According to a Gallup poll from February, seven-in-ten Americans have an overall favorable opinion of Israel. The numbers seem to be influenced by party lines and susceptible to variation due to diplomatic tensions, but the consensus is largely pro-Israel. Obviously, as I fall into that grouping, I think there are some pretty strong arguments to be made for American-Israeli friendship (as well as a peaceful, fair and equitable end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).
That said, I realize that the issue is not black and white. It’s complex and, unfortunately, increasingly partisan. No matter how persuasive we find our own reasons, well meaning people will disagree, with reasons that seem just as compelling to them.
Wherever you fall on the question, though, I trust your arguments will be more convincing than some of the reasons presented in a resolution that passed in the Arizona Senate last Thursday. The resolution, SCR 1019, lists a number of reasons to thank Israel for the international friendship and affirms the state’s support of that nation.
The highest priority on their list?
Whereas, Israel has been granted her land under and through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old Testament, scripture that is held sacred and revered by Jews and Christians alike, the acts and words of God; and
Whereas, the claim and presence of the Jewish people in Israel has remained constant throughout the past 4,000 years of history…
Wendy Thomas Russell, who joined us on the podcast recently, is the author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious (Brown Paper Press, 2015):
In the excerpt below, Russell discusses whether you should discuss Hell with your child:
Melbourne Priest Suggests Woman Might Have Avoided Being Raped and Murdered If Only She Were More “Faith-Filled”
In September of 2012, Adrian Bayley raped and murdered 29-year-old Jill Meagher (below), receiving a life conviction for the crime. Also appalling is how Bayley had over twenty rape convictions to his name before being put away for good this time. Reacting to the story, one Catholic priest, Father Joseph Olickal, reportedly took the opportunity to opine that the murder victim might have been spared such a tragedy had she but lived a “more faith-filled” life.
Michigan High School Questioned After Christian Evangelist Speaks to Students and Invites Them to Church Event
On March 2, motivational speaker Bob Lenz gave a presentation at Iron Mountain High School in Michigan… which might have been okay until he used the opportunity to promote an event he was hosting at a local church later that evening. This is the flyer he gave to students: