It’s appropriate that after a long period of isolation, suffering, and polarization coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, CAMERA can offer some qualified good news about Christian Century, historically referred to as the flagship magazine of mainline Protestantism in the United States. The magazine has finally come to grips with the legacy of its second-longest-running editor, James M. Wall.
Christian Century has, without fanfare, removed the name of its former editor, James M. Wall, from the masthead of the print version of its magazine. From 2012 to 2015, Wall served on the editorial board of an antisemitic website, Veterans News Now.
James Wall, former editor of the The Christian Century and an ordained clergyperson in the United Methodist Church, is no longer listed as Associate Editor of Veterans News Now, a website that promotes antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Christian Century, led by editor and publisher Rev. Dr. John Buchanan (left), has ignored a scandal involving one of its former editors, Rev. James M. Wall who now serves on the editorial board of a website that explicitly promotes antisemitism.
Yahoo and James M. Wall, a contributing editor at The Christian Century, both help to mainstream an antisemitic webpage that promotes Holocaust denial and blames Jews for 9/11.
Rev. John Buchanan, editor and publisher of Christian Century, cannot credibly invoke the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. as long as James M. Wall remains on the magazine's masthead.
Rev. Peter Marty, chairman of the Christian Century's board of trustees, affirmed the decision by the magazine's editors to keep James M. Wall on its masthead.
CAMERA has contacted the trustees of the Christian Century Foundation about the presence of James M. Wall on the magazine's masthead. Wall is now listed as associate editor of Veterans News Now, a fringe website that demonizes Israel and its supporters.
It is time for The Christian Century, the house organ for mainline Protestantism in the United States, to remove the name of James M. Wall from its masthead.
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