WCC and Gaga Both Targets of Islamist Threats
Call me crazy, but maybe the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches should invite Lady Gaga to appear at the organization’s upcoming Assembly scheduled to take place in Korea in 2013.
Yes, I’ll admit it. Gaga’s presence at the Assembly might be a bit disconcerting to the pastors and bishops attending the event. Let’s face it. Gaga dresses in a manner that might scandalize some people.
But with the proper chaperone, maybe a tolerant pastor from a mainline Protestant church in the United States, Gaga could very well add some star power to the proceedings, which very likely will revolve around the sins of the Jewish state.
It’s not something you’ll read about in the press, but Gaga and the WCC have something in common. Both Gaga and the WCC were prevented from holding events in Jakarta, Indonesia by threats from Muslim extremists. It happened to the WCC in the 1970s and to Lady Gaga just a few days ago.
Jutta Sperber, author of Christians and Muslims: The Dialogue Activities of the World Council of Churches and Their Theological Foundation (Walter de Grutyer, 2000), provides a tantalizing bit of detail when she reports that in August 1974 “In reaction to threats from fundamentalist Islamic circles, the site of the WCC Assembly was shifted from Jakarta to Nairobi.”
Almost 40 years later, Muslim extremists are at it again, using threats of violence to veto a concert by Lady Gaga.
This raises a question. Is Islamist intolerance a new phenomenon in Indonesia, as Benedict Rogers suggests in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times or is it an old problem that is just now getting the attention it deserves?
Posted on 06/06/2012 12:57 PM by Dexter Van Zile
6 Jun 2012
By the way: Lady Gaga has been to and performed in Israel to thousands of appreciative fans - defying threats and pressure both from Muslims and from their Jew-hating dhimmified fellow travellers of the BDS ilk, in order to do so. No way was she going to join the let's-hate-Israel lynch mob. She chose not to visit Indonesia, because of the danger to her fans there; but she did NOT cancel her trip to Israel. (Perhaps she - rightly - believed that the security measures taken by the Israelis were likely to be much more thorough and reliable than those taken by the Muslim Indonesian police, and made her decisions accordingly in each case).
I will take feisty little vulgar little Israel-loving Lady Gaga any day, in preference to a naive and deluded - or, worse, actively and viciously Jew-hating - 'Christian' cleric, no matter how outwardly respectable, who has blindly swallowed and is now busy regurgitating the Muslim lies about the Joooz.
Lady Gaga has passed 'the Israel test'. Many of more apparent respectability do not, and have not.