NEW YORK (Nov. 7)
Nation-wide steps to combat racial and religious prejudices which are being stimulated by pro-Nazi elements in this country are reported today from various parts of the United States. In Denver, an order was issued by Colonel Early Duncan, commandant of the Army Air Corps Technical School in Colorado prohibiting any of the 10,000 men under his command to attend meetings of the America First Committee on the ground that anti-Semitic and anti-Government speeches are being delivered at these gatherings.
In Georgia, a state-wide program to unify citizens against any attempts to foment religious bigotry was reported today as being completed under the sponsorship of a group of leaders of that State and the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Prominent Catholic, Protestant and Jewish citizens of the State visited 18 colleges and universities to warn undergraduates that religious and racial prejudice is a “social disease” as dangerous to the health and morale of the nation as any medical epidemic.
An effective national unity to fight aggression from abroad and to counter divisive efforts from within was called the most pressing of all the nation’s needs today in the first annual report of the Council for Democracy issued in New York. “Those who are intent on destroying our democratic system have continuously employed a divisive strategy, bent on setting group against group, religion against religion, and region against region,” said the report. “We shall continue to condemn any attacks which are aimed against groups because they are really aimed upon our liberty and democracy and our security as a nation.”