The Following Material Was Distributed in Conjunction with Today’s Sermon, Anti-Semitism, October 1, 2006.
Definitions and Usage
definitions are from the
Semite: “A person belonging to the race of mankind which includes most of the peoples mentioned in Gen. x. as descended from Shem son of Noah, as the Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, and Aramæans. Also, a person speaking a Semitic language as his native tongue.”
Anti-Semitism: “Theory, action, or practice directed against the Jews. Hence anti-Semite, one who is hostile or opposed to the Jews; anti-Semitic.”
1881 Athenæum 3 Sept. 305/2 “The author, apparently an anti-Semite.”
“Anti-Semitic literature is very prosperous in
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
[The Following is from the United States Holocaust Museum.]
Protocols of the Elders of
“The Protocols is entirely a work of fiction, intentionally written to blame Jews for a variety of ills. Those who distribute it claim that it documents a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world. The conspiracy and its alleged leaders, the so-called Elders of Zion, never existed. “
“In 1903, portions of
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were serialized in a
Russian newspaper, Znamya (The Banner). The version of the
Protocols that has endured and has been translated into dozens of
languages, however, was first published in
“Although the exact origin of the Protocols is unknown, its intent was to portray Jews as conspirators against the state. In 24 chapters, or protocols, allegedly minutes from meetings of Jewish leaders, the Protocols ‘describes’ the ‘secret plans’ of Jews to rule the world by manipulating the economy, controlling the media, and fostering religious conflict.”
“Beginning in 1920, auto magnate Henry Ford’s newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, published a series of articles based in part on the Protocols. The International Jew, the book that included this series, was translated into at least 16 languages. Both Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, later the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, praised Ford and The International Jew.”
“Many school textbooks
throughout the Arab and Islamic world teach the Protocols as fact.
Countless political speeches, editorials, and even children’s cartoons are
derived from the Protocols. In 2002,
Martin Luther is a man of much contradiction as can be seen by comparing two publications written twenty years apart: That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, written in 1523, is a much kinder work than his 1543 book, The Jews and Their Lies, which is a shameful work that does not rise above the age in which Luther wrote.
[The following is from Martin Luther’s book written in 1523, That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew.]
“Therefore, I will cite from Scripture the reasons that move me to believe that Christ was a Jew born of a virgin, that I might perhaps also win some Jews to the Christian faith. Our fools, the popes, bishops, sophists, and monks—the crude asses’ heads—have hitherto so treated the Jews that anyone who wished to be a good Christian would almost have had to become a Jew. If I had been a Jew and had seen such dolts and blockheads govern and teach the Christian faith, I would sooner have become a hog than a Christian.” [Martin Luther, That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, in Luther’s Works, Vol. 45, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1962), p. 199.]
“When we are inclined to
boast of our position we should remember that we are but Gentiles, while the
Jews are of the lineage of Christ. We are aliens and in-laws; they are blood
relatives, cousins, and brothers of our Lord. Therefore, if one is to boast
of flesh and blood, the Jews are actually nearer to Christ than we are, as
“Therefore, I would request and advise that one deal gently with them and instruct them from Scripture; then some of them may come along. Instead of this we are trying only to drive them by force, slandering them, accusing them of having Christian blood if they don’t stink, and I know not what other foolishness. So long as we thus treat them like dogs, how can we expect to work any good among them? Again, when we forbid them to labor and do business and have any human fellowship with us, thereby forcing them into usury, how is that supposed to do them any good? If we really want to help them, we must be guided in our dealings with them not by papal law but by the law of Christian love. . . If some of them should prove stiff-necked, what of it? After all, we ourselves are not all good Christians either.” [Ibid., p. 229.]
[The following is from Martin Luther’s book written in 1543, On the Jews and Their Lies.]
“In this way the Jews would defame us Christians, by saying that we honor as the Messiah a person who was mentally deficient from birth, or some sort of demon. These most intelligent, circumcised, highly enlightened saints regard us as such stupid and accursed Goyim. Truly, these are the devil’s own thoughts and words!
“Do you ask what prompts them to write this, or what is the cause of it? You stupid, accursed Goy, why should you ask that? Does it not satisfy you to know that this is said by the noble, circumcised saints? Are you so slow to learn that such a holy people is exempt from all the decrees of God and cannot sin? They may lie, blaspheme, defame, and murder whom they will, even God himself and all his prophets. All of this must be accounted as nothing but a fine service rendered to God. Did I not tell you earlier that a Jew is such a noble, precious jewel that God and all the angels dance when he farts? And if he were to go on to do something coarser than that, they would nevertheless expect it to be regarded as a golden Talmud. Whatever issues from such a holy man, from above or from below, must surely be considered by the accursed Goyim to be pure holiness.” [Martin Luther, On the Jews and Their Lies. in Luther’s Works, Vol. 45, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971), p. 260]
“If you pastors and preachers have followed my example and have faithfully issued such warnings, but neither prince nor subject will do anything about it, let us follow the advice of Christ (Matthew 10:14) and shake the dust from our shoes, and say, ‘We are innocent of your blood.’ For I observe and have often experienced how indulgent the perverted world is when it should be strict, and, conversely, how harsh it is when it should be merciful. Such was the case with King Ahab, as we find recorded in I Kings 20. That is the way the prince of this world reigns. I suppose that the princes will now wish to show mercy to the Jews, the bloodthirsty foes of our Christian and human name, in order to earn heaven thereby. But that the Jews enmesh us, harass us, torment and distress us poor Christians in every way with the above-mentioned devilish and detestable deeds, this they want us to tolerate, and this is a good Christian deed—especially if there is any money involved (which they have filched and stolen from us).
“What are we poor preachers to do meanwhile? In the first place, we will believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is truthful when he declares of the Jews who did not accept but crucified him, ‘You are a brood of vipers and children of the devil’ [cf. Matt. 12:34]. This is a judgment in which his forerunner John the Baptist concurred, although these people were his kin. Now our authorities and all such merciful saints as wish the Jews well will at least have to let us believe our Lord Jesus Christ, who, I am sure, has a more intimate knowledge of all hearts than do those compassionate saints. He knows that these Jews are a brood of vipers and children of the devil, that is, people who will accord us the same benefits as does their father, the devil—and by now we Christians should have learned from Scripture as well as experience just how much he wishes us well.
“I have read and heard
many stories about the Jews which agree with this judgment of Christ,
namely, how they have poisoned wells, made assassinations, kidnaped
children, as related before. [Cf, above, pp. 217, 242.]
I have heard that one Jew sent another Jew, and this by means of a
Christian, a pot of blood, together with a barrel of wine, in which when
drunk empty, a dead Jew was found. There are many other similar stories. For
their kidnaping of children they have often been burned at the stake or
banished (as we already heard). I am well aware that they deny all of this.
However, it all coincides with the judgment of Christ which declares that
they are venomous, bitter, vindictive, tricky serpents, assassins, and
children of the devil, who sting and work harm stealthily wherever they
cannot do it openly. For this reason I should like to see them where there
are no Christians. The Turks and other heathen do not tolerate what we
Christians endure from these venomous serpents and young devils. [A
misleading statement, inasmuch as during the medieval period Jews
customarily enjoyed greater freedom under Islam than under Christianity. Cf.
on this point H. Coudenhove-Kalergi, Anti-Semitism throughout the Ages