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Romance of the Presbyterian Church and the Hizbullah 

The Presbyterian Church has done it again, showing its solidarity with the Hizbullah. The Presbyterian Church has led the way in divestment efforts against Israel, because it insists that the Israeli occupation is immoral. The Presbyterian Church insists that it is not anti-Semitic, but maintains a mission to convert Jews.

Professing to liberal and progressive values, Presbyterian Church USA officials have met at least twice with leaders of the Hizbullah. The first such meeting apparently took place in 2004. Hizbullah, which means "Party of God" is financed by Iran and supports Syrian and Iranian interests in Lebanon. The "progressive" and "pacifistic" leanings of Hizbullah can be surmised from past actions and statements. Some examples are given below:

In 1998, Hizbullah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah said on the occasion of the Ashura holiday that the holiday fell:

on the 50th anniversary of the bitter and distressing historical catastrophe of the establishment of the state of the grandsons of apes and pigs – the Zionist Jews – on the land of Palestine and Jerusalem."

He also said:

 "... We reaffirm the slogan of the struggle against the Great Satan and call, like last year: 'Death to America. To the murderers of the prophets, the grandsons of apes and pigs,' we say: ... 'Death to Israel...'" (Quote from - nasrollah.org/arabic/hassan/khitabat/khitabat08.htm translated by MEMRI.)

Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV station regularly broadcasts libelous and racist fabrications. For that reason, it was banned from the European TV Satellite network. One such program purportedly traced the history of Zionism from 1812, replete with demoniacal ceremonies, slaughter of non-Jews by Jews and plots to usurp governments based on the forged Protocols of the elders of Zion, all inventions of the authors. Excerpts from one such program:

The Global Jewish Government Decides to Aid Hitler

In this scene, the global Jewish government convenes in Palestine in 1940 and resolves to assist Hitler in annihilating German Jews.

Chairman: "Listen to me closely. We need to help Hitler annihilate the Jews, because this is the only way to drive the Jews from the countries that Hitler has not yet occupied to immigrate to the Promised Land."
 

...

Participant: "Isn't there another way to attract immigrants to the Promised Land besides annihilation?"
Chairman: "Unfortunately no, because no Jew living in comfort in Europe will consider coming here unless he feels the threat of annihilation. So I want you to be realistic, and to leave all sentiment behind. Let's all cooperate to increase the annihilation operations so that we can ultimately realize our dream of establishing the great empire in the Promised Land."

Participant: "OK. Since our goal is to establish a state with millions of Jews, why don't we bring German Jews, who are being annihilated? Isn't that better than leaving the rest of the Jews to face what they don't want?"

Chairman: "Unfortunately, Hitler will not agree to the immigration of the German Jews, because he is afraid that they will join the English in the war against him."

Participant: "But let's try anyway."

Chairman: "We tried, but he [Hitler] refused, unless we compensate him with large sums that are beyond our ability."

Participant: "So the matter is resolved! We can organize a fundraiser to help our brothers over there!"

Chairman: " That is childish and naive thinking. With these sums that Hitler is demanding, we can bring 10 million Jews from other countries, instead of the few hundred thousands he is holding."

Participant: "I understand from your words that increasing the number of Jews in the Promised Land is more important than saving the innocents in Germany?"

Chairman: "Of course! There is no doubt about it. In order to put an end to this argument, I want to have the last word, just so you know: Any cow in Palestine is more precious than all the Jews of Germany."
 

Jews Carry Out Ritual Murder of Christian Child

In this scene, Jews in a Romanian ghetto murder a Christian child and use his blood to make Passover matzos.
Rabbi: " We have a mission from the leadership, and we must carry it out quickly."

Nathan: "What is it?"

Rabbi: "Listen. We want the blood of a Christian child before Passover, for the matzos. Don't think too hard. Joseph, the son of Helen, your neighbor."

...
Joseph: "Nathan, I want to go home."

Nathan: "Of course, my dear. We'll go in a little bit."

Joseph: "Nathan, where are you taking me?"

Nathan: "Don't be afraid, Joseph. Don't be afraid."

Joseph: "Nathan, take me back!"

Nathan: "Don't be afraid, my dear, don't be afraid."

Joseph: "Mama! Help me! Mama!"

The Jews slaughter Joseph.

Rabbi: "Hello."

Non-religious Jew: "Hello."

Rabbi: "Good Passover."

Non-religious Jew: "Good Passover to you too."

Rabbi: "Isn't it a mistake to have Passover without inviting the Rabbi?"

Non-religious Jew: "Never mind, Rabbi. You know me. I'm not religious."

Rabbi: "This is why I'm looking for you. I want to let you taste the holy Passover matzo. Then, maybe you will come back to your religion."

Non-religious Jew: "No, thanks, I don't want to."

Rabbi: "No, no. You must eat this, if not for my sake, for the sake of God."

Non-religious Jew: "Thank you."

Rabbi: "How is it? Tasty?"

Non-religious Jew: " Plain. Like all the matzos in the world."

Rabbi: "No, make no mistake. This one is tastier and holier because it is kneaded with pure blood, the blood of Joseph."

(transcript at memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP101105)

Al Manar TV also broadcast exclusively a lecture on "Christianity's View of the Jews" by the Bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, George Saliba, at an Islamic institute for religious studies. He said: "…As is known, the Jews think that only they are human. Only they are the sons of Adam. As far as they are concerned, all the [other] peoples have the status of beasts. Gentiles. This contradicts the message of God in the world… Do you know what they did to the prophet Isaiah?… They took him and sawed him with a wood saw, from head to foot, while he was still alive. They cut him in half…" (Al Manar April 24, 2002.) (memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA9302)

In October 2004, Ronald Stone, an elder of the Presbyterian Church met with Hizbullah and said:

 "We treasure the precious words of Hizbullah and your expression of goodwill towards the American people. Also, we praise your initiative for dialogue and mutual understanding. We cherish these statements that bring us closer to you. As an elder of our church, I'd like to say that according to my recent experience, relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders."

