Follow the money is a catchphrase popularized by the 1976 drama-documentary motion picture “All The President’s Men”, which suggests a money trail or corruption scheme within high (often political) office. In an episode of “The Wire,” Detective Lester Freamon uses the phrase when investigating the dealings of a Baltimore criminal gang to explain the political difficulty of investigating organized crime, saying:
“You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don’t know where the f@#% it’s gonna take you”.
The weird effects of the term follow the money certainly seems to apply with respect to Diane Weber Bederman’s enquiry for a review of one of the funders of the organization StandWithUs; the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ). The weird effects of trying to follow the money also possibly opens up to the rational inquirer the world of doublespeak. Doublespeak with its love of Jews/ Israel and mutual respect promoted by the likes of StandWithUs, perhaps? Kind of like the doublespeak of the left-wing BBC with their mantra that Islam is a religion of peace contrasted with the reality of bombs going off all over the place and hey presto: a piece of you here and a piece of you there, perhaps?
What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program.
Presumably Kay Wilson’s recent promotion by StandWithUs of her story fits with the agenda even though she may be a closet Christian posing as a supporter of Israel:
Does it really matter if Jews who secretly believe in Jesus are allowed to represent Israel and Jews who do not want to believe in Jesus? Eta Kushner after her recent visit to Israel to investigate missionary activity writes:
Most Christian Zionist groups operating in Israel (for the most part composed of evangelicals), such as the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, Christians United for Israel, Bridges for Peace, International Christian Zionist Center, and many others, claim they don’t proselytize. And they do not – directly.
Rather, they are aligned behind the scenes with groups that are aggressively proselytizing. If asked, many of these Christian Zionist groups will deny that they are trying to convert Jews to Christianity. Indeed, this is not their agenda. Their goal is to bring Jews to belief in Jesus, without which Jews cannot be “fulfilled.” And they sincerely believe that this is not the same as conversion.
From our perspective, of course, the subtle distinction doesn’t matter. However they word it, it shows a severe lack of respect for the Jewish religion when an outside faith system believes it knows what is best for us and what our true religion is supposed to be….
It would be bad enough if missionaries were successful due to their own efforts alone. Much worse is the fact that they are being aided by the Israeli government and some rabbis. JewishIsrael is replete with articles and videos about right-wing religious leaders, including Orthodox rabbis, who either participate in interfaith prayer services, unwittingly appear to promote a Christian agenda, and/or accept evangelical money with no parameters in place. This is despite the clear and widely accepted rulings from modern Torah authorities prohibiting interfaith theological encounters which blur the lines between religious faiths.
That the ICEJ et al, are funders of missionizing of Jews in Israel is no secret and is yet another example of doublespeak in action.
Perhaps Diane is just not playing the game correctly? After all so many accomplished and renowned rabbis have jumped on the lets do the interfaith thing together band wagon to much great financial success, so it must be OK….. right?
The bottom line of course is that it’s not alright. As a Jew watching from the pews and as a parent, the fallout from such interfaith support of Israel and Jews is already catastrophic. At this stage in the game we see a gaping dissonance between the doublespeak of not proselytizing and in reality aggressively proselytizing of Christian organisations. Worst still some of our Jewish leaders choosing to remain silent, which is the same as consenting to the conversion of Jews. Sadly also that some of our Jewish leaders are more than happy to see the spiritual suicide of their fellow Jews for the sake of financial gain.
Its time for all Jews to make Havdalah using the correct criteria specified by the clear and widely accepted rulings from modern Torah authorities prohibiting interfaith theological encounters which blur the lines between religious faiths. In other words stop taking the money and do the right thing!!