George W. Bush’s speaking engagement with the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute makes sense, in the Biblical sense

The headline in Mother Jones tells you just about all you need to know: George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ. But I’ll fill you in on some of the details anyway:

Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.

What exactly will Bush’s presence contribute to the event? Glad you asked:

At the November 14 event, which will be held at the Irving Convention Center, Bush will discuss his White House experiences, according to promotional materials. Bush, the group says, will “share his passion for setting people free.” Last year, Glenn Beck was the star of the group’s fundraiser, which was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This year’s event is designed to bring in funds for the group’s proselytizing operations. And the former president is helping out with more than just speech-making. The most expensive of the ticket packages, which range from $100 to $100,000, includes 20 invitations to a VIP reception and photo opportunity with Bush, 10 signed copies of Bush’s book Decision Points, and passes to tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Following in Glenn Beck’s footsteps? You know this has to be a good idea.

But given the outrage Bush’s participation seems to have stirred up within the Jewish community — read the full article for some choice quotes — is it really worth becoming the most-despised ex-President among Jews since Jimmy Carter? Sure, maybe he doesn’t really care, but wouldn’t he at least be better off at home painting selfies in the shower?

Maybe, but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Mr. Bush is simply motivated by a higher purpose. He can make one key contribution to the event in a role that can be filled by no one else: what better representative to carry the message of God to the Jews than this guy?

burning bush

(That is, and I apologize for ruining the joke, a burning bush. Much harder to find a good picture of that than I expected – certainly compared to all the options for Obama. I guess this sort of thing happened back before there was much internet.)


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