PCUSA says comments in Hezbollah meeting were 'reprehensible'
Controversial visit was "misguided at best"
Nov 16, 2004
Reeling from stinging criticism by Jewish leaders, officials of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said that comments made by members of a church delegation meeting last month with Hezbollah leaders were “reprehensible” and the controversial visit was “misguided at best.”
The top PCUSA executives said they did not authorize the October 17 visit to a Southern Lebanon refugee camp controlled by Hezbollah, listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.
During the visit, Ronald Stone, a retired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, told Hezbollah officials that “relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.”
Leaders of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Anti-Defamation League called the visit “appalling” and “outrageous,” especially after the Presbyterians’ vote last summer to study financial divestment in companies operating in Israel.