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:

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 694

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

WHEREAS,
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. 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.

    1. well gee Ralph if there is no difference then why do you refer to “leftists’ only?

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

    1. 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?

  5. 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.” “

  6. 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?

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

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

    Matt,
    How do you know what and whom I believe in?
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    Reflection.

  9. 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.

  10. “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.

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

  12. Bill,
    that is a disgusting comment.
    AY,
    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?

  13. “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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. Well then, their Ghod F’d up! He didn’t give Israel any oil!!!!

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