Katy Perry's Father Apologizes To ADL For Anti-Semitic Sermon

New York, NY, January 10, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today accepted an apology from Keith Hudson, an evangelical pastor and the father of pop celebrity Katy Perry, for his deeply anti-Semitic message to worshippers at an Ohio church last week. 

In a letter to ADL, which he wrote in response to the League's public expression of outrage over the incident, Mr. Hudson insisted that "I am not an anti-Semite" and said he deeply regretted his choice of words for the sermon, in which he invoked stereotypical notions about Jews and money.              

"I deeply regret the hurtful and ugly language I used in my message in Ohio," Mr. Hudson wrote. "I used images about Jews rooted in the worst anti-Semitism in the past, images that at times led to the persecution and murder of Jews. I can't tell you where I picked up phrases and descriptions that became part of my vocabulary.  I used them without ever considering what they meant.  … I apologize for the hurt that I caused my Jewish friends. With the help of G-d, it will not happen again."           

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said: "We welcome Keith Hudson's apology and believe he now better understands why his words were so anti-Semitic and hurtful. I believe he is sincere in his feelings of remorse for this incident, and I hope he will use this experience as a means to learn more about why anti-Semitic stereotypes have endured through the centuries. 

"Religious leaders bear a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism, and it seems Mr. Hudson now realizes the power of his words. He should use his church pulpit to teach and preach against anti-Semitism," Mr. Foxman added.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.