Palin Went to Address by Jews for Jesus Founder... Two Weeks Ago
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 06:29:33 PM EDT
I have already noted the reason why many Jewish voters are already particularly skeptical about John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Over at The Politico, Ben Smith has much, much more. First, the lede:
Barack Obama has struggled for 18 months to lock down the support of a traditionally Democratic group, Jewish voters.
In the past week, John McCain may have helped Obama with his Jewish problem by choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Here's one of the more remarkable facts borne out in Smith's reporting:
An illustration of that gap came just two weeks ago, when Palin's church, the Wasilla Bible Church, gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus.
Palin's pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the church's website.
"He's a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism," Kroon said.
Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner's views to her.
To put it lightly, the actions of Jews for Jesus -- trying to use deceptive measures to convert members of the Jewish faith to Evangelical Christianity -- are not well received within the Jewish community in America. The fact, then, that Palin -- who has little to no record on issues regarding Israel, has never visited the country, and at the least appeared at a rally for Pat Buchanan sporting one of his pins (and perhaps was even supporter of his as well) -- attended an address by the founder of Jews for Jesus just two weeks ago is not likely to endear her well to the Jewish community or particularly help John McCain's efforts to attract Jewish votes this fall.