Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Palin and Jews For Jesus Speaker Both Clarify Their Views

As Sarah Palin's religious views are closely scrutinized by the media, last week remarks of a guest speaker at her Wasilla church were widely circulated. Jews for Jesus executive director, David Brickner spoke there, and his remarks were characterized as suggesting that conflict in the Middle East was a punishment for Israel's not accepting Jesus. (See prior posting.) Now Brickner says that his statements were misinterpreted. In a posting on Jews for Jesus website, he said that he was referring to "the need for all people, both Jews or Gentiles, to repent and seek forgiveness through Y'shua." Meanwhile, MSNBC reports the McCain campaign made clear that Palin does not share Brickner's views. McCain-Palin spokesman Taylor Griffin said: "This was a guest at the church who Governor Palin did not know would be speaking. Gov. Palin does not share the views he expressed, and she and her family would not have been sitting in the pews of this church for the last seven years if his remarks were even remotely typical." [Thanks to a commenter on my prior posting for the lead.]