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September 18, 1992 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-18

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1992

1

When Bill Clinton spoke to
the B'nai B'rith convention
last week, the media ignored
one topic of his speech: He
endorsed the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act.
But Mr. Clinton's en-
dorsement was noticed by
backers of the measure,
which is bogged down in
Congress. Mr. Clinton is the
first presidential candidate
— ever — to take note of the
measure, which would over-
turn a 1990 Supreme Court
decision making it easier for
states to restrict the re-
ligious practices of
minorities.
Bills are pending in both
houses of Congress, but
leaders in both the Senate
and House seem reluctant to
act on RFRA before the
other chamber acts on the
measure.
The impasse has in-
furiated supporters of the
bill, who hope that Gov.
Clinton's comments at B'nai
B'rith could spur action on

Bill Clinton:
Talked about RFRA.

the gridlocked bill.
RFRA supporters also
hope to convince President
Bush to support the measure
— despite the fact that the
Catholic Church is vigor-
ously opposing it. This is an
important factor since the
Bush/Quayle campaign is
heavily wooing Catholics.



B'nai B'rith
Redefines Itself

It was a heady week for
B'nai B'rith president Kent
Schiner, whose troubled
organization met last week
in Washington to find a way
out of its long fiscal slump.
Mr. Schiner appeared on
the dais with President
George Bush. Through the
miracle of satellite televi-
sion, also on the dais were
with Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin and presiden-
tial contender Bill Clinton.
More importantly, Mr.
Schiner saw the 1,000 dele-
gates pass almost all his
proposals for a "new B'nai
B'rith." These were design-
ed to help B'nai B'rith cope
with a multi-million dollar
deficitand a slide in mem-
bership, especially among
younger Jews.
Changes approved by the
group will narrow B'nai
B'rith's focus to three
primary areas — interna-
tional and government af-
fairs, senior citizens ser-
vices, and family and youth
issues.
Delegates also rejected a
measure to allow non-Jewish
spouses to fully participate
in B'nai B'rith membership.
"Most delegates accepted
that B'nai B'rith has to ad-
just to what the Jewish
community is looking for,"
said Mr. Schiner, who was

elected by acclimation to a
second two-year term.
"There are many who want
to take part, but not through
the traditional ways. This
will be a real breakthrough ❑
to the younger people."

NEWS h"."'

French Leader
Meets Assad

Paris (JTA) — French For-
eign Minister Roland Dumas
held a brief, previously
unannounced meeting with
Syrian President Hafez
Assad, reportedly at Israel's
request.
The meeting, which took
place in Damascus, followed
unusually extensive talks
Dumas held last week in
Paris with Israeli Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres.
In Jerusalem, Israeli For-
eign Ministry officials said
that Dumas had transmitted
no messages from Israel dur-
ing his visit to the Syrian
capital.
Mr. Peres, for his part, con-
firmed that he had discussed
Syria and its role in the
peace process at the Paris
talks, but said he asked the
French government to
undertake no special action.

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