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  • “Palestinian Messengers”: How Christ and Christians Are Used for the Palestinian Cause

    01/21/2014 7:50:06 AM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    “Palestinian Messengers”: How Christ and Christians Are Used for the Palestinian Cause By Julio Severo Last Christmas, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Jesus was a “Palestinian” messenger. Even though Jesus was never a Palestinian or an advocate of a Palestinian cause, Abbas and his Muslim colleagues want to use Him to “ecumenically” unify Christians and Muslims to secure their cause. Christ has never been a Palestinian messenger, but there has been a number of Christian individuals and groups associating themselves with a Palestinian message. Knowingly or not, they have been used as Palestinian messengers. WCC and Liberation Theology The...
  • The UnChristian Behavior of the World Council of Churches

    11/08/2013 12:39:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2013 | Michael Curtis
    The World Council of Churches (WCC), the inter-Christian organization of mainstream Protestant churches, is at it again in its continuing campaign against Israel. In 2013, one of its units, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), invited WCC member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations working for justice, to join together for a week in a proclaimed World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI). The purpose was advocacy and action in support of an "end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and in Israel." Everyone with stakes in the Middle East,...
  • Catholicos of all Armenians elected chairman of world council of churches

    11/07/2013 7:43:23 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 2 replies
    ARKA News ^ | November 4, 2013 | ARKA
    Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC), Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II was elected Chairman of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Holy See of Etchmiadzin said in an official statement, posted in Facebook. It said Catholicos Karekin II was elected unanimously in the South Korean city of Busan at the 10th assembly of the WCC for the next eight years. The presidium of the WCC includes eight people. Their mission is to encourage interfaith and ecumenical relations, human rights, justice and peace, the statement says. The World Council of Churches is an international ecumenical organization founded in...
  • Archbishop Welby: No Sacrifice too Great to Obey Christ’s Call to Unity

    11/04/2013 6:37:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/1/13
    (Vatican Radio) The head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said he hopes to “produce a few surprises” with Pope Francis in terms of ecumenical relations between the two churches, but declined to disclose any details. The archbishop made the comment in an interview with Vatican Radio’s Philippa Hitchen at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, currently underway in Busan, South Korea. Listen to the full interview: RealAudio MP3He also reflected on the challenges and concessions that need to be made for the sake of Christian unity. The longer Christians “exist in different...
  • World Council of Churches Stands By As Christians Perish, Churches Wither

    10/25/2013 10:39:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 22, 2013 at 5:00 am | Malcolm Lowe
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva claims to represent and serve 345 churches worldwide. What has it done to help the persecuted churches in Iraq, Syria and Egypt? Or the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan and Lebanon? Answer: it has devoted the whole of 2013 to promoting a World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (September 22-28). That is, it has poured its Swiss francs into stirring up the one corner of the area that is currently almost calm. … The excuse for this absurd imbalance is that the WCC has maintained for decades, and insists on...
  • Cardinal Maradiaga backs Pope's call for greater protection of refugees

    07/11/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-09 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has released a statement backing Pope Francis’ call to welcome refugees as our brothers and sisters. Cardinal Maradiaga issued his statement on Monday 8 July, the day in which Pope Francis journeyed to the Island of Lampedusa, the landing point of tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe in hope of a better future. Please find below the full text of the statement issued by Caritas Internationalis: “The Pope’s visit to Lampedusa reminded us of the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Religious leaders and faith based...
  • Why the new pope matters to Jews

    03/14/2013 5:44:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Rabbi Abraham Cooper
    There are an estimated 2 billion Christians in the world led by a variety of religious leaders from Patriarchs to Metropolitans, and for many Protestant denominations, the World Council of Churches. Yet for World Jewry, there is but one Christian leader who has counted the most: The pope. In the tumultuous 20th Century what popes said and did not say to and about Jews impacted directly on the destiny of the Jewish people. In 1904, Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism asked Pope Pius X to endorse the Jewish people’s return to the Holy Land. “We are unable to...
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • Mainline church membership decline continues - but more slowly

    02/14/2011 5:54:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    Worldwide Faith News ^ | 2/14/11 | Philip Jenks
    Trends continue in church membership growth or decline, reports 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches New York, February 14, 2011 -- Growing churches continue to grow and declining churches continue to decline, according to the National Council of Churches' 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. "The direction of membership (growth or decline) remains very stable," writ es the Yearbook's editor, the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, in the newest edition released this week. "That is, churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years...
  • South Africa: Tutu Inspired Me, Says German Politician Who Joined Gaza Ship

