I'm curious where/how Stein could be Jewish? I get from the ethnic background, potentially but not from the religious background. As far as I am aware, there is no religion outside of people worshiping Lord Death? (Maybe Arachne's followers could be counted among the religious) But I doubt there would be a 'God' as it were. Just curious on what you think. (I'm down for Stein being Jewish, just curious how it would fit.) Your recent post got me thinking I guess?
You know, it’s interesting. Of all the headcanons/canon analysis I’ve done, I’ve received the most pushback against Stein being Jewish. I’m talking “How would Stein be Jewish?/What makes you think that?/Stein’s not even Jewish shut up”. Wonder why.
Because, like, there are Christmas fics in canon timelines in this fandom but no one really blinks an eye even though Christian would be a separate religion from Lord Death? But because Christian is the default of just about everyone, the instant something diverges from that, people immediately start asking me how it would fit. There are Jewish people who don’t wave their arms and talk about their religion at every point of the day. Stein reads, to me, as a Jewish character. If you see it from an ethnic background, why not a religious one, as well?
Look, I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just tired of having asks like this and to constantly have to answer them. We have ONE follower of Lord Death in the canon, and that’s Justin, who later defects. If there is another religion, it might just not be shown. In the same way that Kilik talks of being from a different country and sending funds back to his home but that country isn’t named. and, even beyond that, I never specified that Stein would be religiously Jewish. He seems skeptical of EVERY religion and all manners of ethics and morality. Regardless, he could have been raised Jewish and now relates to Secular Judaism, or decided he relates more to atheism, but being ethnically Jewish is to be Jewish.
Real talk tho: why do I get SO much pushback on Stein being Jewish???? As if in a diverse cast of anime character living in America and following a fictionalized god, that’s so out of the box to have one character who happens to be Jewish?