Unsurprisingly, IPMN supports “Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth,” an espousal of Palestinian liberation theology that rejects a Jewish Israel and supports a single state that inevitably would become majority Muslim. So it differs with official Presbyterian Church USA support for two states and a Jewish homeland. In 2006, the Presbyterian USA General Assembly revoked its previous endorsement of anti-Israel divestment, while IPMN clearly endorses it.
A wide phalanx of Mainline church groups aligned with the Religious Left are obsessively concerned about Palestinian “liberation.” But none are particularly interested in the welfare of other Arabs who suffer under despotic regimes. “Ecumenical Women at the United Nations,” a coalition of the Presbyterians, United Methodists, Episcopalians and other usual suspects, recently addressed Libya by languidly citing a United Nations resolution about Libya, from 1970. Of course, UN resolutions, no matter how dated, are virtually Scripture for the Religious Left.
United Methodist GBCS chief Jim Winkler backhandedly acknowledged Libya by recently admitting “Libya is bombing its own people,” and “ordinary people are calling for democracy and freedom.” But he preferred to complain: “Yet, Israel, purportedly the only democracy in the region, is not supportive of change.” And he likened anti-Kaddafi resistance to U.S. domestic opposition to federal budget cuts and government trade unions: “Who knows, maybe we are witnessing the start of protests against wrong-minded government here such as we are seeing in the Middle East.” Assuredly, Wisconsin Governor Walker and U.S. House Speaker Boehner distress the Religious Left far more than Kaddafi’s 40 year murderous dictatorship.
But even more troubling to the Religious Left is Israel’s continued survival as a Jewish democracy. Anti-Israel divestment campaigns, and comparisons to Apartheid South Africa, have not and ultimately will not prevail. But they indicate the depth of the Religious Left’s preoccupying animosity against Israel.
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