This is a guest-post by Joseph Weissman
Stephen Sizer is a well-known Anglican vicar and theologian, who presents himself as a world expert on extreme theology. Sizer claims that most Christians who support Israel are “Christian Zionists” obsessed with the End Times. Dr Anthony McRoy is an evangelical theologian and Bible lecturer who holds similar beliefs to Sizer, and also sees Christian Zionists as a major obstacle to peace. But there is another side to Sizer and McRoy.
In 2007, Sizer accepted an invitation to give a series of lectures in Iran. Sizer was invited by Ayatollah Khomeini’s daughter – Zahra Mostafavi. Ayatollah Khomeini ruled Iran with an iron fist.
Under Khomeini’s rule, many Christians were arrested and even killed, for “heresy” and “insulting Khomeini”. Khomeini died in 1989, but his cruel ‘Khomeinist’ politics live on. Sizer has aligned his theology to co-operate with Khomeinist politics. McRoy has presented Khomeinist suicide bombers as virtuous.
Mostafavi thinks her father was a righteous man. She wants to spread his politics across the Middle East, and encourages children to become suicide bombers for Khomeinists in Lebanon, at a theological conference in Iran.
I have written a document to explain the phenomenon, of Christians like Sizer and McRoy working together with Khomeinists to promote an evil, radical agenda.
You can download the document here:
Liberal author Sohrab Ahrami comments:
“Iranians of the Christian faith, like other ethno-sectarian minorities – and, indeed, the vast majority of citizens – are daily targeted by the ruthless clerical regime that misrules Iran. It is beyond obscene then, to see a Christian leader like Rev. Sizer kowtow to Iranian theocrats. And it is heartening to hear strong, liberal-democratic and Christian voices of conscience hold men like Sizer to account for their moral abdications.”
It is highly hypocritical of Sizer and McRoy to chastise Christian Zionism as being obsessed with war and Armageddon in the Middle East, and then ally themselves with Islamist Mahdists who theologise and threaten the destruction of Israel whilst trying to bring about the apocalypse. They have strained a gnat and swallowed a camel.
Yet Stephen Sizer’s bishop – the Rt. Reverend Christopher Hill – considers Sizer to be engaging in legitimate political activity, helping Muslim and Christian people in the Middle East.
By aligning with Khomeinists, however, Sizer may well land many Iranian Muslims and Christians in further peril, strengthening the hands of their Khomeinist persecutors. Across the world, Muslims and Christians should oppose Rev Sizer’s dangerous theological and political game. Please forward this document and make others aware, of this scandalous activity.
The Church of England has correctly ruled that its vicars should have nothing to do with the BNP. The church will ban clergy who are found to be BNP members.
Now the Church of England must reject Khomeinist fascists just like it has rejected BNP fascists.
Please pass this document on to any concerned Muslims and Christians you know, and let’s send out a clear message to the Bishop of Guildford about extremist theology. We will not tolerate it, and neither should he.