In this day and age we see a female Episcopal Bishop in New York City falling for blood libels about Israelis. She had the chutzpa to condemn Israel at a church convention.
It was Bishop Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Church's diocese in Massachusetts who defamed Israel in July at her church's general convention in Austin, Texas. "It is the decision-making body for the denomination, which has approximately 1.9 million members in the U.S. " She told 2 horrible unsubstantiated stories of atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians. She told these horror stories in order to get the other bishops to vote for a resolution condemning Israel for mistreating Palestinian children." It's as if there isn't enough voting against Israel wrongly in the UN, but now USA churches must get in on the act.
In one story she related how Israeli soldiers shot a teen 10 times in the back on purpose. The other story was about a little 3 year old whose ball rolled away and fell into the Western Wall Plaza from the Temple Mount, causing Israeli soldiers to handcuff the child to take him away.
|"The Diocese of Massachusetts currently has two Bishops, Bishop Tom Shaw and Bishop Gail Harris. Our Bishops are the Priests for the Priests. This means that the Bishops are the shepherds for the priests in the diocese and the parishes."|
Of course, the outcome was that the resolution failed to condemn Hamas or the Palestinian Authority for their own crimes against their own children. No, they left thinking the worst about Israel, confirming their feelings about Jews.
"Unless she can provide confirmatory details – such as the names of the victims, the date, time and location of the incidents and her sources – for these stories, she must retract and apologize to her fellow bishops and to the general public for engaging in ugly propagandizing against the Jewish state in a church setting." This should be true anytime someone in the news attacks Israel or Jews with lies.
What's wrong with people today? They are so willing to believe the worst without checking it out for themselves, and the worst are the other newscasters who are also guilty of passing on any unverified information. Truly, this is what lashon hara is all about; repeating lies about someone; negative talk, something we are to refrain from doing. In this case it's plain old anti-Semitism in action.
"Predictably, the resolution, which was approved, failed to condemn Hamas and the Palestinian Authority for teaching young Palestinians to hate Israelis and for using children’s television programming relentlessly to promote violence against Jews." Such an anti-Semitic attitude of the church does not bring on peace in the Middle East for Israelis or Palestinians. It just breeds more blind hatred. No one evidently spoke out against what she related. After all, she was a fellow bishop.
|Christian religious writer, Lisa Bevere|
The Episcopal Church, similar to the Church of England in England, originated in England and was the state religion, certainly at the time of the Pilgrims leaving for the unknown America in 1620 but started by Henry VIII in 1534. For the Episcopal Church is organized like the Church of England with bishops of which 25 million belong. The US Episcopal Church (which is historically an off-shoot of the Scottish Episcopal Church) is part of the Anglican Communion, and is therefore an Anglican Church. The Anglican Communion has member churches in many different countries.