Actress Melissa Joan Hart, best-known for her starring roles on the hit 1990s series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and popular sitcom “Melissa & Joey,” recently wowed fans after opening up about her Christian faith. On the podcast "Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris," Hart, 43, went into great detail about how God has helped her overcome her past struggles.
Hart told one story highlighting how difficult it can be to raise children with Christian values, while still allowing them to explore their faith on their own. She recalled informing her son that “We don’t know if there, people are good people. We don’t know if they believe in Jesus” when he started his first day at a non-Christian school.
“When a mom [of a child with Jewish beliefs] called me with a problem in sixth grade I was like, well, ‘Do I regret telling my son that we don’t know if people believe in Jesus, so we don’t know their character? Is that a wrong thing to say? Did I set my son on the wrong path or was that the right thing to say and I should defend that?’” she added.
Hart’s fans of other religions took offense to her remarks. Many fans accused her of being anti-semitism and discriminatory against religions other than Christianity.
Following the backlash, Hart defended her previous comments clarifying that she never insisted Christians are superior to others; she simply opened up about the challenges that come with raising Jesus followers. According to US Weekly, Hart posted the following message on social media:
“I’ve been studying religion for the past 8 years and am learning more every day. I try to never judge anyone…but I was simply telling my son that we knew the people at his old school, even down to their faith beliefs. The new kids in school, we didn’t know a thing about so he was going to have to judge for himself.
“In the podcast, I talk about how he focused in on the Jesus part and it opened up discussions with friends and neighbors that might be a [sic] tricky for children to navigate. I never said Christians are superior.”
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