I wrote a little while back about anti-Semitism. I also had a little disagreement with a Christian news editor who tweeted the image at the heart of part of the recent political controversy (the painting removed in Tower Hamlets). It was my view that republishing the offending image was unnecessary we don’t need to show something for people to know it is wrong (you didn’t find people publishing examples of the type of pornography that Damien Green was alleged to have on his computer). The response I got back was that people needed to see the image in order to decide for themselves whether it was anti-Semitic.
Again, my personal assessment is that the problem wasn’t whether or not people thought that certain images and statements were anti-Semitic. The problem is that a lot of people don’t actually have a problem with holding and expressing ant-Semitic views. I have heard too many people across the political spectrum say things that are ant-Semitic just as I’ve heard racist and sexist comments over the years. I am also not convinced that Christians are as quick to call out anti-Semitism as they are other examples of prejudice and abuse certainly if social media is anything to go by (that’s not admittedly based on scientific analysis – just perception).
So with that in mind, I was interested by this article responding to polling data from You Gov. The data shows us that prejudice is not restricted to one party or political position. It’s not that Labour or the Conservatives have an anti-Semitism problem, we have an anti-Semitism problem.
Christians should be concerned about this because what we believe should affect how we live. Are we ready to challenge all forms of prejudice, hatred and abuse for what they are, “Sin”?