WASHINGTON (Jan. 7)
President Truman, in his State of the Union message, today named Israel among countries that bear "testimony to the sweep of the great force which is changing the face of half the world." He pointed out that Israel was among the states to emerge since he became President.
On the domestic scene, Mr. Truman warned against fear that might create prejudice. He emphasized that fear may destroy "the very way of life we are so anxious to protect." To beat back fear, he said, "we must renew our confidence in one another, our tolerance, our sense of being neighbors, fellow citizens. We must take our stand on the Bill of Rights. The inquisition, the star chamber, have no place in a free society." A more optimistic note was sounded by the President on attempts by the Administration to promote equality for minority groups. He said "there has been a great awakening of the American conscience on the issue of civil rights."