I might regret this, but I think I need another word or two about the ill-considered threat of legal action against the Methodist Church over our Conference resolution on Israel/Palestine. A number of aspects of this are mystifying. The Telegraph article is very unspecific about which laws are alleged to have been broken.
1. Is David Hallam (the Local Preacher behind the action) seriously claiming that the whole Conference was motivated by anti-semitism?
2. What aspects of this Conference report and debate represent a misuse of church funds?
3. Where is the “political campaign against the Jewish state” that David is quoted as alleging that the Methodist Church is now running? Has anyone seen any evidence of it? As I see it, the Conference commissioned a Report, debated a Report, and came to some conclusions as a result. There isn’t any ongoing expense to the church that I’m aware of, still less anything that might be called a “political campaign”. If any reader knows different, please share.
Update:I just remembered… [edited]
4. I’m puzzled about the way David raised this on his blog, not mentioning his role in the possible legal action. Given that his photograph was featured prominently in the Telegraph article, I struggle to understand why he wasn’t more “up front”. It isn’t like him.