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July 15, 2015 11:12 am

49ers Running Back Jarryd Hayne Apologizes for ‘Hurtful’ Jesus Tweets

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Jarryd Hayne tweeted about how the Jews were culpable for Jesus death. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Jarryd Hayne tweeted about how the Jews were culpable for Jesus death. Photo: Wiki Commons.

New 49ers running back and Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne apologized on Wednesday for a tweet in which he raised the age-old myth that Jews were historically responsible for Jesus Christ’s death.

Reaching out to his Jewish fans, and the chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Hayne tweeted: “To the Jewish community @DvirAbramovich #WeAreAllOne.”

Underneath, he keenly included a screenshot of a text message to elaborate on his apology: “I sincerely apologize for my tweets on July 1. I have come to understand how my words were hurtful to the Jewish community and this was not my intention. I immediately took the tweets down once I realized my words were incorrect.”

“I have and will always accept people of all faiths. I encourage my fans around the world to do the same,” he wrote, signing off “JH.”

Hayne — twice voted the National Rugby League’s top player — came under fire last week for tweeting that Jesus “was killed by his own people,” meaning Jews.

The B’nai Brith chairman called Hayne’s tweets “damaging, painful and irresponsible,” and the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, said he was not sure Hayne understood “the pain he has caused or the impact of his words.”

The Catholic church and many Christians abandoned the narrative that Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death decades ago, after more than a thousand years of persecution and antisemitism rooted in that belief.

Hayne, with 121,000 followers on Twitter, removed two tweets posted on July 1 discussing that theory.

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  • mervyn

    Christ’s Way of Passion was the enduring of the human karma of the Fall, that is, the path of overcoming the illusion of outward appearance and the elemental forces of shame and fear. Christ took this karma upon Himself and suffered it for Humanity as the representative of humanity. The words “He took on Himself the sin of the world”, are literally true for the debt of sin was discharged by the Passion of Christ. But in a still deeper sense these words of the Christian tradition are true : Christ took not only the consequences of human guilt upon Himself, but also the actual guilt itself. The sacrifice of Christ was greater than bearing the consequences of human guilt while he himself was innocent – Christ suffered the karma of the Fall of Humanity, not in the consciousness of His own innocence, but in the consciousness of guilt. His sacrifice went so much deeper in that He absorbed into His consciousness the guilt of humanity and experienced it as His own guilt. His love was so deep that He had identified Himself with humanity. He was the representative of humanity, not only as its Example, but also as its Conscience – a conscience filled full of the consciousness of human guilt before the Father. The consciousness of the innocence of Christ was to dwell in those about Him – in humanity – but it did not dwell in Him for he did not go to his Crucifixion with the consciousness of receiving injustice, but with the consciousness of accomplishing divine justice. The words, “It is finished”, handed down to us in St. John’s Gospel were spoken by Christ Jesus as He was dying on the Cross; they do not sound like a last reproach, condemning the injustice of human judgement, but rather like the solemn proclamation of the justice of divine judgement.
    Now, therefore, it is the mission of humanity to be the more deeply conscious of the injustice of human judgement and the innocence of Christ Jesus. If the content of the conscience of the crucified Christ Jesus was consciousness of the guilt of the Fall, then consciousness of the guilt of the unjust judgement and crucifixion of Christ will be more and more, the content of the conscience of all who wish to be Christians. It is neither sentimentality nor mystic rhapsody, but a fact of every clearly conscious experience in spiritual knowledge, that the judgement on Christ Jesus was pronounced by the whole of humanity, and that, therefore, the whole of humanity shares the responsibility of it. For all the forces of human nature took part in the judgement of Christ; representative characteristics of all mankind sat on the judgement seat at that time, and the result of their collaboration was the Crucifixion. It is important – and in the future will become more and more so – to awaken a consciousness of the fact that it was we who judged Christ. For just as it is true that in some form or other doubt, hatred, and fear exist in every human, so it is true in some form or other Pilate, the Council of the Elders, the denying Peter, yes even the traitor Judas, dwell within every human. And if their exists in humanity the Pilate-force, the force of the Council of Elders, the denier’s force, the traitors force, why should there not also exist in Humanity a consciousness of the guilt of Pilate, the Sanhedrin, of Peter, of Judas ? Are we to be held innocent merely on the ground that forces dwelling in us operated at that time through other individualities? And if we are to speak of those who were directly concerned with the sentence passed on the God-man, would it not be fairer to remember, in judging them, that Judas for instance judged and condemned himself, and Peter suffered the martyr-death of crucifixion, asking in humility that he might be crucified head downward because he was not worthy to be crucified in the same position as Christ …
    P29 Anthroposophical studies of the New Testament by Valentin Tomberg
    From Early Articles by Valentin Tomberg.
    Condensation of Anthroposophy in the East.

