The Anti-Defamation League “expressed disappointment” that former president George W. Bush plans to go ahead with a planned address to a Texas evangelical group at a fundraising event.
Bush is scheduled to speak on November 14 at a fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute.
“President Bush is a friend who has an abiding love and respect for Israel and the Jewish people,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement. “I know that he does not represent or embrace the purpose or the mission of this group, and therefore I wish he would not speak there.”
The group is devoted to “bring[ing] Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah,” the Institute’s website says; in other words, to convert Jews to Christianity. The MJBI’s website uses copious Hebrew terms and quotes from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
ADL Slams George W. Bush for Headlining Jews for Jesus Gala