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Church Synod in South Africa Assures It Has No Anti-jewish Intentions, Leader Says

Dr. L.V. Rex, member of the Dutch Reform Church synod in the Transvaal, denied today that the synod’s recent statement that its members should judge a candidate for public office on whether or not he is of “good Christian character” was a plea not to support Jewish candidates.

In an interview with the newspaper Die Volksblad, in which he commented on the decision of the South African Board of Deputies to seek clarification of the synod’s position, Dr. Rex declared:

“I can well understand that the statement could be interpreted in the way the Deputies think. But I want to give an assurance that it is not aimed against Jews at all. The matter of the candidate’s faith was not questioned at all.” He added that the synod’s proposal was aimed at the “behavior and character” of a candidate, not his religious faith.