This is an open letter to The 2 Guys Named Chris Show from Rock 92. Their Facebook page doesn't allow posts so I am putting it here. Please join me in telling them antisemitic remarks are not acceptable.
This morning as I was driving to the store I caught a segment from your show as you were discussing the American Girl doll your wife bought for your daughter. You described the story of her finding the perfect doll, standing in the checkout line, and right as your wife was about to pay she read the little book that came with the Rebecca doll and immediately realized she could not purchase this doll. I was hooked!
What could it be?! What was wrong with the doll? Based on your horrified attitude at the prospect of almost owning this doll, I was imagining all sorts of things that she could have found inappropriate. I turned the volume up a couple extra notches because I didn't want to miss what was repulsively wrong with this doll.
I was shocked to hear you explain, "She was Jewish!!!"
And you all burst into laughter. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. I kept listening to figure out why your wife thought buying a Jewish doll was so undesirable.
Your wife had to explain to your daughter that "This doll doesn't align with our beliefs." and how "We send our daughter to a CHRISTIAN school!! We don't celebrate Yom Kippur!"
Did you know Jesus was Jewish? He celebrated the Jewish holidays. It was so disheartening to listen to a professing Christian speak so poorly of the Jewish faith.
You made a point several times to remind everyone you have a Jewish realtor and "a lot of respect for the Jewish faith, but...." That "but" negates everything you just said.
Why is a Jewish doll a bad thing for a Christian to have? What if your wife had taken that opportunity to educate your daughter about the Jewish people, the Old Testament, the Jewish roots of Christianity and God's eternal covenant with Israel? Would you have repeated this story if the doll had been Latino? Or African American? Or trans-gendered?
What about your Jewish listeners? What about the millions of Evangelical Christians who are Pro-Israel? What about the Christians who were listening that don't know much about Judaism and now their only impression is that having something Jewish in your home is a negative thing.
The horrors of the Holocaust began with antisemitic attitudes like the ones you expressed today. Please educate yourself about the Jewish roots of Christianity, the remarkable history of the Jewish people, and the nation of Israel--the only democracy in the middle east.
Did you know that the number of Jewish people is less than a statistical error in the Chinese census? Yet they have enriched the world in every imaginable way (culture, education, science, the arts, humanities, religion) unlike any other people group. Jewish people make up less than .02% of the world's population, yet they have received 22% of the Nobel prizes awarded since 1901. No other people group can approach the life-affirming, peace-affirming contributions of the people you spoke about so ignorantly and shamelessly.
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