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Jerome Corsi and the Christian Right

Max Blumenthhal has a profile of Jerome Corsi at the Nation, noting his history of rather unpleasant statements and associations, such as hanging out with “white nationalist” James Edwards and dispensing observations on Free Republic such as:

Isn’t the Democratic Party the official SODOMIZER PROTECTION ASSOCIATION of AMERICA–…RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters–it all goes together,”

One minor point in Blumenthal’s essay is something I wish I had spotted myself:

…as Bush’s popularity waned during his second term, Corsi’s star dimmed. He tried to reignite it by co-authoring a book with “prophecy expert” Michael Evans, Showdown with Nuclear Iran, calling on the United States and Israel to attack Iran “before it’s too late,”…

Mike Evans is a prominent Christian Zionist leader, and he has featured on this blog a number of times in the past, most recently just last month.

Corsi has some other friends on the Christian Right: as well as being a “protégé” of Chuck Colson (albeit in Colson’s pre-“Born Again” days), in 2007 he was at the “Southern California Strategic Perspectives Conference”, as was reported by Koinonia House:

This year’s conference will include insights from a number of fascinating speakers – each with their own unique perspective on what is happening in the world today. Our very own Dr. Chuck Missler, the founder of Koinonia House and Koinonia Institute, will be joined by Tim LaHaye, Joseph Farah, Dr. Jerome Corsi, Walid Shoebat, Ron Matsen, and more!

Missler is perhaps most famous for his argument that the failure of creatures to emerge from a jar of peanut butter refutes evolutionary theory; Matsen is a pastor at Calvary Chapel. LaHaye, Farah, and Shoebat need no introduction. I blogged on a subsequent Koinonia conference here.

(Hat tip: Frederick Clarkson)