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Protestants: State of Israel Is The “original sin”

February 3, 2008

U.S. Methodist Church renews drive for divestment from Israel

Tensions are re-emerging between Jewish organizations and some mainline Protestant churches in the wake of a renewed drive for churches to divest from companies doing business with Israel.

methodistlogo.gif The United Methodist Church opened discussions last Friday on a resolution calling for divestment from Caterpillar, the tractor manufacturer, because the company supplies Israel with bulldozers used in building the separation barrier and in demolishing Palestinian homes. The divestment resolution comes only months after the publication of a church-sponsored report referring to the creation of the State of Israel as the “original sin.”

oghslogocolor.jpg Relations with the Presbyterian Church (USA) are also strained, following remarks by church officials criticizing Israel because of the Gaza closure. A recent study by an affiliate of the Presbyterian Church called on American Jews to “get a life” instead of focusing on defending Israeli policies.

An expected step by Jewish organizations is the launching of a new Web site that will call for a “return to civility” and condemn anti-Israeli voices among Protestant churches.

coexistbutton.gif More and more the world is polarizing its business model according to religious alignment. This behavior is a recipe for disaster. We are witnessing the results of religious alignment in the Middle East and America. Cultures and spiritual guidance differ throughout the world. History demonstrates that when one culture or religion decides that they have exclusive God given entitlement over another culture or religion, destruction and death often follow. Business and Religion do not mix. Politics and Religion do not mix. Religion is the spark that governs personal behavior and social interaction. Imposing ones beliefs onto a mutual business arrangement is wrong.

  1. February 25, 2008 7:16 pm

    Thanks Daddio, you are so right – interesting US News & World report today: “Protestants Verging on Becoming Minorities” – wonder why? Fundamentalist Christians are mostly protestant … they have gone so radical that they have become a hazard to religion in general. Matched with radical Islam, religions have taken an ominous turn. Original sin is using a spoken or written word as an excuse to wage war.

  2. daddio permalink
    February 25, 2008 2:17 pm

    Yes! Down with the modern Tower of Babel! Come out from the Mystery Babylon that causes the nations to war among themselves! Away with the “Original Sin” of lies and deceptions.

  3. nonnie9999 permalink
    February 15, 2008 11:23 pm

    i don’t know what to say, except, oy!

  4. February 15, 2008 7:59 pm

    The involvement of religion in politics and government always leads to strife. People need to keep religion as far away from politics as possible. If not for religious extremism on both sides, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would have been resolved years ago.

  5. A.j. permalink
    February 3, 2008 1:49 pm

    Take away all the “my God is superior to your God” talk, and behind it are real people struggling to make a living for themselves and their families. Politics and religion and business make it all so dirty, I believe the majority of people want peace and good will, but then we are stuck in square one because dogma ruins the fact that we are all humans sharing a planet. If there was a God, why would he want such division among all the montheistic faiths? Maybe man with his free will has screwed up because his superior brain pits people against people using religion and politics as bait.


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