    06/04/2010 1:56:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 219+ views
    allafrica.com ^ | June 2, 2010 | Anli Serfontein
    A member of the German parliament who was on the ferry Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by Israeli special forces has called on the World Council of Churches and other church organisations to get more actively involved in lifting the Gaza blockade. "I really hope that the Christian community and the WCC and others will really support us peace-loving people in the world to protest against this massacre and to really support our demands to lift the blockade to Gaza and see the Israeli security penalised who shot innocent people," Annette Groth, a member of the Bundestag, the lower...
  • Embracing the Tormentors

    05/26/2010 8:41:10 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 3 replies · 320+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 5/25/2010 | Faith McDonnell
    Conducting “truth commissions” to denounce American armed forces and organizing divestment campaigns to cripple Israel are vital issues to some American church officials. Raising the banner of Intifada and expressing solidarity with Palestinians are also very important to this collection of liberal leaders. They “spiritualize” the Democratic immigration and health care reform agendas with pompous prayer, but their social justice-focused prophetic vision has strange blind spots. Leftist church leaders hardly ever see, let alone condemn, the imprisonment, enslavement, torture, and murder of Christians in the Islamic world, North Korea, and China. Church officials and partner organizations such as the National...
  • The Religious Left Targets Israel

    02/17/2010 1:47:50 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies · 269+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Mark D. Tooley
    Seemingly not content with its already extensive anti-Israel activism, the Swiss-based World Council of Churches, comprised of over 300 denominations, is highlighting a new anti-Israel initiative. The WCC’s blandly but revealingly named “Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum” (PIEF) has been around a few years but has just unveiled its own website and newsletter, presumably in a new wave of protest against “The Occupation.” According to PIEF’s new website, it plans to “catalyze and coordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace...
  • Church bells to ring out warning on climate change

    11/12/2009 10:15:12 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 1,101+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 12, 2009
    The World Council of Churches on Thursday called on churches around the world to ring their bells 350 times during the Copenhagen climate change summit on December 13 as a call to action on global warming. The leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches also invited places of worship for other faiths to join a symbolic "chain of chimes and prayers" stretching around the world from the international date line in the South Pacific. "On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers...
  • Christ Calls Us to Be Neighbors to Immigrants, Says WCC Chief

    10/18/2009 7:30:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 666+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 2009 | Jennifer Gold
    LONDON – The head of the World Council of Churches has called upon Christians to live out the core message in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan and treat others as their neighbors. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia was speaking at the opening of the WCC’s conference on the response of churches to racism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion. Pointing to the unprecedented gains of anti-immigration parties in the recent European Parliament election, Kobia warned that racism was “still alive” in the world. He urged some 50 church leaders and theologians convening in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, to...
  • Breakthrough near in Honduras crisis: UN

    07/10/2009 6:43:14 PM PDT · by don-o · 78 replies · 4,466+ views
    Canada.com - Reuters ^ | July 9, 2009
    NEW YORK — The head of the United Nations General Assembly signalled Friday a breakthrough is imminent in talks to resolve the political crisis in Honduras. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann spoke in New York as thousands of supporters of Honduras’s ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, held rallies in the Central American country. “I have a feeling that we are moving in that direction rather quickly,” the former Nicaraguan revolutionary, who is also a Catholic priest, told a news conference at the UN. Insiders suggested that a timetable had been laid out in which Zelaya, a rich landowner whose leftist policies led him...
  • Marxist Mel's Martyrs

    07/07/2009 11:49:07 PM PDT · by FromLori · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Front Page ^ | 7/7/09
    During the 1970s and 1980s, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), then based in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, vigorously lobbied for Nicaragua's Sandinista regime, the Cuban-style Marxist regime that shot its way to power in 1979. Today, WOLA pretends it is concerned about the rule of law in Honduras after the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court supported removing the leftist president for defying its constitution. WOLA and Jim Wallis' publication Sojourners have teamed up to spin Honduras' defense of its democracy as another example of a U.S.-supported, imperialist military coup. The constitutional coup in Honduras was...
  • Concern about Palestinian Christians?--The religious Left’s revealing silence.

