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Why are evangelicals more supportive of Israel than so many American Jews?

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 13, 2009 | 6:19 pm

It’s no mystery that evangelical Christians love Israel. I’ve written about this quite a few times before. Here’s a fresh analysis from Stuart H. Schwartz, who is in the communication studies department at Liberty University, the evangelical school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, who was a big fan of Israel, too. He writes:

Evangelicals are dramatically more supportive of Israel than the nearly half of the six million American Jews who, according to The National Jewish Population Survey, identify themselves as reformed and/or secular Jews, many of whom are hostile toward both Israel and bible-based Judaism. They reject God in favor of “peoplehood.“As Dennis Prager, the columnist and radio talk host who describes himself as a bible-honoring Jew, notes, “their religion is rarely Judaism.” Instead, “it is every ‘ism’ of the Left. These include liberalism, socialism, feminism, Marxism, and environmentalism.” 

The result: God has become the enemy for significant numbers of American Jews, and the enemies of God their allies.  Noted scholar James Q. Wilson, the former Harvard professor who won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the “moral clarity” of his scholarship, pointed out that, in fact, God stands between the progressive, more vocal half of the American Jewish community and Evangelicals. Evangelicals look upon scripture as a guide to moral living while the former are garden-variety radicals who view God as an oppressive myth.


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