By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post.
A report from a group of clergy argues that Presbyterian Church (USA)’s vote taken last year to divest from three companies connected to Israel was tainted by institutional biases.
Released Tuesday afternoon, the report was signed by several commissioners from the 221st General Assembly who had taken issue with the process for which the debate over the divestment proposal was overseen.
Titled “Reformed and Reforming: A Word of Hope from Commissioners to and Observers of the 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA,” the report argued that the process was slanted in favor of the pro-divestment side.
“This paper documents the grossly one-sided amount of time that was given to the pro-divestment position as well as other irregularities that slanted the playing field in a pro-divestment direction. We are not complaining about the past. We are seeking reform for the future,” reads the report, a copy of which was given to The Christian Post.
“The only way to ensure fairness is for General Assembly leadership to institute reforms for the 2016 and following Assemblies. At the heart of these reforms must be debates in which both sides are given equal time.”
Complaints included the General Assembly allegedly giving pro-divestment activists more speaking time during debate and allowing pro-divestment protestors more leeway to demonstrate.
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The Layman’s article from the 2012 GA: Assembly orders divestment.