The PCUSA is at it again

We’ve talked a lot in previous years about some mainline Protestant churches – most notably the Presbyterian Church USA – that have sharply criticized Israel and passed anti-Israel resolutions at their denominational meetings. Though the PCUSA’s 2012 General Assembly meeting isn’t until June, they’re not waiting until then to issue troubling statements about Israel.

In a recent article in Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin points to the growing divide between the views of church leadership and rank-and-file members:

In the course of promoting their anti-Israel policies, church leaders have engaged in rhetoric that seeks not only to delegitimize the state of Israel but also the Jewish community. The actions and statements of the church’s Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN-PCUSA) have been so egregious that the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella network of Jewish community relations groups, has been forced to go public with their complaints in hopes that ordinary Presbyterians will do something about the epidemic of hate speech springing from church activists.

Even a partial list of offensive statements made by Presbyterian activists on Israel and the Jews ought to send a chill down the spines of church members who may be unaware of what is going on:

At an opening program of the IPMN-PCUSA annual conference, the Rev. Craig Hunter said “greed and injustice is a cancer at the very core of Zionism.”  In a 2010 letter to church delegates, the IPMN-PCUSA falsely accused the Jewish community of intimidating Presbyterians by sending a letter-bomb to the church’s headquarters and setting fire to a church. IPMN-PCUSA tweeted an article proclaiming “Jewish power + Jewish hubris = moral catastrophe of epic proportions.”   IPMN-PCUSA also has supported virulently anti-Israel resolutions including those equating Israel with apartheid and has been a vocal supporter of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanction movement. …

If you attend a PCUSA church, we hope you will heed Tobin’s advice: “It is up to the rank-and-file to speak out against this behavior and see that it ends.”

 


Author: Stand For Israel | February 10, 2012
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What do you think?

  • Scalar
    January 26, 2013
    10:52 am
     

    Shalom to all of the Jews here and to all of the real Christians here. God is the Zionist of all Zionists and Jesus Christ, Yeshua Himself, stated salvation is of the Jews.

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  • Joe
    October 12, 2012
    12:39 pm
     

    I always have and always will support Israel any way I can so please don’t include me or others that love and support Israel the Presbyterians do not speak for me.

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  • Christine
    February 17, 2012
    10:06 am
     

    I have G_d’s Chosen people to thank for the grace that has saved my soul and set my feet on the road to Salvation and Grace! May we all live in peace, together, in the Hereafter.

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  • Christine
    February 17, 2012
    10:03 am
     

    WHAT????????? The Presby. Church hates Jews?????? Do other mainline churches follow their lead??? That would explain how my aunt, an ordained Presby/USA pastor, can support palestinian causes! GAG!

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  • David
    February 12, 2012
    8:45 am
     

    The governing bodies of all mainline protestant churches have been gradually seduced by the secularist politics of the “post-modern” American culture…and taken up the ancient prejudices..shameful.

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  • Grayson
    February 10, 2012
    11:15 pm
     

    I am unable to come to terms with such flagrant displays of hipocrisy. Righteousness is under attack on every front. How long will prideful arrogance scoff at Godly wisdom and folly mock prudence?

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  • Linda Ann
    February 10, 2012
    8:57 pm
     

    This is the kind of hatefulness that has resulted in pogroms in the past. How can people who supposedly believe in G-d say and do such horrible things against people whom G-d chose to reveal Himself to the world through? Where is the love and righteousness of G-d in what the heads of these Protestant churches are doing? It’s not there.

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  • Ray
    February 10, 2012
    6:24 pm
     

    The devils believe as well…just because they say they are doesn’t mean they are. Religions will say one thing…”We are christian” and do another that does not represent God, Jesus, Holy Spirit.

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  • barbara
    February 10, 2012
    3:17 pm
     

    Haven’t the Jews suffered enough…. how can a Christian church denounce another religion?.We are all going down the same path to God….

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  • Joseph J.
    February 10, 2012
    1:47 pm
     

    Are they a Christian Church? Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi who came into the world to announce the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God! Not Religious Presbyterian Ideology! Amen!

