Okla. City: ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference features speaker with views called ‘anti-Semitic’ by his church

Okla. City: ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference features speaker with views called ‘anti-Semitic’ by his church
Stephen Sizer. stephensizer.com via WFB

[Ed. – We’ve written about Christ at the Checkpoint before.  Until now, its conferences have been held in Bethlehem (Judea); 2018 is the first year for a conference held elsewhere, and OKC is the first non-Holy Land venue.  Stephen Sizer has been involved in some pretty intense anti-Semitism. Even more depressing than his inclusion in the CATC conference is seeing anyone in Oklahoma participating.]

Christ at the Checkpoint, which promotes the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, is holding its conference this week in Oklahoma City. One of its featured speakers is Stephen Sizer, whose stated views on Israel include suggesting they were behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in the United States.

Sizer, a vicar who was banned by the Church of England from discussing the Middle East due to his frequent anti-Semitic social media postings, is a leading critic of “Christian Zionism.” Sizer was later ordered to “cease all preaching, teaching and leading of services” for good in 2017 after breaking his pledge to refrain from commenting on Israel, and is now retired from the church.

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Sizer has defended himself from anti-Semitism charges, arguing, for example, that his suggestion that Israel may be to blame for 9/11 was just an attempt to encourage debate. …

The top testimonial featured on Sizer’s website defending him from anti-Semitism comes from British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is also widely viewed as an anti-Semite and is currently under fire for his dealings with terrorist group Hamas.

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