Bishop refused to preach in church adorned with Israeli flag
HANS RUSTAD 28.05.2015 kl. 13.03
Bishop Halvor Nordhaug was booked to give a sermon in a chapel where the congregation are strong Israel friends and had adorned their church with an Israeli flag. The bishop refused to do this until the Israel flag was removed, he demanded, referring to church rules.
It was during a church service while visiting the Hordvik chapel in Åsane that the Bishop Halvor Nordhaug requested the church to remove an Israeli flag from the wall of the altar, Dagen writes.
– I said that I will not start the service until the flag is removed, Nordhoug told the newspaper.
He looks it as a matter of procedure:
– It’s quite obvious. The Israeli flag is a symbol for one side of a particular political conflict. I would have reacted in exactly the same way if a church had the adorned the church with a Palestinian during a service, says Nordhaug.
As usual, the politically correct try to hide under formalities. But everyone knows: The chapel is not a church, and, would it really have been so bad if Israel’s flag was shown in a Norwegian church? Just to say something like this, gives witnesses to a church that is completely out of date. Israel is not only “a party to a conflict.” That a bishop can say something like that about a people who play a special role in the Bible and Christianity and Western civilisation, is a sign of collapse and disintegration.
The Bishop isn’t, however, entirely earnest with regards to the Palestinian flag: I myself have experienced several times on May 17 in eidsvoll church the church offering will go to West Bank Palestinians. They talk about the Holy Land, but it is clear to everybody exactly who it is referred to.
The church has long sided with the Palestinians. And now a bishop is actively banning Israel, in a place of worship.
You have come a far way away from your home when you can preach like this.