There are several variations of George Santayana’s famous quote. He ob-served, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It was a major theme in his writing, and he also knew that when genuine facts of history are hidden, any lessons we could have learned from mistakes are mistakes sure to be repeated. In Christian history few have been taught about our checkered past of Christian mistreatment of Jews. The Jews know the history but unfortunately most Christians do not, although Christians in recent decades have become educated about our persecution of Jews throughout the Christian era. For centuries, Jews have been driven from one Christian nation to another and labeled as “undesirables” and deemed to be “inferiors.” Bottom line, it is classic antisemitism. Another form of persecution is anti-Zionism, the view that the State of Israel is one big problem and headache to the rest of the world.
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