This beggars belief. Over at Harry’s Place, blogger Seismic Shock is recounting his visit by the Police acting at the request of the Incumbent at Christ Church, Virginia Water the Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer; and visiting lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, the Rev. Dr. Anthony McRoy.
I had not known about McRoy, but Seismic links to a speech he gave to a Khomenist organization in which he compared the self-sacrifice by the Christian Messiah – who once did something nasty to a clutch of figs – to Hezbollah which uses self-immolation to kill others and, against members of which, Interpol has issued arrest warrants in connexion with the bombing of a Jewish community centre thousands of miles from Israel.
It may be argued that it should be impossible for Christians to view claims and promises made to the Jews by God in the Hebrew scriptures without now reading them through the cross and its irrevocable consequences for the Jews. Now we find that it is Gentiles (and Jews who believe in Jesus) who are declared to be the true children of Abraham and Sarah. Jews outside the new covenant of grace have, through the cross, and because of their rejection of Jesus, become the children of Hagar. (Galatians 4:21-26). This is no excuse for arrogance or worse. With sensitivity and compassion we must rightly share our faith in Jesus praying that our Jewish friends find their Messiah and complete their faith. However, any suggestion that the Jewish people continue to have a special status or exclusive rights to the lands of the Middle East, as advocated by Christian Zionists is surely, in the words of John Stott, “biblical anathema”.
Seismic also discusses Sizer’s forwarding of e-mails from and sharing platforms with attested Holocaust Deniers, as well as accepting hospitality from the Messianic, Holocaust Denying Khomenist regieme: although he may still be persona-non-grata there for separate reasons, his polemics against Christian Zionism are being translated into Farsi by Khomenist organizations.
Despite all of this, McRoy and Sizer took objection to Seismic’s blogging activities which accused them of associating with and promoting theological antisemitism and Holocaust Deniers.
At 10am on Sunday 29th November 2009, I received a visit from two policemen regarding my activities in running the Seismic Shock blog. (Does exposing a vicar’s associations with extremists make me a criminal?, I wondered initially). A sergeant from the Horsforth Police related to me that he had received complaints via Surrey Police from Rev Sizer and from Dr Anthony McRoy who both objected to being associated with terrorists and Holocaust deniers.
The sergeant made clear that this was merely an informal chat, in which I agreed to delete my original blog (http://seismicshock.blogspot.com) but maintain my current one (http://seismicshock.wordpress.com). The policeman related to me that his police force had been in contact with the ICT department my previous place of study, and had looked through my files, and that the head of ICT at my university would like to remind me that I should not be using university property in order to associate individuals with terrorists and Holocaust deniers (I am sure other people use university property to make political comments, but nevermind).
For reasons I cannot quite fathom, someone purporting to be Sizer has issued the following warning against a Christian blogger in Australia, who had taken an interest in Sizer:
You must take a little more care who you brand as anti-semitic otherwise you too will be receiving a caution from the police as the young former student of Leeds did recently. One more reference to me and you will be reported.
Quite apart from the closing blessings being once of the most sinister things I ever have read, Seismic does *not* appear to have been cautioned. Although he is a former student at Leeds University, he graduated quite happily without being expelled. Furthermore, the Zionist control on the media may be slipping, but I doubt Sizer could persuade the Australian Police to intimidate this blogger.