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January 20, 1995 - Image 188

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-01-20

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Is Pat Robertson
Anti-Semitic?

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hat would ... Jewish
neoconservatives be
saying if Louis Far-
rakhan had written a
book that made the New York
Times best-seller lists and
claimed that Jewish financiers
such as the Rothschilds, Paul
Warburg and Jacob Schiff were
leaders in a two-century-old
Freemasons-Communist-Banker
conspiracy to exploit American
taxpayers and the members of
the armed forces in America by
stirring up deficit-funded wars?"
The answer is obvious to
Michael Lind, who poses the
above question in The New
York Review of Books while
critiquing books by TV evange-
list Pat Robertson, head of the
Christian Coalition: They would
denounce, counterattack and is-
sue blistering reports.
But instead, Jewish conserva-
tives are not only silent about
what Mr. Lind perceives as the
anti-Semitism of Rev. Robertson
and his Christian right pals, they
make deft excuses for their al-
liances with them. As Mr. Lind
wrote: "The chief motive for con-
servative appeasement of Robert-
son and the religious right is
strategic.... Many Jewish neo-
conservatives value fundamen-
talist support for American
military and economic subsidies
to Israel. Writing in Commentary
in 1984, Irving Kristol called on
American Jews to recognize that
American Protestant fundamen-
talists are 'strongly pro-Israel.'
Excusing an evangelical leader
who said that God did not hear
the prayers of Jews, Kristol
wrote, 'Why should Jews care
about the theology of a funda-
mentalist preacher?... What do
such theological abstractions
matter as against the mundane
fact that this same preacher is
vigorously pro-Israel?"
To Mr. Lind, theology, not pol-
itics, drives fundamentalists. And
their theology, he wrote, is anti-
thetical to long-term Jewish in-
terests. Rev. Robertson's 1991
book, 'The New World Order," for
instance, cleaves to a sinister plot
that links the adoption of Ma-
sonic imagery for the Great Seal
of the United States, the French
Revolution's Reign of Terror, the
Communist Manifesto's publica-
tion, and the call for a new world
order by Woodrow Wilson in 1917
and Nelson Rockefeller in 1968
to a cabal of rich, Jewish bankers.
Also, in his 1990 book, "The
New Millennium," Rev. Robert-
son stated that, in the supposed-
ly rapidly approaching Last Days
of Christianity, Israel will be de-

Pat Robertson

stroyed after it is abandoned by
the United States because Amer-
ican Christians will have angrily
turned against "cosmopolitan,
liberal, secular Jews" who want
"unrestricted freedom for smut
and pornography and the mur-
der of the unborn."
Mr. Lind concluded that "con-
servative Jews who defend Rob-
ertson ... apparently do not realize
that fundamentalists' support for
Israel is not incompatible with
dislike and resentment of Amer-
ican Jews, especially liberal Jews
.... Robertson's theories about
Jewish bankers and Jewish rev-
olutionaries are central to his con-
spiracy theory, which in turn is
central to his vision of his own
destiny, his movement and his
ambitions for the American right
and the Republican Party and the
United States of America."

King Meets
Farrakhan

Not to appear too obsessed with
the statements, sentiments and
prevarications of the man whom
Michael Lind was certain would
infuriate Jewish conservatives if
he had written the same tracts
as Rev. Pat Robertson, but those
of you who missed Louis Far-
rakhan on CNN's "Larry King
Live" show on Dec. 13 should
know that the Nation of Islam
minister again denied he dislikes
Jews.
Minister Farrakhan: "Oh, I'm
definitely not anti-Semitic. To be
anti-Semitic would be almost
anti-myself. The Semitic people

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