Mark Kellner has written a very sympathetic piece on the subject of Jews for Jesus (“An intimate look at the man behind Jews for Jesus,” Web, Thursday). At the outset, Mr. Kellner asserts that Jews generally have regarded the followers of this group as “traitors.” That is patent nonsense. Jews regard these people as Christians.
Calling oneself a Jew for Jesus does not make such an individual a Jew. The whole exercise is nothing but an attempt to convert Jews to Christianity, which virtually all Jews find repugnant. Jews do not react well to attempts to convert them. The Inquisition is never that far removed from their collective memory. Furthermore, they find it offensive to be told that their religion is inferior to Christianity and that they would be better off if they accepted Jesus.
As Benjamin Disraeli famously said when facing anti-Semitic taunts in the English Parliament, “I would remind the right honorable gentleman that when his ancestors were still painting their faces blue, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.”