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Bachmann and the Israel curse: Israel’s is destruction is our destruction

by The Big E on December 7, 2012 · 1 comment

As Bill Prendergast already noted, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is back and bringing the crazy real hard. Bill wrote about Bachmann giving the keynote speaker at the Bet El Institutions Dinner in New York City. During her address, she criticized the Obama Administration for not being Pro-Israel enough. She furthermore stated that any concessions that Israel makes would be suicidal.”

But there is a very critical connotation to this claim. Bachmann believes in a curse that if Israel falls, the US will be destroyed, too. Her bizarro belief comes straight out of her radical evangelical interpretation of the Bible.

She believes that if the US doesn’t 100% support anything and everything Israel does, we might imperil Israel and if the Muslim hordes destroy Israel, we are doomed.

She’s. Not. Kidding.

Head below the fold for more on Bachmann’s bizarro belief in the Israel Curse:

When U.S. Representative and possible presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition she exposed a profound flaw in the religious right which has virtually unlimited potential for mayhem. She let the world know that she and the religious right believe in such unreasonable nonsense as curses. She said, “I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle.”

Objectively looking at how putting Israel’s interests before America’s interests for the last 50 years or so shows us we were not “blessed” by any stretch of the imagination unless you consider the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and all of the suffering and misery they brought us and still bring us blessings. Add to these the accompanying huge debt the United States currently has due in a very large part to the two unnecessary wars and it becomes obvious Genesis 12:3 is false and Michele Bachmann and the religious right are wrong to believe in such ancient claims which, in reality, are probably part of a psychological warfare operation conducted by the ancient Israelis and which still provided dividends for Israel today.

This nonsense of believing in curses and hexes not only infects the religious right in the U.S. but also in Israel. It is believed that a Kabbalistic prayer known as the Pulsa diNura was used to bring about the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
[my emphasis]

Bill Prendergast December 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

That’s the basis of Bachmann’s belief that God will curse those who curse Israel.

But here’s the thing: millions of American conservative evangelicals agree with her. Plenty of conservative evangelical leaders around the country interpret the verses in the same way, and have taught this interpretation.

They also share Bachmann’s view of “what constitutes ‘cursing’ Israel.” What does it mean, for a nation like America to “curse Israel,” and thus bring the divine curse on its own head? According to these particular Protestant believers, it’s relatively easy for an American government to draw down God’s curse in this fashion.

First: remember that America remains Israel’s strongest geopolitical ally. And of course the American nation has never actually cursed Israel or its people or the world’s Jews.

But that doesn’t really matter, according Bachmann and other conservative evangelical leaders. They regularly suggest to audiences around that country that America can come under the curse of God–without ever having literally “cursed” or abandoned Israel.

These conservative evangelical leaders tell their audiences that mere American failure to support Israeli policy (in the way that the speaker sees fit) will trigger the curse of God described in Genesis–against America. According to this interpretation: an American government’s reluctance to defend the ancient boundaries of Israel as Israel’s lawful modern boundaries–can constitute “cursing Israel,” and so can result in God cursing America and Americans.

This is not the view of some obscure little subset within American Christianity. It’s a view that’s taught regularly, sometimes in churches. For example: right here in Minnesota (this October,) television Pastor Mac Hammond invoked the biblical authority of this same “curse” regarding our foreign policy toward Israel–while advising his congregation on how to choose the political candidates they would support in the 2012 election.

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