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October 01, 1976 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-10-01

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10 Friday, October 1, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

`The Man From Plains' Discusses Carter's Views on Jewish Role, U.S. Issues

Democratic presiden-
tial candidate Jimmy
Carter has decided views
on such subjects as sep-
aration of church and
state, abortion, taxation,
ERA and other issues.
His answers to many-
challenges will be found
in the just-published
in "The Man From Plains:
The Mind and Spirit of
Jimmy Carter," just pub-
lished by Harper and
Row.
David Kucharsky, the
author of this definitive
work, whose journalistic
'record includes numer-
ous important newspaper
and magazine affilia-
tions, is currently the
managing editor of Chris-
tianity Today, a leading
Evangelical magazine.
Religious issues are
discussed and Carter is
presented as strong ad-
vocate of the
the` position of
his Baptist church in
support of the church-
state separation princi-

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Other issues especially
related to Jews are
touched upon and the Car-
ter views give assurance of
the presidential candi-
date's position in defense
of religious liberties.
Carter is quoted as pre-
dicting that the cultural
assertiveness of religion
will become a growing
force in shaping our
communal future.
"The changing attitude
of the Jewish community
is said to be one example
of the trend away from
secularism in American
life. Thirty years ago,
Neuhaus said, "it seemed
to many that the security
and prosperity of Jewry
would be best assured by
a thoroughly secularized
society, at least in the
public realm. Today that
does not seem so evi-
dent."
"Among the reasons for
this change of attitude,"
he commented, is that "in
a thoroughly secularized
society there is no final,
absolute barrier against
evil, including the evil of
anti-Semitism."
"One way of looking at
the new religious picture
is to describe it as going
the way of sex. People for
the most part have been
as uncomfortable in talk-
ing of personal religious
experience as they used
to be in discussing the
more intimate aspects of
the procreative process.
"Until recently, as
Christians and Jews main-
tained walls of privacy
around their innermost
beliefs, religion cropped
up in conversation only in
broad, abstract terms. A
personal religious discus-
sion tended to focus on

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ethical issues on a social
scale or on major con-
troversies such as whether
priests should marry or
women should be or-
dained.
"Ask someone, Are you
saved? and the reaction
would border on trauma.
"We were culturally
conditioned to believe
that the precise nature
and extent of one's faith
was so personal that any
attempt to transcend it
was unwarranted intru-
sion. One's relationship to
God was regarded as such
an intangible that he or
she could do little more
than joke about it. Even
churchgoers were often
cynical about the indi-
vidual spiritual state and
the prospect of life after.
death.
"Many people obvi-
ously still feel this way,
but a fresh openness to
deal with spiritual
realities has been de-
veloping steadily."
On matters relating to
church-state separation
and the Jewish role in his
religious attitudes, Carter
is quoted by Kucharsky:
"A totally different and
perhaps more serious
kind of anxiety arose over
Carter among some
American Jews, who had
also been made uneasy by
such high-visibility
evengelical events as the
1966 World, Congress on
Evangelism in Berlin and
the 1974 International
Congress on World
Evangelization in
Lausanne, Switzerland.
Jews were contacted by
Carter and his people all
over the country in an ef-
fort to emphasize Car-
ter's personal belief in the

separation of church and
state — a principle tradi-
tionally held by Baptists.
"I also believe," he told
Jews, "that this is a coun-
try where anyone's own
religious beliefs should
not be a matter of pre-
judice or concern . . . of
all the people in the world
who should have the least
prejudice because of
another's religious .faith,
it should certainly be
you.' ••
Carter added that he
was reliying heavily on
the belief that "the people
of our country have an
understanding and lack
of prejudice. - He issued a
reminder that Southern
Baptists are particularly
proud of their local
church autonomy, which
means they never con-
sider themselves subser-
vient to ecclesiastical
hierarchy. In a New Jer-
sey appearance before
the Jewish community,
Carter, wearing a blue
velvet yarmulke, closed
his address by remarking
that in 1945 when the Un-
ited States became the
first country to recognize
the new state of Israel the
president was Harry
Truman, a Baptist.
Carter explained his
positions in advertise-
ments run in a number of

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months of 1976 compared
to the same period of 1975,
and that according to El
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there has been an in-
crease in traffic from
Michigan on El Al for
April-July 1976 of 49 per-
cent over the correspond-
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According to Spektor,
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German Trade

Delta Air Lines extends best wishes to our Jewish friends
for the holiday season and for the year to come. May the new
year bring peace, health, happiness and prosperity for everyone.

BONN — The Federal
Republic of Germany last
year imported $160 mill-
ion worth of goods from
Israel, while Israel
purchased $415 million in
goods from Germany.

Jewish papers. He pointed
out that three of his
closest advisers were
Jewish: attorney Robert
Lipshutz, national cam-
paign treasurer; Gerald
Rafshoon, the campaign
media director; and Stuart
Eisenstat, the campaign
issues and policy director.
A group of Atlanta
Jewish leaders also came
to Carter's defense, stat-
ing that as governor Car-
ter appointed numerous
qualified Jews to promi-
nent positions in state
government "which Jews
had never before held in
the history of Georgia —
including judgeships and
the most prestigious
policy-making boards."
Also noted was a special
statement Carter had

drawn up in support of
Soviet Jewry. "He is a re-
ligious, ethical person,"
the group said. "But this
is reason for support, not
concern.

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