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George W. Bush to give keynote at Messianic Jewish Bible Institute Fundraiser

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  • Started 6 years ago by Vitalogy
  • Latest reply from missing_kskd

  1. Vitalogy

    Despite an uproar in the Jewish community, former president George W. Bush is still slated to deliver the keynote address to a fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Irving, Texas, tonight. The MJBI trains people to persuade Jews to recognize Jesus as their messiah. Followers of the group believe that if enough Jews are converted, Christ will return to Earth.

    After Mother Jones broke the news about Bush's appearance last week, "a small shitstorm…kicked up over the President's decision," writes Rob Eshman, editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

    "I have yet to meet a Jewish person who hasn't heard about this," Tevi Troy, Bush's White House liaison to the Jewish community from 2003 to 2004, told CNN Wednesday. Troy had high praise for Bush's support of Israel and the Jewish community, but, he added, "I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed." A spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition did not respond to a request for comment.

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas issued a statement Tuesday expressing their disappointment regarding Bush's scheduled appearance: "Support of this group is a direct affront to the mutual respect that all mainstream religious groups afford each other to practice the principles of their respective beliefs."

    Bush's decision to raise money for MJBI "is really painful to so many in the Jewish community," Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said on MSNBC, because MJBI's "primary purpose is to convert all Jews to a different religion. How do you have a respectful relationship if the measure of success of one group is the ending of the other group by having them convert away from their own religion?”

    Saperstein, who has worked with Bush on religious-freedom issues, described Bush's decision as "mystifying." That's a sentiment shared by conservatives, including Commentary magazine's Jonathan Tobin, who writes that Bush, who has largely avoided political controversies since leaving the White House, has "stepped into one with both feet."

    Posted on November 14, 2013 - 01:23 PM #
  2. Vitalogy

    A former aide to President George W. Bush has expressed discomfort with the fact that his former boss is scheduled to speak to a Jews for Jesus fundraising event in Dallas, CNN reported on Thursday.

    Tevi Troy, an Orthodox Jew, worked for Bush as a liaison to the Jewish community and a deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, CNN said.

    The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute is a Texas-based missionary group with a stated goal to convert Jews to Christianity, based on a passage in in the book of Romans from the New Testament about “provok[ing] the Jewish people to jealousy and thus sav[ing] some of them,” (11:11-14), and eventually bring about the second coming of Christ.

    Posted on November 14, 2013 - 09:29 PM #
  3. Andrew

    Yeah, this story has been all over MSNBC for some reason. I really don't see what the uproar is about. Bush is a born-again Christian, and they believe it is their duty to convert EVERYONE to Christianity. Obviously, he didn't push this point of view to the extreme while president, but as an ex-president, it would seem he's free to do as he pleases in this regard.

    I have had plenty of other problems with George W. Bush. This issue wouldn't even make the bottom of my list.

    Posted on November 14, 2013 - 09:37 PM #
  4. Vitalogy

    I feel it's utter hypocrisy by Bush and the conservatives who back him, like Herb.

    Friend of Israel? Okay! Just convert to our cult and you're saved!

    Posted on November 14, 2013 - 10:15 PM #
  5. duxrule

    That what I find so despicable about people like Pat Robertson and other Bible-thumpers. They care not one whit about the Jews, Palestinians and most other people living in Israel; the Jews now living in that area are merely caretakers until "Jesus returns."

    Posted on November 15, 2013 - 06:12 AM #
  6. NoParty

    This shows once and for all that DUHbya is and always will be "DUH"bya!

    Posted on November 15, 2013 - 09:44 PM #
  7. missing_kskd