Remember my detailed post here, regarding Stephen Sizer's participation in the second New Horizons Conference in Iran choc-a-bloc with Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 truthers (yeah, guess who did it?) and notorious antisemites?
Well, British Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush has issued the following statement:
"I am appalled that Rev Sizer participated in a conference of antisemites in Tehran, sponsored by the Iranian government, which ranks among the most vicious persecutors of Christians and others, and is sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel.
Rev Sizer’s attendance and active role at such a hate-filled event is irreconcilable with his position as a minister in the Church of England. The Board is currently considering all the information reaching it concerning the conference and is keeping all its options open regarding any future action. Meanwhile, the Board anticipates that the Church of England will wish to conduct its own investigation into the matter.” [Emphasis added]As the British Daily Telegraph reports, the vicar has denied any wrongdoing, explaining in part:
“Jesus called his followers to be ambassadors of reconciliation – and ambassadors work on foreign soil.
Iran is foreign soil and I was there as an Englishman but also as a Christian leader where Christians and Jews are a minority and ambassadors are needed.
I was seeking to build bridges within a faith context to help to improve relationships for minorities and between our countries."And adding, with terrific chutzpah:
"Those who criticise this kind of conference must think very carefully of the consequences of their words for Jews and Christians in countries like Iran.”As a Christian analyst noted last week:
'When Sizer is confronted about his attendance at conferences organized by Holocaust deniers, he responds by saying he is merely interested in telling his audiences about Jesus Christ.'And went on to say:
'Dr. Sizer’s participation in this conference is a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the mediation agreement he signed with his Anglican superiors and with the Board of Deputies in 2013.
There is simply no way Dr. Sizer can square his participation in this conference with his promise not to promote anti-Semitism, even if this promise was made in the context of his postings on the Internet. Traveling to Iran to participate in a conference where Israel and its Jewish supporters are demonized is simply beyond the pale, or should be.
Dr. Sizer was given an opportunity to change his ways. He wasted that chance. He has returned to his Jew-baiting ways and must be sanctioned, in a big way.
Now the Church of England must act and it should not require another complaint from the Board of Deputies of British Jews to do the right thing.'More in the Jerusalem Post here
[Emphasis added; see full article here]
Has one of Sizer's Facebook friends just let the cat out of the bag regarding a new anti-Israel project?
(Sizer has "liked" that post by Salih, I'm told.)
Postscript: As for 9/11 conspiracy theories, I wonder whether the Board of Deputies knows of the vicar's squalid linkage to the "Five Dancing Shlomos" canard, shown in screenshot on my above-mentioned post?
PPS: (Facebook, 7/8 Oct. 2014):