Jewish Group Says Gore Doesn't Know His Bible

By Bob Melvin | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

( - A Washington, DC-based Jewish organization has admonished Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore for his inaccuracies and 'sacriligious' reference to the Bible on Tuesday night.

Gore, speaking at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in the nation's capital, took a jab at NRA President Charlton Heston and Texas Governor George W Bush by saying, "If I remember my Bible correctly, the last time that Moses listened to a bush, his people wandered in a desert for 40 years."

In reaction to that Gore statement, Matthew Brooks, Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, based in Washington, DC, said, "It looks like the inventor of the Internet is trying to re-invent the Bible.

"First of all, Moses didn't listen to a bush - he listened to the voice of God (from a burning bush). God commanded Moses to be the leader of his people, and from that encounter, Moses went on to fight against tyranny and free his people from slavery.

"The Jewish people wandered in the desert for 40 years because they fashioned an idol, the Golden Calf, and lost sight of their mission.

"Millions of Jews and Christians know the difference between fighting for truth and freedom, and losing the way and following after false gods. Apparently, Al Gore doesn't.

"It was a tasteless and offensive comment. American Jews expect their Bible and their religion to get more respect than that. Vice President Gore, who attended divinity school, should not only have his facts straight about the Bible but also should be sensitive enough not to make sacrilegious jokes at the expense of people's faith," Brooks said.

Gore's office could not be reached for reaction to Brooks' comments.