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August 16, 2016

ELCA Lutherans Play State Department

You probably missed it (I know I did), but the German Foreign Ministry in the U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently concluded its triennial national gathering. In between re-arranging the deck chairs on its particular denominational Titanic, the assembled Middle East experts clergy and laity decided to write the Israel plank in the Green Party’s platform. From Arutz Sheva:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution calling on the American government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria and “enable an independent Palestinian state”, JTA reported Sunday.

Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment in companies that profit from Israel’s alleged “occupation” and called on the president of the United States to recognize the “State of Palestine.”

The aid vote, which passed 751-162, urged church members to “call on their U.S. Representatives, Senators and the Administration to take action requiring that to continue receiving U.S. financial and military aid, Israel must comply with internationally recognized human rights standards as specified in existing U.S. law, stop settlement building and the expansion of existing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, end its occupation of Palestinian territory, and enable an independent Palestinian state,” according to JTA.

The resolution also called on the president not to prevent the application of the State of Palestine for full membership in the United Nations and, in coordination with the United Nations Security Council, to “offer a new, comprehensive and time-bound agreement to the governments of Israel and Palestine, resulting in a negotiated final status agreement between Israel and Palestine leading to two viable and secure states with a shared Jerusalem.”

In the divestment resolution, which passed 821-92, the church adopted a human rights-based investment screen for its social responsibility funds to ensure the church is not profiting from human rights abuses, and mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by name. It also called for the church to “increase positive investment in Palestine.”

I have not been able to find any indication that the ELCA sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in any way other than as a Manichean morality play. In fact, I understand that during the debate on these resolutions, someone mentioned Hamas, and 80% of those in attendance said in unison, “who dat?” That may not be exactly accurate, but the net effect is the same.

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I suppose they’re sincere, too.  The “Palestinian” campaign in the past few decades has been a masterpiece of propaganda.  I am old enough to remember when the idea of Jews having a little state of their own was considered good.  In my lifetime we’ve gone from horror at the extermination camps to the principle that the West Bank should be Jew-free.  And the state which has the multicultural population is the bad guy!

[1] Posted by Katherine on 8-16-2016 at 08:45 PM · [top]

If the ELCA immediately turns over all its real estate in the US to the appropriate Native American groups, from whom it was taken by force or fraud, they would at least demonstrate some level of consistency and personal moral responsibility.  Until they do, this is just anti-antisemitism and hypocrisy.

[2] Posted by tjmcmahon on 8-17-2016 at 08:42 AM · [top]

Would you mind calling them ELCA Lutherans in the headline?  As a LCMS Lutheran, I really don’t like being lumped in with these folks.  To put it in perspective, here’s a helpful video from Lutheran Satire - Thing Your Lutheran Pastor Totally Loves: Being Mistaken for the ELCA.

[3] Posted by Daniel on 8-17-2016 at 09:40 AM · [top]

Hopefully, the world will continue to ignore these worthless pieces of paper that dying denominations produce each year at their gatherings. Resolutions such as this should quicken the decline of the ELCA.

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 8-17-2016 at 09:45 AM · [top]

Hey, they’re playing ecumenists, too!

Paging Dr. Luther!  Paging Dr. Luther!  95 theses answered to satisfaction of ELcA!

[5] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 8-17-2016 at 07:59 PM · [top]

#5 Interesting statement. Does this mean that there are still 63 of Luther’s statements that need to be answered by the Roman Catholic Church? Given that it took 500 years to move in a more protestant direction on 33, at this rate it will take only another 1000 years and perhaps the RC church will realize that protestants were right after all?? Talk about being slow learners! wink

[6] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 8-18-2016 at 09:00 AM · [top]

Daniel, I hear you, my friend. I just saw your comment, and have changed the title accordingly.

[7] Posted by David Fischler on 8-18-2016 at 02:03 PM · [top]

It’s rare to see a “Christian” church go this pedal-to-the-metal anti-Semitic this heavily.  But I guess since the Elkies realize that nobody listens to them or cares what they think about anything, they can say whatever stupid crap that pops into their heads.  So they might as well push all-in.

[8] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 8-19-2016 at 03:50 AM · [top]

This will certainly draw new members to the church, won’t it?

[9] Posted by The Little Myrmidon on 8-20-2016 at 01:08 PM · [top]

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