From Patrick Devenny in FrontPage Mag, the Presbyterian Church USA in October helped to sponsor a delegation's trip to Lebanon for "educational" purposes, and along the way had the rare blessing of meeting with Nabil Qawuq, Hezbollah's commander in Southern Lebanon.
Qawuq is responsible for leading the bulk of the Shi’ite terrorist group’s combat forces, while frequently overseeing attacks on Israeli positions and attempts to kidnap Israeli soldiers or civilians.Among other valuable soundbites that were later broadcast on Al-Manar "Hezbollah’s televised conduit for frothing hate speech" were these words by Robert Worley, the delegation's spokesman:
“Americans hear in the Western media that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization, and they do not hear any other opinion. They know nothing about the party’s concern for the people of the south.”Hating Israel is in vogue in much of the world, and that certainly is the case in the primarily Arab Middle East. I don't understand, however, how such ignorance can permeate the free world of thought and expression in the Christian churches of the United States--and how these churches can so conveniently place themselves willingly in the toolbox of Islamic anti-Jewry.
Worley then pointed out that Hezbollah and his church share similar goals, along with comparable opponents:
“We have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations in the U.S. because [of our help in] divesting corporations working with Israel. We want Jerusalem to be a united city..”
Of course, as a World Conference of Churches' member, should we expect anything more?