Monday, December 30, 2013

Where stunted and distorted theological pretensions praise evil, condemning the innocents

...Sadly, we know from experience that people who will spend untold amounts of money and months of effort in creating a stunt like St James's neither listen nor understand. Trying to share the complexity of the situation with them is like talking to a wall. So too is reminding them of the life of our daughter, Malki, ended so brutally by the thuggish Hamas murderers with whom the worshippers of St James's have so articulately expressed their solidarity

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
30 December '13..

From a distance, events in our part of the world can appear to be oh-so-simple, particularly to those for whom the most complex of narratives reduce down to strong and bad versus weak and good.

Irresponsible dumbing-down of that kind lies behind the embrace by Europeans and Americans of vile and racist terrorism, jihadism and religion-driven violence. And it's behind the infuriatingly dishonest stunt just executed by the management of a prominent London church in honour of this holiday season.

In the courtyard of St James's Church in Piccadilly, London, as part of what they have disingenuously labelled “Bethlehem Unwrapped”, the church celebrated their holidays this year via the pricey construction of a wall. It's 26 foot replica of the security barrier erected by Israel in the past decade as an entirely non-lethal response to the relentless, utterly lethal attacks by Islamist terrorists on ordinary Israelis, an expression of hatred and war.

The St James's leadership have pretty much adopted the same jihadist strategy, using their wall as a focus for a campaign of vilification and hatred against Israelis and projecting anti-Israel propaganda onto it.

But there is a different and much more positive sort of message that the St James's wall has evoked, without meaning to. An article entitled "Why Israel’s security barrier matters: a harrowing story often forgotten", by Raheem Kassam of points out what the stunted and distorted theological pretensions of that Piccadilly church seeks to hide.


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