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Many thanks to those subscribers to H-Holocaust who have sent private e-mail to me, expressing outrage and support. More than one person has asked that I post addresses to which letters of protest might be sent. Here are two: Ms. Mary Nan West Chairman Board of Regents Texas A&M University College Station TX 77843-1123 Steve Ogden State Representative 2700 State Highway 6 College Station TX 77840 Subscribers may be interested to know that I have spoken with both the adviser and student president of the A&M Christian Fellowship, the organization that invited the antisemitic preacher Tom Short to campus. Both claimed that his comment about Hitler was "taken out of context," and that Short "is not that kind of man." "He thinks that what Hitler did was wrong!" I was told. That is big of him, I was tempted to respond. Instead, I responded by arguing that Short's theology is not Christian at all, but Nazi. The logic runs like this. Since all Jews are going "to burn in Hell"--that is, since God Himself has condemned all Jews to burning--it follows that "Hitler did not go far enough," because he only managed to condemn *some* Jews to burning. The second comment is unnecessary to establish that Short is an antisemite. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, anyone who tells a Jew that she will "burn"--anyone who uses "Jew" and "burn" in the same sentence--is an antisemite. One correspondent has suggested privately that I distinguish "the comments of this one lunatic from the other proselytizing activities on campus, which the Christians should be free to pursue and the non-Christians free to ignore, as long as the activities are not intrusive." Let me be clear, so I am not accused of "censorship." That Christians should be free to pursue their proselytizing activities is something with which I agree, and I would never call upon the University to use its power to coerce Christians into stopping. At the same time, I think Christians--on campus and off--should voluntarily forego their efforts to convert the Jews. In _The Fatal Embrace_, Benjamin Ginsberg argues that there is nothing very mysterious about antisemitism; it is merely a form of xenophobia. But in contemporary America, where the Jews are not visibly strangers--where neither speech nor dress nor eating habits nor even conviction separates Jews from the majority culture--one means of forcibly identifying and therefore isolating Jews is by targeting them for conversion. Jews are considered ripe for conversion on no other basis than that they are Jews. And so the Jews must be seen as--must be treated as--different. In other words, conversion efforts are the first step toward a reawakening of antisemitism in the way that Benjamin Ginsberg understands it. When American Jews have been identified as strangers by attempts to convert them--and especially when they, a stiffnecked people, resist the attempts--xenophobic hatred is the likely consequence. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> David Gershom Myers Department of English Texas A&M University College Station TX 77843-4227 409 845-8345 (office) 409 862-2292 (fax) 409 823-8142 (home) firstname.lastname@example.org