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Union Of American Hebrew Congregations Condemns Attacks On Pope In Germany

Such behavior is an insult not only to the Pope, but to all Catholics and to the values of love and tolerance that we, together, cherish.

June 28, 1996

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations denounces in the strongest possible terms the attacks on Pope John Paul II during his first visit to reunified Germany on June 23. We condemn the disrespect shown to the Pope, revealed through lewd conduct and the throwing of food. Such behavior is an insult not only to the Pope, but to all Catholics and to the values of love and tolerance that we, together, cherish. Those who engage in such behavior sully our public square and demean the very cause for which they are demonstrating.

One would have hoped that the German people, especially, would have understood the lesson we Jews learned all too bitterly a half century ago -- that there is a dark spectrum of bigotry and intolerance encompassing uncivil and dehumanizing words and extending to the destruction of other human beings. We must forever be vigilant at one end of the spectrum in order to protect against the even graver dangers that lie at the other.

--Statement of Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Judith Hertz, Chair of the Interreligious Affairs Committee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
June 28, 1996

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) , whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis(CCAR) whose membership includes over 1700 Reform rabbis .



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