A remorseful Jimmy Carter finally asked for forgiveness. During this season of candles and mirth, Jimmy Carter finally saw the light and offered an Al Het. Many are skeptical and assume that it's simply a ploy to aid his grandson's campaign for a seat in the Georgia Senate, but we, in the spirit of the holiday, should open our hearts and accept Mr. Carter's confession and plea for forgiveness. We can learn from this man that even those that believe they are on the path of righteousness can err and fall. His sin? He dared break one of America's sacred taboos.
Jimmy Carter graduated from Annapolis, was a naval officer, successful farmer, Governor of Georgia, President of the United States, Nobel Prize winner and self proclaimed promoter of peace. His fall began in a strange place, in his religious convictions. In The United States of America there are many "born again' Christians who believe in the rapture, the end times, and love Israel. It is okay to be "born again', but if you are "born again' you should join the Republican party and anxiously wait for your savior's return and love Israel like Mr. Bush, Mrs. Palin, Tom Daley and other fine Americans.
If you are a Catholic, that is okay, just don't get too worked up about religion. We all love Notre Dame, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and we pander to the Popes, especially when they die. Christianity is very nice, we have had to tone down the Christmas...amp; Easter zeal and definitely not discuss things like the Sermon on the Mount, "Eye of a needle' and other such topics of scripture, because this is America. If you are a Buddhist, Hindu or something of that ilk, as long as you sit on your mat and imagine reality is a dream, you are fine. And all you non-born again, non-Catholic Christians, just keep on saying what you want to say in private, and we won't bother you.
But there is definitely no place for activist Christians on the left; they only get in trouble. Christians should keep it simple. You should leave big thinking, the media, Hollywood and academia to others. Poor Mr. Carter, how could a peanut farmer from Georgia think he was going to tell Israel and its friends in the US media how to act? How dare he insinuate that the US media is run by "special interests' and publish a book called Palestine Peace Not Apartheid ?
It is all very good and nice that he helped orchestrate the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt, but he also gave away the Panama Canal and let the Shah lose control of Iran. All things considered, not such a tremendous legacy when you take into account the Ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad's we have to deal with now.
Our friends at The Anti-Defamation League put large advertisements in major newspapers showing how Mr. Carter was propagating ''myths like Jewish control of the government and media" And just to make sure people understood the quality of his book, we gave it some nice reviews in our media.
The New York Times
".. parts of Mr. Carter's book " seemed strikingly similar to a work by a different author"a narrative that is largely unsympathetic to Israel. Israeli bad faith fills the pages. Hollow statements by Israel's enemies are presented without comment" tone deafness about Israel and Jews.'
The Washington Post
"It trivializes the murder of Israelis. Now, facing a storm of criticism, he has relied on anti-Semitic stereotypes in defense"..has not only failed to move the process forward but has given refuge to scoundrels"accusations, unsupported by actual evidence, that Israel persecutes its Christian citizens'