Presbyterians fire two over Hezbollah meeting

A controversial delegation
In the midst of tense debates with Jewish leaders, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has fired two employees who were part of a controversial delegation that met with Hezbollah officials in Lebanon. Church officials, however, did not say immediately if the firings of Kathy Lueckert and clergyman Peter Sulyok were related to the Middle East visit.

After angry criticism from Jewish groups, church leaders called the visit “misguided at best” and said favorable statements about the alleged terrorist group were “reprehensible.” The firings were announced November 11 by John Detterick, executive director of the church’s General Assembly Council, which acts as the church’s board of directors. He said legal restrictions kept him from disclosing details.

 

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