Take that!

So if you’ve been downtown lately, you have realized that the Jews for Jesus are out in force. And by “in force” I mean “on every stinking corner.” They’re wearing blue shirts and carrying black bags emblazoned with “Jews for Jesus” on them.

I have been offered the same blue pamphlet a couple dozen times, three just this morning on my two-block walk from my bus to my building. There were two people on every corner of Grant.

I have no beef with the Jews for Jesus. I’m just really really getting tired of trying to avoid having to take more pamphlets out of courtesy. I’ve given up and now have a nice collection of blue “I Don’t Believe in Prostelyzing” pamphlets.

So if you need one and haven’t been lucky enough to have been handed one yet, I’ll be handing them out in front of the William Penn Hotel tomorrow morning. I’ll be the hot chick running from the pigeons.


  1. blee1
    September 27, 2005 11:10 am

    I’ve seen the signs but not heard the story. Can you give me an elevator pitch of what the heck they are?

  2. Julie
    September 27, 2005 1:13 pm

    Ha! I also am too weak to “just say no,” and I just take the damn pamphlet. I have half a dozen or so in multiple colors of the rainbow. It really irritates me that they station themselves in the same place at the same time everyday, so they are just handing out pamphlets to the same people all the time. Do these guys tour around the country or what? Is there a “Jews for Jesus” tour bus? If so, I bet it’s totally bumpin’.

  3. deitybox
    September 29, 2005 10:21 am

    Here’s your elevator pitch, from your friendly neighborhood Jews for Judaism counter-missionary representative :-)

    Jews for Jesus, and others who call themselves Messianic Jews, claim that believing in Jesus “fulfills” Judaism. They say that since Jesus was a Jew and his early followers were Jewish, then his movement was Jewish, and to believe in Jesus is the most Jewish thing one can do. Jews for Jesus is backed by fundamentalist evangelical Christian organizations, support that allows them to heavily target the Jewish community for conversion to belief in Jesus, i.e. Christianity. Obviously people are free to believe what they choose, but the problem with Jews for Jesus is that their tactics involve conversion through deception, false advertising–they claim that Jesus is the Jewish messiah, but in reality, if you study Jewish theology, Jesus does not fit the “job description” to be so, and did not perform any of the duties the Jewish messiah is supposed to do–bringing world peace, rebuilding the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, bringing universal knowledge of God (not universal conversion to Judaism or any one religion), to name a few. There is no Jewish concept of a messiah on the “installment plan.” Additionally, Messianic Jews take verses from the Hebrew Bible out of context and mistranslate them to claim that they point to Jesus. They target all segments of the Jewish community, including recovering addicts and Holocaust survivors.
    The reason y’all are seeing a lot of Jews for Jesus on the streets these days is because they’re in the middle of their 5 year “Behold Your God” campaign, where they plan on going to every city in the world with a Jewish population over 25,000. Then, they’ll take all of their missionaries and converge on Israel at once.
    The Jewish community is not like, “the missionaries are coming! hide the children!” we’re focusing on education and being proactive about what real Judaism has to offer. Check out http://www.jewsforjudaism.org for more.

    Okay, so that was a long elevator ride, but this stuff is complicated.

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