Tuesday, 27 May 2008

This Day In LWOT History

May 27, 1980

An interview with former editor Gradey Alexander appears in the Halifax Daily News in response to a convocation speech in which Alexander blamed Italians for the crucifixion of Christ. The struggling tabloid, desperate to increase its readership, contacted Alexander with a promise of the chance to clarify his comments on the record.

During the original speech Alexander disputed the widely held anti-semitic belief Jews were responsible for the crucifiction of Jesus. The former editor said the Jews are not to blame for Christ's death because they were under Roman rule at the time. He argued the Romans were the real driving force behind the crucifixion because of their fear Jesus would continue to use his fantastic abilities and endanger the wine producing economies of some Roman territories.

"Giuseppe should take the blame for what generations have dropped on the shoulders of their semitic brethren," he said.

Alexander continued his attack by saying Mussolini knew of the Italian plot to frame the Jews and joined forces with Hitler in an attempt to cover up the centuries-old conspiracy. He also argued the Roman Catholic church grew out of Italian need to maintain the Jewish crucifixion theory.

The interview sparked anti-Italian sentiment in the harbour city, which led to a series of protests at the city's fabled "Pizza Corner" and a full page ad funded by the Coalition Against The Italian Lie in the newspaper's next weekend edition. The C.A.T.I.L. ad featured a mustachioed mobster with his foot poised over the baby Jesus and the words "Circumcise away the lies. Don't believe the Italian hate."

One the most vocal critics of Alexander's theory was his rival Mordecai Richler who called his rant "the most preposterous of all Gradey's lunatic ramblings. If that man has even read a history book I'll never eat a mouth watering smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz's Deli, home of Montreal's best smoked meat, located at 3895 Saint-Lauren Boulevard, again. A cretinous separatist could see the flaws in his logic, unlike the flawless pickles that accompany every smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz's Deli." Richler was criticized for his remarks, not because of the personal nature of the attack, but for the seeming advertisement for the tender strips of beef marinated in a perfect blend of herbs and spices.

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