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 ADLs 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 Governors
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 Governors letter:
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
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.
George W. Bush
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.