How Anti-Christian Will Boston Globe Get?

MassNews Staff
November 4, 2002

The Boston Globe had a strange anti-Christian Editorial in its Sunday paper, yesterday Nov. 3.

It wrote about the discovery of the possible funeral box of James, the brother of Jesus, which was found recently in Israel. The Globe wrote at the beginning, "The artifact, publicized earlier this month in an archeology review, recalls a time when Christianity was a sect of Judaism, not its persecutor."

For the last paragraph it wrote, "Scholars have rediscovered James and are placing him at the forefront of early Christianity. Their work cannot undo the centuries of anti-Semitism that have disfigured Christianity, but they are a reminder that the two religions share much, not least the conviction that believers should put their faith into practice. The burial box may be a fake, but the message of good works in the epistle has the ring of truth no matter what the creed."

This attempt to reduce Christian belief to a few soundbites, and to place the "faith" of Protestants and the "works" of Catholics in prominent contrast is strange indeed, as is the attempt to make all Christians into "persecutors." What would possibly induce the Globe to editorialize about this artifact and apparently attempt to open sores among Protestants and Catholics and to separate Christians and Jews? What is their goal?

The Editorial itself points out that the original Christians were all staunch Jews who were persecuted and driven away by their own people. The only reason they left Jerusalem and went to the Gentiles was because their own people were killing and persecuting them. The Editorial acknowledges that James, himself, was executed in 62 "by order of the Jewish high priest."

So, if there is ill feeling between Christians and Jews, who started it? That's a question we would not like to be involved in.

Who is behind these anonymous editorials that appear in the Globe? We know that the editor of the Editorial page is Renee Loth, who used to be political editor at the Boston Phoenix. Is she Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or an atheist? We have truth-in-labeling for all our breakfast cereals. Are we owed anything less for the reporters and editors at our predominant information source?

The Editorial is even sillier when one considers that the relations between the Protestant founders of the U.S. and the first Jews to come to this country, who mainly came from Germany, have always been good. It was not until the late 1800s when the Jews from the Balkans began to appear that some problems occurred, but that was mainly a problem between the German Jews and the newcomers who were peasants when they arrived and embarrassed the old-timers.

Are we to believe that the Globe is blaming the holocaust on Christians? No one believes that. William Shirer reported that Hitler hated Christians and many were put to death Six million Jews died in the holocaust and six million "others" also perished, including many Christians who died as heroes and heroines because they had the courage to fight Hitler. At Dachau, at least 10% of the inmates were Christian clergy. One-third of all the Catholic priests in Poland died there. Hitler told his confidants, "One is either a Christian or a German. You can't be both." He also said, "Do you believe the masses will ever be Christian again? Nonsense. Never again. The tale is finished . but we can hasten matters. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves. They will betray their God to us."

Many American soldiers can still remember when they liberated the concentration camps. Stephan Ross, the Newton survivor of the camps and the founder of the holocaust museum in Boston, has emotionally described many times how he felt when he met his first American soldiers, including Tip O'Neill, who liberated him.

What is the Globe about with this crazy Editorial? What nefarious purpose does it serve?


Tuesday January 13, 2004


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