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U.S. Cultural Exchange Program to Tolerate No Religious Bias Abroad

United States educational and cultural exchange programs would tolerate no religious or racial discrimination by beneficiaries abroad under terms of a provision inserted into the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 yesterday by Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat.

Rep. Farbstein, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added the measure in his capacity of conferee designated by the House to reconcile differences between the Senate and House versions of the legislation. The provision, now a part of the statement of purpose of the Act, reads:

“The managers on the part of the House desire that in the administration of the various programs authorized by this bill no discrimination as to race, creed, or color be practiced in the selection of individuals to perform functions under this bill or to benefit from the provisions of the program authorized in the bill. Similarly, they desire that countries that practice such discrimination shall not be the beneficiaries of any of the programs authorized in this bill.”

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