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.Note carefully the punctuation. A question mark on its own leaves room for doubt. "Jackie Mason is a Jew for Jesus?" The answer could be "no." But "Jew for Jesus!?" says, "Are you joking me!?" and implies that yes, Mr. Mason has indeed converted.
"While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith, the fact is, as everyone knows, I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," the 75-year-old comedian said in documents filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Founded in the 1970s, Jews for Jesus practices Judaism but regards Jesus as the Messiah.
The pamphlets feature an image of Mason next to the words "Jackie Mason ... A Jew for Jesus!?" with information inside that outlines the similarities between Jews and Christians.
Which he hasn't.
The JfJ spokeswoman is unapologetic. "Shame on him for getting so upset about this," says Susan Perlman. Shouldn't shame be upon those who stretch the truth to the ripping point?