2015: Growth of anti-Semitism in United Church of Canada?

From Bridges, not Boycotts:

The thrust of these proposals signify an ominous and discouraging rise of traditional Christian anti-Semitic prejudices. Over recent decades, liberal Protestant churches have recognized and acknowledged that anti-Semitism is a foundational paradigm that has afflicted Christianity for centuries. Yet, the rise of church support for BDS against Israel shows how traditional racist attitudes have morphed into a new form underpinned with old prejudices.

Human rights leaders including Irwin Cotler (MP- Mount Royal), Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Bernard Lewis and Natan Sharansky point out that new anti-Semitism is evident in the disproportionate and obsessive criticism; whereby, traditional prejudice against Jews is directed at the State of Israel. In this manner, Israel is viewed as an oppressive criminal political entity that conspires to create conflict, steal land from the Palestinians and wage genocidal wars. The State of Israel is now being targeted as the “collective Jew among the nations”.[i]
While it is legitimate to criticize Israel for its actions, it becomes discriminatory when a double-standard is applied and the very existence of the nation is undermined. (August 2015) More.

Reality check: The disappearance of Israel would actually be convenient to United Church progressives, and progressives generally. Terror and oppression could then be marketed as somehow part of “middle East culture,” to be understood as a form of cultural diversity, mainly caused by those who oppose it. “Je suis Charlie,” and then back to the “blessed be’s” and the bong pipes.

People would soon forget that there ever was a functioning democracy in that region (if they even knew).

See also: Some thoughts on the extinction of the Anglican Church

  • They should rename themselves the Pallie Church

    • ismiselemeas

      A mate of mine is in the United Church inner circle. I can personally attest that anti Semitism and pro palestinian dogma is utterly and dangerously rampant in the upper ranks.

  • “…liberal Protestant churches have recognized and acknowledged that
    anti-Semitism is a foundational paradigm that has afflicted Christianity…”

    That needs to be fixed: “…liberal Protestant churches have recognized and acknowledged that anti-Semitism is a foundational paradigm that has afflicted liberal Protestant churches…while conservative Protestant churches have always supported the Jews and Israel and for this have sometimes been persecuted like Jews.”

    • Shebel

      I never knew that there were Liberal or Conservative Protestants.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Evangelical Protestants tend to be conservative.

      • Because of their embrace of Marxist Liberation Theology liberal protestant churches are dying out and have poor attendance. The conservative churches are growing and thriving — they represent the majority of protestantism (although they prefer to be called Evangelicals because they are not “protesting” Catholics anymore — there’s mutual respect).

  • chuck_2012

    the united church of canada should practice a little understanding and compassion and not listen to the bigots within their ranks.

  • Jim Horne
  • moraywatson

    The United Church of Canada has at least one minister who does not believe in God, or that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. That is simply not Christian.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    From Psalm 2:

    Why are the nations in an uproar,
    And why do the peoples mutter in vain?
    The kings of the earth stand up
    And the rulers take counsel together against God and His anointed.
    “Let us break their bands asunder.
    Let us cast away their cords from us.”
    From on high, God is laughing at them.
    He holds them in derision
    And will vex them with His sore displeasure.
    “Truly it is I who have established My king
    Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”