Richard Edmondson is an author, novelist, poet, and journalist whose writings often focus on Middle East issues, the Zionist lobby, and religion. His latest novel is The Memoirs of Saint John: When the Sandstone Crumbles, a story about an archaeological team doing a dig in Syria and set amidst the current conflict in the country.

In 2014 Richard attended an International Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious Extremism, held in Damascus. The book is part two in the Memoirs of Saint John series.

Two other books by Richard are Rising Up: Class Warfare in America from the Streets to the Airwaves, relating his experiences founding and operating an unlicensed or "pirate" FM radio station in San Francisco in the 1990s, as well as a volume of poetry entitled American Bus Stop: Essay and Poems on Hope and Homelessness.

Richard is cognizant of the words of the early Christian writer Tertullian, who in the second century-basically prognosticating the fall of the Roman Empire-wrote: "We have made merry amid the ludicrous cruelties of the noonday exhibition."


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God and Zionist Politics in Post-Christian America

Has America Become the Second Jewish State?

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Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge.

—-Meir Kahane

Recently a lawsuit seeking to have the words “In God We Trust” removed from US currency was filed in a federal court in Ohio. The suit was brought on behalf of 49 plaintiffs, only some of whom are named, with the rest listed anonymously.

Referring to God using the designation “G-d,” the 112-page complaint–which can be accessed here–was filed by attorney Michael Newdow, who as you might guess is Jewish (or was born, at any rate, into a “nominally Jewish family,” as Wikipedia puts it).

The suit alleges that by being forced to use coins and currency containing the in-God-we-trust motto, the plaintiffs are “burdened” insofar as they are forced to pass along to others “messages” that contradict their own beliefs. One such plaintiff,  one of the named ones at any rate, is Mitchell Kahle, a lifelong atheist who “is so deeply and personally offended by Monotheistic religious dogma that he declined to attend the religious funerals of both of his parents.”

Newdow thus wants the word “God” excised from American notes of tender, but apparently he’s fine with having “Federal Reserve” left upon them. It kind of tells you who holds divine status in the US political system these days.

A Post-Christian America

The lawsuit has been denounced by evangelical pastor Franklin Graham, but Graham is an ardent supporter of Israel who warns that “Muslims” are “heavily influencing” the Obama administration–that’s presumably as opposed to AIPAC–and who once preached a service at the Pentagon (on Good Friday, no less!).

“An atheist group is trying to sue the U.S. government to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from our money,” Graham announced to his followers in a Facebook post. “Not a smart move.”

He goes on to warn of the Zionist Supreme Being’s impending judgment on America and sums up finally with a quote from the Bible (the Old Testament, of course): “The Bible says, ‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).’”

Reportedly 70 percent of Americans identify as “Christians” to one degree or another. It’s a number sufficient to give politicians incentive to continue pandering to the Christian vote, but of course political power, real political power, resides no more in the hands of Christians than it does with the bottom 99 percent of income earners.

We no longer are a Christian country. Rather, we have entered what I would describe as America’s “post-Christian era.” It’s hard to say precisely when this era began, but I would place it some time in the 1970s. That’s when film directors like Woody Allen and David Cronenberg rose to public prominence and career atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, with a successful Supreme Court ruling against against school prayer in her portfolio, vaulted to celebrity status with interviews in Playboy and appearances on the Donahue Show.

And finally today–Larry David, Sarah Silverman and other comedians can mock Jesus, demean Christianity, and rather than be repudiated, are applauded for it. Thus we clearly are in a post-Christian era, although…to be sure…even in the current presidential race, we have candidates, at least on the Republican side, proudly proclaiming their putative Christian faith.

“It’s exactly right,” Ted Cruz boasted recently, “that in terms of who I am, I’m a Christian first. I’m an American second. I’m a conservative third. And I’m a Republican fourth.”

“Let me be clear about one thing,” Marco Rubio declared following the Iowa caucuses, “there’s only one savior and it’s not me. It’s Jesus Christ who came down to Earth and died for our sins.”

The trouble is that both Rubio and Cruz, like Graham, apparently are unable to discern even the tiniest contradiction between the teachings of Jesus and Israel’s genocidal treatment of the Palestinians. Both are ardent supporters of Israel and in essence cheer on the genocide.

Do the pastors of the churches they attend subscribe to the same outlook? Or do they simply remain silent and say nothing on the matter? It is a crucial question because when church leaders fail to take a stand on the most pressing issues of our day, when they refrain, for instance, from calling for justice, and offer no pulpit denunciations of US wars and sanguinary regime change operations–when the best they can do is say a prayer for the troops and leave it at that, to preside at funerals or visit someone’s sick grandmother in the hospital–then they risk making themselves, and their churches, increasingly irrelevant.

