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June 7, 2012 7

“Christian News” Promotes Anti-Semitic Writers

Chris­t­ian News, a New Haven, Missouri-based news­pa­per, fea­tured two vir­u­lently anti-Semitic columns in its May 21, 2012 issue. Both arti­cles pro­mote the idea that Jews are vehe­mently anti-Christian.

The paper is pub­lished by Holo­caust denier Her­man Otten. Otten is the pas­tor of the Trin­ity Lutheran Church in New Haven, a mem­ber of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). LCMS is a large con­ser­v­a­tive Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tion with over two mil­lion mem­bers and more than 6,200 con­gre­ga­tions. Chris­t­ian News is not offi­cially affil­i­ated with LCMS.

The May 21 issue of Chris­t­ian News fea­tures a col­umn by Rev­erend Ted Pike, a noto­ri­ous anti-Semite who is the national direc­tor of the Oregon-based National Prayer Net­work. Pike has for years engaged in an anti-Semitic cam­paign that den­i­grates the Jew­ish reli­gion, as well as what he per­ceives as Jewish-controlled orga­ni­za­tions and lead­ers. In his col­umn, Pike blames Jews for a range of per­ceived evils, from bring­ing Social­ism to the United States to “nor­mal­iz­ing” and pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­ity to cre­at­ing a “malev­o­lent” sys­tem of morals that allegedly under­mines Christianity.

Pike attacks Jews for their lib­er­al­ism and claims that lib­er­al­ism has “striven to sub­sti­tute sec­u­lar, immoral, glob­al­ist val­ues that will even­tu­ally make Amer­ica amenable to par­tic­i­pa­tion in a Zionist-controlled new world order.” Pike sin­gles out the the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for attack and alleges that the ADL has cre­ated pro­grams and influ­enced leg­is­la­tion that makes it ille­gal for Chris­tians to crit­i­cize homo­sex­u­al­ity. Pike goes on to describe ADL and sec­u­lar Jews as “wreck­ers of our civ­i­liza­tion” and urges Chris­tians to stop giv­ing “aid and com­fort” to them.

The same issue of Chris­t­ian News gives a plat­form to Khalid Amayreh, a Pales­tin­ian jour­nal­ist who has ties to Hamas and has pub­lished arti­cles for sev­eral Hamas-linked pub­li­ca­tions over the years. His com­men­tary reg­u­larly fea­tures anti-Semitic rhetoric, includ­ing describ­ing the media in the U.S. and Europe as “Jewish-controlled,” claim­ing that Israel “know­ingly and delib­er­ately shoots and mur­ders school chil­dren” and com­par­ing Israel to Nazi Germany.

In a col­umn for Chris­t­ian News titled “The Hitler of Beth­le­hem,” Amayreh accuses Israel of “per­se­cut­ing and tor­ment­ing” Christians…since time immemo­r­ial.” He goes on to allege that the Tal­mud teaches Jews to hate Jesus and Chris­tian­ity and that “Jew­ish and Judaic hos­til­ity to Chris­tian­ity is inher­ent and intrin­sic and tran­scends all Chris­t­ian pogroms, includ­ing the holo­caust.” Amayreh claims that Jews have still not for­given Jesus and that a rabbi he met allegedly referred to Jesus as the “Hitler of Beth­le­hem.” Amayreh also pro­motes the idea that there is a con­spir­acy by the media to keep alleged Jew­ish hatred of Chris­tian­ity a secret.

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