National Council of Churches Denounces Christian Zionism

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Council of Churches has released a
pamphlet denouncing Christian Zionism, which treats modern Israel
as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

The council calls Christian Zionism "a dangerous movement that distorts the teachings of the Church, fosters fear and hatred of Muslims and non-Western Christians, and has negative consequences for Middle East Peace."

Christian Zionists, including many American evangelicals, are among Israel's strongest supporters.

But the church council says they misinterpret Scripture to support "destructive directions in U.S. foreign policy with regard to the Middle East."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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