“A Hog Rather Than a Christian”

Luther, in 1523, laments the crude treatment of the Jews by Rome, writing

“Our fools, the popes, bishops, sophists, and monks—the crude asses’ heads—have hitherto so treated the Jews that anyone who wished to be a good Christian would almost have had to become a Jew. If I had been a Jew and had seen such dolts and blockheads govern and teach the Christian faith, I would sooner have become a hog than a Christian.”

That pretty much sums it up…