My Monday Washington Examiner column responds to this absurd “open letter” from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), titled “An Open Letter of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to our American Jewish Interfaith Partners.”
Among the more hilarious dodges offered up by the PCUSA’s decision to align with the opponents of Israel including the terrorist organization Hamas is this wonderful bit of unintended self-disclosure: “Frequently Asked Questions: Divestment.” Look in vain for any serious question that is genuinely “frequently asked,” such as “What does the PCUSA think about the Hamas charter?”; “What does the PCUSA think about the wave of suicide bombings that led to the construction of the security wall on the West Bank and the dramatic decline in fatalities and terrible woundings that followed?”; “Why doesn’t the PCUSA condemn the genocidal rhetoric of the Iranian theocracy and the indiscriminate use of missiles and rockets by their puppet terrorist organization Hezbollah against Israeli civilians or the similar use of rockets by Hamas from Gaza?”; “Doesn’t the decision to seek crippling divestment from companies doing business with Israel but not from companies doing business with Iran and the PA (of which Hamas is now a part) tilt the PCUSA towards the radical anti-Semitic Islamist groups, both Sunni and Shia, and their anti-Israel ideologically extreme supporters on the American left?”
The anti-intellectual posing of the PCUSA is as discouraging as its morally bankrupt reasoning. Promising to answer the “frequently asked questions,” and then not doing so is an admission of the inability to defend the policy allegedly eplained by the “FAQs.”
The PCUSA is a dying denomination, dominated by aging and increasingly invisible-to-the-mainsteam culture ideologues who have all but abandoned their historical mission to evangelize the world, but so brazen a bit of posturing as this “Open Letter” inspires additional and justified widespread ridicule and scorn, as well as a cut off of funds from any friend of Israel who is still within a denomination that has sided with the anti-Semites of the world in the war against the Jewish State.