Santorum campaign out to convert Jews?

As a Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum has show a willingness to pander to social conservatives by highlighting his stance on issues near to the hearts of socially-conservative Christians, just as he did before his home-state voters threw him out of the Senate back in 2006.

Now it seems that the Santorum campaign may be connected with a radical Christian group which works to convert Jews to Christianity - Jews for Jesus - by way of a recent Hannukah mailing by the Santorum campaign aimed at South Carolina Jews which quotes the same Christian biblical verse as one which is featured in a Jews for Jesus website article about Hanukkah which is critical of Jews:

Birthed out of the tumultuous Inter-Testamental Period, Hanukkah is a key celebration in the Jewish tradition. For many Christians, this near-Christmas, Jewish holiday carries a darkness of ignorance. Allow Jews for Jesus the opportunity to shed some light on the Festival of Lights.

The group's overt efforts to criticize Jewish teachings and convert Jews runs counter to a growing trend of acceptance and respect between Christians and Jews and the group's efforts and claims have been universally repudiated by Jewish theologians and scholars.

Given Santorum's close ties to evangelical Christians who make up much of his active support, and are seen as those least accepting of Jews, a potential connection between the mailing and radical groups like Jews for Jesus doesn't seem out of the question.

If true, this takes Santorum's agenda of advocating forcing values through the political process to a whole new level by using campaign resources in thinly-veiled effort to evangelize Christian teachings.

Inquiries to the Santorum campaign seeking clarification on this connection - not surprising given our frequent criticms of Santorum - have gone un-returned.

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