I have a request, that I'[ve also passed on to the moderator. A number of times recently, posters have used terms such as Judaizer or Judaizing. I understand what is meant by these terms, and that they are being used more in an Orthodox context than a Catholic one. I also understand the people using the terms may be using the terms pejoratively but as racist words meant to incite violence. But those were terms that were used for centuries (by the Inquisition, among others) to persecute and burn Jews. In Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries, being convicted of Judaizing was sufficient in itself to send a person to the dungeons, the scaffold or the pyre--or into exile, if one were "lucky." Instances exist where people who had been charged with high treason (in one case for conspiracy in the murder of the inquisitor general of Zaragoza) weren't even tried for those crimes, but were executed instead for being "Judaizers." The one who murdered the inquisitor had attended a Jewish wedding, shopped at a Jewish butcher, and visited a Jewish shop. He was also seen in the company of Jews, which in 15th century Spain would have been almost as inevitable as in 21st-century New York, no matter how much one might have tried to avoid it. And the threat was always there for those who came from convert families, no matter how many generations back they had converted. St. Teresa of Avila was the great-granddaughter of a converso family, but despite her own sanctity, her vocation as a Carmelite nun, her uncle's profession as a Hieronymite monk, and the fact her family had been deeply devout Christians for three generations, she was constantly in danger of the Inquisition--and the cage and the wheel. (She was summoned at least once.)
So, my request: Could we please have a ban on this word and all its derivatives? It's highly offensive in itself and indicative of the thousands of years of anti-Semitism that eventually resulted in the Shoah.