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Religious Prejudice

According to Jews for Jesus, Jewish disgust at the group’s missionizing activities constitutes “religious prejudice”:

A Florida judge dismissed a lawsuit against Jews for Jesus prompted by a woman who complained she was defamed when the group called her a “Jewish believer” in its newsletter.

The newsletter’s “Praise Report,” written by the woman’s stepson, Bruce Rapp, claimed Edith Rapp had asked Y’shua, Jesus, to be her savior.

Bruce Rapp was an employee of Jews for Jesus.

His stepmother filed suit Dec. 11, complaining the stated account was fictitious and that Jews for Jesus knew the account was false when it published the newsletter.

The complaint said Jewish people harbor extreme animosity towards Jews for Jesus and the group seeks the “end of the Jewish religion and the Jewish faith.”

Florida-based Liberty Counsel filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing it was not defamatory to call someone a Christian. A defamatory statement, the group said, must be highly offensive to a reasonable person.

Circuit Court Judge Catherine Brunson agreed, dismissing the suit Tuesday.

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Mathew Staver, president and general counsel for Liberty Counsel, insisted the lawsuit in essence was “an attack against Jews for Jesus as an organization because of its outreach to Jewish individuals,” pointing out the suit even sought an injunction against the group’s evangelism activities.

“Jews for Jesus has a right to free speech and a right to seek to evangelize Jewish individuals regardless of whether some individuals harbor animosity about those activities.” Staver said.

“The law should not give a voice to prejudice, whether it be racial, or, as in this case, religious prejudice,” he continued.

Of course, there is no religous prejudice involved in the group’s efforts to convert Jews since they believe we are all going to hell.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

1 thought on “Religious Prejudice”

  1. Sorry, I think I must have missed the link that validates that ‘since they believe we are all going to hell’ statement of yours… Where is it writen?

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