DETROIT (AP) — A national interfaith group wants to remove what they say are anti-Jewish phrases from a handful of children's Bibles.
The Philadelphia-based American Interfaith Institute is targeting Bible publishers across the country.
"Our sole motive in this is to help rebuild bridges between Christians and Jews," said Irvin Borowsky, who founded the institute 18 years ago.
Marvin Olasky, an evangelical Christian activist, called the Bible revision effort a misguided attempt at political correctness. If publishers agree to alter the Bible's ancient references to Jesus' Jewish critics, they would be violating a long-standing practice in Bible translation, Olasky wrote in World, a Christian magazine he edits.
Borowsky countered: "We're concentrating on children's Bibles because most of them are not direct translations of the Bible. They're stories rewritten for children from the Bible."
At the core of the debate is the claim that Jews killed Jesus, an assertion that Roman Catholic and most mainline Protestant churches have rejected since the 1960s.