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TBC Staff, 1/13/07: A RABBI’S WARNING TO U.S. CHRISTIANS [Excerpts]—There is no better term than [a Goebbels-like] propaganda blitzkrieg to describe what has been unleashed against Christian conservatives recently. Consider the long list of anti-Christian books that have been published in recent months. Here are just a few samples of more than 30 similar titles, all from mainstream publishers: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America; The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right’s Plans for the Rest of Us; The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason; Piety & Politics: The Right-wing Assault on Religious Freedom; Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism; Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America; Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right.

Richard Dawkins, an Oxford University professor, is one of the generals in the anti-Christian army of the secular left. American academia treats him with reverence and hangs on his every word when he insists that “religious myths ought not to be tolerated” and that the state should intervene to protect children from their parents’ religious beliefs. Needless to say, he means Christian beliefs.

The war is against those who regard the Bible to be God’s revelation to humanity and the Ten Commandments to be His set of rules for all time. Phase one in this war is to make Christianity, well, sort of socially unacceptable. Something only foolish, poor and ugly people could turn to.

Fervent zealots of secularism are flinging themselves into this anti-Christian war with enormous fanaticism. If they succeed, Christianity will be driven underground, and its benign influence on the character of America will be lost. In its place we shall see a sinister secularism that menaces Bible believers of all faiths. Once the voice of the Bible has been silenced, the war on Western Civilization can begin and we shall see a long night of barbarism descend on the West.

Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the West is doomed. Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in.

Many of us Jews are ready to stand with you. But you must lead. You must replace your timidity with nerve and your diffidence with daring and determination. You are under attack. Now is the time to resist it.

********************************, 3:23/07: HOSTAGE DRILL PREPARES SCHOOL FOR CRISIS—The scenario has played out in real life across America: Gunfire echoes through a school and students are held hostage.

But police, faculty and staff lived out their own make-believe version yesterday of just such a tragedy at Burlington Township High School, complete with Kevlar-clad officers, armed suspects and students portraying the wounded and dead.The purpose of the drill was to test the reactions of police, faculty and administration....

The mock terror attack involved two irate men armed with handguns who invaded the high school, [shot] several students in the hallway and then barricaded themselves in the media center with 10 student hostages....

Investigators described them as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group...who don’t believe in separation of church and state [and] went to the school...because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class....

A team of five police officers entered the school...with their firearms contain the the rest of the school could be safely evacuated.

Members of the Burlington County SWAT Team also arrived to evacuate wounded students and perform emergency first aid. Observing and evaluating during the exercise were various police officers, school administrators and officials from the state and the county Office of Emergency Management.

[TBC: Why would Christian fundamentalists be the “bad guys” in this drill? Perhaps because there’s no worry about an outcry accusing Burlington County of being “Christianphobic.” The rabbi’s concern needs to be heeded.]