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Cadman Pleads for Religious Tolerance Here

April 9, 1934
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The movement to force an end to religious intolerance will be given impetus in the inauguration of Brotherhood Day, sponsored by the National Conference of Jews and Christians, on Sunday, April 29.

“This day will mobilize the religious conscience of America against every effort to sow dissension and suspicion, and all who treasure the American tradition of religious freedom and racial tolerance will approve its purposes,” a statement issued by the Rev. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, eminent Methodist divine, said.

According to Dr. Cadman who was interviewed at a press conference in the Aldine Club, support of the Brotherhood Day movement will be forthcoming from Protestant, Catholic and Jewish religious leaders. An attempt to establish the day as a nationally observed event will be made, Dr. Cadman said. He said that the occasion for the announcement is the “circulation of false rumors about minority groups at this particular period.”

Dr. Cadman told a group of newspapermen his view that religion has been at fault in representing “dynamite” instead of being, “as it should have been,” a “cementing force for good will.”

“Hatred and suspicion of other faiths are foreign to the spirit of religion,” said Dr. Cadman. “The National Conference of Jews and Christians has set aside this day to emphasize the moral obligations of the essential teachings of the three great religious groups in America.”

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