Friday, October 17, 2008

parade of missionaries?

Posted by Ellen W. Horowitz

Hope everyone is enjoying Sukkot! Just a quick note before Shabbat (don't want to dwell on missionaries too much, as it takes the joy out of the Chag)...

But a classic case of the problem we face is seen on the A7 TV report of this weeks Jerusalem Parade. The report speaks of those who have come to support Israel, but the American man blessing and professing his love for Israel is sporting a "jesus loves you" T-shirt (the text is within of the Star of David -- ugh!)

By the way, that particular T-shirt is a product of a major Southern Baptist proselytizing organization called Jewish Outreach International,

To come to Eretz Yisrael and publicly sport such a T-shirt - while professing love for Israel - is the height of disrespect, and is no less abominable than marching through the streets of Jerusalem in a gay parade.

I think our rabbis, the government of Israel, and the Jerusalem municipality should lay down some ground rules for the Christian Embassy and other participants in the annual parade.

Meanwhile, the cover girl for this Friday's JPost Magazine is the Christian Embassy's Charmaine Hedding - the organizer of the ICEJ Feast of the Tabernacles.

Shabbat Shalom.

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