Mexico, D. F. (Aug. 31)
Aldermanic President Bernard S. Deutsch’s statement on arriving in New York correcting the “inaccurate versions” of his remarks on religious tolerance in Mexico, was highly praised in an editorial in yesterday morning’s issue of the Catholic newspaper La Palabra.
The statements made by Mr. Deutsch on the occasion of his recent visit to this city, which he said had been inaccurately reported by the newspapers, were severely condemned by Catholics both here and in many parts of the world.
The newspaper comments that “Deutsch did not for a moment wish the public to gain the impression that he is an enemy of liberty and religious tolerance.”
In a statement following his arrival from Mexico on Tuesday, Mr. Deutsch said that the criticism leveled upon him was “all based on inaccurate reports of my purported remarks.”
Mr. Deutsch had been quoted widely as having said he found no evidence of religious intolerance or persecution of minorities during his three-weeks stay in Mexico.
He explained that the only remarks he made were in praise of the progress the government had made in connection with public improvements he had just inspected.