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July 4, 2012


We need not be nuts: GC Resolution rejects anti-Israel politics

I’m not kidding.  Bishop John Tarrant of South Dakota has introduced B010 (go to the link and scroll down - there’s a tab for the pdf of the resolution), which encourages investment to build up Palestinian commercial infrastructure toward a peaceful “two state” solution. 

The resolution and explanatory material also:

Acknowledges the political reality that when a Palestinian State is created, this state will benefit greatly from positive economic interaction with all neighboring countries, including Israel…

and

Rejects boycott, disvestment or economic sanctions and other divisive and punitive measures which seek to tear down, not to build up.

Bishop Tarrant arrived at this position after a recent trip to the Holy Land, meeting with both Israelis and Palestinians, and engaging the complex web of issues that make for both conflict and peace among people there.

The progress of the resolution can be tracked at the link.  It is a direct challenge to take up Christian peacemaking instead of political ideology in the church’s relationship with the State of Israel.


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4 comments

Wow! Sanity amid the chaos!

[1] Posted by David Fischler on 7-4-2012 at 06:57 PM · [top]

I am pleasantly surprised. Now let’s see it passed.

[2] Posted by A Senior Priest on 7-4-2012 at 07:19 PM · [top]

If you are on twitter or have contact with your GC deputies, pump it up.  There are non-church “Palestine” wing nut leftist groups on hand - I’m monitoring some of their stuff and they are at the Presby shindig as well.  So get on any TEC gen con participants to listen to their own church people and not the outside loons.

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-4-2012 at 07:48 PM · [top]

Has TEo gone sane?

[4] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-4-2012 at 08:51 PM · [top]

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