Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 14, 2005

Christian Prayer Vigil at Western Wall

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This just in from Cross-Currents: The Israeli newspaper Ha’Aretz is reporting in its English edition that a group of Evangelical Christians organized by an American from South Carolina is launching a daily prayer vigil at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

There was no fanfare surrounding Earl Cox as he set out to launch his year-long prayer mission in front of the Western Wall on Sunday. Alone and hunched over a book of psalms, the evangelical Christian from South Carolina sat, undisturbed, praying for the peace and security of the State of Israel. It was to be the first prayer session in his effort to ensure an American Christian presence at the Western Wall every day, for at least eight hours a day, for the entire year of 2005.

“We want to make sure that true, pure Christians will pray that God will look over the people of Israel,” he said during a rare break from prayer on Sunday morning.

Cox, who moved to Jerusalem last week to oversee the year long program and is the founder of the pro-Israel American Christian Reserve (ACR), led a group of evangelical Christians on the inaugural prayer mission this week. A former Republican strategist and an active figure in the campaign to draft Elizabeth Dole for the U.S. presidency in 2000, he became an active pro-Israel voice three years ago during what he calls his religious “metamorphosis.”

“I’d be happy to give someone a prize if they could tell me why I love you people so much,” Cox, who is also the host of the Christian Zionist radio show Front Page Jerusalem, said of his new pro-Israel persona. “I know this sounds fanatical, but I am not a fanatic. In the past, I thought evangelicals were crazy, and to be frank, many of them have been crazy with the things they’ve done. But what we’re bringing is absolute, pure, true love without an agenda.”

Could this possibly be a fulfillment — or the begining of the fulfillment — of the prophesy, “Beiti Bet-Tefiloh yikarei l’chol ha-amim” (“My House will be called a House of Prayer for all peoples. — Isaiah 56:7)?


Note: This does not seem to be affiliated with the Jerusalem Prayer Team, another Christian group headed by Mike Evans. They pray for Jerusalem, but not necessarily in Jerusalem.

Is New York the New Palestine?

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:11 pm

Julia Gorin has some thoughts on overcrowding, refugee, mental illness, and other aspects of living in New York.

ACLU Amends the Constitution (Update)

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I’ve updated the post below with comments from The Smallest Minority and ACLU President Nadine Strossen.

Syllogistic Hypocrisy #2

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:22 am

I noted earlier the phenomenon of people an organizations claiming to favor or oppose X because of self-evident principle Y, but not applying principle Y to everything else, and in severe cases not applying principle Y to anything but issue X. The example I gave was NOW opposing women’s rights to control their own bodies, except in the case of abortion.

Here’s another example. The ACLU declares that,”The First Amendment exists precisely to protect the most offensive and controversial speech from government suppression. The best way to counter obnoxious speech is with more speech. Persuasion, not coercion, is the solution.

Then, of course, they sue a school board in federal court to demand censorship of ideas they don’t like.

Clayton Cramer has details here and here.

The ACLU demanded, and the federal judge ordered, the school to remove stickers from biology books stating that, “This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”

So, the ACLU is now officially in opposed to the public schools promoting open minds, careful study, and critical thinking. If you want to have an open mind, the ACLU apparently thinks you should use it only in private. We can’t have people thinking in public in America, that’s unconstitutional!

(Note also: On it the web page from which the above quote is taken, the ACLU repeats its claim on another of its web pages that the right to free exercise of religion is not in the Constitution, as noted previously.

Vatican loans Maimonides manuscripts

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This is historic in so many ways.

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