|Christian and Muslim leaders at a WCC |
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"a week-long absence from the office [and] should be able to access email later on Monday, however, that depends on access to the Internet. Best wishes to you and your family."
"To be sure there is no misunderstanding between us, we received nothing further from you or anyone else in the WCC after your note of May 11, below."
Dear Mr. Roth, Yes, I believe we would have nothing further to say. Best wishes to you and your family. Mark Beach, WCC Director of Communication
This hostility has been heavily influenced by the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was founded in 1948, within months of Israel’s own founding. The Middle Eastern churches that belonged to the WCC had learned to adapt their message over the years to placate the Islamic rulers of the Arab countries where they were situated. As a result, the WCC hardly ever mentions the persecution of Christians around the world. Instead, it displays an institutionalized obsession with demonizing Israel... The WCC played a key role in bringing about the UN Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance—the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish meeting convened in Durban, South Africa, a few days before 9/11. WCC representatives demanded that the UN denounce Israel for “systematic perpetration of racist crimes including war crimes, acts of genocide, and ethnic cleansing...” The WCC is particularly influential over progressive Western churches, which subscribe to its advocacy for the world’s poor and dispossessed and which have therefore also absorbed its narrative about Israel. [Commentary Magazine | 'Jesus Was a Palestinian': The Return of Christian Anti-Semitism, Melanie Phillips, June 1, 2014]We know from experience that the world has many, many Christian believers whose abhorrence of terrorism, rejection of cries for the murder of innocent children, and belief in the central role of justice and morality in 21st century life differ hugely from the messages being advanced by the WCC. We don't share their theological outlook but we feel we have a great deal of common ground with their humanity.
But finding common ground with church leaders for whom calls to prayer and "acts of solidarity" that "restore" to the convicted, unrepentant murderers of innocent children "their freedom with justice and dignity” - that truly feels like mission impossible.