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Major Jewish Bodies Warn Against Supporting “the Protestant;” Consider Magazine Harmful

Central Jewish organizations engaged in combatting anti-Semitism in this country today made public a resolution advising against support of the magazine “The Protestant” and other enterprises of The Protestant Digest, Inc. on the basis of an investigation which they said established that the magazine, while soliciting funds “ostensibly for the purpose of combatting anti-Semitism” has in fact “contributed to inter-group dissension, and is inimical to the interests of the Jewish community in America.”

The resolution which emphasizes that The Protestant “has no connection with any official body of the Protestant Church,” was adopted by the National Community Relations Advisory Council, which is the central coordinating and policy-formulating body of the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of America, Union of American Hebrew Congregations and local Jewish community councils. Its text reads:

“The National Community Relations Advisory Council, acting under the direction of its plenary session, held in Chicago on June 15,16, and 17, 1946, has reviewed the published material, program, activities, and techniques of the Protestant Digest, Inc., publisher of the magazine known as The Protestant, which has no connection with any official body of the Protestant Church; and finis that while its solicitations of funds are ostensibly for the purpose of combatting anti-Semitism, the Protestant Digest, Inc. has contributed to inter-group dissension, and has obstructed the development of good inter-group relations in the United States; that it has made irresponsible and malicious attacks upon Jewish agencies, national and local; and that it is inimical to the interests of the Jewish community in America. The National Community Relations Advisory Council therefore urges its constituent agencies to discourage support of the Protestant Digest, Inc., of its magazine, The Protestant, and of its other enterprises.”

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