|For Immediate Release:
Contact: Anne DeLong
| 2 April 1997
Human Life International
We reject in the strongest possible terms any
suggestion that HLI is anti-Semitic.The
allegations of "bigotry" and "anti-Semitism," made by members of the
chancery staff and by the news media against
HLI are serious and defamatory.
We are deeply saddened that Archbishop Harry
Flynn has reneged on his previous commitment to
HLI and to Father Paul Marx to celebrate
the opening Mass of our international conference of pro-life leaders.
We hold Archbishop Flynn in highest regard. Even
as recently as February 24, 1997, we received a warm letter of welcome
from him, which included high praise for Fr. Marx. Therefore, we
wholeheartedly believe that his actions today are out of character and
that he has been ill-advised and ill-served by members of his staff.
Furthermore, we deplore the manner in which this
matter has been handled. Since November, we have repeatedly contacted the
chancery to request a meeting between the Archbishop and any one of the
members of our Board of Directors, all Catholic priests. These requests
were repeatedly denied.
Then, upon receipt of false, inflammatory and
defamatory information about HLI, rather
than communicate directly with our office, the chancery communicated with
us through the media, with a story that appeared in the Minneapolis
Star-Tribune on Holy Thursday, casting aspersions on the integrity of
Fr. Marx and HLI. This news report went
statewide. Continuously, our requests to speak with the Archbishop have
At the same time however, it is evident that a
"dialogue" has been conducted between members of the chancery bureaucracy
and groups that oppose HLI and the
pro-life cause. It is emphatically clear that such groups have an agenda
of their own which has nothing to do with "interfaith cooperation." Has
ecumenism come to mean abandoning one's own to the lies and calumny of the
One only need to examine the past — the
HLI 1995 World Conference in Montreal
for example — to see the well-orchestrated campaign against
HLI, which has as its genesis a 1994
report about HLI by Planned Parenthood.
The charge of anti-Semitism is a smokescreen to
hide the real agenda of the Culture of Death that
HLI meets at World Conferences: Planned
Parenthood, the Fight the Right Coalition, Refuse and Resist, Love and
Rage, radical feminists, radical gay activists and anarchists.
The Archbishop has been deceived.
PRO-LIFE RABBI REFUTES
HLI's JEWISH CRITICS
Front Royal, VA — Rabbi Yehuda Levin,
Jewish Advisor to Human Life International
expressed his extreme dismay at allegations of anti-Semitism made by the
American Jewish Congress against HLI
Founder and Chairman, Father Paul Marx.
"I've been involved with Father Marx in
furthering protection for unborn Jewish babies in Israel and North America
for more than ten years. Father Marx is providing seed money to mobilize
public support for Jewish pro-life efforts. What kind of Anti-Semite does
this?" said Levin.
Rabbi Levin pointed out the close working
relationship that Fr. Marx has with other Jewish leaders such as Midge
Dector, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Norman Kurland and Dr. Judith Reisman. He also
noted that for the past two years Fr. Marx has spearheaded interfaith
cooperation with the Jewish community by signing the Judeo Christian
Pro-Life Alliance, a document that binds both groups to work on behalf of
the unborn of all faiths: Jewish, Christian or Muslim.
"I agree with my Jewish colleague Midge Dector,
former contributing editor to Commentary magazine, that 'the charge
of anti-Semitism has become, alas, a sinfully cheapened currency, and we
feel that it is long since time to put a stop to its...tendentious
"Many secular Jews tend to be overwhelmingly
liberal, even supporting abortion on demand. Why else would B'nai Brith or
the American Jewish Congress or other such organizations not take a stand
on saving the lives of pre-born babies, Jewish or non-Jewish" Levin added.
Rabbi Levin concluded with an invitation to
members of the American Jewish Congress to join
Human Life International's efforts to
protect unborn Jewish babies and support their mothers.