Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Continuing Concern with Rising Antisemitism — Among Republicans

Hannah Knowles, Colby Itkowitz, and Isaac Arnsdorf report on growing concern among US Jewish leaders with increasing expressions of antisemitism by Republican leaders:

Jewish leaders raised alarms Monday about antisemitism they say is increasingly normalized in American politics after a series of bigoted comments from associates or supporters of GOP candidates and growing calls for them to firmly reject such rhetoric. ...

“We are in a particular time in our country where bigotry like antisemitism is being normalized, where people can make statements and there are no real repercussions in the political sphere,” said Marilyn Mayo, a senior research fellow at Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

And Andrew Lapin comments on a curious story out of Texas, where a Republican candidate, Johnny Teague, who is also an evangelical pastor, has rewritten Anne Frank's diary to have it end with her conversion to Christianity: 

It’s common for evangelical Christians to engage in proselytizing, including toward Jews, and surveys have indicated that nearly half of American adults believe the country should be “a Christian nation.” But the size and scope of Teague’s efforts to undermine Anne Frank’s Judaism in his book is unusual even in such circles.

Curioser and curioser. And scarier and scarier. 

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