We now find out that there was a collection for Jews For Jesus in the church that Palin attended on August 17. Did Palin donate? Or is that another question we are not allowed to ask? This was also not the first time Brickner had spoken at Palin's church. Despite radio silence on this from the right-wing media, some Jewish groups have managed to get a response from Michael Goldfarb:
A spokesman for the McCain campaign, Michael Goldfarb, said Palin did not know Brickner would be speaking that day and did not share his views. Church pastor Larry Kroon confirmed that Palin, the governor of Alaska who was chosen last week by U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to join his GOP presidential ticket, would have had no way of knowing that Brickner was slated to speak.
“Governor 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,” Goldfarb wrote in an e-mail.
Following Brickner’s sermon, Kroon took up an offering for Jews for Jesus and prayed that Jews would come to accept Jesus.
Yes, Michael Goldfarb is now defending Jews For Jesus! This is an organization the ADL describes on its website thus
Targeting Jews for Conversion with Subterfuge and Deception.
Abraham Foxman, the chairman of the ADL, who thinks you're an anti-Semite if you sneeze into a bagel, suddenly disagrees with his own organization:
The ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, told JTA that Protestant evangelizing to Jews was entirely different from Catholics praying for Jewish conversion, which the ADL has sharply criticized.
“They did not have the Inquisition. They did not go on a Crusade. They did not kill Jews for 2,000 years,” Foxman said. “They have a belief; they’re entitled to their belief.”
Besides, he said, there is no evidence that Palin shares Brickner’s views.
“If you could tell me that she approves of this guy, she invited him, I’m not aware of any of that,” Foxman said. “The fact that she belongs to a church that believes in it, I don’t have a problem.”
The ADL has accused Jews for Jesus of “aggressive proselytizing with a deceptive message.”
Ben Smith adds:
The pastor, Larry Kroon, told me that Brickner had been to the church once before, and in his introduction described Brickner as "a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism" and closed the sermon without giving any sense anybody had said anything out of line.
Still nothing from any of the sites that went apeshit over Jeremiah Wright. Nothing on Commentary. Nothing at The Weekly Standard. Nothing at NRO. Here's the best spin I could find from a far right neocon - but at least he's acknowledging the problem. Maybe they'll wake up when they realize they just lost Florida.