December 24, 2019
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 23, 2019
For the celebration of Hanukkah, Trump posted a tweet celebrating his signing on December 11th of an executive order which bans any and all criticism of Jews on college campuses.
As we’ve discussed at length on this site, the unprecedented law literally makes it punishable by expulsion to read from the New Testament on campus.
It is being implemented under the guise of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race by institutions receiving government funding. But Title VI had always just meant that you can’t tell black people (or whoever) that they can’t join an organization based on their race.
Conversely, the Trump EO uses the “working definition of Anti-Semitism” laid out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and so bans entire categories of speech. The goal is not to stop organizations from discriminating against Jews in terms of blocking them from joining organizations – it is to prevent people from speaking out against Israel on campus.
However, this goes beyond simply banning criticism of the State of Israel. The IHRA’s “working definition” says that it is anti-Semitic to blame the Jews for killing Jesus, which means that reading from the New Testament will now be illegal on campus. It isn’t clear if it will be illegal to have a Bible on campus, or simply illegal to read from it, but there is no question at all in the definition that passages of the New Testament are now illegal on American university campuses.
Shockingly, no one other than me is pointing this out. There is a lot of discussion as to whether or not it is okay to ban all criticism of the State of Israel from campuses.
But the definition cited clearly says you cannot “claim” Jews killed Jesus.
The Bible is very clear that the Jews did kill Jesus.
So the Trump EO bans believing in Christianity, or at least professing the Bible, from campuses.
It’s quite extreme.
Shockingly, Jews are not thankful to Trump for this extraordinary action done for them, and are still trying to impeach him.