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With less than three weeks before the midterm Congressional elections,

The Armageddon Vote in 2006, Wed., Oct. 25th

With less than three weeks before the midterm Congressional elections,
the pressing issues of Iraq, the war on terrorism, and possible military
confrontation with Iran are on voters' minds.  Many voters, however, say
their opinion on Middle East issues is strongly influenced by the media
and by religion.  According to a just-released Zogby International poll,
conducted for the Council for the National Interest, nearly a third (31
percent) of likely American voters believe in Christian Zionism, as
defined as "a belief that Israel must have all of the promised land,
including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah."
 The full results of the poll are available at:

The Council for the National Interest (CNI)
Presents:

The Armageddon Vote in 2006: Christian Zionists and the Midterm Elections

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Gold Room (Room 2168)
Rayburn House Office Building
(At intersection of Independence Ave and First Ave SW)
Washington, DC

featuring

   
* Rev. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of
     Churches
     <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=210130043&url_num=2&url=http://www.ncccusa.org/>,
   * Rev. Robert O. Smith, Co-author of "Christians And a Land Called
     Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, And Hope"
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     and Lutheran Campus Pastor of the University of Chicago,
   * Rammy Haija, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Radford University
     (Virginia), and Author of numerous articles, including "The
     Armageddon Lobby: Dispensationalist Christian Zionism and the
     Shaping of U.S. Policy Towards Israel-Palestine"
     <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=210130043&url_num=4&url=http://muse.jhu.edu/demo/holy_land_studies/v005/5.1haija.html>

Box lunch provided to those who RSVP before Oct. 24, 2006

With less than three weeks before the midterm Congressional elections,
the pressing issues of Iraq, the war on terrorism, and possible military
confrontation with Iran are on voters' minds.  Many voters, however, say
their opinion on Middle East issues is strongly influenced by the media
and by religion.  According to a just-released Zogby International poll,
conducted for the Council for the National Interest, nearly a third (31
percent) of likely American voters believe in Christian Zionism, as
defined as "a belief that Israel must have all of the promised land,
including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah."
 The full results of the poll are available at:
http://www.cnionline.org/learn/polls/czandlobby/
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=210130043&url_num=5&url=http://www.cnionline.org/learn/polls/czandlobby/>.

This twentieth Capitol Hill "public hearing" sponsored by the Council
for the National Interest will feature leading experts on the possible
influence of the Christian Zionist movement in the upcoming elections.

Dr. Bob Edgar is general secretary of the National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the USA, the leading U.S. organization in the
movement for Christian unity. Thirty-five Protestant, Anglican,
Orthodox, historically African-American and peace communions, to which
approximately 45 million congregants belong, work together in the
Council to promote unity and to serve churches and people worldwide.

Robert O. Smith is Lutheran Campus Pastor for the University of Chicago
(Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and a doctoral fellow in
Religion, Politics, & Society through Baylor University (Waco, Tex.).
With Charles P. Lutz, he is author of "Christians and a Land Called
Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope" (Fortress, 2006).
Smith is a co-convener of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Working Group
on Religious Extremism.

Rammy M. Haija is the Vice-Chairman for the Initiative on Middle East
Research & Dialogue (IMERD), a research initiative dedicated toward
fostering scholarly discussion on issues pertinent to the Middle East.
 He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of
Sociology & Anthropology at Radford University in Virginia, while
concurrently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University.  At Radford he also serves
as a faculty member of the Peace Studies program.

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