George W. Bush Helps Messianic Jews Make Money
Fundraisers hope to land headliners as speakers. But today's speaker to a Messianic Jewish group is drawing headlines.
Former President George W. Bush will speak today at a Dallas fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, drawing $250 to $100,000 per ticket. Predictably, the decision has displeased many Jewish leaders.
But, as former Bush liaison Tevi Troy told CNN in one of the most thorough reports, "Judaism has other and bigger problems."
The survey also included interesting tidbits on how self-identified American Jews view Jesus, including the surprising statistic that 1 out of 3 today see belief in Jesus as compatible with being Jewish (including 35 percent of Ultra-Orthodox Jews).
However, the number of converts from Judaism to Christianity remains small. Only 4 percent of Americans raised Jewish by religion are now Christian by religion, according to the Pew report.
Another Jesus-related stat that surfaced recently: Approximately 1 in 4 Americans today believe that "Jews were responsible for the death of Christ," according to the Anti-Defamation League's latest report.