|The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, presents Dr. Naim Ateek, an Anglican priest, as a possible candidate to become Palestine's President|
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The Rev. Dr.Naim Ateek, an Anglican Priest, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to become Palestine's next President. Even tho he's an Arab-Israeli citizen, he's still a Palestinian. Democratic elections are scheduled to be held on 24 January 2010. Actually, I don't think Naim has any political aspirations at all. I could be mistaken about that, of course. I've made mistakes in the past. Nevertheless, I suspect that Naim knows that he's perfectly suited for the position he's in right now, as Director of Sabeel International: www.sabeel.org. But.... he'll decide. One of the things that I value about Naim is that he has a mind of his own.
It's easy to understand why so many of us would promote Naim's candidacy. Read his essay titled: O Jerusalem !!! If that's not telling the truth I don't know what is. But when we think about it, Peers, it stands to reason that whoever is elected Palestine's next President will be consulting with Naim from time to time. Those folks all know each other. They grew up with each other. Many of them are cousins, distantly related. There's a tribal society in the Holy Land, Folks. I once heard Bishop Riah say that he can count over 300 cousins. I understood. Because I grew up in an extended family. In Swainsboro, Georgia. I have fourteen first cousins. I lose count in the following generations, but I can do something about that. Meanwhile, from my perspective, Naim's guiding hand is still needed at Sabeel International. Study "Palestinian Liberation Theology" exactly the way it's articulated at Sabeel. Watch: YouTube - Naim Ateek: on Sabeel's Mission (04:26).
If I understand the way Naim's mind works ... and I honestly believe that I truly do ... Naim is a man ... who among others ... is making Christianity's rightful claim to Jerusalem. What's more, Naim acknowledges that Muslims and Jews also have rightful claims to Jerusalem from their perspectives. Peers, please notice that the words "claim" and "acknowledge" and "also" have theological implications. Jerusalem must be SHARED ... and ... shared in the name of the one God. It's useless to argue about sovereignty in the Holy City. From my perspective, the way Naim understands and teaches the essence and efficacy of Jerusalem reflects an enlightened Christian attitude. Please read on. There's more from where all this comes in the paper trail that follows.
n a message dated 10/29/2009 7:47:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoyHayesJER writes: