Gen. Eisenhower Attacks Bigotry, Prejudice As Greatest Threats to American Way of Life

Bigotry, hatred and prejudice within this country are greater dangers to the American way of life than threats from without, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of Columbia University, declared here last night in an address read for him at the 15th anniversary dinner of the New York Adult Education Council.

Gen. Eisenhower insisted that “people are not free who harbor irrational prejudices, as wall as give lip service to the good-neighbor principle, which in essence means the recognition of the worth and dignity of each human begin, regardless of race, color, creed and social status.” Another speaker at the dinner was former Gov. Herbert H. Lehman.

A movement to bar Jews from the Phi Kappa Pei fraternity, which recently achieved nation-wide notoriety for suspending its Amherst College chapter when the chapter pledged a Negro, was today exposed by David G. McConnell, a Columbia University student who resigned from the fraternity as a result of the Amherst chapter’s suspension. He revealed that the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, alumni association of the fraternity, has circulated a resolution to all chapters of the fraternity seeking to prohibit the membership of “adherents of all Semitic creeds.”

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