Regent University’s Statement on Antisemitism
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Nov. 20, 2023) – Regent University stands unwaveringly against the alarming rise of antisemitism on college campuses today. As expressed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
People cannot have liberty if their person or property is at risk and people cannot have liberty if they are unable to openly express their beliefs, honor their heritage, and gather with their community.
In standing against antisemitism, Regent University is guided by the words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman at the well: “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). As Christians, our understanding of law, justice, and redemption all come from the Torah and our understanding of the Messiah comes from the words of Moses: “God has become my salvation” (Exodus 15:2). Our commitment to equality, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience is grounded in the teachings of Christ, who emphasized love, compassion, and the inherent worth of every individual. Our commitment to God is found in the Shema, the central affirmation of Judaism: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5) and our commitment to community is found in the instructions to Moses in Leviticus: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).
Regent University recognizes that antisemitism not only undermines the very principles upon which our faith is built; it also undermines our faith. The Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God (Romans 3:2).
In embracing liberty, we affirm the God-given right of all individuals to express their faith and heritage without fear of persecution. Freedom of religion, a cornerstone of our democracy, requires safeguarding the rights of all, regardless of their beliefs and even if they have no beliefs at all. Freedom of conscience is only upheld when we encourage open dialogue and respect for all perspectives.
Regent University stands as a beacon against the darkness of antisemitism, advocating for an atmosphere of understanding, tolerance, and respect. By championing these principles, we strive to create a campus community that exemplifies the teachings of Christ, and to foster an environment where all students feel valued, protected, and free to pursue their education.
Chancellor of Regent University