GA Senate Candidate Raphael Warnock Spread Fabrication that Jesus Was a “Poor Palestinian”
Warnock’s historical erasure of Judaism is not a one-off. He has a long record of spouting anti-Israel propaganda, yet he’s trying to rebrand himself during the Senate election.
Groucho Marx once famously quipped, “If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.”
Reverend Raphael Warnock—senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (where MLK Jr. and Sr. served as co-pastors) and Democratic candidate for Senate—seems to have adopted Groucho’s joke as a personal mantra: like Yasser Arafat, Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, The New York Times, and many others before him, Warnock has attempted to rewrite history, claiming that Jesus of Nazareth was “Palestinian.”
Even as one election-related controversy after another erupted through November, the Georgia Senate races proved to be some of the most incendiary of the entire election season. Among the many hot-button issues in the run-off race between Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock, resurfaced footage of Warnock’s past anti-Israel sermons stands out.
Warnock compared Netanyahu to segregationist George Wallace https://t.co/UTwskn3QeG
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 10, 2020
Recent backlash against his remarks has prompted Warnock to try rebranding himself as a staunch Israel ally; and for some, his image makeover has apparently been convincing.
Democratic Majority for Israel PAC endorses Raphael Warnock, who is under fire for his past Israel views – Jewish Telegraphic Agency https://t.co/3c7mxRCkQt via @jtanews
— allengreenfield (@allengreenfield) December 10, 2020
Having served for 15 years as the Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — preaching from the same pulpit as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Rev. Warnock’s values are deeply rooted in his faith. So, too, is his support for Israel & the U.S.-Israel alliance.
— Democratic Majority for Israel (@DemMaj4Israel) December 10, 2020
The problem? None of Warnock’s anti-Israel remarks are one-offs. Falsehoods he has spread about Israel should be viewed in context; and thus understood as frank manifestations of deeply-held beliefs, nourished by pre-existing relationships with Christian Liberation Theology and anti-Zionists.
In clips of his church preaching, Warnock is shown repeating a myth long favored by anti-Israel bigots: that the historical Jesus was ethnically “Palestinian”. Moreover, Warnock made this claim in service of advancing a political agenda—which he then conflated with authentic Christianity.
In one video, Warnock cited (what he claimed to be) the Pope’s words on Marxists, and then went on to refer to Jesus as “that poor Palestinian prophet…”:
“And, I love this Pope. He said, ‘Well, I’m not a Marxist, but I know a few Marxists and they’re pretty good people. So hard to discover, and to hear an authentic vision and voice, of authentic spirituality that gives voice to the least of these and when it shows up people describe it as some strange ideology rather than the vision of that poor Palestinian prophet who said that the spirit of the Lord is on me because God has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…”
Exclusive Video: Georgia Senate Candidate @ReverendWarnock preaches Marxism, calls Jesus a “poor Palestinian prophet.” pic.twitter.com/6vtfSCTYbX
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 15, 2020
In another, (this one appears to be from 2014, after Trayvon Martin was killed) Warnock decried elected officials who enacted the ‘Stand Your Ground’ firearms law, and labeled Jesus “that Palestinian peasant…”:
No, it’s not a stand your ground law, it’s a shoot first law. Shoot first, ask questions later…[But] perfect love casts out fear! And how is it that we have elected officials who say that they are Christian, that they go and they listen to somebody preach every Sunday morning—I wonder, what are they preaching?—Do they know the Christ? Do they know that Palestinian peasant who said, ‘He who lives by the sword will die by the sword?’
The “Palestinian-Jesus” canard has been thoroughly debunked. But, as David Parsons wrote in July 2019, it
…has been a core part of the lexicon of Palestinian nationalism since at least the 1960s, as evidenced by news archive photos of a press conference held by PLO chief Yasser Arafat in Amman in June 1970. Over his shoulder hangs a poster of a gaunt, near-naked Palestinian nailed to a Star of David. The message is clear: the Palestinians are suffering at the hands of the Jews, just like Jesus did.
So, the motif still holds water with many who are determined to interpret the world through a narrow ‘intersectional’ paradigm: ‘White/ Colonialist/ Wealthy Capitalist/ (and often Jewish or Christian) Oppressor versus Brown/ Colonized/ Indigenous/ Poor Worker/ Oppressed’.
Indeed, in a third resurfaced clip of his preaching (this one from 2018), Warnock trumpeted,
We need Pentecost in a week like this. The world is all messed up…I’m out here fighting, I’m out here struggling, I’m out here trying to do what God has called me to do…It’s been a tough week. The administration opened up the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Standing there: the president’s family and a few mealy-mouthed evangelical preachers who are responsible for the mess that we found ourselves in, both there and here—misquoting and misinterpreting the Scripture, talking about peace.
