New York, NY, August 3, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed a clarification from Glenn Beck for remarks on his July 13 broadcast on Fox News Channel where he made reference to the death of Jesus, including the comment that, "Jesus didn't come back from the dead and make the Jews pay for what they did."
In his response to ADL, Mr. Beck wrote: "As you assumed, it was certainly not my intention to say what I have been accused of saying. I strongly believe that it is a historical fact that the Romans, not the Jews, put Jesus to death and that fact has been confirmed by the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations.
He continued: "I was trying to reference accusations that have been made against the Jews and how some of those accusations have led to horrors like the Inquisition as they were permitted to go unchallenged."
ADL had written to Mr. Beck on July 27 seeking a clarification of his remarks.
"Glenn Beck has now made it clear that he did not intend to call up the deicide charge against the Jewish people, and we welcome his sensitivity to our concerns and those of his viewers," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We accept his explanation and appreciate his strong denunciation of anti-Semitism.
At the time Beck's remarks kicked up a firestorm on the Internet, with many accusing him of repeating the "deicide" accusation that blames Jews for the death of Christ, one of the pillars of classical anti-Semitism.
Mr. Beck also wrote that as someone with German heritage, "I recognize the horrors that have been perpetrated on Jews throughout history and have asked if my ancestors knew what was taking place and looked the other way or how they could not have known of the horrors taking place."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.