America’s largest Christian Zionist organization boasts about its numbers. But while their influence is a given, many Christians are slowly but surely seeing the justice of the Palestinian cause.
Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org
People wave American and Israeli flags at a Zionist Christian rally featuring Glenn Beck in Jerusalem, August 24, 2011. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)
Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest Zionist Christian organization in the U.S., recently sent an email blast celebrating the milestone of “2 million members.” The Washington Post’s right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin dutifully reported on the CUFI press release, which included an additional list of impressive numbers:
However, as reported by conservative Christian magazine Charisma, “insiders know such membership consists of nothing but CUFI having your email address. There’s nothing to pay, nothing to sign. And even if you drop out, you’re still counted as a member. Given this, insiders say the number of actual donors is closer to 30,000 to 50,000.”
So I guess CUFI counts me as a “member,” since I get their emails in order to keep tabs on their antics. (I always want to change the wording on their action alerts to Congress, but they don’t allow you to edit their talking points. Typical.) So at best they can only boast 1,999,999 actual supporters. I also happen to know that +972’s own Ami Kaufman has even “liked” CUFI on Facebook, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t really like them like them.
But the numbers game does not diminish CUFI’s significant impact. They certainly have far more influence than any Palestinian solidarity organization. (Fun fact, though: Jewish Voice for Peace is kicking AIPAC’s ass on Facebook, 199,412 to 93,902. Help JVP get over 200,000—but only if you really like them like them!)
“The pro-Israel side is still far ahead in the battle for the hearts and minds of America’s evangelicals,” CUFI’s executive director, David Brog, accurately claimed in an article last year, “Anti-Israel Christians do not come close to matching CUFI’s size, activity, or influence.”
Brog’s article both asserted the strength of the Zionist Christian movement while trying to scare up additional support to counter the growing movement of...Read More