A debate over Christian Zionism09/18/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, a debate over the support conservative Christians are giving the state of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians.
But first about two minutes of listener comments. One from a listener who has a program suggestion and most of the rest about yesterday’s interview with Pam Haengel of the Florida Voters Coalition. Some listeners wanted to defend the Post Office from a criticism that was made yesterday during the program in which absentee ballots might be lost in the mail.
Our topic today is Christian Zionism, the belief by some Christians that Israel should be supported in all that it does -- including the continued occupation and expansion of settlements in the West Bank.
Some people see it as standing by a strong ally in the Middle East and promoting the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Others see it as encouraging human rights abuses against Palestinians and a misreading of the bible. We’re joined by two people on opposite sides of the issue.
The Rev. Stephen Sizer is a vicar in Christ Church in Surrey, England. He’s the author of the new book, Zion's Christian Soldiers. He’ll be speaking in Tampa at the United Church of Christ 7308 E. Fowler Avenue at 7:30 p.m Friday and at USF's Marshall Center at 7 p.m. Monday.
We’re also joined by Rabbi Shalom Adler, who is a regular spiritual commentator on the Sunday Simcha. Rabbi Adler was born in England and is the child of Holocaust survivors. He has studied in rabbinical colleges in Europe, Israel and the United States, and was ordained at the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn in 1983. Since 1988, he has been the spiritual leader of Young Israel-Chabad of Pinellas County, an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Palm Harbor. He is fluent in Hebrew, both the biblical and modern versions.