George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ

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George W. Bush attempting to immanentize the eschaton?

via Mother Jones

The former president follows in the footsteps of Glenn Beck, who addressed the group last year.

Update (11/8/13):After this story published, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute removed references to George W. Bush’s scheduled appearance from its website. But Freddy Ford, a spokesman for the former president, told Mother Jones on Friday afternoon that Bush’s plans “haven’t changed,” and he will appear at the event.

Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.

Messianic Jews have long been controversial for Jews of all major denominations, who object to their proselytizing efforts and their message that salvation by Jesus is consistent with Jewish theology. Last year, Abraham Foxman, president of the Anti-Defamation League, toldPolitico that former Sen. Rick Santorum’s appearance at an event hosted by another Messianic Jewish organization, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, was “insensitive and offensive.” And Commentary magazine, which bills itself as a “conservative American journal of politics, Judaism, social and cultural issues,” noted, “it must be understood that the visceral distaste that the overwhelming majority of Jews have for the Messianics is not to be taken lightly.” Many Messianic Jews are Christians who have adopted aspects of Jewish ritual observance; others are Jews who share the Christian belief that Jesus is the Messiah.

Asked about Bush’s upcoming appearance at the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) event, Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said, “It’s disappointing that he would give his stamp of approval to a group whose program is an express effort to convert Jews and not to accept the validity of the Jewish covenant.” Foxman was traveling overseas and unavailable to comment.

(After this story published, Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple, whom Newsweek has called the most influential rabbi in the country, tweeted, “This is infuriating.”)

Based in Dallas, the MJBI claims that it acts like the Apostle Paul in helping to “educate Christians in their role to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy and thus save some of them (Romans 11:11-14).” It has Bible schools in 12 countries, an online school of “Messianic theology,” and programs to train Messianic rabbis and pastors. Its logos feature a star of David and a menorah, and its website promotes the weekly Torah portion, a “Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen,” and links to purchase Judaica and books, such as Christ in the Old Testament. The nonprofit organization brought in approximately $1.2 million in revenue in 2011, the last year for which records are available.

At the November 14 event, which will be held at the Irving Convention Center, Bush will discuss his White House experiences, according to promotional materials. Bush, the group says, will “share his passion for setting people free.” Last year, Glenn Beck was the star of the group’s fundraiser, which was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This year’s event is designed to bring in funds for the group’s proselytizing operations. And the former president is helping out with more than just speech-making. The most expensive of the ticket packages, which range from $100 to $100,000, includes 20 invitations to a VIP reception and photo opportunity with Bush, 10 signed copies of Bush’s book Decision Points, and passes to tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Alisa Stephenson, MJBI director of events and partner relations, would not say whether Bush is receiving a speaking fee for his appearance. “We cannot have any outside advertising or any media whatsoever involved in this, so I most likely cannot answer any of your questions,” she tells Mother Jones.

via Mother Jones

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7 Responses to George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ

  1. Haystack November 12, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Odd that George W Bush should be in such a hurry for the final judgement.

  2. Ted Heistman November 12, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Why should anyone care? I mean I am not say “Why this article?” Its a topical story. But I am saying why should anyone care that a bunch of Jews want some other Jews to believe in Jesus? Is it antisemitic? I mean some Jews are reaching out to some gentiles to get them to help them reach these other Jews for Jesus, so some Liberal Jews don’t like it so they reach out to some liberal gentiles to stop it?

    Why should anyone give a fuck?

    • jnana November 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      because it makes you look cool to hate on gw and jesus, and maybe you noticed but liberals love to look cool n rebellious.

    • Calypso_1 November 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Any group devoted to accelerating the “End Times” & has among its patrons former world leaders, media icons rodeo clowns & caters to a major party base well known for difficulties w/ the separation of church & state, should not only cause people to give a fuck, but a flying fuck.

      • Ted Heistman November 13, 2013 at 8:31 am #

        you don’t sound rapture ready…

        • Calypso_1 November 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

          Like a Thief in the Night.

  3. jaja007 November 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I still can’t believe that this tool was our president.

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