Monday, August 17, 2009

The United Church of Canada, only partly scared

The United Church of Canada, a church which spends most of its time pondering how it can be relevant, passed up another golden opportunity to be relevant by chickening out on the Israel boycott issue. They faced enormous pressure from the usual suspects, so overblown to be almost comical. Rabbi Reuven Bulka actually threatened the church with 'serious repercussions', whatever that means. To the church's credit, to the great chagrin of Jewry, and as yet another example of Post-Gaza Syndrome, the issue has now been pointedly left to the consciences of individual congregations, some of which will certainly do the only moral thing, based on the recommendation to “enter into consultation, dialogue, study, and prayer, and then undertake appropriate action toward ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory”, action which can include "economic boycott". I don't know how much more they could have spelled it out. Relevance starts with political relevance.
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