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The Twilight Zone Metaphor for Evangelicals' Jerusalem Fantasy

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(Article originally published here on May 14, 2008 under the title Explaining the Relationship Between Grateful Jews and Christian Zionists With a Twilight Zone Story

There are a number of Christian Fundamentalist leaders, like John Hagee, one of John McCain's endorsers, who seem to wish the very best for Israel and the Israelis.

These Christian Zionists are, by far, more avid in their support for Israel than most American Jews. We know a bit about the extent of their fervor for Israel because Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibi went undercover to Hagee's church and learned that the members of this megachurch and his movement are taught to be so loyal to Israel that they even oppose the giving up of land in any peace settlements.

So it is not surprising that there are many Israelis, and many American Jews who strongly embrace and welcome Hagee and his flock of brainwashed sheep.

Yet there are many Jews who view Hagee and his colleagues in a far more dangerous, more ominous light. After all, Hagee is one of the most fervent believers in the rapture-- a narrative which ends with God taking all the true believers off the planet, leaving behind the rest. This narrative also includes the final conflict between good and evil. These rapture Christian zionists believe that this final conflict, the one that will set the rapture in motion, will occur in Israel. They are "rapture ready" and literally dying to see the war in Israel reach more and more horrifict proportions.
When I explain the tie between Christian Zionists and the Israelis who are so enamored with them, I usually tell a story from Rod Serling's Twilight Zone that explains the relationship perfectly.

There's one that seems to be a perfect allegory for the Israelis who are so grateful to Hagee's Rapture ready Christian Zionist.

The Twilight Zone story is titled, To Serve Man, originally written as a short story by Damon Knight. The story begins with a flying saucer landing on earth, near Newark (a short commute to the UN.) A nine foot tall "Kanamit" tells the delegates to the UN that he and his people have come to help Earth to become free from want, war, faminme... and in short order, thousands of humans are accepting the offer to fly to the Kanamit planet, where, the word is, they are treated like royalty

Meanwhile, the first Kanamit visitor has left a book, written in Kanamit. They cryptographers interpret the cover title-- "To Serve Man." And they start experiencing the benefits the Kanamits have brought-- new energy technologies, fertilizers that quadruple crop yields... so the job of translating the book, a job given to cryptographers who were involved in the cold war-- is put on hold, as peace seems to be taking over the earth.

But one woman is fascinated by the challenge. Even as she and her colleague are on the waiting list to fly to the Kanamit planet, she is working on breaking the language.

Finally, as her colleague, Michael Chambers, is literally climbing on board the flying saucer, she races to the departure area and calls out to him, and tells him she's translated the rest of the "To Serve Man" book.

"Don't get on. It's a cook book."

But it's too late. He's pushed up the ramp. It's closed, and we see him being very well fed by the Kanamit on board.

The Christian Zionists are like the Kanamit, pretending to be helping the Israelis, but, in truth, anything but their friends. Michael Chambers, on the Flying Saucer, knowing his final fate, opines, "Sooner or later we'll all of us be on the menu, all of us."

And of course, we can take this educational tale as a lesson. We can realize that not only are the Christian Zionists putting Israelis on the menu, but the neocons and their enablers they keep voting into office who have been claiming to help us, making us safer from terrorists, from the threats they've lied to us about-- they are putting us all on "the menu."

Rod Serling, in his inimitable way, wraps up "To Serve Man" with his final observation, "The evolution of man-- the cycle of going from dust to dessert, the metamorphosis of going from the ruler of the planet to an ingredient in someone's soup."

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Thank you for the article Rob. This issue is becoming more open and in your face hubris and complicated by the crossing of fault lines which are not very clear but is pursued in divide and conquer tactics to squash any open and honest discussion of the issues involved. There is no doubt about the issue being hijacked by and for transnational criminal cabals' purposes that aren't related to religion per say.

When we don't question the nature of mainstream propaganda and ask the questions why, we neither seek nor shall receive the understanding of truth. Then we remain subject to manipulation by those who may not have the peoples' best interest at heart.

When Einstein was offered the Israeli presidency, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion stated, "I've had to offer him the post because it was impossible not to, but if he accepts we are in for trouble." In a letter written in the same year, Einstein compared the Zionists' project with that of the Pilgrims, noting "how tyrannical, intolerant and aggressive they became after a short while." And in Einstein's last media interview, which ran in the New York Post a month before his death, he stated, "We had great hopes for Israel at first. We thought it might be better than other nations, but it is no better."

"Apart from practical consideration, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain -- especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a Jewish state." Albert Einstein

Please find in the following a collection of credits, books, newspaper op-eds and letters that reopens the knowledge of historic events and opinions of Albert Einstein on his views on humanity and politics.

"The only question that really matters: Why?" "Why have we not Known?"

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Wondrous comment, George. I've always admired Einstein as a marvelous introspective HUMAN (nearly equally to Samuel Taylor C., I say, tongue in cheek).

Fully agree with your view.

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EXCEPTIONAL ARTICLE, ROB.

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When it comes to comparison to Damon Knight's story, it is unclear who is playing the role of the humans and who is playing the role of the aliens. I strongly suspect the Israelis are the aliens, they certainly know how to manipulate power.

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Rob - You did not state (as maybe you assumed it was common knowledge) that evangelical Christians believe that only those who accept Christ as divine and as our savior can gain entrance to heaven. Those of all other religions - including Judaism - will be excluded.

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