Have you noticed that the liberal, mainline Protestant denominations are asserting themselves more? Consider what the PCUSA is about to do:
The Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUSA) is about to release a report which denounces Israel as a “racist” nation which has absolutely no historical, covenantal, or theological right to the Holy Land. The report calls for the United States to withhold financial and military aid to Israel and for boycotts and sanctions against Israel. That’s not all. The report also endorses a Palestinian “right of return” and “apologizes to Palestinians for even conceding that Israel has a right to exist.” According to the press release, it also states that Israel’s history begins only with the Holocaust and that Israel is “a nation mistakenly created by Western powers at the expense of the Palestinian people to solve the ‘Jewish problem’.”
In addition, PCUSA has also resolved to divest in companies that supply military equipment to the American Army, e.g. Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, etc.
UPDATE: Thanks to Webmonk for contacting the PCUSA to ask them about this. The church denies what the Simon Wiesenthal Center is saying. The PCUSA gave him a statement that reads in part as follows:
“We want to be sure to say to you in no uncertain terms: We support the existence of Israel as a sovereign nation within secure and recognized borders. No “but,” no “let’s get this out of the way so we can say what we really want to say.” We support Israel’s existence as granted by the U.N. General Assembly. We support Israel’s existence as a home for the Jewish people. We have said this before, and we say this again. We say it because we believe it; we say it because we want it to continue to be true.”
I’d still like to learn what the Simon Wiesenthal Center–a respected battler of anti-semitism and defender of Jews–is quoting here. Maybe a draft of a study group that has not been approved by the entire church body. I’ll try to find out more.
UPDATE: I found the answer on the PCUSA website.
The Wiesenthal Center was quoting a draft document from a study group that will be presented for adoption at the PCUSA’s next convention in July. So this is something that the PCUSA is considering and that the Simon Wiesenthal Center is trying to stop.