Leftist Bishop Rejects Anti-Israel Divestment

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While the United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church (USA) denominations will ponder anti-Israel divestment at their conventions this year, the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop opposes divestment.

“The Episcopal Church does not endorse divestment or boycott,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently told a Los Angeles group.  “It’s not going to be helpful to endorse divestment or boycotts of Israel. It will only end in punishing Palestinians economically.”

Although often left-wing and politicly correct, the Episcopal Church’s chief prelate and other officials, maybe mindful of interfaith relations with Jewish leaders, have typically steered away from the worst anti-Israel zeal.  Unlike the Methodist and Presbyterians, the Episcopalians will not seriously consider divestment at their own convention this year.

Speaking to a Middle East Peacemakers luncheon, Schori was obliged to make the usual calls for “dialogue” and to imply moral equivalence between Israel’s struggle to exist versus Palestinian calls for its eradication.  “We can urge Israel to freeze the settlement activity,” she suggested, according to Episcopal News Service. “We can urge the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel’s right to exist. We can condemn violence everywhere.”

But strikingly unlike others on the Religious Left, she did not demonize Israel, or glowingly embrace pro-Palestinian Liberation Theology. “We can urge our legislators and government to encourage dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian leaders,” she opined. “We can urge them to refrain from de-funding hopeful initiatives.”  And she urged positive investment in “legitimate development in Palestine’s West Bank and in Gaza.”  Schori called for a “two-state solution with a dignified home for Palestinians and for Israelis.”  Meanwhile, some on the Religious Left are increasingly inclined towards admitting their support for a “one-state” solution that would demographically eradicate Israel’s Jewish democracy.

As Bishop Schori was urging relative moderation, the harder line Religious Left was backing the March 30 “March on Jerusalem.”  It is hoping to mobilize many thousands to denounce Israel’s ostensible “Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies.”  Besides backing from former Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright and Christian Socialist Cornel West of Union Seminary, the march is backed by Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA).  Presbyterian minister Don Wagner is the FOSNA national program director and recently denounced Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s Wall Street Journal column that noted Christians are increasing inside Israel but declining in Muslim-majority Palestinian territory.

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  • mark

    leftist bishop ? try something new to demonize and hide the israeli opression

    • stern

      I'm a little confused. There's something new about "leftist bishop"? And who's hiding oppression of Israel? Seems to me it's fairly blatant in most of the world's media and all across the Middle East.

    • Zionista

      dummy – do you know where gay palestinians flee to when they're brutally oppressed in the cesspools of gaza and west bank?? they go to Israel where they can live freely as gay men and women without fear of being killed.

    • Snorbak

      Israeli oppression……would you care to expand on just how Israel oppresses people?
      In your answer please use Hamas controlled Gaza & the PA controlled West Bank along with countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria & Yemen as points of reference so we can have a clear benchmark to just how oppressive Israel is.
      Any reference to the rights of Christians, non-Muslims, homosexuals, women &- children will also be useful.


    • Looking4Sanity

      I believe you misspelled your name there buddy. That "k" should be an "X" as in "Marx".

  • mark the moron

    I hate all dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker

  • Dispozadaburka

    Christians forget that Jesus was a very orthodox Jew and a Master Kabbalist in Healing.

    The real power over Islam is through prayer. As simple as it seems, that is the key. (Ahava, love is the bridge)

    Just as they "prayed for the soul of America" on Muslim Day of Prayer in DC in September 2009.

    All people of all denominations must "pray for the soul of Islam." The reason why they have to pray 5 times a

    day is because their "god, Allah" is the god "Ba al". ( Remember they are not allowed to be interrupted, during

    their prayers.) Our prayers are much more powerful because they connect with "The Lord G-d of Israel."

    We are much more powerful spiritually than they are and they are very afraid of us. Good always conquers evil.

    • John

      you told truth .May God bless you

  • Looking4Sanity

    Personally, I find the phrase "the religious Left" to be paradoxical, blasphemous, and offensive…but that's just me.

    • johnnywoods

      The" religious left" is like "grapenuts", It ain`t grape and it ain`t nuts.

      • Looking4Sanity

        Indeed. I almost used the adjective “oxymoronic” instead of “paradoxical”, until I realized that they do follow a religious paradigm. It just bears no resemblance to my own faith. They worship group-think and collectivism. The Almighty is an amorphous construct in their minds. That is all totally alien to me.

  • Dispozadaburka

    In the darkest of times man turns to prayer.
    When all the chaos and strife in the world appears to be more than mankind can bear.
    Or when all seems lost we,… pray.
    We surrender our physical to the spiritual.
    Just as Moses parted the sea, with the "certainty" that G-d would produce miracles for his people,
    we must have certainty that each of us has the capacity to overcome "doubt." We are "spiritual" beings.
    We are outposts for the "divine." With the darkness of the conciousness of Islam spreading throughout the world, have no "doubt" that our prayers will be answered. For Christians and Jews "The Lord G-d of Israel is King, his majesty rules over all." This we must remember. Echad.

    • Snorbak

      Well said my friend, but all too often pushed aside, including by myself.
      However, I am comfortable in the knowledge that the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob is in control.

    • mjazz

      I believe that God will not allow Israel to be destroyed.

  • Faith

    The LORD of Hosts is with us, the G-D of Jacob is our stronghold…Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea

  • Rob Harris

    How many Jews in Arab parliaments?
    How many non-Arab states have Arabic as an official language?
    How many Arab states allow Jews to take up citizenship and retain their Jewishness?
    How many Arab states allow displaced Palestinians to take up citizenship – even if 2nd Generation?
    How many Israelis fled Israel seeking asylum in the West?
    How many Israelis commuted into neighboring Arab states to work each day?
    'Existing' is one thing Arabs don't like about Israel but being 'successful' is something Arabs abhor.

  • Schlomotion

    A lot of people don't realize that the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a virulently homophobic institution is coldly and calculatingly trying to decide which Protestant Christian denominations should be allowed to exist in the United States and Africa and which ones should be destroyed. This clandestine operation is trying to destroy the Methodist and Presbyterian churches while endorsing, for now, the Episcopal Church. Oddly, despite this article, IRD's Jeff Walton is usually bashing the Episcopal Church for having gay and lesbian bishops (as if this is unique to Protestants). IRD is a throwback to religious colonial missionaries.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Parsing Leftist "Christian" Religionists 101:

    NOTE: Biblical Christianity & Constitutional Originalism, Constructivism ……

    Each share a consistent core philosophy based on original text, eg:
    ~ The Bible, or, U.S. Constitution.

    The World Council of Churches (WCC) and The National Council of Churches (NCC), their activities and publications lean toward the political far Left.

    They notoriously sponsor Marxist / Liberalism that undermine the non-humanistic, Biblical Christian.

    Conservative Christians emphasize that their theology rests upon solid biblical exegesis.

    Conservative Voters' idology is firmly based on sound U.S. Constitutional exegesis..

    NOTE: Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopalian Church USA, has described the Christian doctrine of personal salvation as "the great Western heresy".

    I am uncomfortable with those who elevate heretics

    I do not elevate eisegetical, NON-Biblical ecumenicalists who concentrate on expounding the extra-biblical teachings of Confucianism and humanitarianism,

    ~ Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopalian Church USA denies Christ's basic teachings.