Clinchy Sees Growing Tolerance As One of the Most Important Changes of Century

Director Everett R. Clinchy reported to the semi-annual meeting of the National Conference of Christians and Jews executive committee last night that “good fellowship among Protestants, Catholics and Jews is slowly but markedly increasing in the United States” and hailed this development as “one of the most important social changes occurring in the twentieth century.” Dr. Clinchy received the new title of president of the NCCJ.

National unity “achieved in hysteria” can “easily become a uniformity that penalizes the holding of an opinion at variance with popular opinion,” Dr. Clinchy said. Prof. Arthur H. Compton, co-chairman of the National Conference, presided.

Dr. Clinchy asserted: “America need solidarity among Protestants, Catholics and Jews for two purposes. First, to arouse citizens against the dangers of disunity invoked by the activities of individuals inciting hatred of particular religious and racial groups; second, to supply the spiritual power and vision adequate for the difficult social and economic problems in our own country which lie ahead.”

Two women were elected to membership in the National Committee, the first time that women have been so honored. They are Mrs. Edward C. Bailly, New York prominent Catholic worker, and Mrs. Parker O. Griffith, Newark, N.J. It was also decided to establish a permanent Committee of the Motion Picture Industry. J. Robert Rubin, vice-president of M-G-M was appointed chairman of this committee.

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