Oh boy, this ties into a rant I've been meaning to do for a while:

"Jew" is not a slur.
So the E3 banned words list contained a number of words related to religion:

alah, allah, azazel, christ, god, jew, jew!, jewed, jewish, lucifer, koran, nimrod, omfg, omg, qu'ran, quran, surah
And, okay, I can sorta understand banning christ, god, allah, omfg, omg.

There are some varieties of multiple religions that object strongly to taking God's name in vain, and anything you want to talk about, I suppose you can talk around.
Like, I don't think it's a good IDEA, but I think it's at least defensible.

Worst case scenario, y'all could do what a lot of us do and write "G-d". 🙃
And absolutely anyone who uses some sort of language filter should be banning "jewed."

Using "Jew" as a verb is absolutely a slur.

Some Jews do it ironically, there are intracommunity uses for it, but if you're not Jewish, just do NOT.
But it's another thing to tell us that our *name itself* is a slur.

I often see well-meaning gentiles using "Jewish people" in place of "Jews" (although notably the E3 list bans "Jewish," too, so you couldn't even do that).
But the term "Jew", while it can certainly be *used* in a hostile way, is not a slur. It's not like the term "g*psy," which to my understanding was externally applied to Roma and other traveling itinerant ethnicities.
Like, it's a self-applied name for our people.

And to have people treat *our name* as if it's a dirty word doesn't feel like you're being polite or considerate.

It feels like you're saying what we *are* is wrong. Like who we are is so wrong that you have to use euphemisms.
And there is--OBVIOUSLY!--contextual stuff here.

I side-eye anyone who capitalizes other terms but not "Jew" or "Jewish" *really* hard, as that's often a white supremacist tell.
But if you're creating a community where people can say "I am Christian/I am a Christian" and "I am Muslim/I am a Muslim" but where we can neither say "I am Jewish" OR "I am a Jew," you are not exactly *protecting* us.
Please do not do antisemites' work for them by normalizing the idea that our name for *ourselves* is somehow a dirty word.
And yeah, sorry that you need human moderation (and not just for our sake) but fucking deal with the fact that a banned word list is not a "get-out-of-doing-any-work-free" solution to making your community safe.
(side note: I actually wouldn't have an issue with this if these were terms that invisibly notified a moderator to pay attention to a discussion. But just banning them is not a solution.)
Honestly, sometimes it feels like gentiles treating “Jew” as a slur is an intentional act of erasure. Making who we are unacceptable in polite company.

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