The editor, Lisa Bonos, still stands by the piece.)Despite criticism that Purcell’s piece is a misguided contribution to a current swelling of renewed anti-Semitism, and despite a well-documented tradition of blaming Jews for stuff that’s not their fault, I would like to publicly side with Purcell.
I believe that the reason why her relationships ended were because she wasn’t Jewish, not because she sounds truly awful to date.
Even though my exes aren’t overtly religious and don’t even attend church with their families, I’ve found myself observing Christian holidays and even watching . Every time our relationship got more serious, I’d think to myself, “Could this really work out with a Christian?
Of course, even though Christianity and Judaism have a lot of ideological overlap, I can’t help but notice a lot of differences, namely that every single one of my Christian boyfriends ultimately broke up with me. I was surprised the first time I found myself dating a white Christian guy, not because they’re everywhere, but because growing up, I had learned that white Christians have a history of building oppressive systems that rely on white supremacy to maintain sociopolitical power. ”As I became more involved in fun Christian traditions, I would ask him, “Do you think I am going to hell because I’m a Jew?
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I grew up in a Jewish family, and though I’ve found it tolerable, even fun, to work with Christians, I’ve found that dating white Christian men is a whole other kringle!Just wondering,” and he would go quiet, mutter something under his breath, and then go clean up a vase I had thrown against the wall. He said I was “obsessed” with our religious differences and was “condescending” and “emotionally manipulative,” which I’ve come to learn is a typical Christian-guy complaint.While all my relationships with Christian men have not failed because I’m not Christian, I can’t help but feel that’s a really easy thing to blame it on.I have all the holidays memorized and know the name of the Bible.I think it’s cute when Catholics eat that little cracker at Mass, and it was adorable when my Christian boyfriends would buy chocolate before Easter. Turns out an animal doesn’t make them—they’re from a candy factory, little Christian miracles each and every one. The first one I seriously dated invited me to his family’s Christmas celebration and even let me put a tinsel on the tree.
It’s weird how the only person without fault is me—and Carey Purcell!