    04/14/2009 5:32:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 368+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 14, 2009 | Mark D. Tooley
    The international Religious Left has very little interest in human rights or religious liberty in the world, outside territories occupied by or supposedly victimized by Israel. Never critical of radical Islam or Arab regimes, groups like the World Council of Churches (WCC) have an obsessive interest in the plight of Palestinians, whose plight would otherwise bore the WCC, if Israel, and by extension, the U.S., could not be blamed. Last month, the WCC dispatched a "Living Letters" team to Israel and "Palestine," purportedly to show solidarity with Palestinian Christians. But the attitude of Hamas and other Islamists towards the dwindling...
  • Stated clerk to Obama: ‘… before you save us’ (PCUSA)

    12/12/2008 5:52:14 PM PST · by PAR35 · 21 replies · 696+ views
    Layman Online ^ | December 12, 2008 | --
    Gradye Parsons, the stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has added a new twist to the messianic aura that seemed to surround the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. “Mr. President,” he said, “before you save us, let us have a chance to profess our ills.” -snip- John Thomas, the president of the United Church of Christ, expressed his appreciation that Obama had been “schooled by a preacher named Jeremiah” to serve as a “public theologian who shapes the way people understand their relationship to God,” RNS reported.
  • Global Church Body Denounces Anti-Quran Film

    03/31/2008 3:45:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies · 630+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | March 31, 2008 | Daniel Blake
    The World Council of Churches has condemned a Dutch parliamentarian’s provocative new film which accuses the Quran of inciting violence. -snip- The director of the global ecumenical body’s Program on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation criticized Geert Wilders’ short film “Fitna” as "a clear case of Islamophobia." The word ”fitna” is an Arabic term that is sometimes translated as “strife.” "Through graphic images, the filmmaker depicts violent extremism without any attempt to distinguish it from mainstream Islam,” Premawardhana said. “Extremism is a problem for most religions and needs to be countered through interreligious dialogue." Wilders, who is leader of the anti-immigration...
  • Friends of Mahmoud The Iranian president gets a warm reception from the religious left.

    10/11/2007 8:29:14 AM PDT · by AU72 · 8 replies · 420+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Ocotber 11, 2007 | Mark D. Tooley
    NOT ALL OF Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's encounters in New York during his recent trip were testy. The Shiite theocrat had what the New York Times called a "warm, even friendly exchange" with 150 church officials at the United Methodist Women's Church Center for the United Nations. One sponsor, the Mennonite Central Committee, called the gathering a "time of dialogue and prayerful reflection among the children of Abraham." A Mennonite official further explained that "mutual respect and graciousness in this conversation blunts the demonization which is part of the current rhetoric of both governments." The meeting is the third between...
  • Russian Church may revise relations with WCC if liberal trends prevail

    11/21/2007 8:41:20 AM PST · by kawaii · 5 replies · 74+ views
    interfax ^ | 21 November 2007, 14:10 | interfax
    21 November 2007, 14:10 Russian Church may revise relations with WCC if liberal trends prevail - spokesman Moscow, November 21, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church might revise its relations with the World Council of Churches if liberal Protestant circles take the upper hand in that organization, the Moscow Patriarchate has said. "Everything will depend on how the World Council of Churches develops. At the present time, we see resolute steps against adopting documents which run counter to the Orthodox faith within the Council. The principle of gaining a consensus has been introduced for making the most important decisions," Moscow...
  • Evangelicals Support Conversion Code

    08/18/2007 7:35:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies · 356+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2007 | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER
    GENEVA -- Evangelical groups have joined efforts spearheaded by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainstream Protestant churches to create a common code of conduct for religious conversions that would preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict among different faiths. The World Council of Churches, which joined the Vatican last year in launching talks on a code, said Wednesday that the process was formally joined by the World Evangelical Alliance at a meeting earlier this month in France. The code aims to ease tensions with Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups that fear losing adherents and resort...
  • Christians Move Towards Code on Seeking Converts

