Liberals are so ceaseless in countering conservative extremism, intolerance, and incivility with informed and principled inclusiveness, it's hard to keep up with all the fine examples of their ministry. This one took place at the recent Democratic séance in Charlotte. Word of it has just reached me.
Mark Alan Siegel, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County, peeled himself away from the Star Wars Bar long enough to educate a naïve reporter under the impression that Christians who say they support Israel do so because, well, they support Israel and wish the best for Israelis.
Maybe not. Here's Siegel's measured response to a reporter who asked if it weren't the case that many Christians were friends of Israel: "The Christians just want us to be there so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ. The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord. It's a false friendship. They are seeking their own ends and not ours."
Wow. Who knew those Southern Baptists and the happy clappers at the unaffiliated evangelical church down the block were so Machiavellian? The gospel according to Mark Allan appears to be that these sneaky folks are trying to obscure the fact that Israel's real friends are politicians like our rookie president, who so recently blew off the prime minister of Israel in order to campaign in Las Vegas. (What happens in Israel stays in Las Vegas.)
Offensive? Yes, but even more silly. Mark Alan's grip on theology is as tenuous as Todd Akin's understanding of physiology. So we can take this Palm Beach wisdom with more than a fistful of salt. How can one not suppress a smile recalling those scores of Palm Beach County Democrats in November of 2000 who were too dim-witted to follow voting instructions at the level of complexity of "punch a hole here," and so were forced to vote for Pat Buchanan.
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