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Rabbis Hear Congressional Committees’ Threats to Rights Denounced

Some 250 Orthodox Jewish rabbis from 22 states today heard Congressional investigating committees denounced as threats to the basic freedoms of all citizens and to freedom of the pulpit, as a two-day mid-winter conference of the Rabbinical Council of America opened here. The conference called for effective and concerted action with other religious faiths to combat threats to the rights of religious leaders.

Rabbi Uri Miller, past president of the Council, urged it to “rally all religious forces so that, fighting communism, our threat from without, we succumb not to the threat from within.” He said that the threat to freedom in America is real and greater than at any time in American history.

Will Maslow, director of the American Jewish Congress Commission on Law and Social Action, declared that “the vital working of democracy can not be sustained in as atmosphere in which dissent is confused with disloyalty or in which all non-conformity is held suspect.”

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