On this day in 1999, 60 to 80 members of the Concerned Christians were arrested and deported from Israel. They were apparently part of a conspiracy to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque which is in Israel controlled Jerusalem. You all know me: I have my problems with Israeli policy. And I understand why they act as they do: keeping Israel a Jewish state is a real problem and a lot of people (me included) think that maybe it isn’t worth it. But in general, I think that Israel is part of the civilized world. It’s a paranoid country, but it has no interest in destroying Islam. So of course they would protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and foil a conspiracy to destroy it.
Now let’s talk about the Concerned Christians. The group was formed in the late 1980s in Colorado. They were fighting mad about my good New Age friends who take a sloppy approach to religion. And they were concerned about anti-Christian sentiment, because you know how oppressed Christians are here in America that is 75% Christian. But as Christian freaks will tend to do, they quickly turned into an apocalyptic movement. And they knew that one thing standing in the way Jesus coming back and giving them all the toys and candy they wanted was that Jerusalem wasn’t totally under Jewish control. I mean: mosque! Am I right?! So the Concerned Christians were a big part of “Operation Walk on Water.”
Let me take a moment to discuss Christian terrorism for a moment. It is likely that a lot of the early Roman oppression of Christians was because of this kind of stuff. They were involved in terrorist acts that they thought would bring Jesus back. Anyone who thinks that politics and religion are separate are foolish. For the true believers, they are one and the same. We are all very lucky that most religious people don’t take their religions very seriously.
But good for the Israelis for catching these fools. Unfortunately, they are still around. And according to Wikipedia, we don’t even know where they are. They could be in Greece or Philadelphia. But I’ll bet none of them are on the terrorist watch list, even though they’ve all been part of a terror plot. But they’re Christians, so I guess they can’t be terrorists. They must be peace loving. When someone slaps them in the face, they turn their face so the other side can be slapped.