Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

Originally published by CBN.com

Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”

Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move.Netanyahu responded:

It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions. Then you come to Israel and you see the one democracy that upholds basic human rights, that guards the rights of all minorities, that protects Christians—Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East. So most Americans understand that Israel is a beacon of civilization and moderation. You know I would suggest to these Presbyterian organizations to fly to the Middle East, come and see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is, and then take a bus tour, go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference. And I would give them two pieces of advice, one is, make sure it’s an armor plated bus, and second, don’t say that you’re Christians.

It’s difficult—if not impossible—to argue with Netanyahu’s logic. Indeed, several points made in his one-minute response are deserving of some reflection.

First, the obvious: why is it that self-professed Christians completely ignore the horrific Islamic persecution of fellow Christians in the Middle East, while grandstanding against the Jewish state for trying to defend itself against the same ideology that persecutes Christians?

And he is absolutely right to say that the persecution of Christians in the Mideast has reached a point of “savagery of unimaginable proportions.” Perhaps the only thing more shocking than the atrocities Mideast Christians are exposed to—the slaughters, crucifixions, beheadings, torture and rape—is the absolute silence emanating from so-called mainline Protestant churches in the U.S.

Note also the nations Netanyahu highlighted for their brutal persecution of Christian minorities: Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Indigenous Christians were markedly better off in all three nations before the U.S. got involved, specifically be empowering, deliberately or not, Islamist forces. Now,according to recent studies, Christians in all three nations are experiencing the worst form of persecution around the globe:

  • Libya: Ever since U.S.-backed, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overthrew Gaddafi, Christians—including Americans—have been tortured and killed (including for refusing to convert) and churches bombed. It’s “open season” on Copts, as jihadis issue a reward to Muslims who find and kill Christians. This was not the case under Gaddafi.
  • Syria: Christians have been attacked in indescribable ways—wholesale massacres, bombed and desecrated churches, beheadings, crucifixions, and rampant kidnappings—since the U.S.-sponsored “Arab Spring” reached the Levant.
  • Iraq: After the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein, Christian minorities were savagely attacked and slaughtered, and dozens of their churches were bombed (see here forgraphic images). In the last decade, Christians have beenterrorized into near-extinction, with well over half of them fleeing Iraq.

If the Presbyterian Church has problems with governments that persecute people—in this case, the Israeli government’s purported treatment of Palestinians, hence the Presbyterian Church’s divestment from Israel—perhaps it should begin by criticizing its own government’s proxy war on fellow Christians in the Middle East.

Christians are also being targeted in the P.A. territories—by the very same elements the Presbyterian Church is trying to defend.

In 2012, for example, a pastor noted that “animosity towards the Christian minority in areas controlled by the P.A. continues to get increasingly worse. People are always telling [Christians],Convert to Islam. Convert to Islam.” And in fact, the kidnapping and forced conversions of Christians in Gaza is an ugly reality.”

More recently, nuns of the Greek-Orthodox monastery in Bethany sent a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to respond to the escalation of attacks on the Christian house, including the throwing of stones, broken glass, theft and looting of the monastery property. “Someone wants to send us away,” wrote Sister Ibraxia in the letter, “but we will not flee.”

Sadly, the hypocrisy exhibited by the Presbyterian Church is not limited to that denomination. Some time back, fifteen leaders from various U.S. Christian denominations—mostly Protestant, including the Lutheran, Methodist, and UCC Churches—asked Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel, again, in the context of supporting “persecuted” Palestinians.

Yet nary a word from these same church leaders concerning the rampant persecution of millions of Christians at the hands of Muslims in the Middle East—a persecution that makes the Palestinians’ situation pale in comparison.

Other “leftist” Protestants do find time to criticize Muslim persecution of Christians—but only to blame Israel for it. Thus, Diarmaid MacCulloch, a Fellow of St. Cross College, wrote an article in the Daily Beast ostensibly addressing the plight of Mideast Christians—but only to argue that the source of Christian persecution “ in the Middle East is seven decades of unresolved conflict between Israel and Palestine.”

