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United Church of Canada Urges Members to Condemn Anti-semitism

March 31, 1964
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The United Church of Canada, the largest Protestant denomination in that country, called upon its members today to condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and to seek to develop understanding relations with their Jewish neighbors.

The appeal was part of a comprehensive resolution on opposition to racial and religious prejudice based on the Christian doctrine of the equality of all men in the sight of God.

Members and congregations were urged to refrain from ridiculing other races or minority groups by falsely typing them or caricaturing them in public performances such as plays and minstrel shows. The denomination also urged members to ignore the argument that “the time is not yet ripe for reform” and to work for the immediate removal of discrimination.

The action was taken at a meeting of the denomination’s Board of Evangelism and Social Service which also condemned the federal and provincial governments which have passed anti-bias laws and urged the other provinces to do so.

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