Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Discovering the terrorism of the Christian Left

An assistant professor of mathematics at Abilene Christian University in Texas, Robert Huff, wrote an article critiquing Shane Claiborne because of his association with the Christian left, most notably organizations such as Voices for Creative Nonviolence (formerly called Voices) and Christian Peacemaker Teams. His critique of Claiborne was promopted by Claiborne's latest book being required freshman reading at Abilene Christian University.


Huff believes that there are often connections between "self-described peaceful activist groups and those that condone, support, or participate in various forms of terrorist violence." Huff first describes the radical organization Voices, and then goes on to describe Christian Peaceamaker Teams.
The group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), founded in the mid-1980s by a handful of leftist religious organizations, conducts most of its operations in the Middle East, where it has been involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1992. Working closely with Palestinian political leaders, CPT members promote peace by engaging in "direct-action" sabotage against the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). According to discoverthenetworks.org, "CPT cooperates with, shares personnel with, and works alongside the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)," a radical, anti-Israeli organization led by Palestinians who work with American recruiters to invite Western volunteers to Israel for the purpose of disrupting the activities of the IDF.
Huff then goes on to describe ISM's supposed connection to a terrorist bombing in 2003. In addition he critiques CPT for their work in Iraq, posits CPT and voices were puppets for Saddam's regime, and takes aim at CPT's critiques of U.S.-led troops. He cites a statement by CPT regarding the kidnapping of 4 of their peacemakers to prove that CPT wrongly places blame on those who liberated the CPT peacemakers:
... We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end. ... During these past months, we have tasted of the pain that has been the daily bread of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis ...
Apparently Christians who approach CPT should "proceed with extreme caution." You should, cause we are crazy, and we are radical.

1 comment:

Hosey said...

So true. What a pack of wackos. Not respectable types at all. How far we've fallen from the Gospel call to all behave like good boys and girls. Like it says in Acts 17:6-7, "Then they kindly invited them to dinner at the governor's house, saying 'Those people who have been quietly respecting God and country have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all behaving well, just as they've been ordered to do, saying that there is not other right government except our government."

No seriously, that's exactly what it says. Look it up.