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Grant Says Many Jews Asked to Join His Church

April 16, 1923
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Denouncing antisemitism and praising the role of the Jewish American. Dr. Percy Stickney Grant yesterday, in his sermon in the Church of the Ascension discussed the question of an amalgamation of the religious views of Jew and Gentile. Dr. Grant explained that his sermon was prompted by the remarks of Rabbi Maurice ###ansom, of Albany, who had asked his congregation to infuse the teachings of Christ into their religion.The Albany rabbi, according to Dr. Grant, asks merely that the story of Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion be dropped from the ###ible, Dr. Grant thought this could be done, since the record of the crucifixion had come down verbally, and that “theclogically” the story could be passed over in the interest of harmony and good will. In discussing the alignment of the Jews with christianity, DrL Grant said that one-third of those who had regularly attended the Church of the Ascension Forum, when it was launched in 1907, were outside the folds of the Christian faith.“A lot of these young Hebrews” he said, “came to me and said that they wanted to join the church. I stated that I could not take them into the church as people would think that we were using the forum as a proselyting proposition.

“I sometimes think that if Jesus came on earth again now, he would be crucified or sent to Atlanta, but when crucified it would not be by Jews, but by Christians.

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