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April 18, 1986 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-18

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awakening." He stressed his op-
position to "state religion and
mandated prayers in our
schools," but advocated hanging
the Ten Commandments in
every classroom in America'. No
religious•group could oppose
that action, he said, hoping that
the Ten Commandments could
replace the current teacher of
morals in America — television,
with its emphasis on sex and
violence.
Rev. Graham was introduced
by Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum, di-
rector of the AJCommittee's In-
stitute for Human Relations,
who eloquently listed Graham's
achievements and efforts on be-
half of Jews throughout the
world, blacks in South Africa,
and oppressed. peoples

The local chapter of the
American Jewish Committee
staged a highly-successful .
"love-in" Tuesday night in
downtown Detroit. More than
900 persons responded to emo-
tional tributes to Detroit Free
Press Publisher David Lawrence
Jr. made by guest speaker Rev.'
Billy Graham, Gov. James
Blanchard and Mayor Coleman
Young.
Lawrence was given the
Human • Rights Award of the
AJCommittee's Institute of
Human Relations for his efforts
in making the Free Press an
open forum for all points of
view, and for his personal work
within the community.
Rev. Graham, who has a long
record of work on behalf of Jews
in the Soviet Union and Eastern
Europe, excited the crowd with
his evangelistic style and his
message of universal brother-
hood.
He commended Pope John
Paul II for visiting the central
Rome synagogue on Sunday.,
saying, "It will have a tremen-
dous impact on th entire world.
Never again will we have those
ghettoes, put there by Chris-
tians."
He praised the AJCommittee
for working for human values,
and stressed America's
pluralism and common values
throughout his speech.
"Pluralism is our strength,
not our weakness, but a
pluralistic society is always
under attack." He said those at-
tacks will push America toward
totalitarianism, increasing did-
integration or isolation within
our society, "or lead us to accept
the challenge of a pluralistic
society ... to work together for
the common good. It is a hard
path, but the only one if we are
to achieve the promise of the fu-
ture."
The charismatic evangelist,
who first preached in Detroit in
1948, said the U.S. still has a
common core of "moral-spiritual
values based on Judeo-Christian
moorings ... This is why ter-
rorism is so wrong — there is no
room for hatred." He called for a
just and compassionate govern-
ment, and greater efforts toward
building a more peaceful world.
In reference to the U.S. air
strike against Libya on Monday,
Graham said he is not a pacifist.
"Every legitimate nation has
the right to defend itself." But
he also called for increasing ef-
forts to solve world problems
through peaceful means. "We
must all stand together and
pray," he said.
During a visit to Israel,
Graham spoke to one of the
Chief Rabbis, pointing out that
they both believed in the coming

of the Messiah. "I told him that
I believed that the Messiah
would be Jesus Christ. He just
smiled and said, 'That is our dif,
ference.' It is our difference,"
Graham said, "but it is also our
commonality."
He said society's greatest need
is for a "moral and spiritual re-

He opposes state
religion and
mandated school
prayer, but
advocates hanging
the Ten
Commandments in
every classroom.

everywhere. "Next to Pope John
XXIII and Detroit's Rev.
Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy
Graham is the greatest friend to
Jews and mankind that this
century has known," Tannen-
baum declared..
During the press conference
which preceded the dinner, Rev.
Graham responded to reporters'
questions.. He said religious
leaders can try to use their
influence in limited ways in
foreign affairs, by trying to bef-
riend foreign officials. During
visits to the Soviet Union he has
quietly.pressed human rights is-
sues.
He said religious leaders can
not mediate the U.S.-Libya dis-
pute "because feelings are run-
ning too high. Jesse Jackson
and A.B. Hill did their best last
year, but I don't think they ac-
complished very much, and they
don't think so either."
Asked about evangelist Pat
Robertson's possible campaign
for President, Graham said he
does not endorse political candi-
dates. "Jackson ran last time
and many thought he did a good
job. But I stay out of politics."
Asked about the Middle East,
Graham offered a one-word solu-
tion for its problems: "Love." He
described Ayatollah Khomeini of
Iran as "a man of religion, but
• not a man of God?' •

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David Lawrence, in his brief
acceptance speech, told the
audience he would work hard
"to live up to your faith and
trust." He lauded dinner chair-
man Paul Borman, speaker
Judge Damon- Keith and
Graham as an "ecumenical trio"
of his close friends. Judge Avern
Cohn made the award presenta-
tion at the event.

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