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Federal Commission Asked to Ban Preacher’s Radio Broadcasts; Tales Called Anti-semitic


The Federal Communications Commission was asked by Judge Emanuel Lewis of Savannah Recorder’s Court to bar an evangelist–Mordecai F. Ham, of Louisville–from using the facilities of 32 southern radio stations on charges that he preaches anti-Semitism.

Judge Lewis’ petition to the F.C.C. said it sought to sot a standard for the radio industry by establishing the preaching of race hatred as contrary to the public interest. The judge added that he had “no objection to Ham’s appearance on the radio so long as he does not abuse the facilities created for the public interest by string up religious hatred.”

The petition charged that Ham is presently, and for some time in the past, engaged “in open anti-Semitism” though he has attempted to conceal the anti-Semitic nature of his broadcasts “by shrouding them in religious verbiage.” The petition to the F.C.C. listed 12 examples of alleged anti-Semitic talks and writings attributed to Mr. Ham which date back to 1924.

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