|Bigotry Over a Beer Label
With the recent announcement that the Adolph Coors Brewing Co. will carry the ""
symbol on its beer, Hans Schmidt, founder of the California-based German-American National
Political Action Committee (GANPAC) took it upon himself to write a protest letter to
Peter Coors, President of the company.
Schmidt, who was a member of the Hitler Youth and claims to have served in the
Waffen-SS during World War II, has been a leading proponent of Holocaust
"revisionism" in the United States for many years. Following along the lines of
many other anti-Semites, Schmidt promotes the myth of "Jewish control" of banks,
the media, and the government.
In his letter to Peter Coors, Schmidt asserted that "as someone of German descent
you ought to be ashamed to acquiesce to this scheme. You must know that the Jews in the
aggregate use a lot of the finances thus gathered to spy on non-Jews (ADL!), to terrorize
others (JDL), to ruin other people's businesses (numerous Jewish organizations and
individuals), and to promote their political power to the point where this Country has
been subservient to the needs of another nation (Israel)."
Schmidt also repeated the usual false chaises regarding kosher symbols, including that
"there usually are great costs and efforts connected with the kosher certification
and that rabbis will make upwards of $450,000 from Coors." In a post-script Schmidt
made the suggestion that Coors add the following symbols to its label: "a symbolic
fish for Protestants," "a Christian Cross for Catholics," and "a
Swastika for Nordics/Odinists."
Some extremists call for a boycott of foods and companies that succumb to the
"kosher conspiracy." For example, in an April 25, 1990 newsletter published by
the Populist Party, a far-right political group, chairperson Monica Rorhig states:
"God knows we are taxed enough already without volunteering to tithe to a foreign
country and a foreign philosophy. It's a kick to walk out of a grocery store knowing you
have successfully evaded this illegal tax." Ms. Rorhig explains that through such
means as this alleged tax, "we (as a nation) are being carefully herded closer and
closer to International totalitarian tyranny." Pamphlets, in groups of
offered through this newsletter for Populist Party members to circulate and spread the
warning against this "unfair taxing."
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