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Protestant Clergymen Appeal to Christian Leaders in U.S. to Combat Anti-semitism

An appeal to Christians in the United States to intensify their fight against anti-Semitism was issued here today by leading clergy men and religious teachers of various Protestant churches through the Council Against Intolerance. The appeal warns Christian leaders that “widespread anti-Jewish feeling is a cancerous growth pushing its evil roots deep into the vitals of the Christian Church.”

“There is no graver threat to the spiritual life of the church than the manner in which we have denied the gospel of Christ in our dealing with Jews,” the appeal says. “Not to acknowlege this with penitence and humility and meet it with courage and honesty is to conceal and nourish the cancer.” The appeal to Christian leaders will be sent throughout the United States to ministers and priests of all sects and to religious publications. “It is the belief of the Council Against Intolerance that the appeal will form the basis for a nationwide re-appraisal of the attitude of the Christian Churches in America toward Jews and Judaism,” an announcement said.