An apology came over the weekend from a Christian journal run by Harvard students that published, then republished an essay from an anonymous writer who wrote that Jews killed Jesus and deserved to be punished by God.
The essay titled “Why Us?” was reportedly written by an anonymous Jewish convert to Christianity and posted on the Harvard Ichthus website on Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe.
The author, who remained anonymous due to concern of personal attacks, stated, “We, the Jews, collectively rejected God and hung Him up on a cross to die, and thus we deserved the punishments that were heaped on our heads over the last 2000 years.”
Fox News reports that Ichthus editor-in-chief Aaron Gyde posted an apology on the journal's website Saturday on behalf of the journal's editorial board.
“Firstly, we apologize for inadequate editorial oversight in the publishing and re-publishing of this blog post,” Gyde wrote.
Gyde also added that it wasn't the intent of the writer or the Ichthus to present an essay that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic. Gyde says the blog was intended to communicate the necessity of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The essay was originally removed from the website, edited, and reposted Friday morning, when the author wrote that he or she was looking “to warn my beloved Jewish friends and family of the judgment that lies ahead.” It was removed again for good on Friday.
The Ichthus is run by undergraduates at Harvard, which told The Boston Globe that the college does not endorse the views of any of its organizations and a Harvard spokesman also said the organization’s decision to post an apology was its own.