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ADL Condemns Southern Baptist Leader's Comparison of Judaism to A 'Deadly Tumor'

New York, NY, June 19, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned as "outrageous and offensive" the remarks of a Southern Baptist leader who, in calling for renewed attempts to proselytize Jews, compared Judaism to a potentially "deadly tumor."

In a speech June 16 to the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a gathering of Messianic Jews, Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, pointed to Scripture as mandating Jewish conversion, saying that the act of warning Jews about the danger of their beliefs was "the ultimate act of Christian love."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
    We are shocked and outraged that a leader in the Southern Baptist church would compare Judaism to a deadly tumor that needs to be removed. These offensive remarks highlight the dangers of the Southern Baptist effort now going on for several years to convert Jews. We have said many times that it is pure arrogance for any one religion to assume that they hold "the truth." The Southern Baptist leadership clearly has not gotten the message.

    The comments, made to a Jewish Messianic group, also highlight the dangers and deceptiveness of that movement, who falsely claim that they are interested in Jewish practices when the real goal is to convert Jews to Christianity.

    Unfortunately, at a time when many faiths have moved closer toward mutual respect and understanding, the Southern Baptist leadership continues their backward slide.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



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