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November 28, 1980 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-11-28

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18 Friday, November 28, 1980


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NCCJ Leader Blasts Bailey Smith Remarks

NEW YORK — Dr. David
Hyatt, president of the Na-
tional Conference of Chris-
tians and Jews has issued a
response to Bailey Smith's
remark in a recent sermon
in which he is quoted as say-
ing that Jews have "funny-
looking noses."
In a statement given to
the press from his New York
headquarters, Hyatt said:
"Once again Americans
are shocked by a public
comment from a Christian
religious leader that re-
flects the kind of latent
anti-Semitism that exists in
this nation. It's those kinds
of snide remarks that, if left
unchallenged, plant the
virulent cancers that lead to
Holocausts, apartheid laws
and social repression,
sanctioned by an elite few.
"The NCCJ calls upon
all Americans, especially
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President-elect Reagan,
to rise in unison against
that kind of racist slur.
"Dr. Smith should keep
his anti-Semitic feelings to
himself, and certainly not
use the pulpit to promulgate
his brand of bigotry and
anti-Semitism. It is uncons-
cionable and immoral for
him to use his position as
head of the Southern Bap-
tist Convention to fan the
flames of prejudice.
"This unthinking anti-
Semitic remark from his re-
cent sermon, 'Why did God
choose the Jews? I don't
know why. I think they've
got funny-looking noses
myself. I don't know why.
That's God's business,' was
reported in the Dallas
Morning News on Nov. 13.
"His earlier remark in
Dallas in August that 'God
Almighty does not hear the
prayer of a Jew,' was
theologically primitive and
this is a throwback to the
cruel and vicious way of
thinking that spawned the
Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi
"As a Catholic and a
Christian, I find his
comments repugnant,
outrageous and danger-
ous. They must not be
allowed to go unan-
swered. Dr. Smith appar-
ently forgets that Jesus
himself was a Jew.
Mor e over, he in no way
speaks for the Christian
community as a whole.
"Indeed, his attitude
toward Jews, if his remarks
are an indication, is not only
anti-Semitic and anti-
Christian, as well, but it
violates the spirit and
teachings of Jesus.
"The Dallas press reports
of Dr. Smith's remarks,
taken in context, indicate
he thought he was being
humorous and lighthearted
and that he 'loves his
Jewish friends.' But the im-
plication of what he said
was insensitively derogat-
ory and a gross and terrible
put-down, sadly unworthy
of any Christian or Jew with
ecumenical understanding,
let alone the president of
America's most numeri-
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Meanwhile, Detroit Free
Press columnist Jim
Fitzgerald commented on
Bailey Smith in his Nov. 21
"If you call the pizza
man for delivery service,
and he doesn't answer his
phone, he doesn't hear
what you have to say, and
you get no pizza.
"But if the pizza man ul-
timately shows up at your
door, with the right amount
of pepperoni and cheese, you
know he heard your request
after all, even though he
didn't answer his phone.
g, "Weird? Not to the Rev.
Bailey Smith, who is fast

becoming my favorite
weirdo in the category of or-
ganized religion, clergy di-
Fitzgerald concluded his
column with the following
"Certainly, everybody
has a right to tease, but
Bailey Smith is wasting
his time. God doesn't
hear the teasing of Bap-
fist ministers who preach
that only Christians can
order pizza over the
phone. I know this is a
fact because I read it in a
pamphlet I got
rack in the back
kosher restaurant.
"Of course, even the most
fundamental Christian
preachers can tease if their -
teasing ultimately leads
them to a knowledge of the
true access to pepperoni,
which is through cheese.
."If pizza is delivered to
Bailey Smith's door, it won't
be because God heard him
teasing. It will be because
the pizza man watits to see if
a giant-size pizza can be
stuck up Mr. Smith's wasp-
shaped nose.
"(That last sentence was
an aside, and not part of my

Weizman to Start New Party
Following Ouster by Likud

TEL AVIV (JTA) — most outspoken critic in
Former Defense Minister Likud ranks. Ironically, the
Ezer Weizman, who voted action places Begin's gov-
against the Likud-led gov- ernment in greater
ernment on a motion of no jeopardy. Political obser-
confidence in the knesset vers believe the Labor
last Wednesday, is actively Party, the largest opposi-
seeking a new political tion faction, will lose no
time presenting new no-
Although his formal ous- confidence motions which
ter from Likud's Herut fac- may topple the government
tion awaited his appearance and force early elections.
before its secretariate Sun-
There is further irony in
day, Weizman announced the fact that Weizman, who
on a television interview managed Likud's election
last Friday that he is plan- campaign in 1977, is cre-
ning to establish a new dited as the man most re-
movement as an alternative sponsible for its stunning
to Likud.
victory. Some Likud mem-
He insisted that it would bers were wary of drum-
not be a coalition of loosely ming him out of Herut
tied dissenters such as those ranks. Agriculture Minister
who formed Yigael Yadin's Ariel Sharon, who has dif-
Democratic Movement for fered sharply with Weiz-
Change which proceeded to man on many issues,
disintegrate after an im- warned the Herut
pressive electoral showing secretariate before Sun-
in 1977. It would be, he said, day's meeting that the ex-
a real alternative to the pulsion of Weizman could
Labor Party and Likud, have grave consequences.
and, if Weizman has his
According to Weizman,
way, it will be headed by
Dayan is the political fig-
former Foreign Minister ure best fitted to be Is-
Moshe Dayan.
rael's next prime minis-
Weizman was ousted ter. He is a man of out-
from the Herut Party by a standing personal
12-1 vote of its
achievements and great
secretariate. Two mem- vision, better accepted in
bers abstained.
the world at large a
The secretariate's deci- the Arab world in i„ir-
sion deprived Premier ticular than any other Is-
Menahem Begin's coalition raeli, Weizman said.
Many observers believe
of its shrunken majority in
the Knesset. With Weizman that without a man of Day-
out, Likud and its partners an's stature and prestige to
control 60 seats, just half lead it, a new political
the membership of Israel's movement would get
parliament. Weizman ig- nowhere. Weizman would
nored Herut's demand that not say during his interview
he give up his Knesset who else he had in mind to
mandate. He said he would make up the new party.
If Weizman has not indi-
continue to serve as an in-
cated the ideological com-
dependent MK.
Begin did not attend the plexion of his proposed
secretariate meeting, but he movement he has been out-
reportedly exerted pressure spoken in faulting Likud
to expel Weizman, long his and particularly, Begin.

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