Category Archives: Politics in Religion

Decision making in religious communities

Netanyahu’s Flawed Vatican Charm Offensive

by James M. Wall With the U.S. Congress safely in his back pocket, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned his charm offensive on the Vatican. How is that working out for him? It does not look promising. The Prime … Continue reading

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What Protestants Could Learn from Ron Paul

by James M. Wall When the gavel fell on the Episcopalian convention, July 10, three major U.S. Protestant denominations had formally ended their 2012 discussions on how much religious support they were willing to give Palestinians under occupation. The most charitable answer … Continue reading

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Methodists Boycott Settlement Products

by James M. Wall By a vote of 558 to 367, a strong majority of lay and clerical delegates to the United Methodist General Conference called this week for a boycott of Israeli companies operating in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The resolution … Continue reading

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Methodists Face Moment of Occupation Truth

by James M. Wall The mainstream media does not know it, and far too many high steeple church folk do not want to know it. But in Tampa, Florida, this week, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will … Continue reading

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The View From Israel/US In 1977 and 2012

The editorial comment below is reprinted from the Christian Century magazine of November 23, 1977.  At the time the editorial appeared, I was the editor of the Century. This was the week’s lead editorial.   In 1977, I had been editor for five … Continue reading

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219th Presbyterian Assembly Faces Its Moment of Truth

by James M. Wall Five Updates Below; Presbyterian General Assembly delegates are in Minneapolis this week for their national gathering–held every two years–discussing, praying, arguing, and finally voting, on a wide variety of issues that will determine how the heirs … Continue reading

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Israeli “Agents” Infiltrate Presbyterian General Assembly

by James M. Wall Four professors–two from Vanderbilt, one from Auburn Theological Seminary, and one from Syracuse University–have burst on the national scene as strong opponents of a Middle East Study Commission resolution which will be presented to the Presbyterian … Continue reading

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Hard to Believe Hashem Sanctions Schumer’s Defense of Israel

by James M. Wall Charles Colson, the former Nixon special counsel-turned-Christian radio commentator, told his listeners God allowed Hurricane Katrina to remind the United States how important it is to win the “war on terror”. That’s the way folks like Chuck … Continue reading

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Week Two in Gaza (Monday Update): “Publish it not in the streets of As’kelon”

  Monday Noon Update by James M. Wall Bill Kristol was in the New York Times Monday, channeling George C. Scott as General Patton,  gleefully rubbing his hands together as he predicts that Gaza will not repeat the failure of the Lebanese … Continue reading

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