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Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in the U.S. increased by 37 percent in 2017, according to the FBI’s annual Hate Crimes Statistics report. Islam also saw a double-digit percentage of hate crimes. […] Read More

We all grieve the mass murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue, but are we, as Christians, willing to acknowledge our own history of complicity in the hatred of Jews, which has fueled this violence? […] Read More

The callous and brutal murder of 11 Jews at Shabbat services represents an unparalleled act of anti-Semitism against the American Jewish community. What should be our response? […] Read More

The mass shooting during services at the Tree of Life synagogue confronts us with our complicity in failing to address the rise of anti-Semitism in our society. We must do better. […] Read More

Last week in America, our worst demons emerged from the shadows. Our inability to address our bigoted attitudes and policies fuels the flames of those seeking a scapegoat for their problems. We must appeal to our better angels. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

Anti-Jewish sentiment is the basis for a majority of the hate crimes with a religious bias each year in the U.S., according to an EthicsDaily.com analysis of FBI data. […] Read More

Anti-Semitism. Racial prejudice and violence. Welcoming refugees from a minority religious background. The relationship between church and state. These societal problems dominate the headlines, and thoughtful Christians are wondering how their faith can inform their responses to such pressing concerns. None of these problems is novel; Baptists throughout the United States wrestled with all of […] Read More

On Sunday in Overland Park, Kan., a rabid anti-Semite, white supremacist drove into the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center with the intent to kill. And he succeeded. He shot a grandfather and grandson (thinking they were Jews, but actually Methodists), missed two others and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement center and […] Read More

I attended a recent lecture by Rabbi Reuven Firestone of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, who spoke on the history and features of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. His theme was that both have their roots in the broader human phenomenon of “scapegoating” – the ancient Hebrew liturgical atonement practice, which has become a metaphor for […] Read More