Did Jesus denounce the corrupt leaders of his day? He certainly did. Why do Christian pastors today fail, by and large, to do likewise? Is it out of cowardice? Or is it simply that they have no eyes to see or ears to hear?

If you do a search using the words “Is America a Christian nation?” you will turn up a plethora of articles, the overwhelming majority of which answer the question in the negative. Some take the position that America never was a Christian nation; others use the same “post-Christian” term I have coined; a few advance the thesis that the concept of a Christian nation was invented by “corporate America”; and one article I found goes so far as to offer the view that Christians in America are “pampered by the state.” In a way, the writer is correct. Christian leaders today never make waves for the powers-that-be, so why wouldn’t they be pampered?

And just who are these  ‘powers-that-be’ they prefer not to make waves for? If we no longer are living in a Christian land, how exactly do we define today’s America? Is it simply a secular country? Or would it perhaps be more accurate to describe it as a Jewish state? I posed that very question in an article I wrote a little over three years ago.

“With Jewish power in America standing at unprecedented levels, it is only natural we should begin to see Jews reap gains and benefits disproportionately greater than those available to other segments of the population,” I wrote, and among the examples I cited were:

  • More than $25 million in college Pell grants used to pay full tuition for Jewish students studying at yeshivas and universities in Israel–this at a time when student loan debt for a majority of young Americans was already making major headlines in the media;
  • A staggering 97 percent of Homeland Security grants, under DHS’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, being awarded to Jewish organizations–you can go here and listen to then-DHS Director Janet Napolitano justifying the lopsided awarding of the grants and explaining why she thinks Jews face special risks the rest of us don’t have to worry about;
  • Numerous inroads into the US economy by Israeli companies, including Elbit Systems, a manufacturer of electronic surveillance technology, which has opened offices in Talladega, Alabama and Fort Mill, South Carolina;
  • A strange mutation in local and regional Chamber of Commerce organizations, with a new emphasis on promoting business partnerships between US and Israeli companies (see here, here, here, and here for examples). I referred to it as a “multitude of tentacles.”

But perhaps most striking is a $1 million US Department of Commerce grant awarded to the Keshet Dance Company, a repertory in Albuquerque, New Mexico that stages a variety of shows including an annual holiday production called “Nutcracker on the Rocks,” a rock-and-roll version of the Tchaikovsky ballet. “Keshet” is a Hebrew word meaning “rainbow,” and the nonprofit performing arts group is directed by Shira Greenberg, a dance instructor who has ties to Israel, where she attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The grant was given in 2012 to establish a “Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center” that would be housed in a newly renovated “Keshet Center for the Arts.” One million dollars is of course a lot of money to award to a local community arts group, and as I commented:

Virtually every city in America, large and small, has struggling arts groups of one kind or another—musical, dance, theatrical, and so forth. So why, one might wonder, would this particular group be singled out for such a large grant? And why by the Department of Commerce, when normally one thinks of the National Endowment for the Arts as the main provider of federal grants to the arts?

The award was approved by acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and publicly announced on September 12 by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall. “The arts are a defining part of New Mexico’s history, community and identity,” said Udall. “This innovative public-private partnership will help provide entrepreneurs with the tools and support they need to grow art-focused businesses.”

Was this a new commitment to the arts on the part of the Obama administration? Or was it a commitment to a certain type of art?

Performances of The Nutcracker have for many years been a Christmas tradition by theater and dance groups all over America, but in its rock-and-roll version, Keshet has given the ballet an innovative twist–with a dance segment set to the song “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones. Here  is a video from their 2014 production:

Keshet has professional, salaried dancers on its staff, something almost unheard of among local community arts groups. It has also staged productions about the holocaust; presently maintains an international exchange program; and last year it launched a tour of Europe.

Sympathy for the Devil or a Tectonic Shift?

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” said the poet Robert Frost…

Many, many changes have overtaken America in the past century. This is true in terms of inventions–from automobiles to airplanes to mobile phones to genetic engineering–as well as in the political arena, and specifically in that regard I’m referring to the level of hucksterism and fraud, as well as outright treachery and depravity, we have seen members of our political ruling class willing to stoop to. Though Americans were shocked at disclosures of the Teapot Dome scandal, and that a member of Warren G. Harding’s administration had accepted bribes from oil companies, it is probably a safe bet that neither Harding nor Interior Secretary Albert Fall ever, in their wildest dreams, contemplated a US alliance with terrorist head-chopping cannibals or collaborating or colluding in the carrying out of false flag attacks on American cities.

