Rick Perry's Summer Reading: The Only Thing Worse Than Judaism is Happy Hour

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Rick Perry's summer readin'.
OK, so we know now that whatever Rick Perry is readin' this summer, it ain't a science book. Because until 142 percent of all scientists agree on something, science is just theories, and people don't need theories right now. They need jobs. Jobs and provocative rhetoric. Oh, and dead prisoners! That's it: Jobs, provocation and dead prisoners, some number of whom are most likely innocent. The Texas Triple Threat.

Anyway, back to those book thingies. A week or so back, when Politico set about determining whether Rick Perry was "dumb," Perry's campaign identified a couple of books on the governor's summer reading list: On China by Henry Kissinger and something called Turning the Tide by Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley.

Who knows if Perry's actually reading those books. When a reporter asks about a candidate's reading list, it's an invitation to send a message to voters. You can always make a Half Price Books run later. If he is reading them, that obviously doesn't mean he prescribes to their preachings.

But the spokesman's choice to announce those two titles said a little something about where Perry's head is these days. And when some limited information came out about that second book, there were concerns that Perry's head was swiveling around the nation's synagogues in search of Jews whose hearts he could stuff with the everlasting love of Jesus. The book, a multifaceted call to Christians to reverse the tides of immorality and corruptness washing over America and the steps of Congress, quickly became known simply as "the one that wants to convert the Jews and Muslims."

Not surprisingly, Turning the Tide is about a little more than that, and it isn't quite as wacky as some have implied. The first 264 pages barely mention Judaism and, unless I missed it, make no mention of Islam. There's an early chuckle at the ancient Israelites' silly expectation that an earthly savior, "a mighty military or political leader like King David," would save them from their oppressions, a notion Christians understand to be foolish. It was a "sad reality," Stanley writes.

So many in Israel were so intensely focused on earthly success and security -- rather than on the Father's plan -- they missed the One they were truly yearning for. Their hope was placed in the wrong thing.
From there, though, the book's a standard-issue Christian sermon sauteed with a healthy medley of Republican talking points (although it disavows political affiliation and mentions no living politician by name): Taxes are too high; we should ask Him to ask our leaders to lower them. The Founding Fathers' cries for religious freedom are being misappropriated; we should ask Him to ask Congress to return prayer and the Bible to our nation's schools. "The United States is a Christian nation," Stanley asserts, but Perry made sure we knew that when he rented out Reliant Stadium for Jesus Appreciation Day.

Frankly, the kookiest passage comes on Page 137, where Stanley somehow links our nation's woes to Happy Hour. I know what you're thinking: You don't remember any $3 chicken wings in the unemployment line. But that's not quite how Stanley sees it:

Perhaps as you've traveled through the years, you have noticed signs advertising something called "Happy Hour." And perhaps, like I have, you've observed the great irony in that term. I've spoken to people who have frequented them, and they assure me they have never found any true joy there. ...

In many ways, I see our nation as seeking their own Happy Hour. People in our society seem to want a place of escape -- where their sins are hidden in the dark and where they can find relief for their pain. However, as believers, we know they will never find solace as long as their transgressions lay buried in their hearts. ...

They will find salvation only when they lay bare those transgressions for Him to see. Or, presumably, when they beat the high score on their local Golden Tee machine. Whichever comes first, I guess.

But that's not the point. Not even in the Happy Hour bit does Stanley seem intent on doing any converting, unless you count converting the livers of America's cubicle farmers into actually functioning organs. The next 100 pages or so make no mention of Jews or Muslims, and they even preach some basic religious tolerance.

But on 265, there it is, the single paragraph that earned Stanley's book its alternate title, Convincing Jews and Muslims That The Unlikely Parables They Use to Distract Themselves From the Infinite Darkness of Death Are Actually Way Less Likely Than These Other Parables. For Dummies, Of Course. (You can see why Stanley's publisher went with the original title.)

"Pray for God to protect Israel," it begins ...

... for the United States to continue to be her most faithful ally, for Jews worldwide to be saved, and for even her enemies to receive salvation through Jesus Christ. Throughout history, God has always had a very special relationship with the people of Israel. ... The Father is still active in keeping His covenant with His people -- drawing Jews throughout the world back to Himself and showing them that Jesus is the promised Messiah. Please pray that, as a nation, the United States will recognize the importance of Israel and support her. Also, pray that Jews worldwide will accept Him as their Savior and that even Israel's enemies will accept the gospel of salvation.
So there you have it. Very troubling stuff, Pastor Stanley, even if it does neatly encapsulate why the AIPAC guys don't endorse specific candidates. I feel compelled to respond with an arresting video made several years ago by a group from the Promised Land*, in an effort to counter alarming rhetoric such as yours. I hope you watch it, and I hope Perry does too. The turning of the tides depends on it.