Stone is John Witherspoon Professor of Christian Ethics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Two delegation members were ultimately dismissed from their positions, but not Stone. Hizbullah regularly kidnaps Israelis and initiates incidents along the Lebanese border. Ironically, Stone is a member of the Presbyterian "Violence, Religion and Terrorism Workgroup." (see pcusa.org/acswp/wwd/wwd-violence-workgroup.htm)

In October of 2005, another Presbyterian Church USA Delegation met with Hizbullah. Spokesman Robert Worley said:

We do not wish to defend the U.S. administration. We all elected the Democratic Party against the Republican Party. Rest assured that we will return to the U.S. in order to continue our activity for peace, and we want to hear about the charity activities and the cultural and social activities organized by Hizbullah in south [Lebanon]. The Americans hear in the Western media that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization, and they do not hear any other opinion. They know nothing about the party's concern for the people of the south. We have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations in the U.S. because [of our help in] divesting corporations working with Israel. We want Jerusalem to be a united city, just as we encouraged the Palestinians and the Jews to work for peace, and we demanded that our administration adheres to this position." (Source - Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), October 21, 2005. translated by  MEMRI)

A December 2 New York Times article (nytimes.com/2005/12/02/national/02church.html) carries the predictable and by now wearisome pious mouthings of church officials:

Jay Rock, the church's national coordinator for interfaith relations, promised Jewish leaders in a letter this week that Presbyterians would develop guidelines for members traveling in troubled regions, saying those at the Hezbollah meeting should have made clear the church's positions "against terrorism in any form, and for the security and vitality of Israel."

At the same time, the Rev. Robert Reynolds, Chicago's executive presbyter, said in a letter Thursday that he regretted attending the meeting because Hezbollah "used the group's visit for political purposes." Leaders of the church's local governing council wrote a letter emphasizing that Mr. Reynolds was not functioning in his official capacity on the trip.
 ...

"This is stirring up concerns all over again," said Dr. Rock, who worried that the incident could threaten bridges he helped build in September during an interfaith mission to Israel. "There are people who don't understand how any Presbyterian could do this again after last year," he said. "There are people who don't understand that this is not some sort of official trip."

Tell us about it, Dr. Rock. There are even people who don't understand why no disciplinary action was taken against Ronald Stone and why this Violence, Religion and Terrorism Workgroup was not closed down. Mr. Worley is apparently unrepentant:

Hezbollah is designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department, but Mr. Worley described it as "the group that's brought peace to that region of the world.

"Is 'terrorists' the right word? They are resistants," he said in an interview. "To listen to their side of the story is important to getting at truth."

...

In their letters to local Jewish leaders, Mr. Reynolds and his bosses on the governing council emphasized that Mr. Worley has no role in the church hierarchy and said that the seminar's sponsor, the Presbytery's Middle East Task Force, does not represent the church's official position on the matter. Both national church officials and members of the local council said Mr. Reynolds, who has headed the Chicago Presbytery for six years, would not face any discipline over the incident.

If the Presbytery's Middle East Task Force doesn't represent Presbyterian positions, then why are they allowed to speak for the church? If church members speak out in favor of murder, wouldn't they be disciplined? The answer is no, because church members spoke out in favor of murder and evidently they well not be disciplined. Perhaps the resolutions regarding divestment, and the mission to convert Jews also do not represent church policy. Curiously,

Imagine what would happen if a meeting of say, Orthodox Jews (a much less structured group than Presbyterians) including Rabbis and Orthodox Union Officials were to visit some West Bank settler extremists and express solidarity with them. Who would believe any denials that these people represented Orthodox policy???  Imagine that Jews went to an enemy group, say Al-Qaida, and said they are all against the policy of the US government.

Reynolds said:

"This was for me an educational experience," he said in an interview. "It's very important for us to be able to learn from people and to let the learning process inform us about the realities of a very complex situation."

Really?? Like WOW. Cool. Curiously, Reynolds and his friends have not visited the settlers in Hebron to express solidarity with them, nor did they visit any victims of terror attacks to inform themselves about the realities of the complex situation.

The comic relief statement was this one:

Welcoming the national church's plan for new guidelines on such trips, Mr. Reynolds said he would consider meeting again with Hezbollah leaders, but that "in the future I would set forth a clear statement that the church and I stand against violence and against terrorism and we are seeking peace in the Middle East for all parties."

Next, the Presbyterian Church USA Task Force on Sin will sponsor annual visits to brothels in South East Asia, in order to get all points of view. They will issue guidelines. After sampling the merchandise, the good reverends will be filmed in various poses with the local honeys and they will explain that they personally are opposed to laws against child prostitution. Why not? If they are against fighting terrorism, then why can't they be against fighting child prostitution? However, when they are done, visitors will set forth a clear statement that the church and themselves stand against fornication and sin and child prostitution. They just don't want any laws made or any enforcement of the laws. A tour participant  will say, "Is 'whores' the right word? They are prodigal daughters and potential saints who have not yet repented." Church officials will explain that the trip was not sponsored by the church. It was only sponsored by church institutions and attended exclusively by church members. After that, they will visit Hell to get the Devil's side of the story too.

Ami Isseroff

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