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    • Patti
      February 16, 2012
      3:18 pm
       

      Thank you for reminding people Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi. I do not understand how certain christians

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  • Bechira
    February 10, 2012
    12:52 pm
     

    This is outrageous! These are blatant hate statements and only the rank and file Presbyterians can stop it. If this diatribe is not stopped, the cancer of their hate will only grow and consume everyone. It is a frightening thing to think that America might be becoming as anti-Semitic as Europe.

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    • Merrie
      February 16, 2012
      9:24 pm
       

      If a Pastor wants a degree from a mainline denomination, he/she has to attend that denomination’s seminary.
      Unfortunately, many of these seminaries have become very liberal and are teaching replacement theology.
      They are also teaching that the Bible is primarily an analogy or there is some scientific explanation for God’s miracles.
      The end result is called, “brainwashing”.

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  • Mary
    February 10, 2012
    12:31 pm
     

    I support Israel so much, a member of CUFI, support Israel National Radio. However, sometimes I wonder if I am not being fooled. I see so many Jewish people supporting Obama and socialist/dictator.

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    • Dan C
      February 10, 2012
      8:47 pm
       

      Mary, what you have to understand is that all Jews are not either liberal or conservative; and die hard liberals are liberal first, Jewish/Presbyterian/Methodist/American second. Same might be said for right wing extremists, and the Jewish community has been fed the lie by our oponents that conservatives are all anti-Semitic extremists. A lot of us are evangelical Christians, so there is already a base of mistrust there which might make it easy for them to believe that. So there is a lot to be overcome before some Jews here will vote Republican (which is NOT the same as “conservative”, but it’s what we got). Point is, we need to focus on what God wants and not on what men do. Show them love and respect and maybe after this disaster in the White House we’ll win a few over. The rest- well, they are as entitled to their politics as we are to ours; but Israel is entitled to our support because we are a graft on a very precious tree.

      Hope that wasn’t too political. Shalom

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    • sally
      February 11, 2012
      3:16 pm
       

      Perhaps it is the poor jews that are fooled if they think that supporting a president that changes his spiritual coat daily is of any help. Lets pray more for those whom you have seen being decieved.

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  • Carol
    February 10, 2012
    12:03 pm
     

    We are against anyone who is against Israel.

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  • Jonathan
    February 10, 2012
    11:38 am
     

    The Jewish people are the focal point of God’s heart. They symbol the core of the Christian faith. The Jewish people are the apple-of-His-eye. God bless the Jewish people.

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  • Jeanette
    February 10, 2012
    11:37 am
     

    We will all have to join in prayer that God will deal with Rev. Craig Hunter for his incorrect and devastating comments regarding Israel and God’s people and change his heart.

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  • Dan C
    February 10, 2012
    10:50 am
     

    While the letter bomb and arson may have been a good idea (I’m just kidding here folks), I would challenge them for their proofs that any Jews were involved in these acts- and if so I’d challenge their proof of afiliation. I mean, based on my earlier jest, I may have done it. Would they then be willing to blame the Baptist community at large for these crimes? More likely yet, it might have been angry Presbyterians that are attacking their leaders. Following the logic of the Presbyterian leadership, we should improson the Rev. (leaves a bitter taste to call him that) Craig Hunter! Shalom Rev.- now up against the wall!

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  • GABRIEL
    February 10, 2012
    9:29 am
     

    If they honestly think that they are justified in what they are doing they must not be teaching out of The Bible that are GOD’s words.
    I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse: and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Gen 12:3

    They must be teaching from somebody else’s words. WO to them! I pray the people who know that in tose churches would stand up and get rid of those devils ASAP!!!

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  • David
    February 10, 2012
    9:29 am
     

    It’s ironic they preach “JESUS CHRIST” & make anti-semitic remarks. These churches have no business preaching about JESUS if they’re going to hate their neighbors. Blessed are those who blesses you !!

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  • Harriett
    February 10, 2012
    9:22 am
     

    VERY sad this behavior sneaks into churches, more so that people allow it. So much to be taught of Bible and Jesus’ love. No time for political rantings.

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