13 Years of the GBCS’s Greatest Hits, Part One: Social Stances

by (@JohnLomperis) August 8, 2013

The recently announced changing of the guard at the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church is a good occasion for reviewing what has made this offering-plate-apportionments-funded agency so controversial in the life of our denomination.

This first (non-comprehensive) list is of some of the GBCS’s most striking approaches to social issues under the leadership of its outgoing General Secretary, Jim Winkler, who has been in charge since 2000.

Religiously Divesting From Fossil Fuels

by (@markdtooley) July 12, 2013

Although America’s arguably most liberal Protestant denomination and consequently likely fastest declining, the United Church of Christ is not very concerned about evangelism.

Anti-Israel Christians Stir Further Controversy

by (@TheIRD) November 9, 2012

By Mark Tooley The October 4 ecumenical letter to the U.S. Congress from 15 mostly old-line Protestant bureaucrats warning against U.S. military aid for Israel absent “immediate investigation” of Israeli human rights abuses continues to stir controversy. The letter from United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other clerics of course […]

Leftist Christians vs. the Jewish State

by (@TheIRD) October 11, 2012

By Mark Tooley As much of the Middle East tilts towards or implodes into Islamist rule, the ever feckless Religious Left in America has organized an ecumenical appeal asking the U.S. Congress to reduce U.S. aid for Israel.  After all, it is pro-America, democratic Israel that is the primary threat to peace and stability in […]

Putting the Frown on the Quaker Oats Man

by (@markdtooley) September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012 Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell   “The Quaker divestment from firms doing business with Israel, unaccompanied by any interest in hateful violence that seeks Israel’s destruction, reflects a long continuum of unwise political advocacy.” -Mark Tooley, IRD President   Washington, DC—The Quakers are reportedly divesting from two firms doing business with Israel. According […]

Quakers Divest from Israel

by (@TheIRD) September 27, 2012

By Mark Tooley  Hold the presses!  The Quakers are divesting from firms doing business with Israel. Maybe the famed smile of the Quaker Oats Man should now turn to a frown. Specifically the Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) is divesting from Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Veolia Environment. Ostensibly HP was guilty of providing technology consulting to […]

Divestment Fails – For Now

by (@markdtooley) July 13, 2012

The following article appeared on The Weekly Standard website and was posted with permission. Companies operating in Israel survived another push for divestment. (Photo credit: Wikimedia) For much of the last decade, international anti-Israel activists have targeted U.S. mainline Protestant denominations with pleas for divesting from firms doing business with Israel. There was reason: Official mainline Protestantism, pro-Israel […]

Episcopal Church Avoids Anti-Israel Divestment

by (@JeffreyHWalton) July 10, 2012

Meeting this week in Indianapolis for their triennial General Convention, Episcopalians in the church’s House of Deputies have endorsed two resolutions on Middle East peace. Neither of the resolutions calls for the church to divest itself of holdings with companies that do business with the Israeli military. By declining to adopt a divestment strategy, the […]

In the PCUSA, Even Leftists Oppose Divestment

by (@bjgingerich) June 30, 2012

This morning in Pittsburgh, an alliance called Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP) gathered to analyze the possible dangers of divestment from Israel. The issue is a hot one for Presbyterians at this year’s General Assembly. Commissioners receive pressures from within and without the denomination to make a principled stand on the issue. Pushing the […]

Iran’s Grand Strategy

by (@RyanMauro) May 17, 2012

The following article appeared on the Family Security Matters website and was posted with permission. President President Ahmadinejad consistently states that he acts in order to “hasten the arrival” of the Mahdi. (Credit: MNR)   The Iranian regime believes what it says and can achieve its stated objectives. That’s the blunt truth that few can accept. To determine […]