Today, Jan Karlak spoke to us about The Unfortunate History of Antisemitism. Antisemitism is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish heritage. A person who holds such positions is called an "antisemite". It is considered by most scientists to be a form of racism. While the term's etymology might suggest that antisemitism is directed against all Semitic peoples, the term was coined in the late 19th century in Germany as a more scientific-sounding term for Judenhass ("Jew-hatred"), and that has been its normal use since then. Unfortunately, Martin Luther wrote many virulently antisemitic statements. He even went so far that he wanted all the Jewish temples to be burned. Today, the Lutheran church has repudiated those notions.
The term Social Darwinism has also been used to disguise motivations that are antisemitism in their true actions.
There is a long list of stereotypes that are used to justify discrimination against the Jews which I shall not go into here for lack of space and inclination.
Interestingly, it was a Catholic Pope, Pope John the XXIII who lead the way for the Lutherans and other denominations to stop discrimination against the Jews. His passionate views on equality were summed up in his famous statement 'We were all made in God's image, and thus, we are all Godly alike." He called for an end to the teaching that Jews were lesser people in God's eyes because they authorized the execution of Jesus. With that one decision in 1963, the most virulent versions of antisemitism began to ebb.