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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE,
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RABBINICAL COUNCIL,
ALLIED JEWISH FEDERATION OF COLORADO,
AND AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
STATEMENT ABOUT LOVINGWAY PENTACOSTAL CHURCH SIGN

"We ask you to consider refraining from participating" in a protest
We are all aware of the incredibly offensive and divisive message posted by the Lovingway United Pentacostal Church blaming Jews for the death of Jesus. In response, we are aware that some concerned Jews are planning a protest rally outside the Lovingway Church this evening. ADL, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RABBINICAL COUNCIL, THE ALLIED JEWISH FEDERATION AND THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE ARE NOT SPONSORING, SUPPORTING OR PARTICIPATING IN THE RALLY TONIGHT.

Bruce DeBoskey of ADL, Rabbi Bruce Dollin of the Rabbinical Council, and Gale Kahn the American Jewish Committee have been active all day speaking to Christian leaders and the media expressing our outrage at the sign. The Colorado Council of Churches has condemned the sign, asserting that the Lovingway Church does not speak for the Christian community. (See ADL Press Release and Statement of the Council of Churches on pages 2 and 3.)

In light of the response from the organized Christian community in support of our concerns, we do not believe that a protest rally is in the best interests of the Jewish community. As offensive as it is, the sign is the message of one small church. We should remember that the vast majority of local Christian leaders do not blame Jews for Jesus' death and a rally could only fuel a media circus looking for a "story" and/or the potential for conflict, which will distract from our message of concern about anti-Semitism and Gibson's "The Passion of Christ."

For these reasons, we ask you to consider refraining from participating in this rally. If you choose otherwise please do so peacefully and in the spirit of the messages contained in both the ADL press release and that of the Council of Churches.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bruce H. DeBoskey 303-830-7177
The incident is being covered by WorldNetDaily in addition to local television news. I'm going to the protest, and will let you know how it goes . . . stay tuned.