Sunday, December 23, 2007

Quotable: "actively taught to fear, scorn and otherwise shun it"

Let’s face it: Many, if not most, American Jews grow up scarred by Christianity, mistrustful of it, and actively taught to fear, scorn and otherwise shun it. Some of this is a reasonable response to missionary activity, and to the need of a persecuted minority to survive. But it’s made us neurotic. As Israel Zangwill is reported to have said, “two thousand years of Christian love have made us very nervous.” [emphasis added]

Source: "How I Finally Learned To Stop Worrying and Love (Okay, Like) Christmas" by Jay Michaelson in the Jewish Daily Forward (Dec 19, 2007).

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