States Pass Resolution Declaring Israel As A Land Ordained By God

170px-rembrandt_harmensz-_van_rijn_079-1In states from Texas to Oklahoma to Iowa, legislators have introduced resolutions that appear to proclaim Israel as a nation ordained by God. Most recently, the Texas enrolled SR 694 — a resolution introduced by Republican Senator Ken Paxton of McKinney, Texas and entitled “Commending Israel for its relationship with the United States.” It is not the title but the first sentence that is surprising: “WHEREAS, Israel has been granted her lands as recorded in the Old Testament.” That sounds a lot like saying that the nation of Israel is ordained by God and that religious claim is being ratified by the Texas legislature.

The first proclaimed fact in many of these bills introduced across the country is a whooper for those concerns about the wall of separation between church and state: “Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and revered by Jews and Christians, alike, as presenting the acts and words of God.”

The language has been duplicated and introduced in states across the country. It is rare for states with no foreign policy functions to hold forth on international matters of this kind. However, one could certainly understand the desire to affirm the close alliance between the United States and Israel. However, that can be express in a variety of ways referring to the countries and their history. There was a clear desire to have an expression of faith in the legislation — a faith-based claim that is not shared by many non-Christian and Jews including atheists and agnostics.

Do you consider this type of language appropriate?

7350132Ken Paxton is a graduate of Virginia Law School. His campaign literature states that he “is an active charter member of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, where he has participated in various leadership roles.”

Here is the language of the Texas bill:


WHEREAS, Israel has been granted her lands as recorded in the Old Testament; and

WHEREAS, The presence of the Jewish people in Israel has remained constant throughout the past 4,000 years of history; and

WHEREAS, The basis for the establishment of the modern State of Israel was a binding resolution under international law, which was unanimously adopted by the League of Nations in 1922 and subsequently affirmed by both houses of the United States Congress; and

WHEREAS, This resolution affirmed the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in the historical region of the Land of Israel; and

WHEREAS, Israel declared its independence and self-governance on May 14, 1948, with the goal of reestablishing its lands as a homeland for the Jewish people; and

WHEREAS, The United States, having been the first country to recognize Israel as an independent nation and as Israel’s principal ally, has enjoyed a close and mutually beneficial relationship with Israel and her people; and

WHEREAS, Israel is a great friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East; and

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd Legislature, hereby commend Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the State of Texas and support Israel in its right of self-governance and self-defense.

71 thoughts on “States Pass Resolution Declaring Israel As A Land Ordained By God

  1. In states from Texas to Oklahoma to Iowa, legislators have introduced resolutions that appear to proclaim Israel as a nation ordained by God.”

    The famous conservative Winston Churchill believed that the end-time battle of Armageddon. so to give Britain an edge he switched the Navy from burning coal in ships to burning oil.

    That required “managing” the middle east since Britain had no home based oil.

    Hence, the focus on the Middle East and the Israeli – Arab conflicts.

    Conservatives in the House act like they want to bring the end to their majority in the House.

    It figures.

  2. They hope that people who can read, think and interpret logically will not see the wording of these bills, or get that their are big issues with it.

  3. Cub fans want the Chicago City Council to declare Wrigley Field a “Land ordained by God.” However, the fans are not willing to pony up the required “donations” to council members.

  4. I don’t suppose that God drew a map of the boundary?

    The morons who introduce and vote for such bills very likely look down on Palestinans and Arabs as religious nutters.

    Way to go America.
    Screw with the planet. Destabalize governments and install/support friendly dictators. Invade – kill a lot of people and then leave an unstable mess. Bomb and drone women and children. Abduct and torture in black prisons. Keep GITMO going. Be exceptional!
    Don’t wonder why people might be irritated by all of this,
    Just pass these sorts of inflammatory bills and damm the blowback. It’s not as if they are going to “hate our freedoms” any more because of it.

  5. The People of The Great State of Texas kill humans. They do so in the name of the People of the Great State of Texas. They term the killings “Executions”. They violate the Sixth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill. There aint no Texas exception laid down by the Lord which says Y’all can.
    This little apCray about God and the promised land is a drop in the bucket compared to the violations by Texas of the human rights ordained by God and The Lord. If God is going to draw boundaries he may just draw a line around Texas and designate it at Hell and send the rest of us there when our time comes and we done wrong.

