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SeC 02-17-2006 08:45 AM

Appeal for shareholder value in christian churches
 
Appeal for shareholder value in christian churches

Jewish leader attacks Anglicans over Israel vote

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's most senior Jewish leader has condemned the Church of England for voting this month to review its investments in companies whose products are used by Israel in the occupied territories.

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said the Anglican vote on whether to pull money from "companies profiting from the illegal occupation" was ill-judged and would inflame relations between the two religions.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, sparked anger by supporting the vote at a meeting of the church's governing body.

"The vote ... was ill-judged even on its own terms," Sacks wrote in the Jewish Chronicle newspaper on Friday. "The timing could not have been more inappropriate. (Israel) needs support not vilification."

He warned that the row would reduce the church's ability "to act as a force for peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

"The church has chosen to take a stand on the politics of the Middle East over which it has no influence, knowing that it will have the most adverse repercussions on a situation over which it has enormous influence, Jewish-Christian relations in Britain," Sacks added.

The Archbishop of Canterbury sought to take the heat out of the growing controversy last week, saying the vote was an "expression of concern" rather than a policy shift.

Williams said it would have no bearing on church investments in companies such as U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc., whose bulldozers are used by Israel to demolish Palestinian houses.

Caterpillar has said it has no control over how its products are used once they have been sold.

"Much distress has been caused, especially to our Jewish friends and neighbours," Williams wrote to Sacks last week in a letter released on the church's Web site (www.cofe.anglican.org). "This distress is a cause of deep regret."

He added that although the demolition of Palestinian homes raised "moral issues of some seriousness", the Anglican church did not want to start a boycott or question Israel's legitimacy or right to self-defence.

The vote angered many within the Anglican church and drew criticism from Jewish groups around the world.

Williams' predecessor as Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, said the vote made him "ashamed to be an Anglican".

In a letter to the Times newspaper, Carey said it was a "one-eyed strategy to rebuke one side and forget the traumas of ordinary Israelis who live in fear of suicide bombers and those whose policy it is to destroy all Jews".

comment: in my opinion all official churches should be as much transparent as possible... what is amazingly shocking to me that these churches do invest their assets more or less in "worldly" companies, instead of improving the life for example in 3rd world countries to help the people which starve to death... what are they waiting for??? Do they wait for judgement day until they start to help their brothers and sisters in need or is it easier to preach in their churches how to behave "godly" to receive their collects to invest afterwords in blue chip companies? It might be interesting to analyse which teaching the churches follow when god/jesus teached them disinterestedness...

What an upside down world we're living in...

best wishes from Switzerland

lwwb
Roger

Indred 02-17-2006 05:13 PM

Re: Appeal for shareholder value in christian churches
 
Are you just now learning that the Christian churches of this world have nothing to do with the G-D of the Bible or his Son Jesus Christ. Then you need to study the Bible more. Read about usury and the fate of the rich. Read it from the Bible and learn the truth.

earthspirit 02-18-2006 10:25 AM

Re: Appeal for shareholder value in christian churches
 
Quote:

Indred wrote:
Are you just now learning that the Christian churches of this world have nothing to do with the G-D of the Bible or his Son Jesus Christ. Then you need to study the Bible more. Read about usury and the fate of the rich. Read it from the Bible and learn the truth.
You took the words right out of my mouth!
Thanks Indred!

And PS: Notice lately that the mega churches actually distract the congregation with all those cutesy get-togethers, etc. Oh and don't forget those bible classes. Yes, let's all learn and talk about Jesus: talk, talk, talk.
Get the picture, ya'll???

As mentioned, people are starving. People need homes, education for our young sucks. Everbody knows that abuse (in it's various avenues) goes on and on, but everyone is busy busy busy being Christian!!

Please, everyone here, don't take offense. The true Christians are true to their hearts and souls. Their conscience is in the right place!


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