America is currently celebrating anniversaries related to the civil rights movement of the sixties. If you gaze at pictures of the Reverend Martin Luther King marching as part of protests against abuse of human rights marching alongside him are Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis. These days when I witness one protest or another I do not see any pictures of ministers –other than black or Hispanic– in the crowd of protesters. I daily see pictures of demonstrations in the Middle East but it is rare to see an imam in the group. When was the last time a group of rabbis marched to support the right of Palestinians whose land is being seized by the Israel government? Where are rabbis protesting the wild ideas emanating from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Here in America the Christian clergy fears defending the rights of Muslims because that might be interpreted as “hating Jews” and these days no one wants to be accused of “hating Jews.”
The Muslim clergy are not assuming any leadership in the Middle East, the Jewish clergy are not assuming leadership to bring about peace in the Middle East and in America, it is right wing fanatical clergy who shout to the world that there is no such thing as “global changes.” Where have all the clergy gone? They have abandoned their parishioners and fled the scene of battle for human rights. And, I do mean ALL CLERGY!