Captain Israel #2 Censored Over Martin Luther

Captain Israel is a polemic superhero comic book by Jewish comics expert Arlen Schumer.

Its second issue, planned to be published well before San Diego Comic Con and Shumer’s panels at the show, did not come out.

The reason is that the publisher, Los Angeles-based StandWithUs wishes to remove from the comic an English translation of the document The Jews And Their Lies by Martin Luther, initiator of the Protestant Reformation and a prominent anti-semite, especially later in life. The publisher has told Arlen that if this reference is removed, the comic can be published.

Naturally, Arlen is not happy about that.

I must admit I find this puzzling. As a Christian, and a member of the Church Of England, I am not offended by the knowledge that prominent Christians were (and in some cases still are) notorious anti-semites. No more than I’m sure Arlen is offended by the knowledge that prominent Jews were (and in some cases still are) notorious racists. Certainly the Lutheran church happily and openly condemns the document in question, but even they don’t seek to hide it.

Instead, it’s a lesson.

I understand Arlen is now looking for another publisher.