An Ungodly American Empire?

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing for the next round of its seemingly endless “Decade to Overcome Violence,” which is mostly about opposing America and the West.   Stopping Islamist “violence” does not typically rank high on its agenda.  This May it will convene a culminating  “International Ecumenical Peace Convocation” in Jamaica.  The “Decade” began in 2001 along with the United Nations’ “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.”

Over the last 10 years, the WCC has dispatched “living letters” i.e. Religious Left delegations that visited a host of countries, including the U.S. in 2007. The U.S. “letter” mainly visited with gun control groups, anti-Iraq War protesters, and agitated voices disgruntled over New Orleans slow recovery from Katrina.  It’s not clear how anger over a hurricane’s wreckage, and the often botched federal effort to rebuild, qualifies as “violence.”  But the WCC’s “Decade” is mostly about just being angry with the “empire,” i.e. the U.S.

Lest there be much doubt, one “preparatory event” for the upcoming Jamaica culmination was a “Peace Among the Peoples” convocation last Summer at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana.  Sponsors included, besides the WCC, the U.S. National Council of Churches, the Mennonite Central Committee, the United Church of Christ, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which likely provided funding.  Its official purpose was to “facilitate a truly ecumenical conversation that will encourage greater understanding among Christians on the morality of war.”

This “peace” jamboree, for which audio just became available, attracted a cavalcade of Religious Left and pacifist thinkers who quickly reached hearty agreement that most “violence” originated with the omniscient American “empire.”  Featured speakers included Stanley Hauerwas of Duke University (America’s “best” theologian, according to Time magazine 10 years ago), emergent church guru Brian McLaren, Evangelical Left theorist Glenn Stassen of Fuller Seminary, and noted radical feminist theologian Rita Nakashima Brock.

Hauerwas is infamously anti-American and insists that all “violence” is wrong for Christians, even though nearly all churches for 2000 years have affirmed the apostolic teaching that the state is divinely ordained to wield the sword against evil.  “The fact that Just War people get to call we pacifists unrealistic is just bull—-.  I mean, let them pay up,” he disclaimed, with typical color, according to a report by my assistant Eric LeMasters.  Like most modern pacifist absolutists, Hauerwas insists that no real situation could ever fully comply with Christian Just War standards, which raises the question why the Church ever bothered developing the standards at all.   And like most pacifist ideologues of the Religious and Evangelical Left, Hauerwas discerns that the U.S. is intrinsically and irredeemably violent.

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  • waterwillows

    I believe in the world of the spirit, these people are referred to as the "dregs".
    Seems suitable to me.

  • BS77

    Religious Left…now there's an oxymoron for you!!

  • Jim

    They suck the wages from the parishioners who know little about what their money is used for. The parishioners think they are giving it to God.

    The leaches should get out and do the work Americans won't do.

    The Leaches have slowly choked the main line churches almost to death.

    The leaches toil not nor do they weave nor do they get out of their Imperial God Box
    to help the people living on the streets.

  • Shoshana

    Be thee as termites?

  • k2globalcommunicationsllc

    Traditionalists Forces to Liberate The Holy Mass and Faith from the Deadly Cancer of Liberalism and its New (Age) Theology or Fight Communism in The Catholic Church:

  • StephenC

    Agree. Let's just hope the violence this year lessens more than 50%.

  • Nathanael Snow

    Tossing the Marxist label is a good way to close off your mind to the important and relevant points these serious thinkers are making. Liberal works, too. Yes,1700 years of Christan thought has justified Just War Theory,since a good portion of that thinking has been supported by empire. Their program of termiting does not endorse disorder or chaos, but identifies the state as the source of the most injustice in the world. It is pacifist action which works to open up free and voluntary ways to accomplish the same order that the state presumes to provide, however, without the use of force in achieving those ends. It is not to be anti-American, but anti-US government, as well as anti-all other governments. It is to be pro-American and pro- all other peoples.
    Their movement makes it’s biggest mistake by claiming the market as a source if injustice as well as the state, not recognizing that all market seeming injustice flows from injustices generated by the state.