The Church of England has ordered a vicar accused of repeated anti-Israel and anti-Semitic online postings to go offline or risk losing his parish.
The Reverend Stephen Sizer is also forbidden from writing, posting or speaking about the Middle East ever again, according to a report published Monday by the Church Times, an Anglican news publication.
The incident appears to mark the first time the Anglican Church has ever taken such measures.
Last month, Sizer posted an article to his Facebook page titled “9/11: Israel did it,” which alleged that the Jewish state was behind the 2001 attacks that killed approximately 3,000 people on the east coast of the United States. In a comment on the article, Sizer said “it raises so many questions,” according to the Telegraph, a British daily.
Bishop Andrew Watson, Sizer’s superior, said he did not believe the priest’s actions were motivated by anti-Semitism…