Beware Harper Church and State


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Beware of Harper Coalition of Church and State

Flags of world bowed to Israel, Canada in candle-lit ceremony

'This is just like fascism' said one witness

By Esther Matharu
Ottawa, Canada

Elections 2011! Sigh. . . Many of us think finally, we can get rid of that person, about whom one of the Ottawa Raging Grannies writes  . . . “a sober analysis of the conduct of Stephen Harper as Prime Minister carries way too many resonances of what happened in Germany as the National Socialists were coming to power. Stephen Harper is not a dictator. But if his right-wing coalition government gets back in power, to paraphrase what another Prime Minister famously said, "Just watch him!"

The issues at stake are not only about dictatorship, but about the kind of dictatorship Mr. Harper will introduce — legally and with our consent — if he is elected.  Here is a foretaste of the things to come.

On April 5, a couple of interested and curious Canadians attended the very low-key but high-powered meeting at Peace Tower Church on Bronson Street. The Church is new to Ottawa, but has a great outreach program. This was evident when we arrived and saw the faithful filling the pews on Wednesday night. The atmosphere was electric and full of joyful expectation. Outside a chauffeur-driven black bullet-proofed car was parked with a couple of important looking people coming out and being led in the Church. The topic of tonight’s meeting: Canada celebrates Israel, the Land - the People.

We learnt from the program that this was the third day of a four-day blitz tour organized by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus together with other Christian groups such as Christians for Israel, For Zion’s Sake, Return Ministries, among others. From Vancouver (meeting in Tsawwassen First Nations Longhouse with Elders), to Montreal, to Ottawa and ending with Toronto, three members of the Israeli Government Knesset and the leaders of the Canada Celebrates Israel Delegation were given assurances that Canada stood by its Prime Minister who stood by Israel, no matter what.

The delegates were piped in with great solemnity and an RCMP constable led the flags and procession of the Nations, too many to count but there was an Estonian, Italian, Irish, Polish and a few African flags that we could not identify. We were invited to sing both the Canadian and Israeli national anthems as all the lower flags bent down towards the two flags up on the altar.

Chief Blacksmith of Gathering Nations International[2]introduced the Ambassador of Israel to Canada who addressed the assembly. She was followed by the MP for Kootenay, Columbia. We listen through a pre-recorded message by Mr. Stockwell Day who, we were told, was not really leaving.  A group of Klez players had many people clapping and dancing merrily.

Then we were treated to a film advertising Israel’s technological assets, know-how and advances in R&D. Very impressive. Finally we were able to hear from the Knesset delegation on how Israel was the only democracy in the Middle East, the only partner the West could possibly have, and the only country with a real concern for human rights. This was repeated again and again, with references to Mr. Harper and implicit hints that all good Christians vote for the Conservatives.

The Christian pastors and Canadian members also managed to throw in a few sentences with the words Muslim, Palestine, terrorism and the devil mixed together. It didn’t make sense but many people shook their heads knowingly and sighed piously.

Finally, and this is where there is a link to what Cathleen wrote above, everyone was invited to stand up and speak out the pledge/declaration which is printed below in full. People were asked to distribute this pledge far and wide. Take a look and draw your own conclusions.

One of our group just sat rooted to his pew. “I can’t, I just can’t stand up”, he said, shocked to the bones by the unholy alliance of Church, State and First Nations representatives. The people spoke in one voice and the Israeli and Canadian security men, gun showing through their jackets, took a good look at us.

But it is the many Canadians, appalled by this flagrant alliance in our name, who say to Mr. Harper, “Just watch us”.

“This is so much like fascism”our friend said bitterly, as we left before the master of ceremonies, the Rabbi of Machzikei Hadas Congregation, closed the celebratory evening. The Black bullet-proofed car was purring, ready to shoot off, as we got out in the cold spring night.

Israel-Canada Declaration/Pledge Spoken and then signed

WHEREAS, we the undersigned, friends of Israel, affirm the eternal and steadfast love of God for Israel and the Jewish People as clearly decreed in the Word of God.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

WE AFFIRM the noble stand that our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper has taken in support and solidarity of Israel:

“The Jewish state can expect the full support and friendship of Canada.”  Oct. 19, 2009 Toronto

WE AFFIRM our Prime Minister’s explicit statement in his speech addressing the delegation of International Parliamentarians and global leaders at the International Conference to Combat Anti-Semitism, when he declared:

"When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand. Demonization, double standards, delegitimization - the three D's - it is a responsibility of us all to stand up to them. As long as I am Prime Minister...Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost."    Nov. 8, 2010 Ottawa

WE AFFIRM, as stated in the Bible, that people, nations and leaders will be blessed when they bless Israel.

 “I will bless those that bless you (Israel) and whoever curses you (Israel) I will curse.” Genesis 12:3

WE AFFIRM that the State of Israel, like Canada, has a right to exist, prosper, thrive and defend her people against the pernicious onslaught of terror, racism and anti-Semitism targeted against them.

WE AFFIRM the Abrahamic Covenant of God with Israel, and His promises, and in the giving of the land to the Jewish People as their everlasting homeland and eternal inheritance.

“I will give you this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.”  Genesis 17:8

WE WILL PRAY, in accordance with the Word of the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’  For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say:  ‘Peace be within you.’ ” Psalm 122:6-7.

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