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New Hungarian Law Does Not Deprive Jews of Freedom of Religion, Minister States

Freedom of religion for Jews in Hungary is not limited by the recently adopted law withdrawing official recognition from the Jewish religion, it was stated in the Hungarian Parliament by Dr. Valentine Homan, Minister of Education, according to Budapest papers reaching here today.

Answering a demand by several deputies that the Jewish religion not be recognized at all “until various branches of this confession be examined to see whether they offend against state laws,” Homan said that the principle of personal freedom of faith has not been affected by the new legislation. He added that an examination of Jewish religious practices was unnecessary because he was familiar with the nature of “these sects” and, therefore, was in a position to interfere in case their statutes or acts violated the laws. Homan also pointed out that it was not necessary to limit the acquisition of property by Jews for synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and charitable institutions since this was already done by a law of 1895.