This phrase in your comment should explain why Jews are very uncomfortable with J4J:
"...if they ask tell them about the whole deal."
Very few people ASK J4J to tell them anything. Instead, J4J sends their people door-to-door, specifically looking for Jewish households, and as other posters have noted, looking for potentially "weak-minded" Jews like college students and nursing home residents.
I had a fiery confrontation with a J4J representative on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf this summer. And I reported him to the authorities for passing out religious material on the Wharf, which is a no-no. I was pleased as punch to see him escorted from the premises. :)
The reason that Jews have such scorn for J4J missionaries, and more tolerance for the Mormon or Jehovah's Witness that comes to the door, is because J4J is based on lies and deception.
They've appropriated the tenets and trappings of Judaism -- they speak a little Hebrew, they wear kippot, they call their gathering places synagogues, etc. Their whole purpose is to try and deceive people into thinking that you can be Jewish and still accept Jesus as the Messiah. And that is just a 100% bold-faced lie.
They prey on the young, the poorly-educated (from a Jewish standpoint). And in a particularly disgusting tactic, they have a special affinity for intermarried couples. They try and convince intermarrieds that joining J4J is a "compromise" between one partner's church and the other partner's synagogue.
In reality, it's no such thing. If you pray to Jesus in it, it's a church.
The deception is why I HATE J4J with a passion, and I always will.
Anyone who wants to learn more about J4J's despicable practices, and how to counter them, should visit jewsforjudaism.org
Jerome, you're way in the wrong here. As others have said, should progressive Democrats change principled positions because of polling numbers? (And a single, flawed, leading poll at that?)
Offshore drilling just slaps a bandaid on the problem. And we don't even get the benefits of that bandaid for 15-20 years.
Meanwhile, what happens when some drunk tanker captain runs aground on the shores of St. Petersburg Beach in Florida? Hundreds of miles of pristine coast could be ruined for years.
I can't believe in a state like Florida, where tourism is by far the #1 moneymaker, that idiots like Mel Martinez and Charlie Crist have reversed their longstanding oppositions.
Oh wait, they're idiots, so I guess I can believe they would tie their positions to dead-ender #1 (Bush) and dead-ender #2 (McCain). I suppose Crist is still bucking for the VP slot, even though the persistent gay rumors, combined with McCain's already-serious trouble with the social conservative wing of the GOP, mean that Crist will NEVER get a shot.
But Jerome, you're not an idiot. You should know better than this.
Most HRC-supporting women will understand that voting for McCain, or abstaining, or writing in HRC's name in November is helping to put one of the most anti-women candidates in history in the Oval Office.
This is the man who called his wife "the c-word" in front of a reporter.
This is the man who said overturning "Roe v. Wade" would be a good idea.
This is a man who has repeatedly voted against wage protection legislation for women.
So yes, I understand that some women who previously supported Clinton will vote for McCain or not vote at all.
However, it will be a tiny fraction. Because the stakes are too high. The next President could nominate as many as 3 justices to the Supreme Court.