We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes, the UCC is one of the bees that is always in my bonnet.
Before our most recent post on the mainline churches even disappeared from our front page, we get this nonsense (h/t, Israpundit) - a quote from an exchange with UCC Canada:
All this to say, Mr. Weiner, that Israel is being so greedy and greedy in such a nasty and murderous way that we find ourselves very sympathetic to the Palestinian complaints about such behaviour. Please read our press statement. We are also working for the survival of Israel in peace and security with internationally recognized borders as much as for the same future for a Palestinian state. Israel, however, seems bent upon a brutal acquisitional policy that offends Palestinians and the whole Arab world. If we do nothing, we can expect the growth of terrorist cells here in Canada and everywhere else. Why should we be immune to this horror when we disregard the horror that Israeli policies visit upon Palestinians every day of their lives. I can witness to that and so can many others.
You challenged us, Mr. Weiner, but now it’s your turn. We are sick and tired of the pro-Israeli government lobby in Canada telling us what to understand about the ’security’ issues of Israel. We are fed up with the biased press that focusses on one abducted Israel soldier and not on the numerous unreported assassinations and abductions of Palestinian citizens whose human rights are daily violated. Israel is out of control.
I am not ready to claim that the UCC, and their friends, are anti-Semitic, but they sure don't have any sympathy for Israel. And they have more sympathy for Jihadists and the like than they do for our Christian president who took an oath on the Holy Bible to protect us from their attacks.
I just think they stick to the Leftist line of the day. As I have said here before, helping individuals with their relationship with God through Christ ought to be a plenty big enough job for preachers. Understanding world affairs is the opposite of what their job is, and they tend to be a wierd combination of naive and innocent while angry and judgemental. As Laura would say, "Shut up and Sing". The whole exchange of letters is posted at Israpundit here.
Our church is SO HAPPY to have broken with the UCC. We are Congregationalists, and we make up our own minds, thank you.
Absolutely correct! This is a war of civilizations that has been going on for a thousand years. The spin is that Israel wants to fight with the Palestinians...the exact opposite of the truth. Thet don't want to have anything to do with them if possible.
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I've never seen massive demonstrations against any Muslim country for their ongoing terrorist attacks, yet I've seen them against Israel by tens or hundreds of thousands of liberals.
The Palestinians don't want peace with Israel any more than any other Muslims do, unless maybe it's the peace of Israel's death. They've been offered peace many times. The simple fact of the matter is that if Israel were not attacked on a daily basis by terrorists, it would not kill Lebanese or Palestinians.