In reality, far from prompting the persecution of Christians, the Arab-Israeli conflict is itself a byproduct of the same hostility Islamic supremacism engenders for all non-Muslims. The reason hostility for Israel is much more viral is because the Jewish state holds a unique position of authority over Muslims unlike vulnerable Christian minorities who can be abused at will (as fully explained here).

Little wonder, then, that more Arab Christians—double the number of each of the preceding three years—are now joining the Israel Defense Forces.

They know they can count on basic human rights protection from Israel than from many of their fellow Christians in the West. After all, beyond the sophistry, distortions, and downright lies emanating from some of these Christian denominations, the fact remains: both Jews and Christians are under attack from the same foe and for the same reason: they are non-Muslim “infidels” who need to be subjugated.

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  • Gene

    Anyone who remains a member of the Presbyterian Church or any other organization that takes a similar stand is siding with evil and fighting against God.

    • truebearing

      The Presbyterian Church is no longer a Christian Church. It has been irredeemably corrupted.

      • Ruth

        I assume you are referrint to PCUSA, and not PCA?

        • truebearing

          Yes. Good point. The media gives the bad guys all of the attention.

    • PATRIOT.WW48

      well said

  • Terry

    When the final tally is taken, Hashem will separate the good from the evil. The Israel bashing churches will be with the evil.

    I don’t care if the Presbytarian Church wants to boycott Israel. AS long as it is consistent and gives up use of computers, mobile phones and many types of life saving medical treatment. I’m sure Israel would gladly provide a list of things that the highly principled Pressies must stop using. I’m equally sure that if they see the list, the Pressies won’t give up half of things in it.

    We Jews have very good Christian friends. We don’t need a dying church to maintain those friendships.

    • mollysdad

      I’m sure that these Presbyterians would find a good word to say about Amalek.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      G-d Bless Israels many Christian friends!

      All enemies of Israel can go to H E L L.

  • evilauntiem

    Even the Presbyterians will be forgiven for turning on Israel. That’s how God rolls. As a Christian, I’ll somehow have to forgive them myself. I have to think they will regret their actions. Whaling and gnashing of teeth come to mind….

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      “Call me Ishmael”.

  • Skyking239

    PCUSA is doing it for money pure and simple. Like all godless oagaizations on the left they will sell their soul for the promise of gulf oil money. Hollywood was the first to be coorupted by it….The Democrat party depends on it. BHO received millions in small donations from Arab states in 2008. Large universities like Harvard receive billions from the Saudis and other arab nations. Now PCUSA suddenly is in bed with a terrorist state that is allied with groups bent on the genocide of Christians and Jews. Money talks and the Presbyterian church is listening.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I disagree with the money angle.

      Socialist Zealots like PCUSA care about Ideolgoy rather than money.

      • Viet Vet

        I tend to think both.

      • Dan Knight

        I think you mean they would sell out their grandmother for a chance to see an old woman destroyed. But, frankly, I agree with Skyking also. They would be happy to sell tickets if they have a chance. Not because of ideology but because they are individually and collectively a bunch of greedy sons of a female dog. In this case, they can have their cake and eat it too with a pile of cash to show for their ‘efforts.’
        ;-)

  • Johnny Paleswine

    Israel should seize all perspiring perfidious Presbyterian assets, sell them and use the funds to pay Arab Muslimas to leave Israel.

    American Pres. Eisenhower – a good Presby. Lied to Israel in 1956.

