The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has approved two resolutions advanced by anti-Israel activists including a push to end all U.S. aid to the Jewish state until the “military occupation of Palestinian land” ceases, according to CBN News. The resolution was adopted in an overwhelming 751 to 162 vote during the Mainline Protestant denomination’s triennial Churchwide Assembly held in New Orleans August 8-13.
The C1 resolution adopted by the ELCA calls on the United States to immediately halt all foreign aid until Israel ceases “settlement building and the expansion of existing settlements” while the C2 resolution requires screening church investments from companies profiting from Israel’s so-called “occupation.”
The two resolutions were recommended by Isaiah 58, a group of Lutheran anti-Israel boycott activists. “In our Affirmation of Baptism, one of the five promises we make as Lutherans is to ‘work for justice and peace throughout the earth,’” commented Jan Miller, a Rocky Mountain Synod member and Isaiah 58 leader in a press release. “By adopting this investment screen, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is taking an important step to ensure that we are not profiting from, or complicit in, injustice in the Holy Land and elsewhere.”
Similar anti-Israeli resolutions were presented by activists during the United Methodist quadrennial General Conference last May in Portland, but were either defeated or not considered in committees, failing to reach plenary session. Additionally, the 12.1 million-member denomination voted 478 to 319 to distance church agencies from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an organization promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
Editor’s Note: Read more here about the ELCA’s obsession with Israel in a blog post by Sarah Chin, a researcher at NGO Monitor.