Harvard Christian journal apologizes for implying Jews deserve to be persecuted

(JNS.org) A Harvard University Christianity journal issued an apology over a blog post arguing that atrocities suffered by the Jewish people over centuries, including the Holocaust, are “punishments” for killing Jesus.

The post by Harvard's Ichthus journal was titled “Why Us?” and written by an anonymous Jew who converted to Christianity.

“We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years,” the author wrote.

A Harvard University Christianity Journal issued an apology over a blog implying that Jews deserve punishment for killing Jesus. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Harvard senior and Ichthus Editor in Chief Aaron Gyde said in an official statement that “while this does not excuse the post of responsibility, it was not the intent of the writer, nor the Ichthus, to present a piece that is anti-Semitic… the blog was not intended to communicate animosity, but concern and a sincere desire to communicate the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.”

In an earlier email to the Boston Globe, Gyde wrote that “as a staff, we would not argue that the fact some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus merits the persecution they have suffered over the past 2,000 years."

Posted on November 25, 2013 .