How powerful is the Christian Right in America?
Only last week Stephen Sizer noted that the Christian Right holds to Christian Zionism, which he describes as:
“probably the most influential and destructive movement among Christians today.”
Sizer’s theories on Christian Zionism are endorsed by scores of British academics, pastors and theologians.
Yet recently we’ve heard some different ideas about the power and influence of the Christian Right and Christian Zionism.
Michelle Goldberg writes on Comment Is Free that the influence of the Christian Right on American politics is waning, pointing to the retirement of evangelical heavyweight James Dobson as perhaps the end of an era. Meanwhile, Stephen Spector explores the relationship between American evangelicals and Israel, explaining that the popular image of pro-Israel evangelicals as simply ‘anxious for armaggeddon‘ is misleading and inaccurate.
As the Obama administration and the Christian Right in America continue to lock horns over various issues, Sizer’s theories about the all-powerful Christian Right and Christian Zionism are looking increasingly outdated and tiresome. Yet Sizer still promotes these views on his website.
Rev Sizer of course revealed his prejudices about American politics when he suggested that Mossad might have been complicit in 9/11 in his 2004 book Christian Zionism (page 251 footnote 170).
Such ideas are routinely peddled by antisemites in the USA, which may explain why Rev Sizer seems to prefer the American Far Right to the Christian Right.
Rev Sizer’s essay on Christian Zionism was even converted by antisemites into an internet edition for Holocaust deniers.
All of which leads the reader to a rather disturbing question: is Rev Sizer just saying about the Christian Zionists what antisemites say about Jews?