Grace Halsell: courageous truth-seeker and debunker of Christian Zionist doctrine
By Stuart Littlewood
12 August 2012
Stuart Littlewood looks at how American journalist Grace Halsell
exposed the un-Christian wart among Christians, the “Christian Zionist
movement”, which believes that it is “perfectly acceptable to give the
green light to whatever it is Israel wants and then conceal this from
the American people”, and that “anything, including lies, theft, even
murder, is justified as long as Israel wants it”.
Not long ago I quoted American journalist Grace Halsell in an article
about the damaging influence of the Scofield Bible, not realizing how
sorely she was made to suffer for setting out the truth.
That article, “The Zionist cuckoos in Christianity’s nest”,
showed how Cyrus Scofield corrupted the Biblical message and produced a
propaganda classic that has been working its evil for 100 years.
Scofield, a convicted criminal and described by one American newspaper
as “a shyster”, was commissioned to rewrite the King James Bible by
inserting Zionist-friendly notes. The idea was to change the Christian
view of Zionism by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist sub-culture
within Christianity. The Oxford University Press appointed Scofield as
editor, and the Scofield Reference Bible was born.
It introduced a new worship icon, the modern state of Israel, which did
not exist until 1948 but was already being “prepped” on the drawing
board of the world Zionist movement.
It appealed to the impressionable and was seized on by religious
chancers who have used inappropriate methods to establish a large and
dangerously un-Christian fringe to the Christianity movement. They call
themselves Christian Zionists.
Here is how Grace Halsell explained the rehashed Biblical message:
Simply stated, it is this: every act
taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be condoned,
supported and even praised by the rest of us. Never mind what Israel
does, say the Christian Zionists. God wants this to happen…
Scofield said that Christ cannot return to earth until certain events
occur: The Jews must return to Palestine, gain control of Jerusalem and
rebuild a temple, and then we all must engage in the final, great battle
called Armageddon. Estimates vary, but most students of Armageddon
theology agree that as a result of these relatively recent
interpretations of Biblical scripture, 10 to 40 million Americans
believe Palestine is God's chosen land for the Jews.
The problem, she said, was the belief system of Christian Zionists.
“They believe that what Israel wants is what God wants. Therefore, it is
perfectly acceptable to give the green light to whatever it is Israel
wants and then conceal this from the American people. Anything,
including lies, theft, even murder, is justified as long as Israel wants
Those pseudo-Christians, who would have us all believe that God is some
kind of racist real estate agent, thereafter made her life a misery.
Victimizing the truth-seeker
Grace Halsell was a formidable campaigner for truth and justice and
died on 16 August 2000 after a remarkable career as a journalist and
author of 13 books. Using a clever suntan technique she daringly
disguised herself as a black maid in Mississippi to write the book Soul Sister (1969), a shocker that exposed America's version of apartheid.
She wrote about hard times on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and
posed as a Native American working for whites. Vietnam, Central America
and Mexican immigrant also came under her spotlight.
In 1981 she published Journey to Jerusalem, which took a close
look at Israeli torture, Israel’s illegal settlements and the oppressed
lives Palestinians were forced to lead under occupation. For her pains
she was viciously attacked by the usual suspects and dropped by
mainstream publishers. Zionists sabotaged her lectures.
Suppressing the truth
MacMillan sacked the executive who commissioned the book. Another
MacMillan executive told her he'd been ordered to take the manuscript to
the Israeli embassy and let them read it. “They were not pleased,” he
said. “They asked me, ‘You are not going to publish this book, are you?’
I asked, ‘Were there mistakes?’ ‘Not mistakes as such. But it shouldn’t
be published. It’s anti-Israel.’”
"Somehow," wrote Grace, "despite obstacles to prevent it, the presses
had started rolling. After its publication in 1980, I was invited to
speak in a number of churches. Christians generally reacted with
disbelief. Back then, there was little or no coverage of Israeli land
confiscation, demolition of Palestinian homes, wanton arrests and
torture of Palestinian civilians."
The plight of the Palestinians – Christian and Muslim – remained uppermost in her work for the rest of her life.
America needs many more fearless champions of the truth like Grace
Halsell. Let's remember her with admiration and gratitude on 16 August,
the anniversary of her death.
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