  6. This is one of those instances I wish the Lemon Test wasn’t so narrow in application. This is clearly endorsement under the plain language meaning of endorsement.

  7. This goes against the spirit of the US Constitution:

    “Section. 10.

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation;”

  8. Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, the. Moabites, the Egyptians, Amorites and the people in Jericho are all divided. That made for war. The borders they made were imaginary lines in their head. Have us be under one invisible flag of the Lord God Jesus Christ will eliminate lines. People will respect people wherever they are.

  9. Wow. Why in the heck would any state want to make that statement? The Texas legislature is certifying the Old Testament as being the deciding factor in the legitimacy of a nation state. Since when is Texas involved in international politics?

  10. Those who want laws based on religion are theocrats.

    They are enemies of democracy and should be charged with sedition – prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned.

    Or they can keep their religion to themselves and freely practice, which they are already allowed to do.

  11. Screw Israel. Bottom line, the Arabs are going to kill them. Want to do something about it? Take a chair.

  12. Why do you think Japan initiated WWII by attacking Pearl Harbor. Lack of oil or other natural resources.

  13. This is utter Fundamentalist Christian nonsense and totally unhelpful to the situation in the Middle East. As someone inferred it has more to do with “Revelations” and Armageddon, than with reality.

  14. Mike Spindell 1, May 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    It doesn’t have anything to do with Armageddon. Reality is a different situation.

  15. The main reason why most politicians are gaga for Izzuhrl is because that country is useful for whenever U.S military/security/energy/Halliburton
    companies need some cover when they’re planning on overthrowing a country’s leader or starting another illegal war.

    Most rich people actually dislike Jews.

  16. “The main reason why most politicians are gaga for Izzuhrl……..Most rich people actually dislike Jews”
    Spreading the love one epiphet at a time. Words of wisdom for an enlightened age.

  17. Bill,
    that is a disgusting comment.
    I have no problem what Texas wants to do with their state’s issues, but declaring another country is ordained by God is just beyond reasonableness. Just whose God ordained that?

  18. rafflaw 1, May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm
    Your God did.

  19. “Why do you think Japan initiated WWII by attacking Pearl Harbor.”

    European and nearby powers were having a war that they named “Europe&OtherPlaces War X”
    About 2 years after that one started, It got upgraded to”WWII” after Pearl Harbor.

    It takes Americans to make a real War.
    All else is just skirmishing. Much of this skirmishing involves groups that are labelled “terrorists”, “rebel forces” or “freedom fighters”. Labelling varies over time and depends on which way US foreign policy and arms/cash resources are blowing at any particularstage.

    Israel is a tail wagging the dog that might well start another real war.

    That war will be featured on American TV. Despite saturation coverage, most Americans will still have no real idea of where or what the rest of the world is – apart from being a very long way away thank goodness.

  20. Have us be under one invisible flag of the Lord God Jesus Christ will eliminate lines. People will respect people wherever they are. says Jonathan Hughes
    Uh I guess unless they are not Christian, or maybe your desired denomination of Christianity.

  21. bill mcwilliams 1, May 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm said “Most rich people actually dislike Jews.”

    No that’s not true. But maybe that makes you feel better about your dislike of them if you can pretend you are in better (well, more monied)_ people then presumably yourself.

  22. rafflaw 1, May 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    How do you know what and whom I believe in?

  23. SlingTrebuchet 1, May 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    Are you female? It sounds like it.

  24. I have a theory that Christian Fundamentalist fascination with Armageddon and the End is driven by a terror of them dying and the world just carrying on – like they didn’t really matter in the bigger picture.
    Are they terrifed of coming to the moment of death without really *knowing* what it’s all about? — as opposed to saying that they believe.
    Do they pray for the End in their lifetime?
    Do they conciously or unconciously try to provoke it by bringing about Biblical conditions?

  25. Texas megachurch leader John Hagee: “Christian Zionists put great emphasis on returning all the world’s Jews to Israel as part of their end times scenarios. They also oppose Israel ceding any land as part of a peace agreement. Hagee and other Christian Zionists make a great show of raising money for Israel (often to fund settling immigrants or expansionist Jewish settlers).

