Should we stop using a term because a group who are sworn ideological opponents have offensively appropriated it? No way.
When HuffPost used the word “goy” in a recent headline, it evoked centuries-old myths and stereotypes.
A Satmar Hasidic school in a London borough apologized for using the term “goyim” on worksheets following a newspaper report that its preschoolers were being taught that non-Jews are evil.
Non-Jews have assumed prominent roles in American Conservative and Reform synagogues, in some cases accounting for a large share of congregation membership.
Cooking Channel wrote: Mo Rocca and Sephardic Grandmother, Sherryl Betesh, present a trailer for a fake television comedy called “Shabbos Goy” - a show about an observant Jew who enlists a non Jew (or Goy) to help her do the things she can’t do on the Sabbath.
You thought “goy” is a derogatory word for a non-Jew? Incorrect.
Of all the cultural adjustments that come with moving from the Bible Belt South to the Northeast, the one I was most unprepared for was dietary restrictions. Sure, back in Birmingham I knew the occasional vegetarian but save for a few folks with peanut allergies, most Alabamians are largely omnivorous. Which meant that importing my native cuisine for a group of urbane foodies like my friends in New York was a challenge — how do you make vegan barbeque? Raw jumbalaya? Gluten-free fried chicken?