Churches Supporting Venezuelan Dictatorship?

Juicy Ecumenism | 11/13/2019 | Mark Tooley
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Denominations whose officials tout leftwing politics have continuously lost members for 55 years. I don’t think the intemperate politics are causing the loss. Local church people are largely uninformed about those politics and mostly disaffiliate based on personal reasons. But irresponsible politics divorced from Christian wisdom are fruit of bad theology and errant spirituality.

The chief officers (John Dorhauer and Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Ministers and Presidents) of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which are America’s fastest shrinking denominations, having lost over half their memberships (which Dorhauer blames on IRD), recently visited dictatorial socialist Venezuela. They loved it!

Here’s what they found:

It was important for them [Venezuelans they met] to have us understand that there are no current critical human rights violations. They spoke of previous conditions in which almost 90% of the people lived below the poverty line. A new constitution, which Christo helped write for his country, includes many human rights declarations. Among those are articles establishing legal protection for indigenous peoples. We also learned that over 70% of the local leadership council positions called for in the constitution are held by women. The literacy rate, once one of the lowest in the world, has improved greatly. There are universal health care and a social security system that upholds minimum income standards for the people of Venezuela. Even though they still confront issues regarding police action and the length of judicial reviews on cases, they told us that there is a more vigorous policy on human rights than decades before.

Contrast - Amnesty - International - Venezuela - Millions

In contrast, here’s Amnesty International on increasingly impoverished and repressive Venezuela, from which millions have fled:

Venezuela remained in a state of emergency, repeatedly extended since January 2016. A National Constituent Assembly was elected without the participation of the opposition. The Attorney General...
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