Easter is often a time of increased tension between Christians and Jews. Maybe it's that comments like "the Jews killed Jesus" are most common around this time of year, maybe people are just afraid that such comments will be more common. In any case, this week's papers are full of Jewish-Christian conflicts.

Paul Weyrich accused of being a "demented anti-Semite"
First, a look at a conflict directly about a claim that the Jews killed Jesus. Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation and a founding father of the Religious Right, wrote an Easter column last week which said, in part, "Christ was crucified by the Jews who had wanted a temporal ruler to rescue them from the oppressive Roman authorities. … He was not what the Jews had expected so they considered Him a threat. Thus He was put to death." That comment got fellow conservative Evan Gahr livid. "Weyrich specifically said the Jews crucified Christ?" he wrote in a commentary for The American Spectator Online. "Which Jew put the nail through him? 'I don't have the names,' [Weyrich's spokesman] replied."

Weyrich's spokesman, Free Congress Foundation director of development Nicholas Sanchez, did have a response, which Gahr quotes: "That is not an anti-Semitic remark. Paul is well-versed in scriptures. He is a Melkite Greek Catholic deacon and the statement from his commentary does say that Christ was crucified by the Jews. This has been taken up by people in recent times as a politically correct cause to say anyone who says Christ was crucified by the Jews is anti-Semitic. It was the Jews who brought him up on trial. They said 'crucify him.' That is a fact and that's what Paul was saying."

But to Gahr, and others, that's not what Paul was saying. "It's a theological ...

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