-1987 would also come under scrutiny. Adelman, a member of the Reagan-Bush transition State Department team from November 1980 to January 1981, voiced his understanding for the nuclear weapons programs of Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 /New York Times/ article titled, "3 Nations Widening Nuclear Contacts." The journalist who wrote the article was Judith Miller. Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear weapons because of their ostracism from the West, the third world, and the hostility from the Communist countries. Of course, today, the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea, and other "Axis of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush administration and other governments.

There are also news reports that suggest an intelligence relationship between Israel and North Korea. On July 21, 2004, New Zealand's /Dominion Post/ reported that three Mossad agents were involved in espionage in New Zealand. Two of the Mossad agents, Uriel Kelman and Elisha Cara (aka Kra), were arrested and imprisoned by New Zealand police (an Israeli diplomat in Canberra, Amir Lati, was expelled by Australia and New Zealand intelligence identified a fourth Mossad agent involved in the New Zealand espionage operation in Singapore). The third Mossad agent in New Zealand, Zev William Barkan (aka Lev Bruckenstein), fled New Zealand -- for North Korea.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff revealed that Barkan, a former Israeli Navy diver, had previously worked at the Israeli embassy in Vienna, which is also the headquarters of the IAEA. He was cited by the /Sydney Morning Herald/ as trafficking in passports stolen from foreign tourists in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. New Zealand's One News reported that Barkan was in North Korea to help the nation build a wall to keep its citizens from leaving.

The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and the breakdown in America's command and control systems have every major capital around the world wondering about the Bush administration's true intentions.

NOTE: WMR understands the risks to informed individuals in reporting the events of August 29/30, to the present time, that concern the discord within the U.S. Air Force, U.S. intelligence agencies, and other military services. Any source with relevant information and who wishes to contact us anonymously may drop off sealed correspondence at or send mail via the Postal Service to: Wayne Madsen, c/o The Front Desk, National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20045.





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Jul 20, 2006
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


SIGN TO CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON LEBANON

Tell the U.S. Congress to join the rest of the world in making the right decision in telling Israel to stop attacking Lebanon.





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JOHN BOLTON, BUSH'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, VETOED A CEASE-FIRE RESOLUTION IN THE UN!

PLEASE SIGN NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM. IT IS AN EXPRESSION OF THE OUTRAGE OF PUBLIC OPINION THE WORLD OVER.

Please pass on to your friends.

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