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Tue Apr 17, 2012, 11:32 PM

Jews Cast Wary Eye on Evangelicals: Poll Finds Suspicion of Christian Right, Even Israel Supporters

By Nathan Guttman
Published April 16, 2012, issue of April 20, 2012.

Washington — Advocates for improved relations between Jews and Christian evangelicals had hoped that years of working together to support Israel would build bridges between the two otherwise distant communities. But a new poll indicates that mistrust and suspicion still run deep, at least on the Jewish side.

Only one in five Jewish Americans holds favorable views of those aligned with the Christian right, a category that includes most of Israel’s evangelical supporters.

“I find this shocking and concerning,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the first major group to engage evangelical Christians in support of Israel. Eckstein and other activists working on Jewish-evangelical relations expressed a sense of betrayal, accusing Jewish liberals of being prejudiced against Christian conservatives and of clinging to pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about evangelicals’ beliefs and goals.

The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and published April 3, asked Jewish respondents to rate the favorability of several religious groups. Mormons received a 47% favorability rating, Muslims 41.4%; the group described as “Christian Right” was viewed in favorable terms by only 20.9% of Jewish Americans. In contrast, the general American population, as shown by other polling data, views evangelicals more favorably than Muslims and Mormons.

Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/154727/jews-cast-wary-eye-on-evangelicals/?p=all#ixzz1sMKtW9cO


For the next time someone alleges some we're in bed with the American religious right...

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Mon May 7, 2012, 05:10 PM

1. Jewish Americans are really waking up as a whole, it seems.

I mean, the lefties have been awake for a long time but I am mainly talking about some centrists, as well as moderately conservative Jews.

Let's hope the trend continues......although I fear anti-Semitism may begin to rise even faster the quicker this progresses.

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Tue May 8, 2012, 03:30 AM

2. there's some really interesting data in there

thank you

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #2)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:30 AM

3. You're welcome!

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