On May 6-7, 2011 a conference called “I Am My Brother's Keeper: Confronting Islamophobia” was held in Seattle, WA. (see here) One of the sponsors of this event was the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (see here)
If you had been at the conference you would have heard:
"Hatred of Islam was wrapped up in devotion to a far-right brand of nationalism."
"After 9-11, the Republican Party discovered there was gold in them there hills in Islamophobia."
“All of the major groups who are involved in promoting Islamophobia are interlinked in many cases; they are the same people in one group or another. . . They are Christian fundamentalists, Christian Zionists, Tea Partiers, Israeli supporters, and a lot of this Islamophobia comes from Israel but it also comes from Israeli supporters.”
“The Israel lobby is very important in policymaking. . . Who do you think it is who writes legislation having to do with Israel in Congress? Who is it who makes campaign contributions that prevent congressmen and senators from criticizing Israel?”
“The Christian right is awful, I agree with you. . .But the Israel lobby has been around longer than the Christian right.”
“The discourse in this country at the moment is very Islamophobic.”
“anti-Muslim discourse, (was driven by) pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and Islamophobia lobby.”
"What Muslims overseas see is that the U.S. is against Islam because we renounce shari'a."
“Politicians are all afraid of opposing Israel publicly for fear of losing campaign funds.”
“We enable all international law violations that Israel is committing.”
“The problem is that Israel has peace right now – there is very little terrorism and has been very little terrorism for several years. . .What we need to fight for is justice, not peace.”
This is what our denomination supports.
Quotes are from here and here.
5/23/2011 08:43:41 am
You know, for years, I took the position that, notwithstanding my close ties to the Christian Coalition (Ralph Reed is a longtime friend), I wouldn't bring my politics into church.
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