, I reprinted a news item about how the Cincinnati presbytery defrocked Reverend Maurice McCrackin in because of his war tax resistance.
In they changed their minds about that. From the Lawrence Journal-World (excerpts):
Biloxi, Miss. (AP) — Representatives of the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination… [met in t]he 199th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)… ¶ …and reversed a decision defrocking a peace activist.
Also , the commissioners discussed “Presbyterians and Peacemaking: Are We Now Called to Resistance?”
The document, which makes no recommendations, includes discussion on how Presbyterians might work for peace, sections on tax resistance and civil disobedience.
Several local Presbyterian groups, complaining that the paper is one-sided and divisive, have asked that the paper be withdrawn or the study process broadened to include other viewpoints.
A committee refused to adopt those recommendations, saying the process was still going on and those views could be part of a final position paper already scheduled for discussion .
The assembly on voted unanimously to restore the Rev. Maurice McCrackin, an 81-year-old Cincinnati pastor, to the ministry.
McCrackin was defrocked in by the then-United Presbyterian Church (USA) because of his repeated refusal to pay federal income taxes that support the military.