Apr 16 2012
Left Wing Rag, ‘Jewish Daily Forward,’ that supported the Ground Zero Victory Mosque publishes poll that says ‘Most Jews don’t like Christian Evangelicals who support Israel’
Any poll can be created to support a particular political agenda, but this is over the line and does not represent anyone but left wing Jews. I would not be surprised if the poll was financed and skewed by terror-linked CAIR, to make it look as if Jews and Muslims suddenly are BFF’s.
The Jewish Daily Forward, established in the early 20th Century, is an offshoot of a militant left wing socialist group in the labor movement, The Forward was nearly shut down by the US Government for its pro-German sympathies during WWI. Even when the left-wing ADL voiced its strong opposition to the Ground Zero Victory Mosque, the Jewish Forward came out in support of it. Jewish Daily Forward is voice of reason in mosque debate
Jewish Forward Advocates for improved relations between Jews and Christian evangelicals had hoped that years of working together to support Israel would build bridges between the two otherwise distant communities. But a new poll indicates that mistrust and suspicion still run deep, at least on the Jewish side (You mean the Jewish LEFT side).
The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (and financed by CAIR? I say this because I became aware of this story from a CAIR email) and published April 3, asked (Left wing?) Jewish respondents to rate the favorability of several religious groups. Muslims 41.4%; Mormons received a 47% favorability rating (I doubt that most Jews even know any Mormons), the group described as “Christian Right” was viewed in favorable terms by only 20.9% of (LEFT WING) Jewish Americans. In contrast, the general American population, as shown by other polling data, views evangelicals more favorably than Muslims and Mormons.
Only one in five Jewish Americans holds favorable views of those aligned with the Christian right, a category that includes most of Israel’s evangelical supporters. (That is crap. Nobody called my house. They can’t make a blanket statement like that)
“I find this shocking and concerning,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the first major group to engage evangelical Christians in support of Israel. Eckstein and other activists working on Jewish-evangelical relations expressed a sense of betrayal, accusing Jewish liberals of being prejudiced against Christian conservatives and of clinging to pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about evangelicals’ beliefs and goals.
“Most liberal Jews view the Christian right as wanting to impose a Christian America on them,” said Marshall Breger, professor at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and leading voice on inter-religious relations. “To the extent to which the bulk of Jews are liberal, both politically and culturally, they’ll have negative views of the Christian right.”
In the early years, the Christian right was very, very suspect in the eyes of the Jewish community,” he said. Over time, the organized Jewish community began to warm up to evangelicals — in part, he believes, because of his group’s financial support to Jewish organizations. “When we started giving to the Jewish Agency [for Israel] and the [American Jewish] Joint [Distribution Committee], the Jewish community’s attitude began to change,” Eckstein said in a telephone interview from Israel.
Eckstein recalled being chastised for bringing televangelist Jerry Falwell to his synagogue 32 years ago, but later he officially represented the State of Israel at Falwell’s 2007 funeral.
This acceptance, however, has not penetrated the liberal Jewish circles or the broader Jewish community, all of which still view friendship to Israel as second in importance to shared social values. “There is a (not so) small segment of the Jewish population that loves evangelicals because evangelicals love Israel,” said Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington religious affairs think tank.
All research points to the sharp contrast between (LIBERAL) Jews and Christian conservative views on abortions, women rights, gay and lesbian rights, and the separation of religion and state as the key factor distancing the two communities. But David Brog, executive director of Christians United for Israel, America’s largest evangelical pro-Israel organization, sees these issues as an excuse.
“On the social issues, there is more-or-less unanimity between Christian Conservatives, Mormons, Muslims and Orthodox Jews,” Brog argued. While praising Jewish organizations and federations for welcoming Christian evangelicals, Brog pointed to the Reform movement as leading the opposing views. Eckstein spoke generally about liberal Jews who “are concerned about tikkun olam [repairing the world]” more than about Israel, as those who still refuse to trust evangelicals as partners.
In response, Rabbi David Saperstein, head of the (LEFT WING) Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, said that it is not the Christian right’s beliefs on social issues that pose a problem to the Jewish community — it is their attempt to bring those beliefs to the public sphere.
“The Christian right has a clear agenda for America that it is trying to advance in all levels of American politics, and this has to do with fundamental questions of our existence, such as church and state separation,” Saperstein said. In contrast, Catholics, Mormons and Muslims, as well as Orthodox Jews, have not taken their conservative beliefs beyond their own communities. (SAY WHAT? MUSLIMS are imposing their religion on every aspect of our lives, you stupid
Jewish Juderat moron. Get ready for the ovens, the Islamic ones that will be waiting for ignorant Jews like you)