Bishop of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
January 31, 2015 at 7:26 pm
Thank you for posting this website Bishop. Now and then, we all need reminders of our institution’s public positions, in order for us to renew our support for those positions, or to challenge them, and also to reevaluate our private beliefs on certain issues in light of the institutions we call “ours”.
January 31, 2015 at 9:25 pm
Yes, bigotry against Jewish people is wrong. Yes, Martin Luther said some dumb things, condemned the Jews, ate too much, and had too many beers. But….to be fair to the truth, even though Jews have suffered, we must acknowledge that some Jews were responsible for various negatives as well. Many Jewish people have been associated with leftist and Communist organizations going back to the 1930’s. Jews founded the hateful ACLU, which has done much to remove Christian Nativities, Crosses, public prayer, and is motivated to curtail Bibles and religious expression in schools and universities. Leftist Jewish intellectuals and writers in America during the 1960’s like Gloria Steinam, Bella Abzug, etc actively promoted abortion for convenience and still do. Hollywood directors and producers, many Jewish, promote gross immorality and sexual license, as well as violence for entertainment. Jewis financiers throughout times in history have provided the money for wars. Do not put the Jewish people above others….they are like Gentiles and are sinners in need of grace and redemption.
January 31, 2015 at 9:38 pm
Well, this is about the worst thing I’ve heard on my blog. Blaming the victim. Terrible.
January 31, 2015 at 10:46 pm
Yes indeed, and I apologize for my comments. I suppose I am also showing some bigotry on my own part towards some, but certainly not all, Jewish people I have known and read over my life. I have been friends with some wonderful Jewish people, but I have also noted some group characteristics that I found irritating. An aggressive and sometimes superior attitude, a love of and pursuit of money, liberal politics, promiscuous, absolutely pro-abortion in large numbers. . I think Martin Luther probably saw some of these characteristics, but he took it to a higher level. It is tragic that the Jews were persecuted and brutally murdered during historical times of anti-Semitism. I feel in my experience that many Jews in America do not have good moral values and some of them are anti-Christian to the same level as Luther was anti-Semetic. Still, I clearly do not say all are the same, nor is it my place to judge, but observations of groups and classes and nationalities and ethnic groups will show patterns peculiar to each group.
February 1, 2015 at 6:27 am
Furthermore, as I have dug myself into a hole and expanded it to my own disdain, I can only say simply I am not a bigot, but in my search for truth over a lifetime I have noted that in all ethnic groups in America, there remains group social norms and common values which each group accepts. Assimilation into the larger culture makes many of these peculiar norms to each group change, as they adopt other values. For example, many of my Irish friends and relatives growing up had certain prejudices and these prejudices were carried forward. I listened to them and often disagreed, but the stereotypical values of Irish, German, Italian, Jewish are to some extent still true in the behavior areas, voting habits, social classes, religious preferences. I am not blaming the Jews for being the way they are as justification for their persecutions, but I am not likely to see them as a group without sin, as all cultures.
February 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm
Please, just stop.
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