The home of a prominent atheist professor in Jerusalem was vandalized this morning. The apparent hate crime was committed, it seems, by religious zealots who want to stop him from destroying the faith of the Israeli people.
Professor Yaakov Malkin is a leader of Tmura, the Israeli affiliate of the International Institute for Humanistic Secular Judaism. He’s been a secular activist for the past 50 years, and an organizational leader for the past 20. His group trains Secular Humanistic rabbis to serve the many, many Jewish people who don’t identify primarily as religious.
Malkin’s home was defaced with Bible-verse graffiti, a knife, and a threatening note: