Editor from magazine accused of anti-Semitism to remain on ‘Christian Century’ masthead

(JNS.org) Christian Century, a mainline Christian magazine based in Chicago, has confirmed that it has no plans to remove James M. Wall, an associate editor at the controversial Veterans News Now (VNN) magazine, from its masthead.

The homepage of "The Christian Century" magazine's website. Credit: The Christian Century.

According to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), VNN “traffics in ugly anti-Semitic tropes and imagery,” including several recent pieces that highlighted “Jesus’ Aryan identity” and a pro-Iran piece titled “Abraham is Not My Father.” The VNN front page recently featured an article titled “Earth’s alpha predator: Zionist Mafia” that argued the American public has been “brainwashed by lies” from the Zionists.

But Rev. Peter Marty, who is listed as chairman of the Christian Century foundation’s board of directors on its recent tax documents, cited “freedom of expression” in an email he wrote to CAMERA confirming that VNN’s Wall will remain on the Christian Century masthead.

“The board of directors for the Christian Century magazine holds as its primary objective the advancement of the Century’s print and web communications,” Mary wrote. “We are proud of our magazine’s publishing tradition and its consistently thoughtful review of all editorial submissions. The board does not assume a role in limiting any past or present editor’s freedom of expression, or in determining what they may publish in other forums.”

Reacting to Mary’s email, CAMERA wrote on its website July 17, “It’s official. One can serve on an editorial board for an explicitly anti-Semitic publication and remain on Christian Century’s masthead.”


Posted on July 18, 2013 .