Melissa Joan Hart is a middle-aged white lady who starred in God’s Not Dead 2 and voted for Mitt Romney, so you’ll probably be surprised to learn that she taught her kids how to be little anti-Semites, which is usually what happens when you indoctrinate small children with beliefs like only Christians are good people. I mean, apparently Bill Cosby and R. Kelly didn’t get that memo, but I’m sure Clarissa can horribly explain why those two don’t count.
From USA Today:
Years ago, when her son was transitioning from a Christian preschool to a traditional school, Hart was nervous. At his old school, she knew everyone. She told her then 6-year-old son:
“We don’t know if these people are good people. We don’t know if they believe in Jesus…and he really took the Jesus part to heart.”
On the bus, her son made friends with a neighbor who was Jewish.
Later, her son wanted to know, “If you’re Jewish, how do you get to heaven?”
Hart got a call from the friend’s mother after the boys started discussing religion. Hart said she and the mom had “chats” about these questions of faith that were congenial until their boys reached sixth grade.
“The conversations got a little more heated. And some problems came out of that,” she said, but did not elaborate.
No shit, lady. You just spent your child’s developing years teaching him that he’s morally and supernaturally superior to anyone who doesn’t share his exact religious beliefs. What could possibly go wrong? But don’t worry. Hart eventually instructed her son on “respecting each other’s beliefs and listening to each other” while continuing to think, “Nope, I did everything right here even though I raised a mini Mel Gibson.”
“I was like, ‘Do I regret telling my son that we don’t know if people believe in Jesus so we don’t know their character? Was that a wrong thing to say? Did I just set my son on a wrong path or was that a right thing to say and I should defend that?’”
Needless to say, Twitter did not appreciate the implications of this “adorable” little parenting anecdote.
Holy crap that's some casually dropped anti-semitism in a completely mainstream fluff piece… this is fairly terrifying and just gross.— Clint Sears (@clintisawesome) January 3, 2019
@joelleg0ldstein @people Joelle I read your @MelissaJoanHart piece. I found her questioning of Jews & their beliefs/character to be quite offensive. It’s anti Semitic & worse she’s raising her kids to be anti Semitic. Didn’t the Pittsburgh temple massacre teach anyone anything?— Marissa Levin, CEO (@marissalevin) January 3, 2019
Obviously, teaching your kids that if someone says they’re a Christian, that automatically means they’re a good person is a naive and dangerous way to go through life. And while the go-to example is the rampant molestation scandals plaguing the Catholic Church, Hart’s brand of Christianity looks down its nose at Catholicism. Which is fine because Evangelicals might act like their shit doesn’t stink, but their churches are a hotbed of sexual abuse, too. And just like Catholics, they live in denial of that fact because no one wants to admit that their belief system is a goddamn field day for pedophiles and rapists. As a pastor’s kid (Yup.), I’ve personally witnessed ministers being caught red-handed — In some cases, to the point of a felony conviction — and their parishioners will look you straight in the eye and wholeheartedly deny any wrongdoing. “It’s just Satan working against a Godly man.” Scary shit, right? Those same people vote and own firearms. Lots of them.
In the meantime, I think I know the answer to this Melissa Joan Hart tweet.
Finish this sentence for me… Being a republican in Hollywood is like being…..???? #election2012— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) November 5, 2012
Being a Jew in 1930s Germany? Auurrregh?
(That was me trying to make the Tim Allen grunt. I’ll let myself out.)
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