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ADL Statement on Dr. Ed Young’s “Fearing God” Sermon, 11-14-14

  • November 14, 2014

The Anti-Defamation League is in a dialogue with Second Baptist Church Pastor Ed Young about a sermon he delivered on September 28, 2014 entitled, “Fearing God.”  The televised sermon, raised concerns that it could fuel anti-Semitism and could be misunderstood to suggest that Jews are evil and dangerous.

On October 2, 2014, a group of Jewish leaders, convened by the Anti-Defamation League, sent a letter to Dr. Young to express the Jewish community’s concern about the sermon.  Our letter asked him to remove the sermon from the Second Baptist web site.

On October 28, ADL’s Regional Director, Senior Associate Director and three rabbis met with Dr. Young and several church officials.

It appears that Second Baptist has removed the “Fearing God” sermon from its web site.  We appreciate the sensitivity Dr. Young has shown to our concerns, and we look forward to continuing dialogue.