*Cleveland, obviously. Where did you think I was talking about?


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Does anyone actually read??? Nothing in the christian Bible tells Jews to convert & calls them "God's chosen people". Jesus was a Rabbi not just a teacher but an "ordained minister" of judaism a RABBI. He went to Rabbi school because Joseph was a master builder not just a entry level carpenter. Jesus wasn't a carpenter Joseph was in the field and people traditionally did what the family did. Jesus was a rabbi by trade & was JEWISH.Christians are Jews that believe Jesus is Christ. Muslims are Jews that believe that Abraham messed them out of birth right. No matter what you call it all share a same history and worship the same God just believe different things happened here on earth. AMAZING huh? all three read the torah (old testament or tawrat)

Fuckaduck
Fuckaduck

Your writing is so dreadfully unprofessional, your own rhetoric so hateful that the effect is a combination of foolery and a kind of digital castration.  

This cowardly folderol is the reason for the worlds ills.

HCHB
HCHB

Perry Should Focus on Corruption in his own state of Texas  lawinjustice.com exposes a really disturbing case

GuitarMan1st
GuitarMan1st

In order for anyone to call me an "anti-semite" the jews would have to be Semites, sons of Shem, which they are not. They are sons of khazars/edomites and they are who Jesus was talking to when he told them, "Ye are of your father the devil and the desires of your father ye will do" !!! Jesus also said He came not but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel which the jews are not any part of !

http://emahiser.christogenea.o...

http://assemblyoftrueisrael.co...

Lee
Lee

Joe Tone, you have a very warped view about what constitutes "troubling stuff." I've never known anyone who thinks praying for the well-being of another to be troubling.

As a Jew myself, I know that conversion is not something man can do; it is a work of the Holy Spirit. And yes, Jews do believe in the Trinity. I also know that salvation is "of the Jews" and is not about works, keeping the law, or a sacrificial system. It has ALWAYS been about one's heart behind such things, about the promise (fulfilled or forthcoming) of a Messiah, and about a personal relationship with the Father/Creator.

God's Word promises that all who seek answers will find them. God does not need any one person to fulfill His will or disseminate His Truth; we are not obstacles to His plan. But He chose the Israelites to be His earthly ambassadors (and that calling has not expired), followed by the Church. It is out of love and respect for the Lord, as well as a love of our fellow men, that any of us desire to share the Good News of salvation, not to fulfill some Heavenly quota.

Reacting negatively to those who care so deeply for others' well-being is the truly "troubling stuff."

Joe Lindsay
Joe Lindsay

And just when you were thinking it would be impossible to do worse than George Bush as president....

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

Perry is perfect! With the hair he's just like John McCain and Sarah Palin put together.  And like McCain-Palin the Base will nominate him and follow him over the cliff in November.  

Bobby Metzinger
Bobby Metzinger

Mud sling all you like, he will be our 45th President. 

SteveT
SteveT

Of course, America's decline could have nothing to do with living beyond her means--ecologically and economically, leveraging our children's futures for the good life today (this includes Dr. Stanley and most members of his church, I'll wager). 

MattL1
MattL1

Anyone who can't find joy in a Happy Hour just isn't trying hard enough.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

"I've spoken to people who have frequented them, and they assure me they have never found any true joy there"

Must never have drank Guinness.

JohnC
JohnC

Money quote ... "Because until 142 percent of all scientists agree on something, science is just theories".  Thank you, sir!

RTGolden
RTGolden

To Adam and Brenda and assorted others on here: Please find a more appropriate term for those of the Jewish faith than semite.  Ancient Jews were not the only semitic people wandering around aimlessly in Levantine deserts.  There were other tribes, with modern ancestors, considered to be semitic.

It is supremely arrogant and racist, thousands of years after the fact, to identify on group of semitic descendants and narrowly apply the term to that group only.  Keep in mind, Palestinians, often labeled as 'Anti-Semites' by today's media and culture, are themselves a semitic people.

Maybe we should say 'Anti-Jewish' if that is what we really mean.

Adam from East Dallas
Adam from East Dallas

Turning the Tide is a very thought provoking book about America and is a good read regardless of your religious background. Calling Dr. Charles Stanley - one of Israel's biggest defenders - an "Anti-Semite in Southern Christian clothing" is simply ignorant and beyond insulting. I have listened to Dr. Stanley for years and he speaks of the importance of Israel and the Jewish Nation. Calling Dr. Stanley an Anti-Semite is a tired "race card" move pulled by those who have nothing else to say when confronted with undeniable truth and logic. When will the Jewish nation realize that conservatives are Israel's biggest supporters and defenders? While I am not a fan of Glenn Beck, he just hosted a rally called Restoring Courage in Jerusalem focusing on the importance of the Jewish Nation to America. @twitter-59956594:disqus I think Tone's article invited you to read the book before parroting such idiotic 1960s political mantra. Lemming.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Makes me want to go out and get drunk with a cute gay jewish boy and relieve his pain in a darkened room.

retool
retool

yes, but for how long? it'll be 2012, lest we forget...

