United Methodists Reject Divestment

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The Oklahoma minister, Rev. Long, pointed out that Israel no longer suffered from routine suicide bombings since building their much condemned security wall.  “Would you want al Qaeda living in your backyard?” he asked.  “Those who are set on destroying you?”  This time, Bishop Warner did not chide him for lack of courtesy to suicide bombers.   Virginia delegate Alex Joyner pointed out what should be obvious: “Israel is not solely culpable in continuing the occupation and it’s not solely capable of ending it.”   In reaction to heated anti-Israel rhetoric, North Carolina delegate Ken Carter said he was “concerned” about implications that Christianity is “detached” from the Jews.  He reminded his fellow United Methodists that “we also as Christians have a relationship to Judaism and Israel,” since the Scriptures say “they are the root system and we are the branches.”

Nigerian delegate John Simon Jatutu, like many African delegates, was more direct: “We all know that Israel is surrounded by its enemies. It is a small country but all the Arabs are looking at it to destroy and even eliminate it from the face of the earth.  Without standing firm to protect itself from all these attacks from outside, one day we will wake up to discover that Israel is no more.” He also noted that undermining Israel would only hurt the Palestinian Christians whom Israel’s critics like to cite.  “The Muslims in the Arab countries are looking for a way to make sure that it takes over the Holy Land completely.” He accused anti-Israel activists of “using” Palestinian Christians.

Only several days before, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram attacked several Nigerian churches, killing 27 Christians.  There are over 400,000 United Methodists in Nigeria, but the General Conference said not a word, preferring to focus on Israel.  No doubt African delegates, especially from Nigeria, noticed.

In the end, 73 percent of delegates supported “positive” investment to help Palestinians. Earlier, only 33 percent had directly supported anti-Israel divestment.  After the votes, dozens of angry demonstrators interrupted the General Conference to protest the overwhelming result against them.  They hadn’t even come close, despite their extensive, and expensive, lobby campaign.

The day before, United Methodist missionary-activist Alex Awad, portraying himself as an “eye witness to discrimination” against Palestinians, had promised these activists:  “Tomorrow, if you vote to divest, there will be celebration all over Jerusalem, Palestine and even Israel.”   After the vote, Awad angrily compared divestment’s rejection to Christ’s crucifixion.

“Once again shouts of injustice prevailed over the shouts of those who yearned to see actions promoting justice in Palestine,” Awad lamented of the votes against divestment.  “And I watched with pain my people being crucified again.”  He accused The United Methodist Church of defying God:  “A Church that is not ready or willing to hear the voice of the oppressed and stand with justice is out of sync with the will of her Head and Maker.”

Such hyperbolic rhetoric has fortunately failed to persuade any major U.S. church to back anti-Israel divestment.  Undoubtedly anti-Israel activists will regroup.  But the divestment cause seems to be meeting a well-deserved death.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    Mr. Tooley, Thank you for the update.
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches (NCC) have always tilted toward the LEFT socially and politically because they deviate from sound Biblical doctrine.

    Whenever we, as biblical Christians, think that things couldn’t possibly become more preposterous,

    Chrislam? Christian Palestinianism?? http://www.thebereancall.org/content/chrislam-chr

    • Looking4Sanity

      Hang onto your hat. It's going to get far more insane than even this. Fortunately, we won't be here for a lot of the worst of it. Hallelujah.

      • H&R_ Barack

        Pray for Pre-, plan for Mid, ….if it's Post…..then the heretics really ARE running the plantation!

        • Looking4Sanity

          Actually, I don't have to pray for Pre-trib. That's the only way it can go down…and I don't think we have too much longer to wait. I'd love to know how the governments of the world are going to try to explain that one away!

  • rachaelamb

    Thank God the UMC came to it's God given senses, and did the right thing here. It's shameful and an obscence blood libel to compare Israelis with Nazis,especially considering the fact that many of the elderly in Israel are Holocaust survivors, and have children,grandchildren,and greatgrandchildren.

    There have been Holocaust survivors who have been murdered by the very terrorists people like Ms.Novak supports. Ten years ago,when a nursing home was bombed by a suicide killer half the victims were elderly Holocaust survivors.The Jewish people have a faith that values life and human rights,in fact,the terrorists have said Jews love life like we love death.

    • rachaelamb

      The Palestinian Arabs have engaged in an 80 year struggle for control of the Holy Land with Israeli Jews. In that time,they have rejected no less than 6 major efforts for peace,including those brokered by the British,the United States and the UN.

      In wars,which were fought over the land,20 thousand Israelis and 50 thousand Arabs have died. But there has never been a national policy on the part of the Jewish people to destroy the Palestinians.

      In fact,just the opposite has been the case. Arab terrorists have deliberately targeted and brutally murdered Israeli civilians for no other reason than they were Jews.

