Jonathan Turley notes several resolutions passed in states across the country that contain very specific language declaring that Israel was given its land by God, as recorded in the “oldest recorded deed” — the Bible, of course. Some of the details:
In states from Texas to Oklahoma to Iowa, legislators have introduced resolutions that appear to proclaim Israel as a nation ordained by God. Most recently, the Texas enrolled SR 694 — a resolution introduced by Republican Senator Ken Paxton of McKinney, Texas and entitled “Commending Israel for its relationship with the United States.” It is not the title but the first sentence that is surprising: “WHEREAS, Israel has been granted her lands as recorded in the Old Testament.” That sounds a lot like saying that the nation of Israel is ordained by God and that religious claim is being ratified by the Texas legislature.
The first proclaimed fact in many of these bills introduced across the country is a whooper for those concerns about the wall of separation between church and state: “Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and revered by Jews and Christians, alike, as presenting the acts and words of God.”
The oldest recorded deed? Seriously? Someone saying “God said I could have it” is not a “recorded deed,” for crying out loud. This is pure political posturing, of course. It’s done so that those who vote for it can go back to their constituents and say “See, I support Israel.”
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