    08/07/2007 9:02:28 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 26 replies · 327+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2007 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA - Christian churches are moving closer to a common code of conduct on how they go about winning converts among themselves and from other religions, the World Council of Churches (WCC) said on Monday. Conversion, sometimes dubbed "sheep-stealing" as it targets another's flock, is a cause of friction and conflict between religions and among different branches of individual faiths. Militant groups are often accused of underhand tactics in winning over new adherents. The Geneva-based WCC, working with the Vatican on the issue, said a meeting in Toulouse later this week should bring the year-long process of agreeing a conversion...
  • Iraqi Christians Pray for the Surge-Iraqi archbishop hopes Americans provide security,democracy

    07/25/2007 7:58:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 287+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-25-07 | Mark D. Tooley
    It must have been a huge disappointment. An Iraqi bishop addressing an anti-Israel ecumenical jamboree in Amman, Jordan declined to demand an immediate U.S. evacuation from Iraq. "Is it going to bring about peace or play into the hands of terrorists?" asked Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church (See of Etchmiadzin), who was responding to a question about U.S. church groups that are demanding an expeditious time-table for U.S. troops to quit Iraq. Asadourian spoke at the "Churches Together for Peace and Justice in the Middle East," organized by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC). Speaking...
  • World Council Churches Global Initiative - Worldwide Rally - Israel's Land Occupation

    06/23/2007 6:19:19 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 33 replies · 537+ views
    news.yahoo.com/ ^ | Thu Jun 21, 12:25 PM ET
    Yahoo Religious News Brief.... By The Associated Press Thu Jun 21, 12:25 PM ET (World Council of Churches said it would launch a global initiative to have churches worldwide rally for an end to Israel's occupation of Arab lands) AMMAN, Jordan - A Geneva-based church body said Monday it would launch a global initiative to have churches worldwide rally for an end to Israel's occupation of Arab lands seized in the 1967 Mideast war. The World Council of Churches said in a statement that it designated Jordan as a venue for its initiative, which would enlist support from religious groups...
  • Hindu to lead St. Olaf [Lutheran College] religion department

    06/21/2007 7:44:12 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 89 replies · 2,273+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | June 01, 2007 | Pamela Miller
    A Hindu professor of religion has become the first non-Christian to head St. Olaf College's Religion Department in the college's 133-year history. "It's a great honor," Anantanand Rambachan said of the three-year appointment. "St. Olaf has one of the finest undergraduate religion departments in the country." Rambachan, 55, has taught religion, philosophy and Asian studies at the college in Northfield, Minn., since 1985. He also has been a leading figure in Minnesota's Hindu cultural circles. He grew up on the West Indies island of Trinidad in a devout Hindu family -- both of his grandfathers were Hindu priests. As a...
  • The Religious Left's Monster

    04/02/2007 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies · 497+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 2, 2007 | Mark D. Tooley
    Finally, a Western church official is condemning the increasingly brutal regime of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. It has been a long-time coming. The reticence is due, perhaps in part, to the fact that left-leaning Western church groups helped to install Mugabe in power nearly 30 years ago. Noting his own group’s support for Zimbabwe’s path to “liberation” in the 1970’s, the head of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is now condemning Mugabe’s “unprecedented brutality and oppression.” On March 15, LWF General Secretary Ishmael Noko asked the Africa Union to lean against Mugabe. “The attacks upon opposition leaders, human rights...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad talks to US Christians

    02/25/2007 4:02:36 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 33 replies · 888+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-25-2007 | Breitbart.com
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said Iran bore no hatred towards the United States as he held talks with American Christians in a rare official contact with visitors from Tehran's arch enemy. State television showed Ahmadinejad meeting with a dozen American representatives from various Christian orders who are in Iran for a week-long visit to promote peace and dialogue between the foes. "The Iranian nation does not have any feeling of hatred and opposition towards the American people and we believe that all people are respectful and given the common grounds people have, they could achieve peace and justice," Ahmadinejad...
  • The World Council of Churches Buddies Up to Hezbollah

    08/30/2006 7:52:31 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 10 replies · 446+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/30/06 | Petra Heldt
    In July, the WCC released a statement. The WCC refuses to name Hezbollah, defends the terrorists and reproaches the victims for their self-defense. The letter attacks democratic countries, shields militia groups from blame, and challenges "the concept of war on terror." This letter tells the reader that there is no difference between the victim and the attacker. Not only does the letter fail to condemn Hezbollah terrorists for their crimes, but it condemns G8 members who are seeking a solution to those crimes. Hezbollah's rocket campaign against Israeli civilians seems to be entirely Israel's fault. The Jewish state is the...
  • Soviet Ghosts Haunt the World Council of Churches

