Christian Conservative Leader Resurrects a Discredited View: AJCongress Calls On Conservatives to Repudiate Weyrich, for Accusing Jews of Killing Christ

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Jewish Congress

    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- American
 Jewish Congress Executive Director Phil Baum today issued the following
 statement in which he called on conservatives to repudiate Christian Right
 leader Paul Weyrich, who in his Good Friday message blamed Jews for the death
 of Christ. (AJCongress' statement was issued in response to an inquiry by
 journalist Evan Gahr.):
 
     "In his Good Friday message, Christian Conservative leader Paul Weyrich
 stated that 'Christ was crucified by the Jews. . . He was not what the Jews
 had expected so they considered Him a threat. Thus he was put to death.'
     "Weyrich's effort to slander the Jews for the death of Jesus places him at
 odds not only with the Jews he has demonized, but with the whole of
 Christendom, which has now repudiated the effort to blame the Jews for Jesus'
 death. Over the centuries, that view, now resurrected by Weyrich, led to
 endless pogroms, crusades and inquisitions.
     "What makes this retrograde message even more disquieting is the reality
 that Weyrich is not some fringe character, a zealot with little or no
 following. Rather, he is a highly influential spokesman for conservative
 causes, who chairs a weekly luncheon meeting that draws some 70 other
 conservatives, as well as representatives from the Bush Administration.
 Weyrich's prominence lends credibility to the oft-heard charge that the
 Christian Right is indifferent to, and tolerant of bigotry.
     "In sharp contrast to Weyrich's hateful message, President Bush in his
 Passover/Easter message, spoke eloquently of America as an inclusive society,
 where believers of all faiths and not only Christians, are welcome. It is
 disturbing, therefore, that representatives of his Administration should
 elevate Weyrich to a position of significance and leadership.
     "In the light of Weyrich's recent comments, we call on conservatives to
 choose the path taken by the President and to repudiate the one chosen by
 Weyrich, making clear that they, too, regard America as an inclusive society
 with no room for these dated, repudiated and hateful doctrines that Weyrich
 thinks are good news."
 
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    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- American
 Jewish Congress Executive Director Phil Baum today issued the following
 statement in which he called on conservatives to repudiate Christian Right
 leader Paul Weyrich, who in his Good Friday message blamed Jews for the death
 of Christ. (AJCongress' statement was issued in response to an inquiry by
 journalist Evan Gahr.):
 
     "In his Good Friday message, Christian Conservative leader Paul Weyrich
 stated that 'Christ was crucified by the Jews. . . He was not what the Jews
 had expected so they considered Him a threat. Thus he was put to death.'
     "Weyrich's effort to slander the Jews for the death of Jesus places him at
 odds not only with the Jews he has demonized, but with the whole of
 Christendom, which has now repudiated the effort to blame the Jews for Jesus'
 death. Over the centuries, that view, now resurrected by Weyrich, led to
 endless pogroms, crusades and inquisitions.
     "What makes this retrograde message even more disquieting is the reality
 that Weyrich is not some fringe character, a zealot with little or no
 following. Rather, he is a highly influential spokesman for conservative
 causes, who chairs a weekly luncheon meeting that draws some 70 other
 conservatives, as well as representatives from the Bush Administration.
 Weyrich's prominence lends credibility to the oft-heard charge that the
 Christian Right is indifferent to, and tolerant of bigotry.
     "In sharp contrast to Weyrich's hateful message, President Bush in his
 Passover/Easter message, spoke eloquently of America as an inclusive society,
 where believers of all faiths and not only Christians, are welcome. It is
 disturbing, therefore, that representatives of his Administration should
 elevate Weyrich to a position of significance and leadership.
     "In the light of Weyrich's recent comments, we call on conservatives to
 choose the path taken by the President and to repudiate the one chosen by
 Weyrich, making clear that they, too, regard America as an inclusive society
 with no room for these dated, repudiated and hateful doctrines that Weyrich
 thinks are good news."
 
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