William Murchinson documents well the vomits of anti-semitism at the General Convention of The Episcopal “Church”:
Resolution after resolution targeted Israel for its apparently endless failures to bestow full rights on Palestinians in the so-called “occupied” territories. Resolution authors wanted the church, through its investments, to pressure Israeli acquiescence in a pro-Palestinian policy.
A convention deputy from Hawaii spoke of Israel’s “brutal occupation” of the West Bank and Gaza (from which, actually, Israel withdrew formally in 2005), saying, “We as a church are complicit in the occupation. We have money invested in it.”
The resolution’s authors desired an “investment screen” to make sure Episcopalians, bless their compassionate hearts, refuse help to the Israeli oppressors, affirming that “Palestinian lives matter.” As they do: just as Israeli lives matter — lives menaced daily by the Hamas terrorists whose anger breaks out whenever there seems any chance of getting away with it.
The resolution passed the convention’s House of Deputies 619-214, only to stall in the House of Bishops. Six other resolutions, out of 15, passed both houses . . .
Now don’t give me the bovine excrement that criticism of Israel does not amount to anti-semitism. Yes, Israel isn’t perfect nor beyond criticism. But this sort of obsession with bashing the most free nation in the Middle East while paying little to no attention to, say, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Muslim persecution of Christians, etc. comes from one source – the Satanic evil of anti-semitism.
Which brings me to a matter which has been implied here on this blog but should be spelled out, and now is as good a time as any: why do I use scare quotes when referring to The Episcopal “Church” and to likeminded “bishops” as well?
First, I do not consider The Episcopal “Church” to be a legitimate church anymore. Likewise for similar libchurches such as my past “mainline” Presbyterian “Church.” You go apostate; you lose the right to be called a church.
Second, TEC, PCUSA, etc. push such pure evil such as anti-semitism and abortion on demand, that I consider it important for Christians to denounce them and not allow them the dignity of being called a church. Christians, the faithful church, should disassociate themselves from such evil in the strongest possible terms. And that includes making it clear that those who advocate for such evil are not the faithful church. To fail to do so enables the deceptive evil of apostates and their pseudo-churches.
(I realize that some faithful Christians remain in the Episcopal Church. The presence of such in an otherwise evil organization does not make said organization a legitimate church.)
I fully realize that some consider my use of scare quotes to be rude, even *gasp* uncivilized. I refer those to how the church fathers and even St. Paul referred to heretics and apostates. They make scare quotes look very tame.
I will also say that if one is more offended by my scare quotes than by The Episcopal “Church,” one’s priorities need serious self-examination.
So I intend to continue to use scare quotes and the equivalent and may increase my use of them in referring to libchurches.