Last month, a man once so hated, especially in the historically Christian countries of Europe and the Americas, that he was widely regarded as the most evil man ever to have lived experienced something of a rehabilitation in the popular media, who were once among his principal detractors. What? you ask. Has The New York Times finally found something good to say about President George W. Bush? No, no, nothing like that. As if! But one of Mr. Bush’s predecessors as the civilized world’s most notorious and iconic villain, Judas Iscariot, was championed by the Times among others in the media as a wronged man, at the very least “a victim of a theological libel which helped to create anti-Semitism” as one scholar has put it—even, perhaps, a misunderstood hero who was a favorite of Jesus’s and only doing his Lord’s bidding in “betraying” him. This conclusion was reached on the basis of a newly...

 
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