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The Presbyterian Church’s Stance on Israel and Hezbollah Isn’t Funny

June 13, 2019

You simply can’t make this stuff up; it’s like something out of a Mel Brooks movie. Fifteen years after the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) fired its number three official after she met with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the denomination has hired her to serve as president of the corporation charged with managing the church’s real estate and finances.

 

The PCUSA made the announcement on June 11 that Kathy Lueckert had been asked to serve as president of the church’s “A Corporation.” The decision to hire Lueckert, made by the corporation’s board of directors, will be confirmed by the denomination’s next General Assembly, scheduled to take place in 2020.

 

“God sure has a good sense of humor,” Lueckert said after learning of her appointment.

Surely.

 

If there was anyone left that needed proof that the PCUSA has simply lost its bearings when dealing with antisemitism in the Middle East and the United States, this should be enough.

Lueckert was fired from her post in late 2004 after denomination officials learned of her participation in the meeting with Hezbollah in Lebanon earlier that year. During that meeting, which was televised, Ronald Stone, a well-known Presbyterian theologian (and an acolyte of Reinhold Niebuhr), told the folks in Hezbollah that in his “recent experience, relations, and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.”
 

Lueckert apparently had not said anything publicly during the meeting, but was ousted after her return to the US. Church officials had told the Presbyterian delegation not to meet with Hezbollah, but it did anyway. Another Presbyterian staffer, Peter Sulyok, was also fired after the Hezbollah confab.
 

Apparently Lueckert’s vetting process for her new position, which was facilitated by BoardWalk Consulting, a headhunting firm that works for non-profits — the ADL among them — included discussion of her visit with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Read more...

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