  • Jonathan Sidaway

    The Presbyterian church is a largely Scotch phenomenon in the British Isles. In England it amalgamated with English Congregationalists many years ago to form the United Reformed Church. Speaking as an Episcopalian outsider – and politics-wise the Anglican church can be scarcely more thoughtful – the Presbyterian church strikes me as an organization that has become simply an arm of the Left: local to me it has an unreflective congregation led by pinko ministers. The fount of their Palestinianism is less, perhaps, antisemitism (there is still a current of Protestants being a covenanted people, like the Jews) than unreflective antiwesternism. They love international law, unless it was enacted post-Balfour; they pretend that Islam is other than it is – British Arabism/Islamophilia (often rather high-class) is a persistent and tentacular quasi-religion in our society – ; and they ignore the non-European origins of a substantial minority of the diaspora in Israel: it MUST be ‘our fault’ that THESE PEOPLE have resettled in the Middle East; they are almost Imperial in their guilt. Things seem to me a bit different in Northern Ireland, where the Presbyterian church has for strong historical reasons been linked to a tradition of Britishness that incidentally accepted and encouraged Jewish people: Elie Kedourie in ‘Jews Between Tradition and Modernity’ writes of the Jewish Historical Society of England founded in 1893: plainly not a body that felt despised by its surrounding culture.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      Quite informative! I suspected that their stance was more anti-Western than anti-Semitic. Israel is a Western foothold in the Middle East.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        What is more Western than Socialism which is destroying Europe and trying to do the same to America?

        • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

          The West has two cultural currents. One is individualistic and the other is collectivistic. Now collectivism is the only mode in non-Western cultures. The King, Emperor, nation, people, tribe, or some other collective identity comes first with individuals having no rights of their own.

          Thus, individual rights is distinctively Western and anti-Western becomes a shorthand way of referring to our core greatness. Socialism is just a rejection of our liberal tradition. That’s why socialists feel at home with non-Western cultures. Islam is the totalitarianism that lasted centuries.

          • Dan Knight

            Good Answer Jason.

            I think SS has a point though: Socialism and Anti-Western ideologies are step children of the West. The East has had it’s share of incredibly evil dictators and ideologies, but Socialism really beats them hands down. The only thing worse is what most of us dare not name. Socialism is a mirror of the West’s good side – it’s evil twin as it were.

            Fortunately for evil, this plays right into their hands. When we defend the West, the Left claims we want to repeat the crimes of Socialism. When we get the upper hand, they claim to be defending Western principles and take credit for the advances of Western Civilization.

            The brainwashed are left confused. And we tend to just call them drones (since the effort to correct the record is beyond our power). But it is a distinction worth making – especially to those who are the Left’s current favorites.

    • Margery

      JJohnathan, someone as erudite as you seem to be shouldd know that Scotch is a whisky not a people. MMispellings not mine!
      Margery

      • Jonathan Sidaway

        Oh, it was a bit of a joke. I am English, not PC, and not overfond of Scotland, where, nevertheless, I was educated.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Media-Martial-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B009063F5W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1345573494&sr=1-2 jeffreyafriedberg

    as a Jew i can tell you without question that the Presbyc*nts hate the Jews more than they could ever hate the Muzzie hand that kills them. They would die to see Jews killed.

    • Ruth

      And you know the difference between PCA and PCUSA?

    • hiernonymous

      How can you tell us anything about what Presbyterians feel “as a Jew?”

      That’s a bit like saying “as an Ecuadoran, I can tell you without question that Maoris like Vegemite.”

      • Western Canadian

        Your comment is gibberish. Did you read the comment you are failing to reply to??

        • hiernonymous

          Why, yes, I did. As a bonus, we were treated to the spectacle of someone referring to others as “Presbyc*nts” and “Muzzies” while unironically complaining about hate.

          Gibberish, indeed.

  • DaCoachK

    This church and religion has been infected by Left-Wing-Kooks, which means the church adopts the politics of the Kooks. It happens to any organization infected. It causes churches and religions to ignore the obvious and scream like a two-year-old brat, who has placed his hands over his ears pretending not to hear. I bet this church and (semi) religion also have altered its rules to allow queers to be open in their midst and have pretend marriages to make the homos feel sort of normal.

  • Jimmy J

    How can this so called Christian church turn its back on Israel? Christians love the things that God loves. God loves Israel, therefore Christians, that is true Christians, love Israel. This church is Satan’s church.

    • Lanna

      They are corrupted by Satan and False Doctrine, nothing Godly about it!

  • Webb

    Presbyterians are definitely not Christians.

    • Ruth

      And you DO know the difference between PCA and PCUSA?

    • hiernonymous

      It’s interesting to see alleged Christians turning on one another. Look at the hatreds bubbling up to the surface.

