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Rick Perry panders to election votes and foments hatred of Christian Arabs
By Ray Hanania — Presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is playing the race card in the most immoral of manners. He is pandering to Jewish voters and is undermining the rights of the very Christians he claims he represents.
Yes, Perry isn’t just running for president of the United States. He is also declaring himself the new Christian Salah-ad-din, the Pope of Christian Evangelists. He says he is intervening because he is a Christian who supports Israel and the prophecies that call for the re-building of the Jewish Temple in the Old City of Jerusalem on the Haram al Ash Sharif or Temple Mount before Jesus can return to gather up all true Christians to Heaven.
Of course, Cardinal Perry doesn’t explain Part II of the Christian Prophecies in which Jews are destroyed along with all non-believers by a returning Jesus.
But that “I’m a Christian who supports Israel” narrative sells to the holy rollers who on the far right who Perry needs to support his candidacy against President Barack Obama, and he believes he can build on that foundation by appealing to Jewish voters by arguing that Obama has abandoned Israel, which is not true.
In fact, although Obama has pushed both Palestinians and Israelis to support peace, he has stood solidly behind Israel and will even, no doubt, cast the veto in the UN Security Council to block the Palestinian bid for a state, the same statehood proposal that Israel made in 1948 that the United States supported and claimed it would support for an Arab state too.
But casting a veto is not enough for Perry. Perry claims that Obama allowed the Palestinians to bring the statehood petition to the Security Council, a move Perry asserts could have been blocked.
It’s a political maneuver, but it is a political maneuver that has a price tag that will impact the very Christian faith that Perry professes is the heart of his own soul.
In blocking a Palestinian State, Perry will also be blocking statehood rights for Christians in Palestine, the original Christians who continue to live and protect the Christian Holy Sites like the Church of the Nativity that Perry apparently does not believe is important.
In fact, I would venture that the Good Christian Perry is in fact a hypocrite who puts up a Christmas tree to celebrate the Birth of Jesus but ignores the devastation that has consumed Bethlehem, where Jesus was in fact born.
Jesus was a Jew whose death sparked the rise of the Christian religion among his followers. That Christian faith was protected not only by Europeans who adopted the religion of the Cross but also by converts to Christianity from Judaism in the centuries after the Crucifixion and Islam in the centuries after its founding in the 7th Century.
The Christian Arabs are directly tied to the heart and soul of the Christian religion and anyone who claims to be an evnagelist who cares for the Christian religion is a hypocrite and a liar if they then turn around and abandon the Christians and their Christian rights in Palestine. Those Christians are a major part of the Palestine State that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will bring with him to the United Nations.
By opposing the creation of a Palestinian state and by pandering to one religious voting block and ignoring the other, Presidential Candidate Rick Perry is undermining the rights of Christians and the Christian religion.
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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