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January 29, 2015 9:18 am

Christian Century’s Response to Algemeiner Article is Beneath Contempt

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Two days after The Algemeiner published my article detailing how James M. Wall, former editor of the Christian Century (CC) joined the editorial board and started writing for Veterans News Now- a website that promotes anti-Semitic propaganda, the CC’s executive editor, David Heim, issued a statement entitled, “On the Century‘s relationship with James Wall.”

The statement, issued on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, reads as follows:

James Wall is listed on the Christian Century masthead as a “contributing editor” along with other former editors and staff members. He has not been involved in editing the magazine since his retirement in 1998.

James Wall did a lot for the Century as editor, but he doesn’t speak for the magazine now. His title “contributing editor” reflects our appreciation for his contributions here but is not an endorsement of what he writes elsewhere.

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This response is beneath contempt. As stated in my original piece, James M. Wall was one of the most prominent Protestant intellectuals in America for many years. If any other public figure had embraced anti-Semitism as eagerly as Wall has done, the Christian Century would have written about it. And for all their press releases (and excuses), the magazine still refuses to report on or condemn Wall’s actions.

Such behavior is antithetical to the canons of journalism.

Dexter Van Zile (@dextervanzile) is Christian Media Analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (@cameraorg).

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