Christian preacher: Antisemitic attacks in New York are also a ‘repudiation of Christianity’

The leader of a prominent religious organization is speaking out against anti-Semitism by characterizing it as a repudiation of Christianity.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, was responding to the attack that injured five Hasidic Jews who were celebrating Chanukah at a Rabbi’s house on December 29.

“The anti-Semitic attacks in New York should alarm all of us,” he wrote in a tweet. “Again, anti-Semitism is a repudiation of Christianity as well as Judaism. Christians should be the first ones standing up to protect Jewish Americans.”

Friendly Atheist’s Beth Stoneburner took Moore to task for this line of thinking, noting that Jews have been persecuted by Christians for centuries.

“Moore ignored all that history in his effort to make Christians look like victims when condemning anti-Semitism,” she writes. “He found a way to #AllLivesMatter discrimination against Jews. Saying that anti-Semitism hurts Christians as well as Jews isn’t just wrong on a historic level, it’s downright appalling to paint Christians with the same brush.”

Jewish and Christian Twitter users also had something to say about Moore’s tweet.

Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout the Southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. A lifelong atheist, these travels have informed her political views. She currently lives in a remote location with a large herd of cats and four dogs.