Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Christian Left's immorality

Powerline has a great post on how several 'main-line' Christian churches in the US, led by the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) are now advocating possible divestment in corporations who do business with Israel. According to the PCUSA:
The General Assembly [of the Presbyterian Church] has also identified the continued occupation of Palestinian land by Israel as the major impediment to the creation of a just peace...

The General Assembly has also echoed other religious bodies in expressing deep concern about the construction of a Separation Barrier on Palestinian land as it will increase the suffering of Palestinians, make their territory more unviable economically, and render the two-state solution much more difficult to achieve.

Hm. No mention of how the barrier has severely cut down on the number of suicide bombings and the number of innocent lives that has saved. I'm hoping that this is just 'progressivity run amok' and not a vestige of "Jews were Christ killers anyway..."

ADDITION (by The Monk): This campaign has been ongoing for awhile. It is simply an anti-Semitic attack dressed up in language of human rights and peace activism. But the intents and effects give away the game: (1) There is no condemnation by the Presbyterians (or US Anglicans, who also are considering divestment) of Palestinian terror attacks; (2) there is no call by these churches for democracy; (3) there is no call by these churches that the Palestinians allow JEWISH integration in their societies; (4) there is no mention of the DECREASE in terrorism from the West Bank barrier; (5) there is no mention that in Israel every Arab has two things that any Jew in the Arab world lacks -- freedom to practice his/her religion and the ability to vote in a free democratic election (Iraq excepted for this element); (6) there is no condemnation by these churches of anti-Semitism in Arab lands; (7) the Arabs in Israel are not separated from society by apartheid, instead they are productive members of society with a per capita GDP that is more than five times higher than the average per capita GDP in the Arab world, their women have full rights that any other Israeli woman has, and they are able to work, play, pray, grow, interact in peace. Simply stated, when you treat Jews differently than you treat others, you are anti-Semitic. When you treat the Jewish State differently than you treat others, you are anti-Semitic.

And be clear about this: the Presbyterian church's acts are wholly immoral. As this excerpt from a Dennis Prager column from last July, when the Presbys began this idiocy and when Arafat was alive, encapsulates:

This is one of the morality-clarifying issues of our time. To single out Israel for economic strangulation while that good nation fights for its life is an act of such immorality that holding that view precludes one from the title "good" or "God-fearing," for if they are true to God, I am false to Him. If they are good, I who support Israel am bad. If their Bible teaches them to strangle Israel and support Yasser Arafat, I am guided by a different Bible.

They have drawn a line. It is now time for good people, Presbyterians specifically, Christians generally, to distance themselves vigorously and publicly from this morally sick church. And it is time, once again, for Jews to realize that the enemies of the Jews in our day are to be found on the Christian Left while their friends are far more often on the Christian Right.

Many serious Christians ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" If Jesus were here, he would probably be at Israeli hospitals comforting fellow Jews who were deliberately blinded, paralyzed and brain-damaged by Jew- and Christian-hating Palestinian terrorists. He would surely not be with the Jews' enemies, among whom are now the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Prager is right. The Presby church's decision is merely anti-Semitism cloaked in liberal immorality.

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