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Gov. George W. Bush Assures ADL He Respects All Religions

New York, NY, December 8, 1998…Texas Governor George W. Bush has assured the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of his respect for all religions and that "judgements about heaven do not belong in the realm of politics…" The Governor was responding to ADL’s concern about his 1993 statement that those who do not believe in Jesus Christ do not go to heaven.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said, " We welcome the Governor’s sensitivity and demonstration of respect for religions other than his own and his commitment to tolerance, diversity and the principles of religious freedom. The matter of his 1993 statement is now behind us."

Following is the complete text of the Governor’s letter:

Dear Abe:

I am troubled that some people were hurt by my remarks. I never intended to make judgements about the faith of others. Judgements about heaven do not belong in the realm of politics or this world; they belong to a Higher Authority. In discussing my own personal faith as a Christian, I in no way meant to imply any disrespect or to denigrate any other religion. During my four years as Governor, I have set a positive tone that indicates my respect for individuals from all faiths, all backgrounds and all walks of life.

I regret the concern caused by my statement and reassure you and the Jewish community that you have my deepest respect. I am staunchly committed to the principles of religious freedom, tolerance and diversity that are embodied in the First Amendment.

Sincerely,

George W. Bush

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