Jews for Jesus libels Jackie Mason

jackieJews for Jesus gets whats coming to it, sadly Mason did not sue for 20 million. Their pamphlet could have just said he is not the best comedian, but they went too far by writing: “Jackie Mason … A Jew for Jesus!?”

NEW YORK (AP) — Saying he’s “as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami,” Jackie Mason filed a lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for using his name and likeness in a pamphlet.

The $2 million lawsuit seeks the immediate destruction of the pamphlet, which members of the missionary group have been handing out at various points around New York City.

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Posted on August 25, 2006, in Anti-Semitism, Faith, Judaism, News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Apparently, Jews for Jesus also forgot that Jackie Mason has smicha…he was ordained as a rabbi when he was 25! In comparison, Susan Pearlman, the PR director for Jews for Jesus, is a graduate of the Dallas Theological Seminar, a Christian seminary.

  2. YES!!! Gotta love it when things turn out right. I kinda wished he went for more, to bankrupt those loosers. I love this line:

    “Founded in the 1970s, Jews for Jesus practices Judaism but regards Jesus as the Messiah.”

    Ah yea, follwing that that last line specificaly makes you a CHRISTIAN!

  3. Followinf the lead of our ignoble predecessors, we at Jews for Zeus (http://JewsForZeus.blogspot.com) have also decided to claim Jackie Mason as a member. There are just three differences:
    1. we’re a lot more explicit about lacking approval—or even awareness of our existence—from Jackie;
    2. our claim is funnier; and
    3. we don’t actually exist and so cannot be sued for $2 million (although I did set aside a piggybank with $1.37 in nickels and pennies for my legal defense fund).

  4. http://www.jewsforjesus.org/blog/20061108jackiemasondenied

    Jackie Mason Charges Against Jews For Jesus Denied By U.S. District Court

    A decision by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman was reached today in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York denying a preliminary injunction to Mr. Jackie Mason who sought to stop the distribution of one of the Jews for Jesus gospel pamphlets, entitled, “Jackie Mason, A Jew for Jesus?!”

    In the eleven-page finding the Judge ruled that the pamphlet was protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Religious pamphlets with pop culture themes like the Mason one have been freely distributed by the organization for over 34 years and while this is a small win for Jews for Jesus, it is a big victory for gospel protected speech.

    Judge Berman also addressed the two other contentions in the Mason injunction and could not find merit in them, ruling that a reader of the pamphlet could reasonably see that Jews for Jesus was not asserting that Jackie Mason was a Jew for Jesus and that the Jews for Jesus did not look to gain any commercial benefit from the pamphlet.

    David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, said ‚”We never intended to hurt Jackie Mason’s feelings. To many of us Jews for Jesus, Jackie Mason is an icon who reminds us of our Yiddish-speaking grandfathers. We appreciate his good-natured humor. We thought that he would appreciate ours and were surprised by this lawsuit. Nevertheless we felt we had to defend ourselves and are gratified by the court’s decision upholding our 1st amendment rights. It is our hope that this can now be ended amicably.” A further court date is scheduled for November 16th.

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