      • Western Canadian

        It’s interesting that your comments are outright stupid.

        • hiernonymous

          An incisive review indeed. There’s nothing like being skewered by a keen-eyed, sharp-tongued critic.

          I think I’ll pour myself a medicinal glass and mull over all that you’ve said.

  • Jim in Pittsburgh

    I agree with most of what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. A bus tour for these leftys would be in order. The persecution of Christians in Moslem countries is savage, and Israel is a beacon of freedom compared to its Arab neighbors. Most American Christians support Israel. I am one of them. The Presbyterian Church USA is shrinking year by year and is, at best, a minor denomination. I do have one question for Mr. Netanyahu. If Christians are free in Israel, does that mean they are free to proselytize?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Before you try to proselytize in Israel, hone your arguments by proselytizing in Saudi Arabia, Gaza, Iran, Pakistan.

      You can win those people over first, to set an example.

      • Jim in Pittsburgh

        You are right. So is Netanyahu.

        BUT I WOULD LIKE SOMEONE TO GIVE ME AN HONEST ANSWER TO MY QUESTION.

        Anyone?

      • hiernonymous

        That’s dodging a legitimate question.

  • Lanna

    This church is finished in the eyes of God. They have committed sin against God and against his people! The Corrupt Church. Rev. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give each one of you according to your works, this includes the Dead Church and the Lukewarm Church too.

  • http://johnnyangel10.WordPress.com JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Liberal-pinko” church” members could be politically active in any organization, why do they pick the church ? Their reason is nefarious and destructive. No good can come from a “church” that supports terror, abortion,gay marriage and other unbiblical ideas. What was a church is a church NO MORE, just a liberal political organization.

  • JVictor

    Mainline denominations like the Presbyterian Church are infused with replacement theology. They can’t see how the social gospel is an atrocity. They use Jesus’ teaching regarding “the least of the these” as their mantra for championing the causes of the downtrodden–including the so-called displaced Palestinians. The dead Christians are simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and are disposable victims of the downtrodden rising up to assert themselves and their rights.

    Jesus was referring to how the nations of the world treat Israel and the Jews when He talked about “the least of these” in Matthew 25. It was part of His whole discourse of what the condition of the world would be in the days before the coming of Messiah Ben David. The nations who work to protect His brethren will be added to the pile of sheep. The nations who work to undermine His brethren will be added to the pile of goats. Looks like the Presbyterians, along with many other Christians, are pulling to be piled amongst the goats.

  • Ted

    I’m quite certain this should read PCUSA and not PCA. Please correct this immediately.

  • liz

    No surprise, really. Many Christians sided with the Nazis during the Holocaust.
    When you’re conditioned to allow others (church pastors) to do your thinking for you, you’re an easy target for political manipulation.

    • truebearing

      People who claimed to be Christians sided with the Nazis, but claiming doesn’t make one so. Enabling or encouraging evil is an automatic disqualification for being Christian. Being a Christian means “one who follows the teachings of Jesus.” Jesus’ teachings are diametrically opposite of the evil ideology of N azism. There is no way to reconcile his teachings with the evil of N azism. Anyone who thinks he can follow both will learn the hard way that you can’t serve two masters.

      There are too many people of all religions that lazily let their so-called “spiritual leaders” do their thinking for them. Islam is the worst offender, followed closely by the many anti-churches of Marxism. It happens in all religions, however.

      The Presbyterian false church is especially despicable. It is one of the worst of the fake Christian denominations…or should I say, abominations.

      • hiernonymous

        No true Scotsman…

        • Western Canadain

          A rather stupid comment, suggesting you don’t understand the l/f in the first place. To compare what you are by BIRTH, with a belief system that is CHOSEN, is utterly stupid.

          • hiernonymous

            Really? One is generally born into his religion as surely as he is born into his language and his nationality. None of it is genetic.

            And in fact “no real Christian” is one of the more frequently encountered manifestations of this fallacy.

      • PATRIOT.WW48

        very well said, THX

    • TienBing

      Individuals do and say all kinds of things. Many anti-Christians repeat that slanderous canard. No Christian denomination supported the NAZIs. Most were outspoken in their opposition. Hitler was an avowed enemy of Christianity and tried to destroy it to replace it with a state sponsored paganism.

