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Southern Baptists upset Jews over use of converts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A leading Jewish organization is condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for using a group of "messianic" Jews — people who have already converted to Christianity — in its evangelism.

Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said the effort is offensive because the Southern Baptists are using Jews who have converted to Christianity "to go after other Jews."

"If people convert, that's their individual business," Foxman said. "But don't use them as a tool to convert other people."

At the heart of the ADL's complaint is a decision by the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee to ask its missionary boards to study the idea of recognizing the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship as "an evangelistic mission to Jewish people."