Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths explore Chuck's article, "Mainline Churches Take Lead Toward World Peace," in this 27-minute podcast. Find out how mainline Christians are at the forefront of working for world peace. Evangelical Christian churches, for the most part, either ignore the issue of peace or wholeheartedly support America's serial wars while ignoring the teachings of Jesus, like "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9). There are even evangelical preachers who pray for war or the killing of an enemy. (See: "John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for War in the Name of Jesus" and "Christian Zionist Leaders Hardly Peacemakers")
Israel has perfected Hasbara, "a form of propaganda aimed at an international audience...It is meant to influence the conversation in a way that positively portrays Israeli political moves and policies, including actions undertaken by Israel in the past. Often, Hasbara efforts include a negative portrayal of the Arabs and especially of Palestinians" (+972 Magazine). Chris Hedges on the RT program, "On Contact" talks to journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin and producer Mike Prysner about their new film Gaza Fights for Freedom which focuses on the Palestinian Great March of Return protests during which nearly 200 people were killed and 10,000 men, women and children were wounded ("approximately 1,200 patients will require long-term limb reconstruction"). Revealed in the documentary is the use of frangible or"exploding" bullets by the Israeli Defense Force that magnifies the damage done by a bullet wound. Reference WHTT posts: "Israel Shooting to Cripple and Maim," and "Israel Continues with its Shoot to Cripple & Maim Policy in Gaza."