      • Judahlevi

        I agree that Hitler was opposed to Christianity.

        Given time, he would have replaced the church with the religion of German nationalism.

        The National Socialists only believed in power.

    • FactsRule

      Liz, bringing up the connection of Christians or Christianity to the attempted holocaust of Jews doesn’t sound like a nice thing to do.
      And, I see this issue as being quite different.
      There are many people effected by decades of pervasive media bias, malicious slander, & propaganda against Israel. Yet, they don’t vote for such terrorist-supportive ideas. Almost half of the PCUSA voters & the overwhelming vast majority of American Christians must also be getting the other side, Israel’s.
      Also, it wasn’t a case of listening to a pastor who does their thinking. It was over six hundred individuals who voted, just over half in favor. One cannot contend someone was doing their thinking for them if they’re the ones expressing themselves through a vote. I would imagine that the positions of their pastor may have played a roll as to how some voted, but jthe opinion of her or him, whomever is the pastor, cannot compete with the information age.

      • liz

        True. In comparison to the small percentage of Christians who are against Israel and in favor of Palestinians, there are vastly more leftists of non-religious, or even Jewish persuasions.
        Their religious opinions aren’t what define them, their leftism is. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if what is happening in this Presbyterian denomination isn’t the result of deliberate infiltration by leftists, just as seems to be happening in the Unitarian church.

  • Rockitz

    The article incorrectly associates this action with Presbyterian Churches in America (PCA) when it should say Presybyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Don’t lump all presbyterians in with the liberal PCUSA denomination. The Presbyterian Chruches in America (PCA) denomination strongly supports Israel. For differences between PCA and PCUSA see

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-tell-the-difference-between-the-pca-and-pcusa

    • winstons

      Thanks for the clarification.

    • PATRIOT.WW48

      Point well made, THX

    • FactsRule

      Thank you. I’d like to think that one of the reasons God guided me into the comments was to see what I consider great news, that the just over half who voted such an evil vote are infected with Libtardism. What a dreadful mind-altering disease, like a form of dementia, one that effects some pretty otherwise intelligent people of all walks of life.

  • vnamvet1969

    No true Christian church can separate Israel from the Scriptures. The entire basis of both testaments is Israel. One need not present any other argument. If it happens in this Nation that we abandon Israel, then we will be lost.

  • Grace

    I have been a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years, and I can tell you that as bad as the divestment vote looks, there are things in the PCUSA that are worse. I know of a church that announced a special meeting after September 11, 2001–not to plan how to help, not to pray, not to reflect on a response– to denounce the way Americans were treating Muslims. A note left on the door of a Muslim-owned restaurant was compared to Kristallnacht. That year the PCUSA elected a Palestinian-born minister to the highest office in the church–a person who was not well known in the church and was not equipped for the job. Denominational literature has described Jesus as “Palestinian” (I guess they never heard of the Philistines, the enemies of the Jews even in Jesus’ time.) The Presbyterians’ obsession with the Muslims and Palestinians is impossible to understand. A mindless anti-Semitism seems to be the only explanation.

    • Judahlevi

      For some ‘Christians’, unfortunately, there is a strand of anti-Semitism which extrapolates to hatred of Israel as well. Most Christians are not like this, but some are. The left plays on this.

      Like universities and non-profits, the left is attempting to take over some of the religious institutions as well. Their agenda has little to do with religion, and much to do with politics. They politicize every institution they gain control over.

      • Viet Vet

        That’s how communists work.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Al Bore needs to introduce a new idea to the PCUSA/CPUSA,

    The “Inconvenient Truth” of Christian persecution by Musilms world wide.

    The bombing of churches in Pakistan and Nigeria, the murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

  • ruth

    Please get you facts straight. This is not PCA, but Presbyterian Church Usa. Ignorance is no excuse for misinformation.

  • winstons

    They are also leading the charge to force the Christian Churches to accept sexual perversion: Homosexuality.

  • ruth

    Who is “Them”?

