Recently a holocaust survivor came and spoke at Clear Creek High school. Not only did he tell an amazing and heartbreaking story of survival in the concentration camps, he told of the origins of anti-Semitism. The story he told has been told many times by historians and other survivors of the holocaust- the origin of anti-Semitism comes from Christianity. Christians and Christian nations are by far the biggest persecutors of Jews
For over a millennium Christian pogroms have devastated the Jewish People. The first major pogrom came with the first crusade. The crusade was the result an edict given by Pope Urban II to take back the holy lands from Muslims. On their way to the Holy Lands, the Christian Crusaders passed through the Jewish villages of the Rhineland. Considering them just as much an enemy as the Muslims, they slaughtered men women and children nearly wiping out the Central European Jewry. Frequent and regular mini Holocausts followed for centuries until another significant event came in 1492. Queen Isabel of (Catholic) Spain demanded that the large Jewish community leave or face harsh repercussions. The expulsion of Jews from Spain caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Today, these “Sephardic Jews” are mostly found in Muslim countries. Why? Because when they left Spain they knew they could not stay in Christian Europe, so they decided to go to the Muslim Ottoman empire which was much more tolerant of other religions.
The biggest atrocity of all was as recent as the 20th century. The speaker gave the most damning accusation of all, the roots of the Holocaust were laid by Christian teachings. This too has been verified by many historians (but Christians are known for completely ignoring non-biased accounts of their history). The origins of the extreme anti-Semitism found in Germany were the result of the writings of their most esteemed theologian, Martin Luther. Luther’s writings advocated harsh violence against Jews if they did not convert. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_and_antisemitism . His writings were embraced by most Germans and provided the groundwork for the Nazis “Final Solution”. Most non-Catholic Christians owe the existence of their brand of Christianity to Martin Luther. He is one of the main reasons they are even able to read the bible. Christians may not be directly responsible for the holocaust, but some of their most influential theologians helped plant the seeds for it.
These regular episodic depredations of Jews by Christians are justified in the Gospel of Mathew, verses 27:24-27. These verses combined with a twisted interpretation, resulted in the Christian stance that “the Jews killed Jesus.” Not some Jews, all Jews. In other words Christians killed Jews BECAUSE of their Christian beliefs.
Not until the Second Vatican council in 1965, did the Catholic Church change its stance regarding this. They clarified that their positions was now that certain Jews killed Christ and that not all Jews were responsible (The reason they were so hesitant to change this was because it contradicts the idea of inherited original sin, which is a pillar of the Christian faith)
Why is this relevant? Because the stance of many contemporary Christians has changed to this: The reason the Jews have been persecuted throughout history is because they were God’s chosen people, and they are essential to bringing about The End Times. If the forces of evil destroy the Jews, then they will be victorious (An absurd idea, but what else is new). A completely hypocritical statement because it is Christianity that invented anti-Semitism and has been its biggest promoter.
“The events of 1096 in the Rhineland occupy a significant place in modern Jewish historiography and are often presented as the first instance of an antisemitism that would henceforth never be forgotten and whose climax was the Holocaust.” –HistorianDavid Nirenberg