Indeed, it was no accident that, even into the twentieth century, the pogroms that broke out in Eastern and South-eastern Europe tended to do so at Easter, when the crucifixion of Jesus was uppermost in the minds of the populace and the so-called Christ-killers provided a convenient scapegoat for public unrest.
The Anglican vicar of Virginia Water claims he is not antisemitic. But what are we to make of an extraordinary statement he has made on Facebook in the past few hours?
An article in Israel Today, a pro-Israel Christian magazine, focuses on a pastor called Lynne Hybels, who is evidently not a Christian Zionist. Lynne Hybels need not concern us here, but the article concludes by saying:
"While certainly not an anti-Semite, she is guilty by close association with those who accuse Israel of everything from genocide to deicide. Perhaps unwittingly, she is carrying on Christianity’s awful anti-Semitic legacy."In response, Stephen Sizer has left the following comment on Facebook: "No, Israel Today is carrying on Zionism's awful anti-Christian legacy."
"Zionism's awful anti-Christian legacy"?!!!
How utterly bizarre, how utterly false, how utterly shameful a claim.