    • Microaggressive

      anyone

  • popseal

    Every denomination has “churches” that are neither churches nor Christian. In a fever of self righteousness they bring a disgusting moral superiority and pride that turns many a seeker away from genuine Christian fellowships. See that creepy Barry Linde of People for the American Way for a good illustration of the point.

    • hiernonymous

      ” In a fever of self righteousness they bring a disgusting moral superiority and pride that turns many a seeker away from genuine Christian fellowships.”

      Ahem.

  • hiernonymous

    So the underlying premise of this article is that it is hypocrisy to address a wrong without simultaneously addressing all other wrongs?

    It might occur to you that taking the position of divestment was taken because we support Israel in ways we do not support Syria, Libya, and Iraq, and therefore we make ourselves culpable for whatever wrongs they do in a way that we do not for those other states. How much “divesting” do you suppose the church could do in Syria?

    • Franklin25

      The result is that punishing Israel with no preconditions on Hamas, the PA, or the PLO, who openly, in writing, have declared perpetual holy war against Israel, the church as given moral and financial support to the warmongers.

  • Viet Vet

    I think all this support for islamic terrorism and against Israel, is due to cowardice. These people don’t have the courage to confront terrorism, and think that if they ignore it or trash Israel, the Islamofascists will leave them alone. They couldn’t be more wrong, but cowardice trumps all reason.

  • John

    These are the apostates, the falling away from the truth. they are like Nancy Pelosi they make up their own Gospel.

  • Jacobsstew

    That’s good to hear the Presbyterian Church has withdrawn 21 million dollars because I believe God has marked that 21 million dollars for destruction and the PC will lose it all and be $21 million poorer. If they think that $21 million is better invested in Satan’s work let them go for it and they will rue the day when they took that action.

  • Franklin25

    Re: “Jihadis issue a reward to Muslims who find and kill Christians.” Welcome to the 21st century’s reverse-crusade. And now with the Presbyterian Church pointedly attacking and weakening Israel, the one country, above all others, which Christendom regards with respect and reverence as the birthplace of its religion, that hate-blinded organization has directly given tacit support to those same Jihadis.

  • b.oakley.907

    PCUSA has been taken over by the Progs. There are independent and other Presbyterian Denominations that DO support Israel. PCUSA has been losing members in droves over the last few years.

    • b.oakley.907

      And yes, we are still Christians at heart and in practice.

  • Dan Knight

    Raymond,

    thank you for discussing this issue. Let me add: Liberal denominations have always managed to pick the wrong side of every issue. Silence on the persecution of Jews and Christians in light of the attacks by Hamas is simply par for the course. And blaming Israel for ‘persecuting’ Muslim victims of Islam is simply going the extra mile for their true father.

    These Churches are a disgrace to Christianity, Christians, and most of all to Christ. While Christianity has never been big on mounting strong resistance to evil until the blood is flowing in the streets, this is a flaw derived from the principle of ‘do no evil.’ But doing nothing in the face of evil is not Christian. Christians are not called to submit to evil or let their neighbors suffer injustice, violence, or even slander.

    Leftists however exploit the teaching to be ‘harmless as doves’ to hijack organizations originally founded for good works. Leftists have hijacked the agenda and conscience of these churches. The so-called leadership defends, promotes, apologizes, and supports evil under the guise or pretense of some false crisis or humanitarian goal, and deflect criticism by pretending to ‘do no evil’

    Regardless of one’s position on Christianity: Just as an ideology of evil must be called to reform, an ideology of peace must be called out to uphold its values and live up to its claims. If Christian church leaders lived up to the claims outlined in the New Testament, they would sooner cut out their tongues than give lip service to terrorists. Yet the leaders give lip service to terrorists. They have over their good name and reputation to support terrorists. And no doubt, they put their money where their mouths are. They sow division, mistrust and a stubborn delusion among their flock, and mislead their followers with feel good platitudes that cannot be substantiated by the ideology taught by Christ.

    When your list of allies grows thin, one needs everyone of good will to oppose evil. The churches you refer to do worse than sleep at the wheel: They are driving off course.