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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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Presbyterian BDS-ja-vu

I was going to title today’s post “The Presbyterian’s Await,” until I realized that this title (and virtually everything I was planning to say as the Presbyterians gather in Detroit for their 2014 General Assembly) already appeared on this site in 2012. In other words, what needs to be said about the appalling situation in […]

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The Social Gospel Paradox

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

I’m close to finishing Joseph Bottum’s An Anxious Age, the subtitle of which (“The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America”) provides a valuable frame with which to close out this month’s discussion of what next for the Presbyterian Church’s relationship with Jews and Israel. Works I’ve read (and urged others to read) over the last […]

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Ballad of the BDSbyterians

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

Sorry for the delay, for those of you who can’t get enough of manic song lyrics regarding obscure situations.  (Actually, it took some time to tone down what I started to write.) Anyway, in the spirit of the new BDSbyterian label I mentioned last time, I present a humble little ballad, sung to the tune (for the […]

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The BDSbyterians

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

I recently joked on Twitter (that most serious of places) that I tend to lose my audience once conversation turns to the Presbyterian Church. Such flight is understandable, given that grasping Church politics requires navigating a sea of individuals and an alphabet soup of committees, some with intentionally ambiguous relations with the official organization.  It […]

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PCUSA and BDS: Reverend Clifton Kirkpatrick

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion over who allowed divestment to be voted on by the Aldermen of Somerville, MA in 2004, ushering in three years of conflict in a city that ultimately rejected divestment at the executive, legislative and judicial level (not to mention in the voting booth). I mention this because even when […]

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PCUSA and BDS: Noushin Framke

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

While it’s easy to trace BDS-related Presbyterian excesses to acronymed organizations: IPMN (the Israel Palestine Mission Network), the church’s MRTI (Mission Responsibility Through Investment) committee and, of course, the leadership of PCUSA, we need to keep in mind that these entities and groups are made up of people.  And as we saw with the American […]

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PCUSA and BDS: The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN)

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

Whenever some story emerges having to do with PCUSA’s obsession with Israel, with the relentless drive to get divestment back on organization’s agenda (no matter how many times it’s rejected), with attempts to denigrate and even demonize the Jewish state, its inhabitants and supporters, all roads seem to lead to the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN). […]

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PCUSA BDS – Dynamics

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Presbyterian Church 2014

There are a number of dynamics that make each BDS debate within the Presbyterian Church seem similar to the one that played out previously. First, there is the traditional BDS dynamic that says once an organization passes any type of divestment resolution, that organization belongs to the boycotters.  So the PCUSA’s fate was really sealed […]

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