Historian criticizes political use of Jesus as “Palestinian”

Historian criticizes political use of Jesus as “Palestinian”
Historian criticizes political use of Jesus as “Palestinian”
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A controversy has recently emerged in the United States, with statements by public figures and left-wing politicians portraying Jesus Christ as a “Palestinian Jew” in the context of “occupation”, generating criticism.

Paula Fredriksen, historian and professor emeritus of writing at Boston University, in an opinion article for the Washington Postchallenged this narrative, defending the importance of maintaining the correct historical and cultural contextualization of Jesus, emphasizing his Jewish identity and criticizing the political instrumentalization of his figure.

During Easter week, Fredriksen urged people not to distort the figure of Jesus, especially in reference to statements that, during Easter and Christmas, compared Jesus to a “Palestinian Jew” living under “occupation”.

These claims have been seen by Fredriksen and other critics as an attempt to decontextualize Jesus from his true religious background for contemporary political purposes, particularly in relation to the conflict in Gaza.

The most striking statements came from far-left American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at Christmas drew parallels between the situation of Jesus and modern Palestinians, something that Fredriksen countered by pointing out the Palestinian administration of Bethlehem since 1995 and the decline in the Christian population. in the area. The historian also criticized attempts to redefine Jesus as a Palestinian to attack Israel, calling such efforts historically false and divisive.

The manipulation of Jesus’ identity, according to Fredriksen, not only distorts historical facts, but also rekindles old prejudices against Jews, using the figure of Jesus against his own people and culture.

The professor emphasized that these narratives contribute to cultural and political appropriation, displacing Jews from their ancestral land, both in the first century and today, in a rhetoric that she describes as a lie masquerading as history.

White House celebrates “Trans Day of Visibility” on Easter and faces criticism

The White House’s decision to proclaim the Transgender Day of Visibility This March 31, Easter Sunday, it triggered a wave of criticism from conservatives and other sectors of American society.

According to Fox News, the announcement generated adverse reactions on social media, accusing President Joe Biden of attacking Christianity by superimposing an important date for the LGBTQ+ community on one of the most sacred Christian celebrations.

In addition to criticism of the proclamation, observers highlighted the White House’s celebration of at least seven other commemorative dates related to LGBTQ+ issues, including the “National Coming Out Day” in October and the “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in November.

President Biden, who identifies as Catholic, published a message on Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus in an attempt to balance the administration’s messaging and approach to diverse communities.

In a statement, the White House praised the courage and contributions of transgender Americans, reaffirming the nation’s commitment to equality and equal treatment. “Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: you are loved, you are heard, you are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire administration and I support you.”the statement stated.

American President Joe Biden said, on X:

“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the joy, strength and sheer courage of some of the bravest people I know. Today, we show millions of transgender and non-binary Americans that we see them, that they belong, and that they should be treated with dignity and respect.”

Vice President Kamala Harris also expressed her support in a tweet: “On Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate transgender and non-binary Americans. Your courage has given countless others strength, but no one should need to be brave just to be who they are. We see you. We support you. We will not stop fighting for you.”

The choice of date provoked rejection from sectors that saw the action as a direct attack on Christianity. O International Transgender Day of Visibilitycreated by activists more than ten years ago and celebrated annually on March 31, is not a floating date like Easter.

The Trump campaign called on Biden to apologize for the proclamation. “We call on Joe Biden’s bankrupt campaign and the White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe that tomorrow is just for one celebration – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”said Karoline Leavitt.

The White House, through spokesman Andrew Bates, defended inclusion and unity, criticizing politicians who, according to him, seek to divide and weaken the country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric. Bates reiterated that President Biden would never use his faith for political purposes.


The article is in Portuguese

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