Meanwhile, young Palestinian sisters and brothers, who are struggling for their very lives, struggling for water and struggling for their human dignity stood up in a non-violent protest, saying, ‘If we’re going to die, we’re going to die struggling.’ And yes, there may have been some folk who were violent, but we oughta know how that works out. We know what it’s like to stand up and have a peaceful demonstration and have the media focus on a few violent uprisings. But you have to look at those Palestinian sisters and brothers, who are struggling for their human dignity and they have a right to self-determination, they have a right to breathe free…
[This week,] We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey. And I don’t care who does it, it is wrong. It is wrong to shoot down God’s children like they don’t matter at all! And it’s no more anti-Semitic for me to say that than it is anti-White for me to say that Black lives matter! Palestinian lives matter! We need a Pentecostal moment!
You can see the whole sermon below.
Given all this, Warnock’s recent boilerplate “two-state solution” platitudes are not enough to convince me that he isn’t simply pandering to secure Georgia’s Jewish vote.
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Does anyone actually think that the general population knows or cares about the positions of the candidates? No, they vote based upon party affiliation or skin color.
Yes, but religious hatred and racial hatred are indeed bait for some constituencies.
Another useful idiot from the moron factory known as the American educational system.
Secession is our only way out.
Don’t give them any of our land.
He is morally corrupt.
Here’s some medicine for all the corrupt ones.
It’s very interesting.
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Or a clever saboteur.
It’s over. The treason is too deep:
Our only future is secession.
So, where do you suppose he goes to have tailor made shirts with an extra placket? He LOVES to look a certain look.
He and Stacey would make a nice couple.
One has to wonder where the democrats find these retards and how they garner such support.
Which came first? The Democrat? Or the retard.
I’ve heard that speaking cadence before, the one used to get ’em all noddin’ and paying,
“Put your left hand on the radio and say ‘Amen,’ and put the pen in your right hand and write that check out to Reverend Ike”
Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II
Nothing personal, but “one-off” is a Brit term.
The American term is “one-time.”
This twit is yet another miserable, vile, dumb-as-rocks, jihad-enabling/excusing/rationalizing/whitewashing,Jew-hating, Dhimmi-crat bigot. That he was anointed the Dhimmi-crats’ candidate for the U.S. Senate demonstrates, for only the gazillionth time in recent memory, that the despicable Dhimmi-crats are the most unabashed and brazen Jew-hating force in the world today, apart from Muslim jihadists.
Ahhh yes, Jesus, the only surviving Philistine left after they went extinct before the Roman empire even existed. I never knew Jesus had ancestors in Greece.
Apparently this grifter has forgotten the lineage of Jesus as clearly told in the first few verses of Matthew. Jesus, when he was among us, was “of the house and lineage of David”. If he says something different, he’s a liar.
Like the presidential election, the wildcard in the two Senate runoff elections will the the Communist voting fraud.
Disgrace to the pulpit MLK once occupied.
Heretic. Marxists are sworn enemies of Christianity.
What does that have to do with you being a poor excuse for a human, Warnock?
Warnock is correct.
Syria Palaestina (literally, “Palestinian Syria”; Latin: Sȳria Palaestīna [ˈsyː.ri.a pa.ɫ̪ae̯sˈt̪iː.na];Koinē Greek: Συρία ἡ Παλαιστίνη, romanized: Syría hē Palaistínē, Koine Greek: [syˈri.a (h)e̝ pa.lɛsˈt̪i.ne̝]) was the name given to the Roman province of Judea by the emperor Hadrian following the suppression of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 AD. The earliest numismatic evidence for the name Syria Palaestina comes from the period of emperor Marcus Aurelius, although the Classical Greek version of name has been recorded in usage since at least the 5th century BC.
The province was divided into Palaestina Prima and Palaestina Secunda in about 390.
Well, no he’s not. Jesus was born in the Roman province of Judea. Therefore, HE’s a Judean. HE was also a descendent of King David. Therefore, also a Jew.
Mr. Warnock is either ignorant or making a political statement to advance his personal agenda. Being ignorant can be forgiven, using his position as a minister of the gospel to advance his personal political views will have consequences when he faces the judgement we will all face one day.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Matthew 1:1 ESV
Read Matthew 1:1-17 and get back with us.
Sorry, that was an answer to paralegal.
Throw out wikipedia and read the New Testament as the ultimate authority for the issue in question. It can’t possibly be more clear.
Jesus was “Palestinian” in the same way that Catherine the Great was from the USSR. The place where she was from acquired that name long after her death, had it for a while, and then lost it.
I’m sorry but I find your analogy illogical. Based on the logic of your analogy, Jesus was Israeli, not Palestinian.
The analogy is crystal clear, and if you can’t follow it then the defect is in you. Any person of normal intelligence would have no problem understanding it.
If by “Jesus was a poor Palestinian” he means “I am a poor excuse for a human being”, then I 100% agree.
That’s ridiculous. Everyone knows Jesus was a space alien.
Black “leaders” have always despised Jews. It’s amazing that Jewish groups support organizations like BLM and the NAACP.