Looks like my church is up to no good again:
The general assembly of the Disciples of Christ has adopted a resolution calling for Israel to dismantle its West Bank security barrier, passing the measure by a clear majority on Wednesday in a vote that was postponed by a day.
Although amended slightly before the vote, the resolution was nearly identical to the one adopted earlier this month by the closely related United Church of Christ. As in that case, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was among the most vocal of Jewish and Christian groups calling for the church to dismiss the resolution. On Wednesday, it expressed its extreme dissatisfaction at the vote’s outcome.
“The resolution is an abomination,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “It is shocking and depressing that a vanguard of social activism like the Disciples of Christ would be so blind and deaf to Jewish suffering,” he told The Jerusalem Post.
After speaking with many of the delegates to the general assembly in Portland, he added, “I believe that this does not represent the grassroots members” of the Disciples of Christ church. And we in the Jewish community need to see that it does not become representative of them.”
Exactly how this is a religious issue, or even if it was, any of their damned business, is Simply beyond me. Marty Peretz comments:
The Disciples of Christ have just jumped in to the recent St. Vitus dance mania of some of its brethren, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church, and the Anglicans (both here in the United States and in Great Britain), in pouncing on the State of Israel as the primary villain in world politics or at least so villainous as to warrant almost unprecedented and relentless condemnation by their official leaderships. In this, they are following the lead of the National Council of Churches bureaucracy which has been–how can we say this, diplomatically?–made historically quite edgy by the national renaissance of the Jewish people. (If you look at the NCC website, you’d be hard pressed to conclude that the organization was anything other than a political mobilization of the left and one, at that, rather blasé about Christianity.)
It is a macabre spectacle watching these communions denounce Israel, the most consistent target of helter-skelter Arab and Muslim terror in the world, with victims virtually every day–one day two, the next day twenty-two–now numbering in the thousands, and anointing it as liberal Christianity’s chosen object of theological opprobrium. The Disciples and the United Church, the most recent players in the “Israel shouldn’t protect itself” school of international politics, have called on the Jewish state to dismantle its security barriers around the West Bank (a line of fences, checkpoints, electric fields, trenches, monitored roads and–just for your information, which you probably have not received on ABC News–not more than a few miles of admittedly ugly walls).
Apparently, to some religious leaders, a defensive wall is a religious issue. Alexander Campbell is probably rolling in his grave. More here at the American Thinker.