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Christian Century Editor Blogs with Virulent Antisemites

Is this the face of Christianity, as Christian Century would like to see it displayed? For my part, I repudiate it without hesitation.
Sample anti-Semitic imagery from Mathis blog posts at VNN.

Sample anti-Semitic imagery from Mathis blog posts at VNN.

As a Christian, one hopes for a different tone from Wall when he addresses points like this one:

The Times says the [Christians’] letter is intended to “put the Palestinian plight and the stalled peace negotiations back in the spotlight”.   That is balderdash, as Joe Biden likes to say.

The 15 leaders make no reference to a “motive” for writing the latter. They do not have to. The New Testament is their motive.

There is another way to put this – one that doesn’t sound like “New Testament” is something to whack Zionist-flack news correspondents in the chops with.

Why, after all, would any news reporter, regardless of her ethnic or religious background, be expected to couch the point in Wall’s terms?  Christians can speak in such shorthand to each other – “The New Testament is our motive” – but a New York Times correspondent isn’t writing for an in-house Christian forum.  It isn’t entirely clear from the original Goodstein piece, but she does quote from interviews given by three of the Christian leaders after the letter was sent.  In suggesting their motives for the letter, she may well have been drawing from comments the Christian leaders actually made.

I guess the opening salvo of Wall’s post should have been warning enough (bold face in original):

You have to know American Jewish “leaders” are really riled up when they call on the New York Times to flack for them against 15 leaders of Christian churches who had the audacity to send a letter to the US Congress, which said, with proper Christian indignation…

Regrettably, Wall’s whole piece fits well with the turgid, sarcastic, scare-quotes-laden anti-Semitism of the Veterans News Now website.

James Wall at Veterans News Now, Truther/Anti-Semitic website

James Wall at Veterans News Now, Truther/Anti-Semitic website

Is this the face of Christianity, as Christian Century would like to see it displayed?  For my part, I repudiate it without hesitation.  It’s not even that Mr. Wall’s oeuvre at VNN is out of place there; it’s that it’s not.  Whatever he may have been in the past, Wall must now be considered a mismatch with any journal that aspires to serious leadership in Christian thought.  I don’t know if he may come someday to repudiate what goes on at Veterans News Now, but I do urge Christian Century to repudiate it, and to remove James Wall’s name from the masthead.

Today, CAMERA posted Christian Century’s rejection of an appeal to do just that.  That’s why I write this tonight.  I hoped the Christian Century trustees would respond in a more responsible way.  Christians everywhere need to know about the unacceptable connection of Christian Century editor James Wall with anti-Semitism – and know how the trustees have responded so far to the concerns expressed over it.  Silence in the face of anti-Semitism is consent.

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9 Responses to “Christian Century Editor Blogs with Virulent Antisemites”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    Extremely disturbing because CC had been thought well of for many years, even though it has adhered to a missionizing agenda.

  2. Wake up. What has changed about Christianity regardless of the rhetoric and smokescreen?

  3. John Keytack says:

    The important question is what was he saying on those blogs? Just the act of making comments on a blog is not necessarily bad by itself. Are the blogs in question anti-Semitic, or are the comments by people in the discussion thread anti-Semitic? There is a difference. I frequently engage people on these sites. Is he agreeing with the people who make anti-Semitic comments?

  4. Stuart Wragg says:

    Christians in my country are firmly on the side of Israel. True Christians that is, not religious people who have chosen to rather cloak themselves with a Christian mantle instead of another.

  5. forgive them. it was all the explosions. anyway, these "bloggers" and their zombie followers are very mentally deranged.

  6. Bob Talbot says:

    Shameless? We see otherwise.

  7. John Erthein says:

    It seems clear that the leadership of the Christian Century doesn't really care about anti-Semitism. It's just not an important issue for them. That should say it all when it comes to evaluating the worth of that magazine.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have been relentless in attempting to force the Holocaust Claims Conference to re-evaluate and change their methods. At least they are enacting these corrections. However, why shouldn’t the money they have in their possession be distributed immediately to Holocaust survivors? There are precious few survivors left and soon they will be gone. Only the youngest are still alive. My father Jacob, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, passed away 30 years ago. My mother, a survivor of Skarzish and Buchenwald, passed away 20 years ago.

    I ask every Holocaust survivor reading this to protest to the Claims Conference or their attorneys and ask what is happening with the funds. Twenty percent of these funds goes to birthright, Holocaust museums, writers etc.. Ask why individuals who are not really Holocaust survivors but were added to the list receiving funds.

    It is your money and you deserve it now. How is it possible for Holocaust survivors to be in need of food and medications when the Claims conference holds so much money?

    I am only one person. You must speak up now.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    Edison, N.J.

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