Harvard group apologizes after work claims Jews ‘deserved’ punishments
The editor of an undergraduate student group at Harvard College that publishes a Christian journal issued an apology after allowing an anonymous anti-Semitic blog post on its website that claimed that Jews were responsible for Jesus’s death.
The Harvard Ichthus published an online apology on Saturday. The offensive post, which was published on Wednesday, has since been taken down.
“Please accept our sincere apology regarding an anonymous blog post that was posted on Wednesday, November 20,” the group wrote. “This particular piece has led to increasing misunderstanding and disinformation about the author’s views, the Ichthus, and Christianity. We do acknowledge that many of the claims of Christianity are offensive to those who do not believe it, but we think that much of the offense that has resulted from this article is not the offense of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And for that we apologize.”
The piece was written by a Jewish convert to Christianity who the group would not identify, according to the Globe.
In the work, the author wrote “We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years,” according to the Globe.
Aaron Gyde, the editor in chief of the Ichthus, signed the apology and seeks to clarify the author’s meaning in the piece.
“The writer holds nothing but love for his heritage and feels very deeply for the welfare of the Jewish people. The blog was not intended to communicate animosity, but concern and a sincere desire to communicate the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ alone,” Gyde wrote in the apology.
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