An Alternative to Pride and Freedom

Why do American Protestants not care about the Christians in Palestine?  Is it because they are Catholic?  Well then are Protestants really Christian at all if they don’t care about Catholics and Muslims, since Christianity is based on love of neighbor, even love of one’s enemy.

There is no such thing as Judeo-Christianity.  You are either Jewish or you are Christian, there is no compromise on this subject.  Either you believe that Jesus is the true King of God’s spiritual kingdom, either you believe that love conquers all, or else, as in Judaism, you have no belief in a spiritual kingdom at all, no belief in an afterlife and resurrection, but with a firm belief that money is the source of all power.  So which one are you?  Unless there is no difference between the Protestant doctrine and that of Judaism, to claim that you are both Jewish and Christian at the same time is to be a liar.  And in reality, there is no difference between the Protestant and Jewish doctrines if one delves into the matter among experts.  But not all of America is Protestant.

America, both North and South, was first settled by Catholics, but we are kept firmly out of the power structure in North America.  Has anyone ever heard of the Kennedy family leading the nation in saying a Hail Mary?  These are fake Catholics for sure, as we all are to a certain extent.  The liturgy has been completely distorted and it gets worse as time goes by.  We can still choose to be lone traditionalists, and with each lonely faithful Catholic soul, slowly the traditional church is re-emerging, one priest at a time.  We live in a time when even the Vatican has become Jewish.  I had to walk out of mass last Sunday when I was told to repeat: “God save the Chosen People” after each petition prayer.  There are no “Chosen People” in the Catholic religion.  It is up to us to choose God through our behavior and our choices, not the other way around.

I believe that as a nation we are in error for many things at this time, but they all stem from the fundamental error that we are making in the support of the illegal State of Israel.  Without our money there would be no bombs in the Middle East.  It is with our acquiescence that our media is controlled by anti-Christian elements, along with our government, schools and hospitals.

Fasting, abstinence and self-sacrifice are hallmarks of the Catholic religion. The word ‘mortification’ describes the killing of our own pride, the willingness to learn truth, to admit error and make amends.  It is the willingness to die rather than commit a mortal sin, if it came to that choice.

No matter what your religious doctrine, it’s past time for Americans at large, and that includes my Jewish friends, to admit the error of supporting the illegal state of Israel. It’s time to give relief to the Palestinian Christians and Muslims there.  Their suffering, the deaths of their children, the destruction of their homes is funded with our tax dollars. There is no righteousness in this path and our own nation is being destroyed by it.

Yes, I know, we each individually have so little power.

But we do have the power to admit our own personal errors.  We have the power to admit how much we don’t know and to understand in our hearts that we are wrong. We have control only over our own actions and that brings us to the reason and logic behind self-mortification. Here is a very good sermon on the subject by a Catholic Priest:

The following is from the website of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation:

Palestinian Christians: an Identity Theft in Western Society PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 15:34
alt     Reflections from HCEF President/CEO:

Humans are complex and deeply profound beings.  The various relationships and traits that we encompass collectively contribute to the essence of who we are.  Our faith, family roles, occupations and nationality all work together to shape the richness of our identity and how we fit into this world.

An incredibly important point of identity for Palestinian Christians is our ethnicity which serves as the root of our suffering.

Israel is a Jewish state, so like our Muslim neighbors; we suffer on a daily basis from this ideology of exclusivity.  As Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, we wait in line and share the same humiliations at the checkpoints. We live under the same military restrictions of daily life activities, and have lost land and loved ones to the conflict. Within Israel’s domestic borders, we face housing restrictions, as well as a lack of employment and education opportunities.

There has been a trend among some Western Christians to deny us our Palestinian identity, almost putting a virtual ban on the “P” word during dialogues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While we take pride in our affiliation with the Mother Church (e.g., Holy Land Christians), this denial of our Palestinian identity relegates us to becoming silent victims who should remain voiceless about what life is like for us under Occupation.

And unfortunately, in some instances, Western Christians themselves hijack our identity and proclaim themselves as our spokespersons. Often, this is an attempt to further their own political agenda which tends to be focused on creating divisions with the Muslim world and denying that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has any basis in human rights injustices.

In response to this issue of identity crisis, in 2009, the Palestinian Christian leadership drafted Kairos Palestine, an appeal to our Western Christian brethren to hear our voice on the impact of the Occupation.  To recognize that Palestinian suffering under the Israeli military Occupation is a shared experience by both Muslim and Christian neighbors. We asked that we be permitted to express our truth directly and without interference.

In reclaiming our identity, Kairos Palestine also asserts the very special and important role that we Palestinian Christians play in the conflict.  We are that much-needed bridge between the East and the West.  With strong bonds to our Palestinian Muslim brethren but also strong faith ties to Western Christians, our narrative is one in which both sides can find commonality and sympathize with.

In order to serve as that bridge we must be allowed to express our voice and our true identity without our Western brothers and sisters co-opting or suppressing our message.  Whether it is supported or not, it is our truth, our narrative to tell. Our message is one of hope, reconciliation and equality for all people.  This is the true path to peace and we are prepared to deliver it. We only ask that we be allowed to do so. In our own words. In our own name – as Palestinian Christians.

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Rateb Y. Rabie

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