      In one such incident several years ago,when a young Arab man was shot and killed by the terrorists,The terrorist gang responsible called the media and apoligized for killing him saying they thought he was a Jew.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Did you know that the name "Iran" is a Farsi perversion of the German "Aryan"? Or that the "good Muslims" of the Middle East were Nazi collaborators? Hitler may be dead, but the hatred that animated him lives on undiminished.

  • Jessica

    Great news to hear that the UMC came to its senses. It’s about time a Christian church did not let those sympathetic to terrorists prevail, and instead listened to Gods truth. Now it’s time for the United Church of Christ to do the same. This leftist, anti God position of theirs is why my entire family and many of my friends left. The UCC has veered so far from God’s truth, and toward progressive socialism they shouldn’t even be considered a CHRISTIAN church anymore. Maybe that’s why they are losing churches & members along with $$$ at a quick rate.

  • Chris Gleason

    Churches should not be in the business of taking a political stand. Condemning evil acts, supporting positive acts, but not taking political sides. There should be no "left" or "right" in any church, anywhere.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Oh, grow up. Have you not learned yet that you can't compartmentalize life? What is wrong with you? What you are saying is tantamount to the statement that people of faith have no business holding public office! Did it ever occur to you that that might be the problem in the first place?!?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Lower your nets on the right side of the Boat………………….William

      • Amused

        "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto G_D what is G_D's "

    • Amused

      LOL>…dont try to sell that here Chris , you are in the halls of the sanctimonious and self -righteous . If churches , instead of spiritual or religious sermons ,start hawking politicians left or right , they should then lose their 501-c status . THAT'S THE LAW . True Christians would not have to be told that …….

  • truckwork

    Palistinian arabs are free to live in peace with Israel. Israel has extended it's hand to it's neighbors and the "displaced Palistinians" many times and it has been rejected each and every time. Israel has sat at a peace table with many world leaders in an attempt to bring peace to the region with it's neighbors and each and every time the arabs take the time to re-arm and re-trench in preparation of an attack on Israel. Israel has given up land, removed their own people from that land in an attempt to bring peace and each and every time, arabs have slapped the olive branch away from the Israeli hand that has extended it to them.

    To have any Methodist member, let alone any leader of the Methodist Church siding with any arab or Palistinian organization that has asked for the destruction of any other nation as a prerequisite to peace negotiations, is an abomination. The suffering of the "palestinians" is of their own doing and that of the arab nations which wish to see the destruction of Isreal.

    That's not the Methodist Church I grew up in and I'm glad that reason won the day.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Indeed. There are many "palestinians" who have sought, and been granted, Israeli citizenship. They are living peaceful and productive lives along side their Jewish neighbors and enjoying all the same benefits of civilized society.

      Can the same be said of Jews living in Muslim occupied countries?

      As to the Methodist issue…you're going to find rotten apples in every barrel. We do not practice religion because we are perfect. We practice it because we are not.

  • Tiberius

    I am glad it took people from a country that has been directly attacked by Muslims to counteract the silliness from the Religious Left. I am glad the Nigerians showed how it’s Muslims not news that are committing terrorist attacks on them. The Palestinians “Christians” if they still exist are used as pawns to get Christians to go against Israel by saying what the Jews are doing to them. However ask the Copts in Egypt, or Assyrians in Iraq who is killing them and they will tell you that’s it’s Muslims not news doing it. I am not a Methodist but I am proud that they gave those lefties a wakeup call.

  • Max

    There was no land called palestine. It was called Judea. Newut Gingrich righly defined the palestinians as "INVENTED PEOPLE"!

    They're the most insane bunch of people I have ever seen. Starting from Abas down to the least of them. I was wondering why not one of them would just ask themselves the question; "Why is Israel still in existing TODAY?" It's over 4,000 years since israel has been in existence. Almost every country in the world has been trying to "WIPED THEM OFF THE MAP"! And nobody has been able to do it. but, where are they now? The Romans, Babylonians, the Medes and Persia,, the Greeks, Nazis, etc… they're all gone the way of the DODO. If there's a smart palestinian readind this, do yourself a favor and don't listen to those big mouth demon possessed imams, mulahs etc… Remember, insanity is doing the same over and over and over expecting a different results. AMEN!

  • Schlomotion

    Now don't you feel silly for attacking the Methodists for so many months?

  • Ronald Johnston

    islam is an ideology, not a religion!!!!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Where will the disinvestment clowns show up next ……….a George Clooney fundraiser, Islamic JIhad?
    It is all just so disgusting and lamebrained, when will these people get off of what ever drug it is
    they are on……………………………………….William

  • Looking4Sanity

    "…and with a Strong Hand will I deliver My People out of bondage."

    So let it be written. So let it be done.

  • H&R_ Barack


    Tetelestai, back at cha.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Good to know!