The concept of what is, or is not, “laudable” or “morally acceptable” quite obviously has become hugely warped over the past century. In the America of today, spirituality and belief in God have been derogated and de-emphasized, and–in a good many American homes–are missing altogether. Hardly surprising, then, we see the spreading phenomenon of teenage sociopaths in so many American communities.

Rather than a kind and loving God, we worship the false idols of money and Wall Street, and rather than the teachings of Jesus, we now seem to follow the teachings of Hollywood.

But is something about to change?

“Maybe just maybe we’re turning the page on a dark part of American politics, because tonight the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning and you made it happen,” said former Ohio Governor John Kasich after placing second in the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday.

It’s a nice thought. But a political system in which money plays such a dominant factor in determining who gets elected has little hope of turning any dark pages. Donald Trump’s popularity would suggest that Americans are finally starting to catch on to that in large numbers. They don’t, for now, seem to be waking up to certain other crucial matters, but at least they are waking up to that.

Like Cruz and Rubio, Trump also touts his Christianity, but the strategem behind this touting seems characterized by a more subtle objective, and unlike those two senators, he doesn’t talk much about Israel. On January 18, Trump gave a speech at Liberty University–that school that was founded in the 1970s by Jerry Falwell, a pastor so zealous in his Christian Zionist beliefs that Israel once rewarded him with his own private jet. The educational institution is still run today by Falwell’s son, Jerry Falwell Jr., who serves as president, though it has grown into one of the largest, if not the largest, Christian universities in the world.

Now one of the most striking things about Trump’s speech there last month–and which was scarcely remarked upon by the mainstream media–was his total omission of any comments about Israel. You can go here and watch a video of the event which includes not only Trump’s speech in its entirety, but also the rather lengthy introduction given him that evening by Falwell Jr. Astonishingly, not anywhere in the entire 109 minutes that the video runs is Israel even mentioned–either by Trump, Falwell or anyone else.

Now you would think that a leading presidential contender, in a stump speech at a major Christian university like Liberty, would have used the occasion to tout his Christian Zionist credentials. But no. Not once the entire evening was the subject of Israel even brought up. It would suggest that Trump’s political strategists have made a determination that the Jewish state is rapidly losing public support, not only among the the population as a whole, but even amongst that subset who identify as evangelical Christians.

And if this is the case, we could be on the verge of something like a tectonic shift in US politics.

Richard Edmondson is the author of The Memoirs of Saint John: When the Sandstone Crumbles, a novel about an archaeological expedition to Syria, set amidst the current conflict in the country

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9 Responses to "God and Zionist Politics in Post-Christian America"

  1. Strongsafe  February 29, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    There is an awful lot of intellect and vocabulary being thrown around in these posts, so I’ll try not to betray my great level of mental ineptitude. I want to say first that I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ, his life, death, burial, and resurrection, and Godhood. If that disqualifies me from making a considerable comment, oh well.
    I want a nation that values life and freedom. I do not love those who say they are Jews and are not. I don’t want to take anyone’s freedom or their lives so my “religion” can prosper. (Just don’t try to take mine either.) Whatever ideology the founders had individually, I don’t believe a nation can be great without the consent of God/ The Holy Spirit/ Jesus Christ. I am not out to establish a kingdom in Israel, since I don’t believe its possible for me to do and being rich or powerful is nothing I ever aspired to greatly anyway. I will say this though, this nation will never be what it was at the height of its God given glory again in any estimation I can muster. It will be amazing if it is not an entirely smoking crater filled wasteland the way it is going morally. Finally, for those who publish great swelling words of intellectual grandeur, and stalwart atheism favoring vaunted heights of humanistic ideology, you better hope you are right. On second thought, if you aren’t, you can hope all you want. It will not avail you. That is all.

  2. Bill  February 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Someone told G. Washington that the illuminati had hijacked Freemasonry and he said, “I know”. Yeah, so these people run the country and they’ve been taken over by overt Satan worshipers….Oh yeah, can’t imagine how things could’ve gone so wrong here..what with sodomite marriage and false flag terror events going off seemingly on some sort of Luciferian schedule..wars for a reconstituted “Israel”-a crime syndicate hide-out masquerading as a country…Wow, who could have seen it coming?

  3. Amelius  February 12, 2016 at 11:43 am

    It should come as no surprise to anyone, that the Jews are the ones leading the war against Christ. After all, they murdered him in the first place. The Talmud explains their extreme hatred for Christ and his followers, in no uncertain terms. Yet, it is also not surprising that those who have lost the ability to think critically are quick to blame the Muslims for changes like “happy holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, as if the Muslims have anywhere near the influence that Jews have in western governments. Intellectual apathy requires that one relies on the Jewish media for their (dis) information. These same people would be quick to reply, “the Jews don’t control the media, that’s just antisemitism.” The degree of which the world is suffering from Stockholm syndrome is beyond measure.

