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October 26, 1984 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-26

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Friday, October 26, 1984





NCCJ condemns anti-Wolpe letter


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The greater Detroit Round
Table of the National Conference
of Christians and Jews has issued
a statement condemning the in-
jection of religious issues into the
Third District Congressional race
in central Michigan.
The Round Table's statement
"The issue of religion and poli-
tics is very much a part of this
year's elections. A recent letter to
constituents signed by two State
Senators and a U.S. Representa-
tive spoke about "building this
country into the evangelistic arm
it has become" and "helping to
send another Christian to con-
gress." The letter, which was sent
to ministers, began: "As elected
officials serving under the
authority of the Lord Jesus Christ

"We object to any religious test
being used in electing officials to
represent the people of the United
States of America, or any state,
local or other governmental unit.
"This nation was founded on the
principal of religious tolerance
and the separation of church and
state. Those who call for the elec-
tion of any person because of that
Candidate's religion should keep
in mind our forefather's desire to
escape the religious intolerance of
their homelands to settle in a land
where they would be able to prac-
tice their own religious beliefs
without governmental interfer-
"We call on all those involved in
the political arena and all citizens
to judge candidates on their
"Many have sacrificed their
lives for our privilege to speak
openly and to vote — let's use it
The Round Table statement
was signed by Fr. Alex J. Burnett,
Josephine D. Casgrain, Rabbi
Ernst J. Conrad, Sr. Maryellen
Harmon, Imam Mohammed
Karoub, Adolf Korner, Rev. James
Lyons, Bishop H. Irving Mayson,
Rabbi David A. Nelson, Dr. Otis
W. Saunders, Rev. James E.
Wadsworth, Rev. Malcolm Car-
ron, Imam Mohammed Jawad
Chirri, Robert L. Dugas, Rabbi
Richard c. Hertz, Rev. Arthur
Loveley, Dr. John J. Mames,
Agnes M. Mansour, Rev. Robert
A. Mitchell, Rabbi Stanely
Rosenbaum, Rabbi Dannel I.
Schwartz and Rev. Edward B.
Willingham, Jr.,
U.S. Rep Mark Siljander (R-
Three Rivers), and father-and-son
State Senators Harmon Cropsey
(R-Decatur) and Alan Cropsey
(R-DeWitt) sent the letter to
ministers in the Third District
several weeks ago. The three are
self-described born-again Chris-
The letter was sent in support of
the Republican opponent of
Democratic incumbent Howard
Wolpe of Lansing, who is Jewish.
Last Thursday, Siljander, who
is a minister, demanded that
Wolpe apologize for calling Sil-
jander an anti-Semite. Wolpe re-
sponded that he had never char-
acterized Siljander's remarks as
anti - Semitic.
The Michigan Region of the
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith applauded the Detroit

Round Table statement. It said,
"Only by speaking out forth-
rightly and decisively can reli-
gious intolerance of all kinds be
exposed and eradicated. It is criti-
cal for those persons and organ-
izations that are sensitive to the
preservation of the Constitutional
principles that we hold most dear
to condemn those who inject reli-
gion and/or religious tests into

A merican values'
remove religion from
politics. — ADL

"The most recent letter at-
tempts to suggest that 'traditional
American values' justify injecting
religion into politics. Quite the
opposite is true. 'Traditional
American values' are those which
remove politics from religion and
religion from politics. This is the
essence of American democracy.
"The ADL calls upon those per-
sons responsible for the writing of
this letter to apologize publicly for
their actions. At the same time,
we urge all political candidates to
reject publicly the use of religious
tests for political office. We also
hope that in the future all per-
sons, including political candi-
dates, will continue to be judged
on their merits, and not on the
basis of their religion, race or

Flatto-Sharon begins
prison sentence

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Former
Knesset member Shmuel Flatto-
Sharon began his 90-day prison
sentence, which he will serve as
an "external prisoner," working
at a police installation during the
day and returning to his Savyon
home at night.
Flatto-Sharon was convicted
last summer of bribery to win
votes in the elections seven years
ago. He won a Knesset seat and
thus stalled an extradition re-
quest from France for his return
there to stand charges of financial
He was given a nine-month
prison sentence but this was re-
duced by the Supreme Court on
appeal to 90 days.

Fake Hitler medlas
surface in Vienna

Vienna (JTA) — Illegal silver
medals bearing the face of Adolf
Hitler have surfaced in Vienna,
the Austrian newspaper, Kurier,
The medals, being sold for 200
shillings ($10), show the Third
Reich's eagle and the motto of the
Third Reich, "Ein Volk, Ein Re-
ich, Ein Fuehrer" (One People,
One Reich, One Leader) on the re-
verse side.

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