    08/25/2006 1:59:24 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 709+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 25, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    Soviet Ghosts Haunt the World Council of Churches By Mark D. Tooley FrontPageMagazine.com | August 25, 2006 As one of his formative spiritual experiences, a top official in the World Council of Churches (WCC) fondly recalls attending a Soviet-front group’s conference in the old Czechoslovakia. In a recent official WCC news report, the Swiss-based ecumenical council interviews Rev. Walter Altmann, a Brazilian Lutheran theologian, former head of the Latin American Council of Churches, and the new moderator the WCC's totalitarian-sounding "central committee." Currently, he also heads the 700,000 member Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. "As a young...
  • EU Christians Czech Castro

    08/24/2006 5:48:50 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 3 replies · 441+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 24, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    EU Christians Czech Castro By Mark D. Tooley FrontPageMagazine.com | August 24, 2006 Although Western mainline church officials have refused to criticize Fidel Castro for decades, some East European Christians are now speaking out. The head of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic is directly challenging the head of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches over his criticisms of America's anti-Castro policy. "From our own experiences churches in Central and Eastern Europe are aware of what it means to live under a repressive totalitarian regime of the type, which, according to our opinion, exists in Cuba," gently...
  • The Truth Behind 9/11 (New book from the Presbyterian Publisher Says Bush brought down the towers)

    08/23/2006 10:59:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 180 replies · 3,763+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/23/2006 | Mark Tooley
    According to a new book from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Bush brought down the towers.DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION covertly blow-up the World Trade Center, ignite the Pentagon, and shoot down United Flight 93 to pave the way for a new American empire? The answer is "yes," according to a new book printed by the official publishing house of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and written by a theologian at a United Methodist seminary. Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, published by Westminster John Knox Press, is fairly succinct in its conspiracy theory. In fact, only the first half of the...
  • Churches urge Lebanon ceasefire

    08/03/2006 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 26 replies · 406+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 ugust 2006
    THE World Council of Churches today appealed for an urgent ceasefire in Lebanon and sharply criticised the international community for failing to halt the violence between Israel and Hezbollah. In a strongly worded public appeal, WCC general secretary Reverend Samuel Kobia accused major western powers of turning their backs on previous calls for an end to the violence or for restraint. "A war of ominous dimension and of far-reaching consequences is causing unimaginable and untold suffering to the people in Lebanon," Kobia said. "Yet these developments seemed to have no effect on the leaders of countries like Israel, the United...
  • The Religious Left's "Cycle of Violence" Schtick

    07/28/2006 6:55:52 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 4 replies · 348+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | July 28, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    The anti-Israel divestment campaign among U.S. churches has been largely defeated. But in the midst of the terrorists' war on Israel, the Religious Left's hostility to Israel continues. Religious Left church officials have responded to the conflict between Israel and Hezballah with their usual lamentations over "the violence." But it is "the violence" by Israel that exclusively concerns them. Typical among them has been the reaction of United Church of Christ president John Thomas. "We watch with horror and outrage as Israel punishes an entire population for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in Gaza, and as belligerence escalates with...
  • Anti-Zionism Equals Anti-Semitism

    07/25/2006 6:51:17 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 13 replies · 564+ views
    Cross Currents ^ | July 23, 2006 | Yitzchok Adlerstein
    What is the likelihood that the op-ed writer, or cartoonist, or university professor who rants about the evils of Zionism is really an old-fashioned Jew-hater? Much better than most of us thought, according to a study in the August 2006 issue of The Journal of Conflict Resolution. Goebbels was right. Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it. This seems to be true even in regard to Jews believing lies about themselves. For decades, so many of us heard pious protestations that strongly held views about Israel had nothing to do with attitudes towards us, that we started...
  • World Council of Churches slams Israel

    05/22/2006 2:48:37 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 63 replies · 1,020+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 22, 2006 | GEORGE CONGER
    Israel bears the burden of responsibility for the present crisis in the Middle East, the World Council of Churches has announced, following a meeting of its Executive Committee in Geneva from May 16-19. The Christian Left's leading ecumenical organization stated Israel's actions towards the Palestinians "cannot be justified morally, legally or even politically." The failure "to comply with international law" had "pushed the situation on the ground to a point of no return," they concluded. The WCC condemned the killing of innocent civilians by "both sides" in the conflict and called for the Palestinians to "maintain the existing one-party cease-fire...
  • Duke rape case set for 2007

