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Jesus' racism in the Gospels

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In the Gospels we read about an incident in which a non-Israelite lady comes up to Jesus asking him for help in healing her demon possessed daughter. Jesus’ response to the lady is very disturbing indeed, as he displays an open racist and insulting attitude towards the woman.

Jesus tells the woman the following:

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” (Matthew 15:22-28)

So Jesus refers to this lady as a ‘dog’, telling the lady he has been sent only for the Israelites, and so due to her being a non-Israelite, it’s not right that he should help her, or as he put it, give the bread to the ‘dogs’.

Christian apologists do try to defend this incident by arguing that Jesus eventually heals the woman’s daughter, and this off course is laughable on their part. Yes, Jesus eventually heals the woman’s daughter, but only after he firstly rejected and insulted her, and only after she had to bed and degenerate herself.

By trying to defend this incident, and by even praising it, Christian apologists yet again demonstrate their double standards. If we were to change the characters in this incident, from Jesus to the Prophet Muhammad, Christian apologists would have a field day with such an incident. Not only would the Christian apologists attack the Prophet Muhammad for such an attitude, they would also never accept the response of “oh well he eventually helped that person out”.

It is important to mention that as Muslims we reject this story, we do not believe that Jesus would ever react in such an insulting racist manner which doesn’t befit such a great man as him, but rather befitting of an uneducated racist bigot.

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