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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Take my fundamentalist... please!

If anyone can think of a way to get even more fundamentalists to move out of the country, please let me know.

In a move geared toward solving northern Israel's unemployment crisis, increasing tourism to the country, and solidifying relations with U.S. evangelical Christians, the Israeli government has offered 35 acres of land on the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) for development by Christian evangelicals.

The Israeli government is hopeful that Christian evangelicals will build a large conference centre, complete with the requisite amenities, to attract hundreds of thousands of evangelical tourists from the U.S. and other countries.

(According to officials at Israel's tourism ministry, more than 400,000 Christian tourists brought 1.4 billion dollars into Israel in the past year.)

In May, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and former Prime Minister and Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who resigned his post due to opposition over what he called the unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza settlements, made the offer at a meeting with a host of evangelical leaders.

They included Pastor Sunday Adelaja of the Embassy of God in Ukraine, Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston of Hillsong in Australia, Louis Cortes of Esperanza USA, and Ted Haggard, the Senior Pastor of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, New Life Church and the president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals.

Thanks to GE (who brings bad things to light) for the link.