- The unAmerican thought police operating
on American soil have struck once again. This time their victim is veteran
Christian evangelist Dale Crowley, Jr. who has been the host of two popular
radio programs broadcast over WFAX 1220-AM radio in the Washington area
for the last 20 years.
- Crowley was told by Doris Newcomb, president
and general manager of WFAX, that his Saturday morning broadcast, "Focus
on Israel," was terminated immediately. He was not even given an opportunity
to bid farewell to his longtime listeners.
- The program was canceled by the WFAX
management because supporters of Israel had complained to the radio station
about Crowley's criticisms of Israel.
- Over the years Crowley has been critical
of Israel. He has dared to broadcast facts about efforts by the Israeli
government to curtail the work of Christian missionaries in the Holy Land,
even to the extent, as Crowley has pointed out, of laws introduced in the
Israeli parliament that would penalize Christians who engage in missionary
work among the Israelis, requiring that those convicted of evangelism be
sent to jail.
- In addition, Crowley has used his WFAX
broadcast to tell Christians in the Washington area of how the Israelis
have oppressed Christian Palestinians, uprooting them from their homes,
vandalized Christian churches in the Holy Land, and otherwise made life
difficult for Christian Palestinians and other Christian Arabs in the Middle
- Crowley has upset many supporters of
Israel by pointing out that under the thinking of such Christian supporters
of Israel as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Tim LaHaye, a New York-born
Jewish atheist has more right to live in the holy city of Jerusalem than
a Palestinian Christian minister whose family has lived there for 1,000
- For daring to speak truths such as this,
Crowley's "Focus on Israel" program has been banned from the
airwaves by the management of WFAX radio, although it's quite clear, according
to observers who have been investigating the matter, that there was heavy-handed
pressure brought to
- bear on WFAX.
- Ironically, Crowley first began "Focus
on Israel" in collaboration with the late Haviv Schieber, a Polish-born
Jew who emigrated to Palestine in the 1920s and became the first mayor
of Beersheva. The town is near the location of what became the site of
Israel's supposedly "holy" facility where that nation has produced
nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Since Crowley's friend Schieber was
a no-holdsbarred anti-communist, Schieber broke with Israel, critical of
Israel's behind-the-scenes collaboration with the Soviet communists.
- Seeking political refuge in the United
States, Schieber became friends with Crowley and his wife Mary. After several
years of working with the Crowleys, Schieber converted to Christianity,
a fact that delighted many WFAX listeners. In fact, Schieber died in Crowley's
home, just shortly after
- telling Crowley that he had seen a vision
of Jesus Christ welcoming him home.
- Yet the Christian management of WFAX
has bowed to the demands of the Zionist lobby and is silencing Crowley,
a missionary who brought an Israeli Jew to Christ.
- What is all the more astounding, to Crowley's
Christian supporters at least, is that WFAX management has advised Crowley,
in addition, that he is likewise not permitted to talk about "Israel"
in future broadcasts of "The King's Business," his daily program
which is broadcast Monday through Friday.
- Since the term "Israel" is
mentioned in the Bible over 2,500 times, if Crowley is not allowed to mention
that term, it will obviously make it difficult for him to talk about the
- In the meantime, WFAX critics note, there
are pro-Israel broadcasters appearing on WFAX, such as one Sid Roth for
example, who repeatedly praise Israel.
- Advocates of the First Amendment, who
wish to express their views on this matter, may contact WFAX manager Doris
Newcomb at (703) 532-1220 or write: Doris Newcomb, 161 Hillwood Ave., Suite
B, Falls Church, Va. 22046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- (Issue #12, March 20, 2006)