There’s a letter in the Church Times today that puts the case against David Hallam’s legal action as clearly as I’ve seen it anywhere. Unfortunately it is sitting behind a paywall and I’m not sure I should quote it all. However, there’s one point which I haven’t seen anywhere else:
First, we are enjoined in the New Testament not to take fellow Christians to law, but to settle matters among ourselves. There are many parallels between the Israel-Palestine situation and the struggle against apartheid, and Mr Hallam’s initiative reminds me of when the Methodist Church was taken to court by another local preacher for contributing to the World Council of Churches’ (WCC’s) Programme to Combat Racism.
In that situation, eventually, everyone saw the light and became anti-apartheid, and that brother was as mistaken as Mr Hallam is in terms of understanding what is really going on in a context where the oppressors have a very well-funded and effective public-relations operation.
The petition* is going pretty well I think, though never having done anything like this before I’m not sure how to judge it. I wouldn’t agree with everything that’s been put in the comments, but there are some strong and worthwhile points being made.
Update: The letter in the Church Times can now be read in full online. It’s worth it.
I’ve taken the petition down now, but you can read it here (pdf).
Sorry. I was too hasty. The petition remains.