‘Progessive’ Christianity: Does it have a Jew-hating problem?

Emblem of the United Church of Canada. Source is an article on boycotting settlement goods.

From an article at the Algemeiner, by Dexter Van Zile: Some Urgent Questions for the Publisher of ‘The Christian Century’

On Sunday, January 25, Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, editor and publisher of The Christian Century – the house organ for mainline Protestantism in the U.S. – will speak about interfaith relations at the Grace Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma…

…The masthead of the magazine he edits includes the name of James M. Wall, who promotes the type of hate that caused the deaths of three people in a Kansas City suburb in 2014. He does this by contributing to and serving as editor of a website that portrays Jews as the eternal enemy of American democracy and of humanity itself – exactly the type of propaganda that causes people to attack Jews throughout the world.

If Rev. Dr. Buchanan were serious about promoting Christian-Jewish relations, he would remove the name of James M. Wall from the masthead of the magazine he edits…

…Wall has been serving as associate editor of VNN since mid-2012. (His bio and a list of the articles published at VNN can be seen here.)

Readers who peruse VNN’s website will discover hateful commentary about Israel, the Jewish State, and Jews themselves. Just plug words like “Zionist,” “Israel,” and “Rothschild” into its search engine (which is available at the bottom of VNN pages) and you will find Jews accused of perpetrating 9/11, conspiracy theories about Jewish bankers destroying economies, preventing important inventions from coming to market, and bringing about the decline of the United States.

The words “Jew” or “Jewish” will lead readers to similar articles. “Protocols” works too.

I thought this was particularly relevant since “progressive” Christians think very highly of themselves. The other day I wandered back to the Wondercafe site (originally associated with United Church of Canada but now running on its own by volunteers after UCC decided it could no longer afford to support it).

Another site member recalled me from the past (I used to spend quite a lot of time there) asked me what I doing these days.  I replied that I was now co-blogging here at Blazing Cat Fur.  It only took a few minutes before another site member responded to me:

BCF is a right-wing hate fest. What it thinks about Muslims can be applied to Christians as well, either in a different time or even today. It’s just divisive crap that makes Sun News appear fair and balanced.

There will always be a market for hate. As a career move, it makes economic sense. As a human endeavour, it’s an embarrassment.

I corrected him that it was not a career move, but a volunteer activity, and I do not think I will be going back to the forum. Over the time I was there was intense hostility to Israel. I am sure that most of the contributors were quite sincere in saying they did not dislike Jews per se.  But it did attract some people I would call hateful.  Many of the people there are very self-righteous and that can be a problem itself.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Yes, “progressive” Christianity does have a Jew hate problem, and I’ve known about it for years.

    • Frau Katze

      It keeps mutating. A century ago the Left was with the Jews. Now it commonplace to find anti-Semites on the left.

      • Una Salus

        “Ramsgate is full of Jews and fleas.” – Karl Marx.

        In my opinion socialism has always been a kind of death wish for Jews in terms of identity. A way of saying Jewish identity is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things.
        Today this is reaching a head. So it’s no surprise people like Noam Chomsky think as they do.
        In this way Marxists really have manufactured their own consent.

        • Frau Katze

          Thanks for Marx quote! Wasn’t he Jewish himself?

          • Una Salus

            Yeah he was unfortunately but from his statements you’d never guess. That’s how he liked it.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            All I an think of is, so what? Marx doesn’t speak for all Jewish people, does he?!!?!

          • Una Salus

            No of course not but he is the spiritual father of the left even though obviously most “liberals” aren’t thoroughgoing Israel hating Marxists like Noam Chomsky.

            But then of course most “liberals” aren’t really as influential as them either.
            I’m simply saying that this course was plotted a long time ago and now it is bearing fruit.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            Thanks for explaining. That makes sense.

          • Una Salus

            I maybe wish it didn’t but that seems to be the way of it to my mind.

          • Minicapt

            His grandfather was a rabbi, but Poppa was an ‘Enlightenment’ man, and converted to Lutheranism before the births of his children. Karl then was schooled as a liberal/humanist and trended toward radicalism.


    • It’s not Christianity and it’s not progressive. It is the same vile, backward nonsense enveloped in new jargon.

  • Martin Luffa

    “What it thinks about Muslims can be applied to Christians as well, either in a different time or even today”

  • luna

    Netanyahu has 2 pieces of advice for the Presbyterian church: http://youtu.be/jX0Y2mnnsvc

    • Una Salus

      “Come with me if you want to live”.
      Denominations have a nasty habit of getting critical of Israel just before they dissolve like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      I transferred from the UC of Canada to Presbyterian in 2004/2005 and I sure as hell do not agree with the Presbys in this matter at all. They sure as hell don’t speak for me!!!!! I am a supporter of Israel, period. They can consider themselves a Jewish state OR they can consider themselves a Jewish state and a democratic state. I don’t know. Whatever the hell they want. Period!

  • FactsWillOut

    “Progressive Christianity” is an oxymoron.
    The ten commandments are pretty simple, especially the 10th, which says, essentially “Leave others the fuck alone, and don’t take their stuff”
    The pope is a commie, and anyone who does not follow the 10 commandments ain’t a Christian.

  • RevnantDream

    You do a good job Katz (O:}

    • Frau Katze


  • Hard Little Machine

    Progressive-ism on its face hates Jews. The big scandal is that Progressives know it and admit it amongst themselves but the rest of us are supposed to pretend to not know this.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      You’re absolutely right.

  • “BCF is a right-wing hate fest.”

    Oh, come on!

    Would haters love kittens?


    For good measure:


  • Rosenmops

    That is actually the old UCC crest. They recently changed the colours to include yellow, black, red and white of the traditional aboriginal medicine wheel. The new crest is quite ugly.


    Ironically almost everybody in the United Church is lily white. The people running the church are extremely self righteous and closed minded and some of them are very hateful if you disagree with them. Typical leftists. They believe they are vastly morally and intellectually superior to the plebs at Blazing Cat Fur.