Board of Deputies: a vendetta too far (FUCU Redux)
...Learning nothing from the Fraser/UCU ( FUCU ) debacle, the Board of Deputies blunders on with its vicious campaign against Rev Stephen Sizer, not withstanding that its case against him makes Fraser’s case against the UCU look good..Stephen Sizer is vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water in the Diocese of Guildford. He has been the subject of a whole series of vendettas over a period of years, almost unimaginable in their width, length, depth and intensity. Willing participants have included Zionist lunatic fringers, Christian Zionist crazies, Messianic Jews and some mainstream Jews and Christians that you might have hoped would be above such nonsense. These vendettas culminated in October last with a formal complaint by the Board of Deputies to the Bishop of Guildford, Christopher Hill. This is not a mere whinge and whine, it is a formal charge under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, established by Act of Parliament and enshrined as part of Church Law. Failing all else the issue could ultimately be decided by Tribunal hearing and the range of penalties is wide including loss of ministry, job and home..To put it at its simplest and bluntest, the charge is anti-Semitism..Nobody familiar with the wide ranging, thoughtful and detailed work of Rev. Sizer could take such a charge seriously, and the alleged “evidence“ is, to be frank, pathetic..Rev. Sizer is an energetic, widely read and widely traveled man who makes a valuable and unique contribution to the debate about the various issues that relate to the problems in and around the Middle East. His perspectives are grounded in both his theological position and in the concerns of a clearly extremely humane man devoted to the concept of service. You don’t have to agree with his detailed opinions or even the broad gist of them to be appreciative of the value of his contribution..Rev. Sizer is a severe critic of the policies of The State of Israel and one who is committed to the the well being and future of ALL the people of the Holy Land. He also is given to pointing out the misconceptions and dangers of Christian Zionism. His crime seems to be that for him, “people“ is inclusive of the Palestinians. Yet this man, who day in and day out, speaks of and demonstrates his affection and concern for, ALL the people of the region, is charged with anti-Semitism. Only those who have given up speaking English in favour of a private language and who are fueled by a malicious agenda could propose such a thing..The reality is that the whole business is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt to silence Rev. Sizer. It is a classic example of the Hasbarafia machine in action. The Board inadvertently spill the beans on this one when they carelessly tell us (in their complaint) what they want..This is an important issue. It is obviously of supreme importance to one man and his family, but it is important in a much wider context. As well as the usual bullying and the “anti –Semitic“ blackmail there is an additional issue . We are in the realm of “inter faith relations”, and we all know how important those are don’t we ? So there is an additional blackmail here in that by not acting against Rev. Sizer the Church damages its relations with the Jewish community. Be in no doubt. This is an attack on, and part of, an ongoing concerted attempt to secure influence over, the Church of England’s attitude to the political entity we know as The State of Israel. It is part of a campaign to help strengthen the Christian Zionist lobby within the Church..For the Board, interfaith relations always has to be on their terms. ”Do as we say vis a vis Israel or we will go into a big sulk and take our bat home. And doubtless as we go we will turn our heads back and scream anti-Semites !!! at you.”.The lesson of the FUCU case is how badly their shrill hysterics play among reasonable, sensible people when the Hasbarafia leave their private language bubble and engage with the real world. Could there really be among 250 plus deputies none that grasp the absurdity and iniquity of trying to brand as racist, a man who has never uttered or written a single solitary word indicative of antipathy to the Jewish people? We don’t think so. There will be some, but they are cravenly keeping their heads down. Will none of them stand up to be counted ?.
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