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  • Reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
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    Fat Jew President Pushed Out Of Theological Union (GTU) Because Of 'Racism'


    Zionist head of major theological consortium has been pushed out


    March 23rd, 2020


    Amid concerns about Rabbi Lehmann’s ‘Islamophobic statements and anti-Palestinian views,’ the GTU board accepted his resignation.


    Rabbi Daniel Lehmann has resigned as president of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) after concerns surfaced about his ‘Islamophobic statements and anti-Palestinian views’. GTU is “the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America.” Based in Berkeley, California, GTU has long been known for its commitment to justice, peace, and interfaith cooperation. It consists of eight Christian schools and nine academic centers and affiliates. It includes diverse faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. Upon being named GTU president in 2018, Lehmann’s statements to news media suggested that he had expected to change what he called GTU’s “progressive Christian” orientation.

    Instead, community members pushed Lehmann out over his attacks on a respected Berkeley professor, his “racist” views, and his support for “an apartheid regime.” Lehmann’s record had been detailed in an article by Alison Weir last September, which had led to concern among GTU students and faculty. A few months later an An Open Letter was published on the Internet stating that Lehmann’s espoused views “contradict the freedom struggles of people of color and Palestinians, GTU’s tradition of solidarity" ... Lehmann was particularly proud of being the first non-Christian head of GTU. He had told the Jewish News of Northern California: “The kind of Christian dominance and hegemony, which is so much a part of American history, is being transformed.” Read more ...

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