  • Simone Miller

    He can apologize all he wants to. Should have watched his mouth before he opened it. He meant what he said… he owns the words. He is an athlete not a world class scholar. It will be difficult for him to play with his foot in his mouth.

  • Bruce

    Was it his conscience of the smell of dollars being waved in front of his face that caused this awakening of his ?

  • wm.j. levy

    Stupid Jews stop accepting their apologies and get him fired. Think like a black and what would they do. He’d be gone in a flash and they would probably get millions from the NFL.

  • sidney sands

    This is the son and grandson of two Anti Semites, why be surprised at his view, he was born with them

  • Charles Martel

    Sounds like he has suffered too many hits to his head!Also is he the son of Mel Gibson? The New Testament is as reliable as Hillary Clinton. Do not take either as Gospel!

  • CGG

    What a dumb ignoramus. Self-importance is the biggest turn-off of all.

  • Allen Donow

    This is interesting. More Orwellian Newspeak enters our lives everyday. Mr. Abramovich (B’nai B’rith chairman) and Mr. Foxman (ADL director) relay their outrage over someone voicing the writings expressed in the New Testament. Really a rugby player? Instead of providing New Testament quotations that rebut/explain the tweet, they give the “Catholic church and many Christians” as their proof that the Jews were not responsible for Jesus’ death. Mr. Abramovich and Mr. Foxman know Jesus was Jewish and so were all his followers, so of course were not calling for the death of Jesus. It was the Jewish religious leaders and the strict law abiding Jews of the New Testament times that called for the death of Jesus.

    As there was a choice among Jews in the New testament days, so there is today among Christians. There are those who choose a legalistic version of Jesus’ teaching like the Pope and Obama and those who choose an evangelical/messianic version.

    And like then when the religious and legalistic leaders chose Pilate and Herod to do their bidding and to harm Jesus, Mr. Abramovich and Mr. Foxman choose Obama and the Pope to justify their words and actions. Of course in the legalistic version of the Pope and Obama, there is only the so-called law of social justice/love, as opposed to promises to being saved and to Israel. In their version, condense Israel, give up Jerusalem, forget God’s promises and history, and destroy the evidence of the rebuilding of a Hebrew people and the desert. Just remember the hate filled, uneducated Palestinian, the jobless ISIS follower, the economically deprived Iranian who needs a nuclear bomb, and the free speech of the Ayatollah to wipe Israel off the map.

    The Pope and Obama, these two are who the Jewish leaders of today place their trust in. God help us.

  • Chebat

    antisemitic remarks are a quick and easy way to make celebrities appear in the front page. This young man wanted not to be forgotten.

  • Chebat

    For the information of this young man, and for the information of the next generations, if Jews had killed Jesus, they would have used other methods, that is, hanging, beheadings or stoning. The crucifixion is a method used by Romans to punish their slaves. Thousands of Jews were crucified by Romans. Jesus is one of them.

    In addition, the accusation of deicide (I.e. Killing God literally) is stupid, as Sartre pointed out. No human being can do this, by definition.

    Also, as far as the Gospels say the truth, Jesus did not die. He resurrected and came back to life.

    To put it polltely, I am tired to hear these stupid things.

    Final note: if the christian religion is religion of Peace, Love and Forgiveness, it is time to show it after twenty centuries of teaching hatred to the Jews. For instance, read The “Teaching of Contempt” by the French historian Jules Isaac, who was himself a victim of this hatred.

  • As the wise adage keeps reminding us …. “ignorance is bliss and devastating”.

  • Chaya Goldstein

    I would just like to say for the record, once and for all, the Jews DID NOT kill Jesus. The Romans killed him.

    Having said that, the Jews SHOULD HAVE killed Jesus because he was a false prophet and as such should have been STONED to death.

    Then ya’ll’d be wearing rocks around your necks.

    The cross is a much better fashion choice.

  • Virginia Dobbs

    What an idiot. What makes people listen to celebrities as though they were Einsteins? He’s a jock, a great athlete. He should stick to what he knows best…playing with a ball.

  • Ariana

    All of us around the earth – any nation – every soul had, have and will killing Jesus when we sin, against God and against each other!When we hurting each others we are hurting God!

    • SM

      Yes Ariana. I totally agree wit you. GOD IS LOVE. If you don’t love your neighbour you don’t love God. No wonder GOD calls Israel his first born and sure the first born shows love to even it’s/there enemies. for instance emergency clinics for all war victims regardless of their nations within the middle east. they lead by example. let’s follow. God keep and bless Israel.