Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Churches and criticisms of human rights abuses

The Institute for Religion and Democracy has released a report analyzing the criticisms of human rights (pdf) abuses in four mainstream Protestant churches. It turns out that the U. S. and Israel received the lion's share of criticism. The report also notes the lack of criticism for expansionist policies in the former Soviet Union and Leninist-Marxist movements in Africa and Asia.

Question: I wonder if this comes from the old adage "familiarity" breeds comtempt, or we are simply more familiar with the nuances of our foreign and domestic policies (and those of Israel, since Christians generally take a keen interest in the land). I mean after all, we are not familiar with the ins and outs of East Timor, Indonesia and Darfur, Sudan.

(via The Volokh Conspiracy)