FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 7, 1994 Contact: Mike Russell 804-424-2630 Chris

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 7, 1994 Contact: Mike Russell 804-424-2630 Christian Coalition And Jewish Leaders Denounce Jackson Slur Christian Coalition, one of the nation's leading pro-family citizen organizations, today called remarks made by the Reverend Jesse Jackson "absurd" and "rank hypocrisy." Jackson, in an editorial board meeting at the Chicago Sun Times, compared the Christian Coalition to Adolph Hitler's Nazi party and claimed the Coalition was a strong force during wartime Germany. The Christian Coalition, founded in 1989, did not exist during Hitler's regime. "It's sad and pathetic that Jesse Jackson, who has dedicated his life to combating bigotry, has now committed a brazen act of bigotry himself," said Mike Russell, communications director for the Christian Coalition. "Jackson's remarks, given his past record of insensitivity toward Jewish people, are laughable. When it comes combating racism and anti-Semitism in America, Christian Coalition takes a back seat to no one," said Russell. Jackson, who once referred to New York City as "Hymietown," was repeatedly jeered, heckled and forced to cut short his remarks during an appearance at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City on December 5. Jackson's recent attack against religious conservatives has drawn criticism from Jewish leaders, who call the remarks mean-spirited and without credibility. "Jesse Jackson's accusation against Christian Coalition reveals far more about Jackson than anyone else," said Rabbi Daniel Lapin, founder of Toward Tradition. "The author of `Hymietown' and friend of Assad is himself employing bigotry against the most steadfast friends of Jews and Israel. With this latest provocation that lacks both credibility and veracity, Jackson finally forfeits all claim to seriousness," said Lapin. (MORE) Christian Coalition news release December 7, 1994 Page two Christian Coalition distributed 33 million nonpartisan voter guides prior to the November election in synagogues and African- American churches, as well as Latino, Asian, and Catholic churches. In Texas, Christian Coalition voter guides were printed both in English and Spanish. In California, Star Parker, a former welfare mother and prominent urban activist, helped distribute Christian Coalition voter guides in African-American churches. "It is the height of hypocrisy for someone who openly campaigns in churches and endorses candidates from pulpits--in clear violation of federal law--to attack his brothers and sisters in Christ who are merely exercising their rights as citizens," said Russell. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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