Twitter unleashes on Mike Pence for asking "Christian rabbi" to pray for Pittsburgh massacre victims

This is not the first time that the vice president has gotten into hot water for his depictions of the Jewish faith

Published October 31, 2018 12:33PM (EDT)

Mike Pence   (Getty/Bill Ingalls)
Mike Pence (Getty/Bill Ingalls)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

On Tuesday, at a campaign event in Michigan, Vice President Mike Pence brought out Rabbi Loren Jacobs to lead the room in prayer for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.

The problem: Jacobs' synagogue, Shema Yisrael, is a "Messianic" institution, and Jacobs belongs to a sect of Judaism that effectively proselytizes Christianity. This was evident in the prayer Jacobs used:

In choosing Jacobs, Pence managed to seriously offend many people. Soon, Twitter was full of angry reactions.

Pence has gotten into trouble with his depictions of the Jewish faith before. In January, during a tour of Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day, his tweet about how the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust "rose up from the ashes to resurrect themselves to reclaim a Jewish future" was roundly criticized for its overtly Christian imagery.

By Matthew Chapman

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