Publishing an article that intensely criticizes an aspect of Christianity was a stretch for us here at Tikkun. Although we consider this magazine to be interfaith as well as Jewish — and have many Christian readers and writers — the idea of taking on something as sacred to the Christian world as the cross gave us pause. The last thing we want to do is convey disrespect to the Christian community and its complex internal debates. On the other hand, having already gotten ourselves into a huge amount of trouble by criticizing something sacred to many American Jews — namely Israel and its army — we thought it reasonable to take seriously our interfaith status by allowing a writer to take on a very controversial issue in the Christian world.

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