    05/19/2006 7:17:27 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 1,160 replies · 20,681+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | May 19, 2006. 07:02 AM | staff
    DURHAM, N.C.—One of three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape wants the case resolved in time for the next school year, his lawyer said in court yesterday. But the judge warned he will not fast-track the proceedings. The case "is not going to jump ahead of the line and be handled any differently," Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens said at a hearing for sophomore Reade Seligmann. After the brief hearing, District Attorney Mike Nifong said he does not expect any trial to begin before next year.
  • Blind Eye to Terror

    05/06/2006 3:57:10 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 10 replies · 316+ views
    Frtont Page Magazine ^ | May 5, 2006 | Mark Tooley
    The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), ostensibly representing 340 denominations globally, formally protested to the Israeli ambassador in Switzerland about the rock throwing of Israeli teen-age civilians. But a Palestinian suicide bomb in Tel Aviv that slaughtered nine people did not merit even a WCC news release. To be fair to the WCC, the rock throwing was aimed at the WCC’s own volunteers. A Swiss lawyer, a German social worker and a Norwegian sociologist were attacked with stones in two separate incidents on April 1 and April 20. The lawyer got seven stitches to the head, while the social...
  • Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: Will the Ecumenical Ship Sink?

    Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: Will the Ecumenical Ship Sink? Excerpts from the interview to the official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Doesn't membership in the World Council of Churches (WCC) obligate acceptance of its fundamental principles which contradict Orthodox ecclesiology? Membership in the WCC does not require from any Church the recognition of all the other member churches of the WCC as churches in the literal sense of the word. This is stated in the foundational documents of the Council. If we call one Protestant community or another a "church," which in...
  • Christian Left rejects Hamas boycott

    04/14/2006 1:14:43 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 776+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 14, 2006 | GEORGE CONGER
    Leaders of the Christian left in Europe and the US are backing calls by the patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem for the EU and the US to resume aid to Hamas. On April 11, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches [WCC] , Dr. Samuel Kobia, wrote to the chairman of the Council of the European Union, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, asking the EU to exercise "respect for the democratic mandate given" to Hamas and to allow "time for the new government to find its feet and demonstrate its intentions." The WCC warned of "of...
  • The First Church of Liberalism

    04/10/2006 4:17:12 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 22 replies · 755+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/23/2003 | Rachel DiCarlo
    IT MIGHT BE no accident that the national decline in church attendance has mirrored the rise of activism by church leadership. One religious group famous for its social agenda is the National Council of Churches. Although supposedly a nonpartisan organization, for the past 40 years the NCC's politics has usually sat on the far left of the political spectrum. Since Rev. Bob Edgar took over as the NCC's general secretary in 2000, the group hasn't jettisoned its liberal ways. What is Edgar's record? For starters, he's carried on the NCC's ongoing love affair with Cuba. One of his first acts...
  • Consoling the Cartoon Mob

    03/24/2006 4:18:35 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 369+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 24 march 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    As angry Muslim rioters sent Christians to a martyr's death during last month's riots over cartoons depicting Muhammad, leftist-led Christian groups in the West chose to console the murderers. With sad predictability, many left-leaning church groups such as the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches responded with indignation about the Danish newspaper's publication of the cartoons -- with nary a word about their persecuted co-religionists. The National Council of Churches (NCC) of the U.S.A. reacted by standing in "solidarity" with U.S. Islamic groups, who "exercised disciplined restraint," i.e., by not rioting or killing Americans over the...
  • MP rep in Europe predicts a gradual severance of relations among Christians

    03/16/2006 8:17:01 PM PST · by x5452 · 13 replies · 260+ views
    Interfax | 16 March 2006, 12:38
    16 March 2006, 12:38 Moscow Patriarchate representative in Europe predicts a gradual severance of relations among Christians Moscow, March 16, Interfax - The Orthodox are appalled at the attempts of the Protestants to force discussion of homosexualism on the World Council of Churches (WCC), representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the European Institutions bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria said. ‘Attempts of certain Protestant churches to force discussion of sexual minorities on the WCC have provoked a particular indignation of the Orthodox’, the hierarch said in his interview to the web-site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. According...
  • Orthodox Predict Severance of Relations among Christians [WCC "would sink"]

