NEW YORK — Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of nationally recognized "watchdog" group Proclaiming Justice To The Nations (PJTN), an organization that has remained active on the frontline confrontation of anti-Semitism for more than a decade, issued a warning in the wake of last week'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," Cardoza-Moore said.
Proclaiming Justice to The Nations lists its a core mission as teaching Christians, Jews and all people of conscience to stand against the threat of anti-Semitism in communities across this country and globally.
Cardoza-Moore said "replacement theology" is the 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 Christian pastors and church leaders in many religious institutions in America," Cardoza-Moore said.
Replacement theology teaches that the church has replaced Israel, and God is finished with the Jews. In 2009, PJTN produced an award-winning documentary, "The Forgotten People, Christianity and the Holocaust," that exposes replacement theology and the history of Christian anti-Semitism.
Cardoza-Moore said, "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. We 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 United States increased 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 due in part to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.
"Unfortunately, if Americans don't think anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S., they need to think again," said Cardoza-Moore.