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Many years ago, the leaders of Boston’s Old South Church decided it would be a wonderful idea to invite Naim Ateek of the Sabeel Liberation Theology Center for a public event where he would be given the opportunity to practice his main “religious” activity: the libeling of Israel and her supporters. Given Ateek’s fondness for […]

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This will no doubt come to bite me in the butt, but until I can figure out what’s wrong with the CAPTCHA utility I installed a couple months back to keep the site from being flooded with comment spam from various pants and Viagra salespeople, I’ve decided to turn it off so that anyone can […]

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Are the Presbyterians Really Peacemakers?

During this summer’s Gaza conflict, two organizations that made news earlier in the year when they passed boycott or divestment resolutions – the American Studies Association (ASA) and Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) – issued statements on the conflict. Of the two, ASA’s call to immediately terminate all aid to Israel (taken this time without any pesky […]

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The Presbyterians’ Gradye Parsons On Gaza

I recently reloaded a Tweetdeck App I used when tracking activity during last month’s Presbyterian GA, where a tweet informed me that Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk for PCUSA, released a statement on July 16th calling for an end to the conflict currently underway in Gaza and in the skies over Israel. Now normally, I might […]

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Reverend Ufford-Chase’s Faux Dialog

It’s now officially time to call it quits on the whole Presbyterian issue and move onto other vital matters, such as the disintegration of the entire Middle East (or at least those portions rarely mentioned in discussions of a “Middle East Conflict” that seems to include Israel, the Palestinians and precious little else). But before […]

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PCUSA – Saying Goodbye

Now that a week has passed since the PCUSA decided to turn the clock back to 2004, rejecting four previous General Assembly votes and moving full-steam ahead on divestment once more, there is very little to do but watch the completely predictable consequences of their decision play out. Remember that this is a church which […]

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Presbyterian BDS and the Attack on Common Sense

Occasionally, a critic will show up in the comments section of this site questioning my claims of sympathy with civic groups suffering from having had the Middle East conflict dragged into their organization by boycott and divestment advocates. It’s a reasonable challenge, given that I never had anything to do with groups like the food […]

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Presbyterian BDS – What to Do?

I was watching my youngest son perform in one of my least favorite musicals while the Presbyterians were debating whether or not to hand their reputation over to Omar Barghouti and his friends for another two years. And given that my kid’s shows (and associated ice-cream based socializing) can go well into the night, it […]

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Why Presbyterian BDS Doesn’t Matter

Some people will look at that headline as the pre-positioning of sour grapes in case this afternoon’s vote does not go well, while others might suspect that I’m trying to find any means to avoid spending the afternoon watching a political debate wrapped in religious clothing whose jarring style is so wonderfully described by my […]

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PCUSA BDS – Will Dialog Solve All?

For reasons having to do with work, family and a desire for tranquility, I’ve kept some mental distance during this year’s PCUSA divestment vote compared to previous General Assemblies.  That said, I have participated in a couple of online discussions with religious bloggers over the last few days, one of whom has decided that the […]

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The PCUSA BDS Kabuki Dance of Death

Well the PCUSA drama is pretty much playing out as predicated. The General Assembly’s Committee 4 was tasked to look at Middle East issues.  Actually, that’s not quite right since, as far as I can tell, all of the dozen or so Overtures the committee discussed have to do with just one country in the […]

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PCUSA and the Return of the BDS Hoax

OK, I know I promised (at least to myself) that I wouldn’t provide blow-by-blow on the current PCUSA divestment debate.  But a couple of stories that have emerged in the last few days need some dissemination (and contextualization) which I’d like to provide (hopefully briefly). First, believe it or not, the BDSers have decided to […]

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