George W. Bush ‘Jews For Jesus’ Speech Sparks Outrage
Former President George H.W. Bush has come under fire for his decision to hold a speech this evening at the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, which is the headquarters for the Christian sect known as Jews for Jesus. The beliefs of Jews for Jesus decree that all Jews must be converted to Christianity in order to hasten the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Guests for the Bush speech are reportedly paying up to $100,000 per person to hear him speak and all the money will go directly towards the Institute. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said she felt the speech was surprising because the goal of an ex-President, “generally speaking, is to do relatively non-controversial good works. Or, if you’re George W. Bush, you could spend that time trying to convert the Jews to Christianity…why on earth would he be doing this? Who told them this was a good idea?”
Jewish leaders have also slammed Bush’s decision to speak at the Institute, with Rabbi David Wolpe of the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles tweeting that the appearance was “infuriating.” The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement they were “disappointed” the former President would give a speech “at a fundraising event for an evangelical proselytizing group who state goal is to convert Jews to Christianity.”
Since his Presidency ended in 2008, Bush has kept a fairly low profile. He has primarily stayed in the Dallas area and only occasionally given public speeches. He also launched his Presidential library and released a memoir entitled Decision Points.