    Christian Zionists justify all this with a mumbo-jumbo of biblical interpretation. For example, Hagee said during the Fresh Air interview: “Joel 3:2 says do not do it. Those who divide up the land of Israel will come under the judgment of God. Therefore, don’t do it. It’s just that simple.”

    Hagee made the Christ-killer statement when Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked him about about the “rapture” that he says will occur when Jesus Christ returns in the end-times scenario. At first, Hagee insisted that Jews could be “raptured” into the air along with Christians.

    “Well, there are Jewish people who believe in Jesus Christ, and there are Arabs who believe in Jesus Christ, so you don’t have to be a gentile to be a believer,” he told Gross.

    But, she pressed, “you do have to believe in Jesus Christ.” Hagee agreed to that, and Gross pressed on, asking what about “Israeli Jews who don’t believe in Jesus Christ when the Rapture comes?”

    Jews will “see”
    Hagee responded that those Jews would not be raptured, but would have to live through the “Tribulation.” “

  26. So which do you Leftists hate more–as to get so upset over this development–Israel or God? Or do you just hate both?

    Let’s take out “In God we trust” from money and substitute “Trust your government appointed Leftist leader.”

    Same for “The Star-Spangled Banner” where it references “In God we trust.”

    Let’s also take God out of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and simply say that “We pledge allegiance to the Leftist-controlling authorities and obey them at all times.”

    Let’s also take God out of the courtrooms too. When you have to testify, instead of asking you “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole, truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”–let them ask “Do you confirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as set forth by the Leftist-controlling authorities?”

    And lets transform Israel and the USA into an Leftist Islamic states, running them like Iran, and destroy all civilization as we know it.

    Happy now, Leftists?

  27. Ho about we return the pledge to what it was before the Knights of Columbus convinced Eisenhower to change it to “In G-d”?
    No Ralph let’s take out the words “In G-d” from money etc because we are a nation that does not insist on Faith, much less one specific faith, as opposed to say, Iran, Iraq, etc.
    It is sad you don’t get what this discussion and concern is about, that you can not see past your own little parochial view and can only see the world from your right leaning viewpoint that substitutes anger, snideness, and falling in line with Fox and the likes of Huckabee et al for real thought Let’s change what you wrote and substitute ‘right leaning, rightist ‘ for left leaning would that then be okay with you?.
    You want to worry about turning America into Iran etc? Then let’s make religion the controlling authority. Let’s let debate and opposing viewpoints be a thing of the past and worthy of condemnation and even prison. Would that then make you happy, as long as we fall into line with your position?

  28. You don’t have to be a Mormon to get into Heaven. But a Mormon has to pray you into Heaven. They told me I have that blessing.

    What if you’re a Catholic?

  29. If you’re a Catholic, you get into Heaven – unless you’re a Leftist Catholic – like Jesus.
    You get a virgin – but only one.

    If you’re a Catholic and have also been prayed in by a Mormon, you get a better seat – but still only one virgin.

    If you’re a Catholic and have also been prayed in by a Muslim, you don’t get a better seat – but you can get more than one virgin, depending on how rich you were/are.
    If you are only moderatly rich, any extra virgins will not necessarily be a different sex to you – or even if different sex may have problematic sexual orientations.

    If you’re a virgin – you get into Heaven regardless of religion. There’s a shortage of virgins.

  30. For the zillionth time, leecarrol, there is no difference between the left and the right. Nazis kill, dominate, and control under the banner National Socialism and the Communists kill, dominate, and control under the banner of Socialism. See the difference? Me neither. And that’s my point.

    The Left and the Right hate freedom of speech and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Centralized control is their joy. I could care less what Fox and Huckabee have to say. They are there to foster the fallacy of a left-right wing dichotomy. Not coincidentally, neither of them are friends of Israel, and one of the major owners of Fox is a Muslim who actively supports Islamic control.

  31. Isn’t it sad when dreams come true, and bring no happiness or beauty?

    I don’t think that’s how god works.

