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  • ADL Condemns Southern Baptist group...

    Is the ADL making a mountain out of a mole hill here? I think so.

    Granted, I get annoyed when the pesky Jehovah's witnesses come to my door trying to convert me with their mannequin smiles and water colored pamphlets but I wouldn't file a protest to the Catholic church over it.

    Jews condemn Southern Baptist effort
    Anti-Defamation League: Use of converted Jews is offensive
    Thursday, September 29, 2005; Posted: 7:43 p.m. EDT (23:43 GMT)

    Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said the effort is offensive because the Southern Baptists are using Jews who have converted to Christianity "to go after other Jews."

    "If people convert, that's their individual business," Foxman said. "But don't use them as a tool to convert other people."

    At the heart of the ADL's complaint is a decision by the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee to ask its missionary boards to study the idea of recognizing the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship as "an evangelistic mission to Jewish people."

    The fellowship is made up of about a dozen congregations in the United States. Its Web site says its mission is "to encourage Jewish believers that their ethnic and historical heritage need NOT be lost upon their commitment to Yeshua [Jesus]."

    The idea to use the fellowship was proposed at the national convention in Nashville in June. The SBC executive committee recommended last week that its International Mission Board and North American Mission Board study the possibility.

    Jim Sibley, coordinator of Jewish Ministries for the SBC's North American Mission Board, said the ADL was overreacting. The committee was simply forwarding the proposal, he said.

    "Personally, I don't really see this (recommendation) going anywhere," Sibley said Thursday.

    There's a history of conflict between Jews and Southern Baptists over this issue.

    The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in 1996 calling on its members to "direct our energies and resources toward the proclamation of the gospel to the Jewish people."

    A 1999 prayer guide by the International Mission Board recommended conversion of Jews to Christianity during their High Holy Days, an effort labeled "offensive and disrespectful" by Jewish leaders.

    As recently as 2003 Jewish leaders criticized a Southern Baptist seminary president for saying Christians have a mandate to evangelize Jews just as a surgeon has a responsibility to tell a patient about the presence of a "deadly tumor."

    Now, Foxman said, "they're trying another approach."

    "Maybe they think Jews will talk to Jews because they feel more comfortable," he said.

    Said Sibley: "We believe we have a life-changing message that we are commanded to tell everyone. We don't use force, and we don't want to be rude or offensive in any way."
    Last edited by BrickCop; 09-30-2005, 12:25 AM.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by BrickCop
    Granted, I get annoyed when the pesky Jehovah's witnesses come to my door trying to convert me with their mannequin smiles and water colored pamphlets
    Answer the door naked. Works like a charm.
    Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides


    • #3
      I say they choose the biggest, strongest dude from the ADL and pit him against the biggest, strongest dude from the Southern Baptist Group. Nothing like a good fight to the death.
      -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.



      • #4
        All right, I'll admit it: I'm a Baptist! I do not see where efforts to convert someone from Judism to Christianity is "Defamatory" to the Jewish religion. Religion is a personal choice, and if one is secure in their beliefs, they should be unswayed by the admonitions of others. The ADL needs to pick it's battles and concern itself about bigger things than this.
        Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater


        • #5
          I just read or heard somewhere that the true test of freedom is not what you have to do...but what you DONT have to do.

          I DONT have to be offended by someone else's stupitidy, religion, opinon, or whatever.

          Why don't we get this over with....each person in the US is allowed to make ONE LAW for no other reason than violating this new law would offend them personally. Then, we apply the death penalty to all violators to be carried out immediately.

          If you are the only person left by the end of next week.... good luck feeding yourself and securing the borders.......
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