Retired barber Joe Godlewski says he was inspired by television chefs who repeatedly recommended kosher salt in recipes.
“I said, ‘What the heck’s the matter with Christian salt?’ ” Godlewski said, sipping a beer in the living room of his home in unincorporated Cresaptown, a western Maryland mountain community.
My first thought was that this is silly, that Mr Godlewski is a bit of a nutter, and that I didn’t have anything to say about it. Mostly harmless.
But then I thought again. It’s not harmless.
There’s nothing in Christian dietary laws that would point to any inspection or blessing of salt in order to make it acceptable. And the culinary preference for “kosher salt” has to do with its coarseness, not is blessedness or its “Jewishness”.
The only reason to create a “Christian” version is to encourage people — presumably Christian people — not to buy from Jews. And that’s not harmless.
What Mr Godlewski says is this:
“This is about keeping Christianity in front of the public so that it doesn’t die. I want to keep Christianity on the table, in the household, however I can do it.”And he plans, if this is successful, to introduce other products like rye bread, bagels, and pickles. It’s no accident that those are also mostly associated with Jewish producers. It’s not just about “keeping Christianity in front of the public”, but specifically about pushing Jewish products aside.
Of course, he has every right to produce his products, and people can and will choose what to buy.
Personally, I’ll continue buying from Christians and Jews alike, as well as from Muslims and Hindus and non-believers. Just not from silly bigots.