Please read the following article by Dexter Van Zile. The Pilgrim Press, a publishing arm of the United Church of Christ, has published a book by Wheaton College Professor Gary Burge. Van Zile give good insight into the problems stemming from this action.
Perhaps some of Burge's best friends are Jews, but he certainly has a problem with Judaism and Israel, both of which he holds up to ridicule.
The UCC is a liberal denomination. Its official position regarding Jews and Judaism couldn't be better and more accepting. That is why it is surprising that they published Burge. It violates the spirit of their own resolution on Judaism. Burge is downright medieval.
Burge isn't even a UCC pastor (he is Presbyterian).
His diatribe is contemptuously anti-Judaism. His mocking tone is puerile and insulting. He is prima facia anti Zionist. While he would doubtlessly deny being an anti-Semite, he gave a lecture openly mocking Jews and Judaism to an audience in the West Bank that he *knows* has people who have issues with Jews. He panders to deeply held prejudices. Is that what a responsible pastor does?
Rather than try to lessen contempt for Jews, he tries to whip it up. More heat, and less light.
To Burge, neither Judaism nor Israel have any legitimacy.
So there we have it: in one tweed bundle, anti-Judaism, anti Zionism, and anti-Semitism. Three strikes. But the financially strapped Pilgrim Press (which has laid off staff) scores a homerun by ignoring the UCCs liberalism to market a book which is selling well.
This is about profits. Hate sells.