WASHINGTON (Jul. 4)
President Carter expressed his “complete solidarity” with the people who demonstrated against the American Nazis in Chicago and Skokie last week. The White House has made available to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency the text of a telegram the President sent on June 25 to Sol Goldstein, chairman of the Holocaust Survivors Association of the Jewish United Fund (JUF) of Metropolitan Chicago.
Carter’s message said that as President “I must respect the decision of the Supreme Court allowing this group (the Nazis) to express their views, even when those views are despicable and ugly as they are in this case. But if such views must be expressed, I am pleased they will not go unanswered. That is why I want to voice my complete solidarity with those citizens of Skokie and Chicago who will gather Sunday (June 25) in a peaceful demonstration of their abhorrence of Nazism….Your peaceful demonstration against Nazism is in the best tradition of American.”