I first thought it must be a joke when I saw the cover emblazoned with the line, â€śIf the promises of God are inviolable, then Israelâ€™s attachment to the land is underwritten by Godâ€™s decreeâ€ť (Does the promise still hold? Jan. 13). I double-checked the date of the issue, thinking perhaps it was from last April Foolâ€™s Day and that a delightful tongue-in-cheek satire was in store.
But no, to my utter amazement Gary Anderson expounded on that premise in all seriousness, as though the theological perceptions of some tribe of believers (of which I count myself one) actually had standing in affairs of contemporary national sovereignty. Canâ€™t you just see it now, the stream of petitioners from all manner of religious persuasions flocking to The Hague, presenting the World Court with claims that their particular deity gave them title to certain real estate?