  32. leecarrol, you say “well gee Ralph if there is no difference then why do you refer to “leftists’ only?” I’ve explained this too, many times. The left has successfully hijacked what used to be called right-wing, so as a convenient short-cut, I simply use the term “Leftist” for any political philosophy in which an “elite” centralized group determines what everyone else must do. There are degrees of leftism, of course, but the concept and philosophy are the same. Some want to do it in stages, like Mayor Bloomberg, who would–if he had his way totally–dictate what you may eat or drink and where you may do and under what circumstances. That’s Leftism in small stages. Others want it to happen in broad stages, like Obama. And still others are out for a grand revolution of leftism, like the Muslims. You probably think of Nazis, like those on Stormfront, as being right-wing. But the label is stale and is absurd because Stormfront agrees 100% with Muslims, in much the same way that the Grand Mufti joined hands with Hitler, and for the same purpose: to institute centralized control. Key to the Leftist plan is to exterminate all contributors to civilization, as they insist on freedom, which has no place in the Leftist ideology. Ironically, many believers in Leftism are simply naïve or dumb about what it means, and when they really find out–when it has advanced to the point that the power really does start to get centralized, they are among the first casualties.

  33. I’m not technically a dirt lawyer, but I did examine a lot of title abstracts as a baby lawyer, and I can truthfully say that although many Florida titles are traced back to Spanish land grants, I never encountered a deed naming the Lord of Israel as grantor. And I rather doubt that any of the title insurance companies with whom I have dealt over the years would recognize such a deed as a legally sufficient root of title.

  34. Ralph, you old leftist, you,
    “For the zillionth time…”
    “I’ve explained this too, many times.”

    We can’t understand your leftist rants. This may be why you feel compelled to repeat them, endlessly. You leftists rant incoherently, but you’re never right. Repeating leftist gibberish doesn’t clarify it.
    Why are you so obsessed with being a leftist, Ralph?
    Your admiration for leftists like yourself intrudes on your writing, making it undecipherable.
    Left is sinister, right?
    Or is that a somewhat left-handed compliment?

  35. Mike A.,

    You raise another point tangentially: Is the Lord of Israel subject to the Rule Against Perpetuities?:mrgreen:

  36. Mike A.,
    You must have missed that last deed into trust where Jesus deeded Palestine into his Jews only trust. :)

  37. Gene H.:

    I believe that the original rule made reference to a life in being plus 6,000 years.

  38. The Palestinians were escheated out of their land, and it reverted to the Lord, who subsequently conveyed it to Israel.

    I read that on a scroll at the Dead Sea County Assessor’s Office.

    I wish some people would Quit Claiming they own the world. Show some Restraint On Alienating everyone’s belief in justice.

  39. SlingTrebuchet – actually there are some people who claim he did give boundaries. I am somewhat embarrassed to mention this as I don’t remember reading it when I read the bible but the claim is that there is a passage in the New Testament that claims he gave them all the land between the Nile and the Euphrates rivers (I’ll pause here to give everyone a chance to visualize that land grant and what it really means).

    I am aware that there are wingnut groups in Israel that take this as their starting point which naturally upsets some people living the area, particularly since the believe has some traction in the Likud

  40. Ralph Adamo – you still don’t have the dosage right, ask your doctor to evaluate your meds as they obviously are not getting you the relief from the delusions you need.

    That is the only response possible to that screed

  41. Darren,
    Your comment,
    “More like Bar Sinister, methinks.”
    Heralds illegitimate fruit. It left nothing sinister to bar.

  42. A few years ago both houses of the Oklahoma legislature declared that “there is one God of the universe.” It passed unanimously (although a few didn’t vote). I believe the governor at the time signed as well. I don’t remember what prompted it now but I want to say it had to do with science textbooks. Happens more often than you’d think.

  43. Bob Kauten = Frankly = Ultrasubcretinous Megamoron.

    Although your brand of stupidity is near ineffable, I believe that my equation has, nonetheless, ineluctably captured the underlying axiom that applies in your case.

    PS: You can ask your parents to explain this post to you, as I’m sure it’s beyond your comprehension, unless, of course, you’ve inherited your limitations from them.

  44. Gene: “You raise another point tangentially: Is the Lord of Israel subject to the Rule Against Perpetuities?”

    He sure as hell violated the rule against restraint on alienation.

  45. Presumably if anyone believes that Isreal is entitled to that huge expanse from the River of Egypt to the Euphates as a gift by God (e.g. Genesis 15:18), then thy will live by:

    Deuteronomy 22

    20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

    21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

    22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman</b<: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

    23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

    24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

    ……. or is the Bible a la carte?

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