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Exactly!  It combines two of America's great passions:  saving money and getting toasted.  What's not to like?

retool
retool

just kinda rolls off the tongue, now does'nt it?

Mavdog
Mavdog

Not going to put that genie back into the bottle RT. The phrase "anti-semite" is relative to discrimination against jews in spite of the linguistic issue you mention.

It's just like the phrase "Palestinian". Until the creation of Israel the jewish residents of that area called themselves Palestinian, and were referred to world wide as Palestinians.

That doesn't happen anymore, just as the phrase "anti-semite" excludes semetic peoples other than jews.

Rangers100
Rangers100

"When will the Jewish nation realize that conservatives are Israel's biggest supporters and defenders?"

In case you didn't know, there are many moderate and liberal Israelis that would like the US government and American conservatives to quit defending West Bank settlements, occupations of Gaza, etc.  They don't really see you as any friend of theirs at all, your desire to convert them to Christianity not withstanding.

Mavdog
Mavdog

I'd agree with you Adam that the phrase "anti-semite" is difficult to apply to Dr. Stanley when the phrase is defined by as those who wish to persecute Jewish people, or apply negative stereotypes to jews in order to forment discrimination against them. I do not believe that Stanley is advocating either of those acts.

However, what he is advocating is certainly an attack on Jews as non-believers, and a call to end the continued practice of Judiasm by converting Jews to Christianity. That is a subtle form of anti-semitism, not as overt or as destructive as the progroms of past and present but yet, just as those crusades against jews, targeting Jews as a focus of action.

Myself, I am disturbed by the Jewish supporters of Israel embracing these evangelical right wing zealots merely because of the support for Israel the evangelicals espouse. Deep down in this support for Israel is a desire by these evangelicals to end the practice of Judaism with a world free of Jews, a world of only Christians. Just because these evangelicals see the Islamics as enemies of Israel shouldn't make them allies of Jews....

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Adam -- how do we explain this simply to you so that you can understand?  If you insist on converting Jews to Christianity, you are an Anti-Semite.  If you believe Jews should be Christians (thus denying their identity and race), you are an Anti-Semite.  Charles Stanley is an Anti-Semite.  That crazy downtown Baptist preacher Jeffreys is an Anti-Semite.  "Undeniable truth and logic?"  Really?  More like impossible to prove theory and dogma. 

jfpo
jfpo

Your defense of these bigots, as well as the rest of your diatribe, is a very tired "Christians are persecuted" card.

retool
retool

i'll bet it does. and while there are alot of gay jewish boys, none of them are cute.

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

True dat.  On 21 December 2012 the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl will be ripping out and eating Rick Perry's still-beating heart before his despairing eyes, the same as with all unbelievers (including you Nibiru nutballs; no, don't bother trying to repent, it's too late).

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

What does "Gooch" mean to you? I ask, since it is a family name of ours....wondering what other meaning is there?

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Well, he's pretty much insisting all those Semitic peoples who embraced Islam be converted, too.  His anti-Semitism is very broad spectrum.

Messenger
Messenger

Regardlessof one's personal beliefs (or unbelief), it's helpful to have at least read ahistory book before commenting on history. Christianity (and Judaism for thatmatter) deals very directly with the concepts that many here have sadlyfailed to understand. As a Christian, I'm not called to "convert"anybody to my faith. I'm obligated to explain my faith to others. Itis God (and the conscience he has given us) that can change a person'smind. I see it this way: the hostility that arises here againstthe Bible (and a scholar of the Bible) is rooted in a defense of one's ownvalues (or lack thereof). The ideas put forth are abrasive and unwelcome. Thatvery process illustrates what I believe "conversion" is about. Eithera person responds to those urgings or not. It's internal and I can't make ithappen. So with that in mind, I won't try to tell you what tobelieve. I encourage you to hear the complete message - byreading the Bible yourself, or listening to a good teacher (friend,preacher or scholar). You might be surprised at what you learn - and evenmore surprised at your internal response.

 

observist
observist

Just wanted to point out that much of the US evangelicals' fervent support of Isreal stems from their beliefs about Revelations. Much of that Left Behind stuff is supposed to take place in Isreal and they want to make sure it's in friendly hands when the Rapture comes.

