After learning of the British vicar who sent the cops after a blogger, I decided to read up a bit more about this guy.
Sizer is a Mideast activist. By “activist”, I mean that he sees the State of Israel as an abomination. He has revisionist ideas about Middle East history which he feels was influenced by “the Zionist lobby”. What’s interesting is his condemnation of the insane rantings of the Evangelicals who want to see the Temple rebuilt in order to bring about the End Times. In fact, he seems to believe that it was misguided Christians who were responsible for the founding of the State of Israel:
In the Middle East, this is largely due to the influence of European Christians who, nearly 200 years ago, believed it was their destiny to assist the Jewish people in colonising Palestine. This movement which became known as Christian Zionism, gave rise not only to Zionism and the founding of the State of Israel, but also to the Palestinian Nakba and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This is a horrid misreading of history. While there were certainly Christian and secular supporters for the founding of Israel, there was also religious and non-religious opposition. There are parts of the modern Evangelical movement that are strong supporters of Israel, but this support is predicated on the idea that when The End comes, the Jews are fucked.
Sizer emphasizes the human rights tragedy of the occupied territories, which is a good thing, but he does so in the context of his critique of “Christian Zionism” which he condescendingly reminds us is “bad for the Jews.”
Religious arguments regarding Mideast Politics are fruitless and idiotic. There is real, secular human suffering on the ground. Tossing an additional religious match into the tinderbox is cruel. If you care about peace in the Middle East, fight for it politically, condemn the violence of the occupation and the terrorist tactics supported by hypocritical, self-serving Mideast dictatorships. Sizer’s “anti-Zionist” rhetoric flirts closely with outright anti-semitism and ignores the fact that millions of Jewish Israelis are there already.
But the guy’s a hypocrite anyway. He’s a proud member of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans who profess belief in:
the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family.
So the dude is all for equal rights when it suits his purposes. Nice.
I still don’t have a good read on this Sizer guy. Is he a critic of Israel who has been vilified by extremists? Is he a critic of Israel who has strayed into frank anti-semitism? Is he just another religious wacko using superstition to justify his own hypocritical beliefs? Either way, anyone who calls the cops on a blogger for criticizing him is a no-goodnik in my book.