The Church of Scotland recently issued a paper which denies any link between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. Under pressure, the church ("Kirk") withdrew the paper today, a week after it was issued and also took it down from its website. We kept a copy and have attached a link to the original document should anybody want an example of what old fashioned theological Jew-hatred looks like.
The Kirk had withdrawn from interfaith dialogue with the Jewish community several years ago. After the outcry against the paper, dialogue has been reestablished. We applaud this development and remind members of the church that it wasn't the Jewish community which closed the door. A revised paper has been promised. The new version, we are told, will acknowledge that Israel has a right to exist.
It is no secret that the Church of Scotland is struggling for meaning and purpose and is in free fall decline. The average age of its membership is 61.
Although they have the audacity to tell Jews how we should read Jewish texts, we believe that they have every right to frame their own theological positions. But theology aside, the State of Israel is a fact, established by the UN and secured by international law. Israel doesn't need the permission of the Kirk to exist any more that Scotland needs to seek permission of the board of rabbis to exist.
The Church of Scotland owes the Jewish people an apology.