The United Church has a perfect right to express political and social views. Indeed, to a large extent that is the mission of a Church -- to bring faith into the world through action. The Public Square need not be naked.
That's why I disagree with today's National Post Editorial calling on the United Church to stick to "matters of faith" link. Churches are entitled to enter the political realm -- but when they do so they must expect to be challenged.
The Roman Catholic Church's position on contraception and marriage, for example, is one I disagree with -- and I'm prepared to say why -- but I do not think the Church is wrong to have a position. By contrast, the Roman Catholic view on, say, did Jesus have brothers is really none of my business.
Accordingly, just because the United Church takes a position does not mean the position is beyond discussion -- as soon as a religious group makes a social or political statement that statement is open to the world.
As my earlier posts say, I disagree with the United Church's current proposals about Israel. They are misguided, one-sided and anti-Semitic. They are totally wrong. They may be imprudent for the Church to adopt. But the United Church is entitled to hold them.
Dr. Martin Luther King did much of his work as a Pastor -- he had "political" views. Those views were motivated by his faith. His views, in large measure, prevailed after a vigorous (and sometimes violent) political debate. I am very glad Dr. King did not stick to "matters of faith".