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What? No divestment threats?
One of life’s mysteries: why are certain Western Church leaders so quick to speak up for the (mostly Muslim) Palestinians and yet silent when their own Christian brothers and sisters are persecuted? They produce a lot of hot air and noise about Israel’s efforts to defend itself from Palestinian terrorism, but not about the persecution of Christians by Muslims and others. After voting for divestment against Israel, the Archbishop of Canterbury was silent on the subject of genocide in Sudan, both against Christians and Muslims, even while he visited the country.
We have noted the Presbyterian Church USA’s impressive zeal in divesting from Israel over alleged curtailment of Palestinian civil liberties in response to an ongoing litany of terroristic violence by Palestinians. We therefore have every confidence that your General Assembly will apply similar sanctions to Afghanistan for threatening a Christian with hanging unless he renounces Jesus and converts to Islam, noting especially that neither this man nor his fellow Christians have planned or perpetrated any acts of terror. We will be watching very closely to see if the standards that PCUSA is applying to Israel apply equally to militant Islamic governments that overtly persecute the PCUSA’s fellow Christians.
Will they respond? Will they show any interest at all? Some Catholic Bishops have protested on his behalf, but then they don’t engage in attempts to attack the State of Israel by divestment. What about the Anglicans or PCUSA?
And where are the protests about the incident of a peace-maker being prevented from entering Bethlehem? No, not some member of ISM being kept out by the ‘Apartheid Wall’. The peace-loving Dalai Lama was kept out by Palestinian leaders.
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, had a visit to Bethlehem canceled at the request of the Palestinian Authority, which is unwilling to antagonize China, organizers said on Monday.
Palestinian nongovernmental organization Holy Land Trust, which invited the Buddhist spiritual leader to visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ, withdrew the invitation at China's request, said an official from the group.
Where are the protests?