I would never entrust young Christian leaders to Paul Singer’s agenda. If there is any conspiracy or strange bedfellows, the Washington Post would better spend its time looking into the web that Paul Singer has woven.
Singer and MOTB issued a premature press release about Covenant Journey in 2015, which I never saw beforehand and would not have approved. The statement claimed that Singer was a founding sponsor with MOTB in Covenant Journey, even though Covenant Journey was the brainchild of Liberty Counsel and Singer never provided any funding. When Singer’s offer of money in exchange for control was rejected, MOTB and Singer created Passages Israel. Because Passages Israel copied Covenant Journey, some have unfortunately confused the two separate programs. They are separate and distinct despite that fact Passages Israel borrowed language from Covenant Journey.
On the surface, Singer’s partnership with MOTB may sound harmless. But Singer’s involvement is fraught with danger. With his newly-minted MOTB partnership, Singer’s name is now routinely mentioned alongside the Green family and Hobby Lobby. It may look like he is a friend of our Christian youth partnering with a reputable Christian organization. And that is exactly the image Singer wants to convey. But Singer always has his eye on the goal to advance the LGBT agenda.
Singer does not hide his involvement with MOTB and the Green family. In fact, he publicizes the association, which no doubt introduces Singer’s name to a new audience, including Christian college students. For the students who participate in Passages Israel, he has all their contact information. He has it all – college, address, email, cell phone, social media, academic information, special interests, and more.
In the same way Singer can call Hobby Lobby an “enemy of equality” while being in a joint partnership with MOTB, so Singer can appear one way to the young Christian leaders and then recruit them for his LGBT agenda. Parents and colleges should beware.
In January 2016, MOTB and Singer jointly launched their first student tour program to Israel. One student from Hillsdale College described how the trip impacted her, but not in a positive way. “Going to Israel has complicated my narrative and given me more questions than answers,” said 20-year old JoAnna Kroeker from Hillsdale College. Now, she said, she can no longer be “pro-Palestine or pro-Israel” and is unfortunately confused with no solutions.
On a 2016 MOTB-Singer sponsored Passages Israel trip, the itinerary included a lecture from Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, a professor at Al-Quds University in “Jerusalem, Palestine,” who raises funds for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and who allegedly believes Israel should disappear. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the Al-Aqsa Mosque “is a steady stream of call for jihad and martyrdom, venomous attacks on Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, and praise for al Qaeda, Islamic State, or ISIS, and other jihadist groups.” Abu Sway was the president of the Islamic Society of Boston from 1990-1992, which has been associated with a number of suspected terrorists, including the Boston Bombers. According to Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Pipes, Abu Sway is a known activist for the terrorist group Hamas. Hamas even publishes articles by Abu Sway on its website. According to the Jewish News Service, Abu Sway “is a Muslim supremacist. He believes that Muslims should wield political power over Jews and Christians in the Holy Land and in the rest of the Middle East. He also thinks Israel should disappear because the existence of a Jewish state is a theological impossibility under Islam.”
Why would anyone ever bring Christian college students to Israel and subject them to a lecture from an Islamic radical who supports Jihad and the terrorist group Hamas? It is one thing to present both sides of an issue, but quite another to provide a platform for a jihadist to indoctrinate future leaders.
A cloud of confusion regarding Israel has been following the Green family since at least 2010, when Mart Green funded and produced the controversial movie “Little Town of Bethlehem,” which had a decidedly anti-Israel theme. Produce by EthnoGraphic and housed in the Hobby Lobby headquarters, the movie company’s target audience is 18-25. The film has been shown on many college campuses. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America has publically asked the Greens to denounce the movie and correct the record, but so far they have not.
In contrast, Covenant Journey students have completely different experiences that are life changing. Lauren said of her Covenant Journey experience, “This trip has taken my faith deeper than I could have imagined…. I am not the same person I was when I left for Israel; my faith is deeper, stronger, and I am awakened to the geopolitical realities of the nation of Israel…. To the future students of Covenant Journey, get ready for your life to be changed in the best way possible.” And Rachel said, “I will never be the same again!”
An alarming number of young people walk away from their Christian faith following high school, and, when this happens, they also disconnect from Israel and, in some cases, become anti-Semitic. Covenant Journey immerses students in the land of the Bible and connects them to the roots of our Christian faith. The experiential tour has a strong spiritual content. The Bible and Jesus become more real and meaningful. Their Christian faith is renewed and deepened, and the students fall in love with and become advocates for Israel.
Singer is not interested in the Christian faith of millennials, but he is focused on recruiting young leaders. Singer wants to capture the youth and enlist them in his army to change America. He wants to advance a radical LGBT agenda. That agenda is on a collision course with the faith of the Christian college students he is trying to reach. Singer has made many inroads into the Republican Party. Now he is trying to infiltrate Christian groups to reach Christian college students.
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