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Friday, May 15, 2009

Not out of the woods yet

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Sen. Charles Schumer might have accepted the apology, but the controversy hasn't quite settled down.  The National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement today saying that although they appreciate state Sen. Kim Hendren's apology, it's still important that Republicans recognize that such remarks are completely unacceptable.

We appreciate that Arkansas State Senator Kim Hendren, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, has now apologized for referring to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as “that Jew.” However, it is important that Republicans on the national and state levels send a strong message that it is absolutely unacceptable to refer to individuals solely by their religion.

Read the rest of the release on the jump.

Republicans must recognize that this type of language is not acceptable in public, but more importantly, this kind of language is even more unacceptable in private. If the GOP does not want to be a marginalized permanent minority, and if Republicans want to keep their supporters in the Jewish community, the party has the responsibility to make that clear.

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