FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PJTN Leader Calls For Prayer For Pittsburgh, Public Denouncement of “Replacement Theology” As Growing Fuel For Anti-Semitism in America
PJTN LEADER CALLS FOR PRAYER FOR PITTSBURGH, PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT OF “REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY” AS GROWING FUEL FOR ANTI-SEMITISM IN AMERICA
(New York)—October 29, 2018—Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of nationally recognized “watchdog” Proclaiming Justice To The Nations (PJTN), an organization which has remained continually active on the frontline confrontation of anti-Semitism for more than a decade, today issued a warning in the wake of Saturday’s tragedy in Pittsburgh.
“It is long past time to confront the growing danger posed by the dramatic rise of anti-Semitism in America. We must examine how our society, including our churches and education system, is helping to enable this threat making not just our Jewish communities vulnerable, but all people. History has shown that anti-Semitism doesn’t stop with the Jewish community; this hatred will soon be directed at other people of faith as well.”
Proclaiming Justice to The Nations was birthed with the dual mission of confronting and educating against the growing rise of anti-Semitism in the church and around the world. The organization exists with a core value of educating Christians, Jews and all people of conscience to stand against this threat in communities across this country and globally.
Cardoza-Moore cites the seldom recognized aspect of ‘replacement theology’ as fuel for anti-Semitism in America. Robert Bowers, a Christian Nationalist quoted from New Testament scriptures to legitimize his anti-Semitic, replacement theology doctrine, as he murdered 11 members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.
“We have been sounding the alarm since 2005 about this growing threat. One of the most disturbing trends is the expanded teaching of ‘replacement theology,’ a 2,000 year-old false doctrine, being espoused by a growing number of pastors and church leaders in many religious institutions in America,” stated Laurie Cardoza-Moore.
Replacement theology is a heretical teaching that teaches that the church has replaced Israel and God is finished with the Jews. It was birthed by one of the early Gentile Christian church founders, Ignatius of Antioch (35-107 CE). In 2009, PJTN produced an award-winning documentary titled, The Forgotten People, Christianity and the Holocaust that exposes the false doctrine of replacement theology and the shocking history of Christian anti-Semitism.
To add fuel to this fire, Cardoza-Moore noted, “Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content in our U.S. textbooks and instructional materials has also given rise to violence against Jewish students on secondary school campuses. PJTN fought back in 2012 when it mobilized the community of Franklin, Tennessee to remove a Pearson published textbook that had an incendiary quote legitimizing Palestinians blowing themselves up in a Jerusalem restaurant because they were waging a war against Israeli government policies.
“We in America have witnessed a continuous rise in anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses and on social media platforms with little to no response from university administrators. They continuously cite the ‘free speech rights’ of students to perpetuate and thus legitimize this growing threat. Unfortunately, it took Saturday’s horrific attack on a Jewish community for law enforcement and the media to finally condemn the anti-Semitic posts on social media.”
In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017 – the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. The sharp rise was in part due to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row. “If Americans don't think anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S., think again,” notes Cardoza-Moore.
She concluded: “We all mourn with our Jewish brethren throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Today, we are all Jewish! I ask that Christians, Jews and all people of conscience join me in prayer for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. It is a dark day in U.S. history when our Jewish brethren are no longer safe in their own synagogues in American communities. For them we send the message, ‘May the Almighty comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. And we pray Psalm 40:1; "Comfort ye, comfort My people says the LORD.’"
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