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Stevenson, Eisenhower Urge Racial and Religious Cooperation

Both major Presidential candidates called for understanding and cooperation among all racial and religious groups in this country in statements made public here today by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which had solicited the statements.

“Without tolerance, without understanding of each other or without a spirit of brotherhood, we would soon cease to exist as a great nation,” General Dwight D Eisenhower said. He called on every American to pledge that in political affairs “no taint of religious or racial animosity shall trouble our national unity.”

Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson urged the removal of “fear and prejudice” and the destruction of “the myths that gnaw at our vitals.” He insisted that “we can ill afford to exhibit to the world either incompetence or injustice in dealing with the relations of racial or religious groups.”