Edgar
Edgar

Christians are commanded to "go out an make disciples of all nations"...something to that effect.  That command applies to Israel and Jews no more or less than it does to other countries and practitioners of other religions.

If that makes a Christian who follows that command an anti-semite, it makes him/her "anti" anyone-but-Christian.  Moreover, it makes people like Brenda Marks anti-Christian because she's against the commandment that Christians abide by.  I don't think she is anti-Christian, and I don't think Dr. Stanley is an anti-Semite...not even subtly.  In a Christian's mind, one proselytizes because he/she cares for the non-believer, not because he/she is somehow "against" that person or that person's race or identity.  All of this name-calling is ridiculous.

retool
retool

and what about the inherent institutional racism that lies at the heart of ALL judaism? chosen people? talk about anti-gentile and anti-human for that matter. do some critical thinking of your own.

Adam from East Dallas
Adam from East Dallas

@facebook-1029658994:disqus Anti-Semite (n) - "a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews." I find your definition fatally flawed and pathetic. Antisemitism is whether people treat Jews differently or discriminate against them because of their belief.  For example someone calling Jews names, deny them a job or a promotion, denying them admission to a university or country club, refusing to rent them an apartment, make them sit in the back of the bus, whatever, all of which your Grandparents may be able to talk to you about. Jesus, also a Jew, commanded all Christians to spread the Word. Conversion is a religious argument and does not apply here. If your definition held true, then you should call every Christian you know a racist pig to their face and avoid Christians at all costs, but then who would be the racist?

retool
retool

my, how forward thinking..

MattL1
MattL1

And since he wouldn't take the oath until 2013, there's nothing to worry about.  Except for the serpent god thing, but not a lot can be done there...

Messenger
Messenger

Old topic... I'm sure nobody's hanging out here anymore... but I just have to say:I'm proud to acknowledge Mavdog's concept is over MY head. I guess we shouldn't place the Bible on high shelves because the basic principles it contains seem to be over certain people's heads.

Someone please tell me: which Christians want to get rid of Jews? I live with, work with, study with, worship with and otherwise are familiar with lots of them there atrocious Christians - and none that I know of have anything but a God-commanded, Bible-described love for the Jewish people.

retool
retool

is that what putin told you?

retool
retool

not to mention bacon..

retool
retool

pretty sure hitler was'nt a "christian" o.k. so there's that...

retool
retool

but they were "chosen" so ya know they're up ferrit..

Mavdog
Mavdog

apparently the concept is over your head, you just don't get it. proselytizing is an atrocity against jews.

Edgar
Edgar

Incidentally, I think equating attempts to convert Jews to another religion with killing them is in itself unbelievably anti-Semitic.  Kind of cheapens the significance of the real atrocities that have been committed against the Jewish people.

Edgar
Edgar

Just googled pogrom, and, holy cow!  Christians have been bad before?!  Thanks for pointing that out.  I take it all back.  You're right.  Killing Jews is the same as trying to convince them to believe in Jesus.

Mavdog
Mavdog

either way their goal is getting rid of the jews....so yes, they do have the same end result, don't they?

and yes, there is a long history of Christians using those "guns and sharp object....against non-believers". google "pogrom" and educate yourself.

Edgar
Edgar

So there's no difference between killing a Jew and trying to convert a Jew to a Christianity?  That's one of the bolder statements I've heard all day.  We better keep guns and sharp object away from all Christians, lest they use them against non-believers instead of inviting them to church picnics!

Mavdog
Mavdog

You can try to mask the attempt to get rid of all the jews in whatever context you wish, be that your dogma or other.

For some, the rationale is to blame the jews for (from the past two millenia) a) the killing of jesus, 2) the supposed killing of christian youth for their blood, 3) the collapse of the economy by jewish greed, 4) the cabal of jewish industrialist bent on ruling the world, etc etc etc. Just one lie after another used to persecute jews.

For the evangelicals such as Dr. Stanley and apparently yourself, it is your interpretation of your bible that provides the rationale.

nevertheless the goal is the same, the fact that the goal isn't realized by murder/persecution doesn't make it any different.

Mavdog
Mavdog

My suggestion is YOU do some "critical thinking" and learn what the phrase "chosen people" actually means before making assumptions/comments that reveal your lack of knowledge. The phrase does not entail a superior position for Jews over other people of the world, it has to do with the covenant between jews and god.

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Adam -- first of all, I am a Christian.  And if you insist on converting Jews to Christianity you are treating them differently and you are discriminating against them because of their identity.  As a Christian and a former Southern Baptist, I know MANY other Christians who are hostile and biased towards Jews.  And Jesus did not command all Christians.  Christianity did not exist during the life of Jesus.  It was a later invention.  Jesus was a Jew.  And his followers were Jewish.

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