Per The Episcopal Church at Yale’s website , it is:
One of the oldest university Chaplaincies in the country (established on October 23, 1869). ECY is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to students, staff and faculty at Yale University. We seek to encourage and nurture members of the Yale community in the faith of Jesus Christ and to communicate in the academy of higher learning that the religious quest is relevant and essential to the educated mind.
Based on this self-described modus operandi, it’s not a stretch to view ECY as a body that respects people of all faiths while pursuing faith in an intellectual setting. However, while this may describe the institution, its not a fitting description of its Chaplain, Rev. Bruce M. Shipman.
As hope for a two-state solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.
In simpler terms, people won’t hate you Jews if you pressure Netanyahu to concede. And while the Washington Post’s David Bernstein correctly points out that Shipman’s comments amount to good old fashioned victim blaming, it’s worth pointing out as well just how eloquently the Reverend resolved the ongoing debate of whether anti-Israel sentiment is the same as anti-Semitism. By stating that anti-Semitism will diminish if Israel reaches a final-status deal, Reverend Shipman clearly notes that those in protest, himself included, make no distinction.
So thank you Rev. Shipman for setting the record straight and providing a road map for the criteria necessary for you, and others, to hate all Jews less.