'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' Actress Melissa Joan Hart Denies Making Anti-Semitic Comments On Podcast
While appearing on the podcast Journeys of Faith, Melissa told host Paula Faris about moving her son from a Christian preschool to a traditional school.
"We don't know if these people are good people," she said. "We don't know if they believe in Jesus."
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Melissa added that when he started school, her son befriend a Jewish boy and asked her how he'd get to heaven.
"He really took the Jesus part to heart," she said. "When a mum [of the child] called me with a problem in sixth grade I was like, 'Do I regret telling my son that we don't know if people believe in Jesus, so we don't know their character?'"
"Is that a wrong thing to say? Didd I get my son on the wrong path or was that the right thing to say and I should defend that?"
Listeners of the podcast were quick to call Melissa out, accusing her of anti-Semitism.
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@joelleg0ldstein @people Joelle I read your @MelissaJoanHart piece. I found her questioning of Jews & their beliefs/character to be quite offensive. It’s anti Semitic & worse she’s raising her kids to be anti Semitic. Didn’t the Pittsburgh temple massacre teach anyone anything?
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Melissa has since defended herself, writing on Instagram, "I’ve been studying religion for the past 8 years and am learning more everyday. I try to never judge anyone… unless they put ice in their wine… but I was simply telling my son that we knew the people at his old school, even down to their faith beliefs. The new kids in school, we didn’t know a thing about so he was going to have to judge for himself.”
“In the podcast I talk about how he focused in on the Jesus part and it opened up discussions with friends and neighbors that might be a [sic] tricky for children to navigate. I never said Christians are superior. Just trying to explain better," she added.