Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hillary, the Bible and Israel - by Robert Fantina

Robert Fantina’s latest book is Empire, Racism and Genocide: a History of US Foreign Policy (Red Pill Press). 
In his latest article, he writes, "The various campaigns for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations are in full swing, with caucuses and primaries raining down upon us like plagues of locusts, sending all and sundry scurrying for the shelter of their homes, where they can watch the unfolding, dual tragedies on their television screens.
And what a spectacle we are subjected to! The Republicans (this writer refers to them as the Tweedle Dums) and the Democrats (the Tweedle Dees), don’t agree on much other than their shared adoration of Israel, but another rather odd similarity can be unearthed. That is their summoning of God to justify, in one form or another, their racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, xenophopic and/or generally deadly tendencies. Those who believe in a supreme being, as this writer does, must feel sorry for him, feeling that having his name invoked by the most unholy of the unholy can only be distressing.
One may think that religion, and its usefulness in getting votes, is the sole purview of the Republican right (a redundancy of terms, since there is nothing left of the Republican Party, it seems, but the far right). But no, a quick look on the other side of the aisle disproves that idea.
In June of last year, Democratic presidential candidate hopeful Hillary Clinton made this remarkable statement: “At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement”.
You can read his piece by clicking here.

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