As a former Pittsburgher who lived just a few blocks from the Pittsburgh Theological seminary, I am well aware of the seminary’s anti-Semitic reputation and disregard of Israel (“Seminary wishes to clarify its position,” Feb. 22). Seminary President David Esterline states that “everyone must be heard.” But when was the last time a pro-Israel speaker was “heard” on his campus?
Last month the seminary showcased the Racial Justice Summit, treating the audience to a diatribe of hate speech and attacks against the legitimacy of Israel. In May, Anglican priest Naim Ateek was welcomed to the seminary and given free rein to demonize Israel.
Since Esterline advocates an all must be heard doctrine, when does the seminary plan to host a Friends of Israel presentation? I would even settle for a balanced discussion of opposing viewpoints.