United Methodists: Afghanistan Better Off Under Taliban

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The resolution inevitably rehashes the canard that the U.S. “devotes almost the same amount of resources to military spending as the other 95 percent of the world combined,” as though the world would be safer with less military spending by the U.S. and relatively more by other nations. And it vacuously urges: “May we find the courage to join with Afghans and neighboring Pakistanis and all who seek to transform today’s glut of swords into plowshares.” Who are these elusive partners for peace? They are unnamed. It recalls that, in 2009, 79 United Methodist bishops urged President Obama “to set a timetable for the withdrawal of all coalition forces by the end of 2010,” which of course the President ignored. It suggests that spending on the military be rerouted to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in health care, as though good medicine can be achieved without security and stable government.

United Methodism is now on record demanding complete withdrawal of U.S./NATO forces from Afghanistan and declaring an “immediate unilateral cease-fire,” including an end to drone attacks. While never expressing concern about the Taliban or repressive Islamist movements, the resolution condemns the U.S. for “increasing repressive measures that stifle dissent and encourage racial profiling of Arab and Muslim people in many countries.” It also urges increased solidarity with U.S. conscientious objectors from military service, although military service in the U.S. is of course voluntary.

Almost laughably, but actually tragically, the resolution calls for women to “participate equally and fully in all levels of peacemaking and decision making” in Afghanistan,and to “end impunity against those who commit violence against women.” Sorry, United Methodists. The U.S./NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan almost inevitably means reduced protections for women, even absent a Taliban take-over.

After 9-11, the U.S. and allied nations, working with the Northern Alliance and other anti-Taliban armed resistance in Afghanistan, forcibly overthrew the brutal Taliban regime, which had openly supported al Qaeda’s attacks. Traditional Christian teaching supported this defensive action. And Afghanistan, for all its problems, is somewhat safer, freer, wealthier and healthier thanks to the U.S. led liberation.

After 10 years, the American people no longer care to sustain an ongoing military presence to struggle for stable government in Afghanistan. After the U.S. withdrawal, the U.S. will continue to fund, support and train the current democratically elected although often corrupt and flawed Afghan government. We can pray the investment of U.S. lives and wealth will have helped preserve the Afghan people from a return to power by the vicious Taliban. But it’s ultimately their battle. The U.S. and other allies will continue to coordinate drone and other targeted attacks terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to prevent another pre-9-11 like refuge for terror strikes.

The United Methodist resolution on Afghanistan, drafted by the church’s radical Women’s Division, whose initial draft sarcastically referred to the “so-called” war on terror, is disconnected both from reality and a Christian understanding of the world as sinful. Its villainizing of the U.S. while declining ever to cite the Taliban or al Qaeda makes it absurd. Fortunately, almost nobody will take it seriously, and it will disappear into the universally ignored 1000 page United Methodist Book of Resolutions. But the 12 million members of United Methodist Church deserve better.

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  • Tompro97

    The UMC has become a total embarrassment to its many members who have no connection to the far left-wing UMC establishment. The Church has been hijacked by Marxists and Communists and, worst of all, Demagogues whose sole purpose in life is to destroy the USA. As long as these scurrilous individuals are in charge, the Church will continue to see rapidly declining membership, etc.

  • Schlomotion

    Kudos to the United Methodist Church for standing up against this relentless violation of church and state by this CIA front organization. Mr. Tooley is gunning rather hard for the destruction of the leadership of the Methodist Church, and on the heels of the assassination of Raytown's MO's Methodist Minister last week, it is just plain disrespectful.

    • StarTripper

      "CIA front organization"???? What are you talking about? The UMC? The IRD? The Taliban???

      • Schlomotion

        The IRD, doing its best to disrupt Christian organizations that don't fit its right wing, social injustice, anti-gay, pro-war agenda.

        • http://reformedpastor.wordpress.com David Fischler

          Your tin foil hat is obviously on too tight.

    • Western Canadian

      Frankly, praise from you is all the confirmation anyone would ever need, that this mockery of a church is degenerate and worthless.

    • Camel

      This is just another example of a warped church following peace over common sense, let alone biblical principles. As humans we were given the right to protect ourselves and if our own people will not stand up for the boys over there, I feel sick and you should leave the country….

  • BAB1989

    I was a member of the UMC in the late 80's to early 90's. A new Book of Discipline and new hymnal, both greatly influenced by this same group of women, were issued. The Book of Discipline, rather than Bible precepts, took priority over most matters. These women took great umbrage with the "Amens" (possibly with the "men" between the A and the s) and they were removed from the end of of each Psalm, song or psalter. They even wanted to remove all references to men in the hymnal but 'some" reason prevailed. However, as an example, with the great song "Rise Up Ye Men of God" you could find an asterisk directing you the the footnote which read, "May substitute "saints" for men." I left the UMC, its worship of the goddess Geia and an a sundry of other things in 1991. The final nail was the senior pastor's benediction one Sunday in July of that year. In his closing he said, "To Father God whomever He or She may be." I pray for this group daily because people can be inside a church yet outside of Christ. May God have mercy on their souls that their eyes be opened to truth of the Gospels.

    • dos

      Good revelation about what's happening inside UMC, now I kind of know Why Paul warmed women that proclaim false teaching in the Church, he must have seen them fall into the deceiving tactics of the serpent, just like Eve did.

  • joy52

    I stopped attending the UMC after they became PC and irrelevant. Their dwindling membership tells the story. Funny how they did not get the memo.

    • Schlomotion

      Does that make you a Methodist hipster?

  • wctaqiyya

    I won't comment on Methodists, their political leanings, or their motivations, since I don't know and I don't care. I won't even nitpick about whether the first year or so in Afghanistan wasn't justified to some extent. However, unlike the federal government, the Methodist Church has very little power, can invade nobody and cannot force me to pay for foolish wars. And when the Methodists say Afghanistan is ever degenerating, they are merely understating the bloody obvious truth. And if it isn't OK to criticize a disastrous war policy and the people who peddle it, what is? For the author of this ignorant post and anybody else who still thinks America is achieving anything positive in Afghanistan or might even 'win' that conflict, I suggest you spend some time reading. Read the reports generated by the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGUR). Read the reports from the folks at the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). I think the trust fund part is supposed to be funny. Read the reports from the Center on International Cooperation (CIC). Read the 2005 GAO report on Afghanistan Reconstruction and marvel how much hasn't changed since then. Mind you, those organizations believe in the war, or say they do. If you still think the debacle called Afghanistan is a good idea, it's probably because you work for one of the many organizations who are paid to generate reports, promise better results and flush billions in good money after billions of bad. Or, you could be related to a bag of rocks.

  • Geneww

    This group should be among the last to define the right thing to do!

    In every religion [and people group] there are those who refuse to believe that God authored the Bible as proven at http://jc.does-it.net. By ignoring this fact, they are swayed by Satan and evil thinking to assume a 'more authoritative’ position and define right and wrong by their own standards.

    Any fact, opinion or belief contrary to scripture is wrong and they will answer to God for it. Only a fool will mock or fight God. Requirement for eternal life in Heaven is defined by God and every soul that accepts the free gift of salvation enters. Those who reject God’s free gift will not spend eternity with Him! It is your choice … Heaven or “separation from Heaven”.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt the Afghan women would agree with the Religious Left and the pathetic twit called Schlomotion.

  • Pulse

    Hay look at the bright side the Methodist voted to keep the gay out last week cudos to them for that!