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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.

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United Methodist Agencies, Activists Rally Against Israel

December 5, 2014

With the support of several UMC agencies, Mike Slaughter’s Ginghamsburg Church hosts conference with radical anti-Israel agenda.

A panel discussion at the conference.  From L-R: Rev. Bruce Robbins (one of the event organizers), GBPHB General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the GBCS, and GBGM chief Thomas Kemper (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Conference Promotes Anti-Israel Divestment, “Boycotting All Things Israeli”

December 3, 2014

A recent pro-Palestinian rally supported by several United Methodist agencies promoted an agenda of divestment and “boycotting all things Israeli.”

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Lost in Translation: Film Misapplies MLK to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 15, 2014

Do Palestinians have a “modern-day civil rights movement” with a “very, very clear” relationship to America’s civil rights past?

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Presbyterians Back Anti-Israel Divestment

June 20, 2014

Presbyterian commissioners have voted to divest the 1.76 million-member denomination from three companies that do business with Israel.

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Protestants and Anti-Israel Divestment

June 19, 2014

Anti-Israel divestment activists are unrelenting in their campaign. Their claim about United Methodist support, which is nebulous, may not have the intended effect on Presbyterians.

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PC(USA) economics of intolerance

June 17, 2014

The General Assembly of the PC (USA) convenes every other year for a week of collective insanity–a dysfunctional family reunion, if you will–that guarantees the denomination will get media coverage for all the wrong…

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Are Anti-Israel Activists Distorting United Methodist Pensions Action?

June 13, 2014

Anti-Israel activists like David Wildman at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and the caucus group United Methodist Kairos Response are claiming the United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits…

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Anti-Israel Church Activists Claim a Divestment Victory in United Methodist Pensions Sale

June 13, 2014

Anti-Israel activists are claiming the reported decision of the United Methodist Church’s pensions agency to divest from holdings in a British private prison contracting company as a victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

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Marriage, Anti-Israel Divestment Fights Ahead for Presbyterians Gathering in Detroit

June 12, 2014

Amid spiraling membership, proposals to redefine marriage and end denominational investments with companies that do business with Israel will be before commissioners this week at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly.

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

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.

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Religiously Divesting From Fossil Fuels

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.