Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Greetings

It's Easter, and that calls for another look at the Presbyterian Jew-haters. If you're Reverend Bob Reynolds, PCUSA delegation spokesman Robert Worley , Ronald Stone, a church elder, PCUSA's Clifton Kirkpatrick, Rick Ufford-Chase, the Chicago Presbytery leadership, or your average Jew-hating nutter, then one dead Jew is as good as another.

To the rest of us who are reasonably decent Human beings, Happy Easter.

On October 20th, a delegation from the Presbyterian Church of the USA (PCUSA) met with Qawuq and other Hezbollah leaders for an hour in southern Lebanon as part of their three-week regional tour. Led by the head of the Chicago Presbytery Reverend Bob Reynolds, the meeting was convened for supposedly "educational" purposes, with Reverend Reynolds suggesting "I think one way people can learn from one another is to learn the way people talk about themselves and describe their own reality."

...Eager to endear himself to the perturbed Hezbollah commander, PCUSA delegation spokesman Robert Worley, a retired seminary professor, assured Quwaq that all delegation members had voted for John Kerry. Furthermore, Worley promised his host to help disavow Americans of the notion -- impressed upon them by the Western media -- that Hezbollah was a terrorist group, stating:

"Americans hear in the Western media that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization, and they do not hear any other opinion. They know nothing about the party's concern for the people of the south."

Worley then pointed out that Hezbollah and his church share similar goals, along with comparable opponents....

Even in the glare of hostile media attention, Worley and Reynolds remained unrepentant, with Worley declaring "Hezbollah got its reputation for resisting occupation…Hezbollah is part of rebuilding Lebanon."

As Mr. Worley later asked the Times, "is 'terrorists' the right word? They [Hezbollah] are resistants."

On October 17th, 2004, a PCUSA-led delegation -- including Robert Worley -- met with Mr. Qawuq. During the cordial discussion, Ronald Stone, a church elder and former professor of church ethics, stated the following to his gracious hosts:

"We treasure the precious words of Hizbullah and your expression of goodwill towards the American people. Also, we praise your initiative for dialogue and mutual understanding. We cherish these statements that bring us closer to you. As an elder of our church, I'd like to say that according to my recent experience, relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders."
Continue reading "Devenny: The Church of Jihad"--

Worley, on his part, assured Qawuq that he was not defending the U.S. administration, that all delegation members had voted Democratic, and that the Presbyterian Church had been pressured by U.S. Jewish organizations because of its campaign to divest from corporations working with Israel.

Delegation spokesman Robert Worley said: "We do not wish to defend the U.S. administration. We all elected the Democratic Party against the Republican Party. Rest assured that we will return to the U.S. in order to continue our activity for peace, and we want to hear about the charity activities and the cultural and social activities organized by Hizbullah in south [Lebanon]. The Americans hear in the Western media that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization, and they do not hear any other opinion. They know nothing about the party's concern for the people of the south. We have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations in the U.S. because [of our help in] divesting corporations working with Israel. We want Jerusalem to be a united city, just as we encouraged the Palestinians and the Jews to work for peace, and we demanded that our administration adheres to this position." [5]

[1] According to Presbyterian Church USA sources, Robert Worley taught for 35 years at McCormick Theological Seminary and has since taught at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon and at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Yerevan, Armenia. He regularly leads groups to the Middle East at the request of the Middle East Task Force of the Presbytery of Chicago. See for example:

Chicago Presbytery leadership... refused to condemn the statements or meeting, saying instead that the trip was unofficial and not the responsibility of the group.

Above, another cartoon from the Internet site of official Palestinian Authority cartoonist Omayya Joha, showing alleged Jewish control (in the form of snakes) of the United States. The snake was often used to portray Jews in historic European anti-Semitic images.

Albrecht Durer, "Christ as the Man of Sorrows"
c. 1493
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe


Always On Watch said...

PCUSA has always presented itself as strongly humanitarian. Their humanitarianism has now become perverted and sunk to the level of supporting terrorists.

dag said...

I writhe on the floor when I encounter this kind of blatant evil emanating from the Presbyterian Church (USA). I tend toward shrillness. I wanna choke somebody.

Common reason tells us plainly that our public intellectuals are ideologues, and not very bright ones at that. It tells us we must speak out against the evils of our communities even if we are seen as a minority in the arena of the Christian mainstream.

Seeing the audience of Presbyters cheering as the Jews stand before the beasts is enough to drive me to intemperate writing.

When I see the Presbyterians lauding the killers I hear the voice of Tatian proclaiming that we witness in our time "The cannibal banquet of the soul."