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placeholder March 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Letters from Readers
"Persecution of religious minorities whets the appetite for persecuting political opponents. And it inures us to claims of injustice. …To persecute people for their religious belief and form of worship is to deny the most fundamental commitment of a liberal democracy. … The patterns of violence that have historically characterized virulent anti-Semitism are unfortunately familiar today to Catholics as well. Anti-Christian sentiment in some parts of the world, like anti-Semitism, is rooted in a dislike of religious belief. It manifests itself in similar, often violent ways. … The Catholic Church … has both a duty and a powerful incentive to defend our Jewish friends against the force of anti-Semitism in the world. Their troubles are ours, and we are both righteous and prudent to do our utmost to help them." Catholics and Jews "are one family in the Abrahamic tradition."

John H. Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, testifying Feb. 27 at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

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