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UK clergyman calls on church to repent for past antisemitism

(JNS.org) An Anglican clergyman spoke on the church’s history of antisemitism and called on the institution to repent at the annual UK conference of the Church’s Ministry among Jewish people. “The Apostles would not recognize much in the church today. A Christianity divorced from its Jewish roots has always opened itself up to the demonic spirit of antisemitism,” said Rev. Simon Ponsonby, a theologian from St Aldate’s Church in Oxford, UK, according to the ASSIST News Service. Ponsonby said that Christian figures incited hatred against the Jewish people in ways that were later re-used during the Holocaust. For instance, Christian Reformation figure Martin Luther used to say that the Jewish God can be found in the backside of a pig and called for the expulsion of Jews from Germany in his final sermon. Centuries later, these ideas would be implemented by Adolph Hitler. “I felt ashamed to be a Christian when I read these things,” he said. “I was appalled and traumatized.”

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