BOSTON (AP) — A Christian journal run by Harvard University students has apologized for publishing and republishing an essay by an anonymous writer who wrote that Jews deserve to be punished by God for killing Jesus.
The essay was posted on the Harvard Ichthus website on Wednesday, removed, edited, reposted Friday morning and removed again, The Boston Globe reported (http://b.globe.com/19RWKYY ).
Ichthus editor-in-chief Aaron Gyde posted an apology on the journal's website Saturday on behalf of the journal's editorial board.
"Firstly, we apologize for inadequate editorial oversight in the publishing and re-publishing of this blog post," Gyde wrote. "It was not the intent of the writer, nor the Ichthus, to present a piece that is anti-Semitic in nature or in interpretation."
Gyde added, "The writer holds nothing but love for his heritage and feels very deeply for the welfare of the Jewish people. The blog was not intended to communicate animosity, but concern and a sincere desire to communicate the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ alone."
The essay was titled "Why Us?" and written by a Jewish convert to Christianity. The author wished to remain anonymous because of potential personal attacks.
"We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years," the author wrote.
A Harvard spokesman said the university does not endorse the views of any of its organizations and the Ichthus' decision to apologize was its own.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com