• Jews for Jesus for Rick Santorum

    The notion that Jewish Americans are on the verge of deserting the Democratic Party is one of the dumber tropes in political commentary, fed by a combination of selective polling and magical thinking on the part of Republican operatives. But just in case Democrats were getting worried, Rick Santorum has helpfully diagrammed Barack Obama's Jewish outreach strategy

    In 2010, Rick Santorum was paid to speak to a controversial religious group unpopular with some Jewish leaders because it seeks to convince Jews to accept Jesus.

    The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America paid Santorum $6,000 to speak at its 2010 annual conference, according to a filing released Wednesday showing a total of nearly $95,000 in speaking fees that Santorum previously failed to disclose.

    The alliance supports Messianic Judaism, which embraces Jewish heritage and customs but holds the fundamental Christian belief that Jesus is the son of God. Its beliefs are similar to those of the group Jews for Jesus, which has drawn particular ire from Jewish leaders for its proselytizing efforts.

    Oy vey izmir.  He couldn't even speak at the Jews for Jesus organization, instead of hawking his wares to some cut-rate competitor.

    In any case, it's wonderful that evangelical Christians are now so enamored of Jews, but there's something creepy about being loved so much that they want us to stop being Jewish. Which is why Santorum will probably have the votes of Jews for Jesus, but Obama and the Democrats will probably secure the votes of Jews Just for Being Jews.

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    Tags: Christianity, Jewish, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum

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