‘Christian Century’ under fire for ties with editor from magazine accused of anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) The Christian Century, a mainline Christian magazine based in Chicago, has come under fire from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) for its ties to James M. Wall, an associate editor at the controversial Veterans News Now (VNN), who appears on The Christian Century's masthead.

The homepage of "The Christian Century" magazine's website. Credit: The Christian Century.

According to CAMERA, VNN is a magazine that “traffics in ugly anti-Semitic tropes and imagery,” including several recent pieces that highlighted “Jesus’ Aryan identity” and a pro-Iran piece titled “Abraham is Not My Father.” On the front page of VNN on July 3, an article titled “Earth’s alpha predator: Zionist Mafia” argues that the American public has been “brainwashed by lies” from the Zionists.

“I am shocked by Christian Century’s decision to keep Wall on the masthead, but I probably shouldn’t be. The publication, which has a long history of difficulties related to Jews and Israel, has never been all that alarmed by Islamist anti-Semitism in the Middle East, so why should they care about home-grown anti-Semitism in the U.S.?” Dexter Van Zile, CAMERA’s Christian media analyst, told JNS.org.

In a statement to CAMERA, David Heim, executive editor at The Christian Century, defended Wall’s association with his magazine.

“James Wall did a lot for our magazine,” Heim said. “He deserves to be on our masthead.”

Heim added that he appreciates the different perspectives Wall brings to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Posted on July 3, 2013 .