    03/16/2006 5:03:48 PM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 442+ views
    Moscow, March 16, Interfax - The Orthodox are appalled at the attempts of the Protestants to force discussion of homosexualism on the World Council of Churches (WCC), representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the European Institutions bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria said. 'Attempts of certain Protestant churches to force discussion of sexual minorities on the WCC have provoked a particular indignation of the Orthodox', the hierarch said in his interview to the web-site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. According to him, traditional views on homosexualism as sin have been 'subjected to revision' in certain Protestant churches...
  • MSU Professor Says Funeral Protest Ban Should Be Thrown Out

    03/08/2006 9:05:30 AM PST · by StarCMC · 83 replies · 3,021+ views
    KSDK.com ^ | 3/8/06
    created: 3/8/2006 8:26:18 AM updated: 3/8/2006 8:29:11 AM SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri State University professor says a new state law that limits protests at funerals is so broad that it should be overturned. MSU journalism professor Andrew Cline says a Kansas church's picketing at funerals for U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq makes him "nauseous." But Cline said Missouri's new law is so vague that it invites a legal challenge. The picketing has spawned legislation in Missouri and several other states to limit funeral protests. Last week, Governor Blunt signed into law a bill to ban the demonstrations....
  • World Council of Churches

    03/06/2006 7:53:22 AM PST · by Griff55 · 116 replies · 779+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3.1.06 | Mark Tooley
    AMERICAN CHURCH OFFICIALS pleaded for forgiveness for the sins of the United States last week--from the Iraq War, to Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Accord, to the racism exposed by Hurricane Katrina, to economic exploitation, and for the more general American sin of idolatry. The clerics were representing 34 Protestant and Orthodox denominations in America at the Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. "Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the...
  • Lord Have Mercy [US WCC Delegates Apologize for US]

    03/03/2006 4:15:06 AM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 55 replies · 1,031+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/1/2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    AMERICAN CHURCH OFFICIALS pleaded for forgiveness for the sins of the United States last week--from the Iraq War, to Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Accord, to the racism exposed by Hurricane Katrina, to economic exploitation, and for the more general American sin of idolatry. The clerics were representing 34 Protestant and Orthodox denominations in America at the Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. "Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the...
  • 'Is he really so clueless...?'

    03/01/2006 2:23:47 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 16 replies · 502+ views
    Solomonia ^ | March 1, 2006 | Solomon
    A letter to Presbyweb concerning their coverage of the recent (leftist) World Council of Churches Assembly (emphasis mine): I am deeply grateful for the excellent balanced coverage you have given to the just concluded 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Unfortunately, it is difficult also to be grateful for many of messages that have come out of that Assembly. For example, while some declarations called for increased evangelical and Pentecostal involvement in the WCC as crucial to the future health of the ecumenical movement, at the same time WCC General Secretary Samuel Kobia condemned American megachurches as promoting...
  • WCC assembly demonstrates ‘spirit of antichrist,’ prof says

    03/01/2006 10:23:32 AM PST · by Convert from ECUSA · 27 replies · 642+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | March 1, 2006 | David Roach
    WCC assembly demonstrates ‘spirit of antichrist,’ prof says Feb 28, 2006 By David Roach Baptist Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (BP)--Recognizing the Holy Spirit in other religions, tolerating homosexual marriage and denouncing the U.S. war on terror were among the views advocated at the 9th World Council of Churches Assembly Feb. 14-23 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Founded in 1948, the WCC describes itself as “the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity,” according to the group’s website. The WCC has 347 member denominations in more than 120...
  • The World Council of Churches - where is its place in the new world?

    02/27/2006 8:34:14 AM PST · by x5452 · 13 replies · 277+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 27 February 2006
    27 February 2006 The World Council of Churches - where is its place in the new world? The 9th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches has marked a certain turn in the policy of this world largest Christian international organization. ‘Ecumenical prayers’ have become more moderate; anti-Western rhetoric has abated. The principal vector however has remained the same: the WCC continues to be a predominantly left-wing liberal forum critical of the WMF and the World Bank, supportive of the ‘Third World’ in its opposition to the United States and fearful of the consequences the globalization’ and the ‘war...