The Messianic rabbi who joined Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign rally in Michigan on Monday was defrocked in 2003 by the group that ordained him, according to The Hill.
> NBC News reported on Tuesday that Loren Jacobs, who led a prayer at a Detroit campaign rally on Monday, was stripped of his rabbinic ordination in 2003 after being found guilty of libel.
> “Jacobs was stripped of his rabbinic ordination by the UMJC in 2003, after our judicial board found him guilty of libel,” Monique Brumbach, a spokeswoman for the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, wrote in an email to the news network.
Though Brumbach did not specify the nature of Jacobs’ libel situation, NBC reported that he had been involved in theological disputes with other leaders.
Both Pence and GOP House candidate Lena Epstein, who invited Jacobs to the rally, were criticized for the move by people within and outside the Jewish community.
Still, Epstein defended her decision, calling those lobbing criticism intolerant:
> "Any media or political competitor who is attacking me or the Vice President is guilty of nothing short of religious intolerance and should be ashamed," she wrote on Twitter.
> “We don’t even recognize him as a rabbi,” Rabbi Marla Hornsten, a former president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, told NBC News. “Even to call him a rabbi is offensive.”
> "Yesterday I received the directory of Michigan Board of Rabbis" Jason Miller, a rabbi in the Detroit area, wrote on Facebook. "There are over 60 rabbis on this list and yet the only rabbi they could find to offer a prayer for the 11 Jewish victims in Pittsburgh at the Mike Pence rally was a local Jews for Jesus rabbi? That's pathetic!"