AJC Radio Message: Celebrating the Blessing of Religious Freedom

December 23, 2007 – New York – “During this joyous holiday season, we affirm our respective faiths,” says American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris in his national radio commentary. Celebrating Chanukah or Christmas, there are blessings of religious freedom and mutual respect, says Harris.

Harris’s weekly messages on the CBS radio network air during the Osgood File, and on Bloomberg radio. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

This is a special week.

For Christians, there’s Christmas.

For Jews, there’s Chanukah.

For all, there are blessings.

The blessing of religious freedom.

We’re free to worship, or not, as we choose.

The blessing of mutual respect.

We’re of many faiths, but one nation.

At AJC, for more than a century, we’ve fought to defend religious freedom for all.

And we’ve helped foster mutual respect among religious faiths.

We believe that actions speak louder than words.

In New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, AJC helped repair a damaged synagogue and the Catholic church across the street.

When arsonists set fire to an African American church in Georgia, AJC was there to help rebuild it.

And when a Greek Orthodox church was destroyed on 9/11, AJC offered assistance.

During this joyous holiday season, we affirm our respective faiths.

Let’s also remember, though, what unites us, starting with our common humanity.

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.
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