    Unjustifiable usury, control over DC, the media, Hollywood, etc, has transformed America into a new Babylon for the Jews. A place where heinous behavior allows them to thrive. To make themselves feel more at home, they feel they need to bring America down to their level, so their actions don’t seem out of place. Their pressure groups intend on undermining majority rule by throwing money at, and giving publicity to the most outrageous and extreme minorities. Undermining majority rule has become “politically correct”. I wish they’d take their bloody shekels and go to hell.

  4. Bill  February 12, 2016 at 6:16 am

    The Church has a Social Doctrine…It just needs to dust off the old ideas: Against usury and dishonest lending and magic money creation/FOR a just wages/FOR the Just war doctrine….dust off the militancy and squelch the bowing to the Synagogue of Satan…EXPOSE their manipulations and FALSE FLAGS, their flooding of Europe with hostile invaders, their insane wars to destroy Talmudia’s neighbors…

  5. Bill  February 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Great article! Very well done, you hit the nail on a couple of big issues: Yes! The Founders cared about property rights, building their wealth-keeping their slaves ( imported by the Jewish ship owners of Newport ) and building a country that ensured the growth of the Judeo-Masonic Republic. They were extremely anti-ANY strict, dogmatic view of Christianity ( either Catholic or E. Orthodox ) that insisted on a Christ-centered society…AND 2. Yes! Christian bishops and priests ( especially protestant pastors ) are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Very few give sermons worth listening to. And when a bishop like Bp. Richard Williamson or a priest like Fr. Coughlin does a little exposing the corrupted modern Church doesn’t back them up…

  6. davor  February 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    “Members of the American Anthropological Association voted last December in favor of adopting a motion to boycott Israeli academic institutions.” – JPost
    Just look how low did support for Israeli politics hit on academic level following 9/11. Academic community cannot be forcefully converted or indoctrinated. Their trust is hard to attain and easy to lose, not because they are indoctrinated or childish but because they are those gifted among us that ask so many questions, they are the ones that experiment and conclude the most, because of the nature of their work. Supporting 9/11 and aftermath ideology in the 21st century with all available scientific approach and research is pure lunatics. These stuff will not get Israel far. Zionism has commited its gravest mistake on 9/11 and buried itself and Mossad for ages.

  7. davor  February 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This is huge and important topic. It could as well as Zionists be addressed to other political and minority groups. US of America in its settlers diversity have so many tactical and strategic advantages over the world but also incredible anthropological advantages which the rogue element of Pentagon frequently omits over military tactics and strategy. There are many areas in the USA that have micro-nationalities if you will and those places are almost as oasis for different nations and are directly opposed to the notion that there are hostile nations out there towards the USA doctrine. So much could be done by USA if these efforts to sustain diversity would aim towards developing strong cultural and language relations and also interreligious dialogue. Instead of just treating the diversities as language or tactic advisory for the corporate wars.

  8. Dan  February 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Conforming to the Lockean notion of consent and the sovereign will of the people, the divine authority of Christ was considered and rejected by the Founders as a preamble to the Constitution and again rejected in 1864 as an amended preamble, elevating and maintaining instead a body politic “under one Supreme Government” with the power to determine vice from virtue and right from wrong, displacing God and relegating Christianity to ineffectual private opinion.

    The trappings of Christianity so easily worn by these hypocrites is contradicted by their calls for indiscriminate bombing and defense of the indefensible atrocities of Israel, as Richard Edmondson points out. These policies are not merely inconsistent with but inimical to Christian ethics, as is their championing of usurious finance capitalism and the thoroughgoing materialism of their private lives. There’s never any Christian pushback in America because the supposed Christians in Congress prove time and again they’re no Christians at all.

  9. jalenfromrosemont  February 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Now today i really have zero opinion of Presidential Candidates.. They don’t matter so no waste time on that. . Being that were on the subject of Zios i hate to say this VTers and i apologies in advance.. Just by accident ran across this story on YHOO. .. .. First Marissa Mayer.. Your a piece of crap ! im not gonna waste time on something so us useless.but you own it so take it. This complete utter piece of Donkey dung John Schindler ?? Writes this garbage .. “Mounting Evidence Putin will Start WW III” .. Well im not holding back. This is number one why i absolutely despise you people with all my might. .. And this is why ill never make an apology of how i feel or how thank god !! People like Dr. James piles it on!! Special place in Hell for you Schindler !! .. I hope someone here calls this bag-o-shit out. Cowards always leave twitter which i never do and no email.. sorry all dont mind me for fuming !!

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