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Jewish and Christian Leaders Urge Bush to Back General Pace

News Conference at White House March 15, 10:00 AM


Contact: National Clergy Council, 202-546-8329, extension 106


WASHINGTON, Mar. 14 /Standard Newswire/ -- Representatives of the National Clergy Council, the Rabbinical Alliance of America and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis will hold a news conference tomorrow morning, March 15, in front of the White House to urge President Bush to retain and support Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace.


The group will also denounce criticism of Pace by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Virginia Senator John Warner.


Letters of support from religious leaders and activists will be hand-delivered to the White House following the news conference.


News Conference Details:


What: Joint News Conference by Jewish and Christian Religious Leaders in Support of General Peter Pace


When: Thursday, March 15, 10:00 AM


Where: North sidewalk along Pennsylvania Ave, opposite White House gates


Who: Participants include Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council and chairman, Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance; Rabbi Yehuda Levin of the Rabbinical Alliance of America and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis; and Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition


Rev. Rob Schenck stated, "General Pace is correct in all he said about homosexual acts and should be applauded not pilloried. We have urged President Bush to fully support him and look forward to his doing so."


Rabbi Yehuda Levin stated, "This is a moral issue and President Bush needs to step up and say so. This isn't a religious matter; it is moral and requires moral straight talk."


Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney stated, "This isn't about discrimination, it's about right and wrong. Americans believe in moral order in the military. General Pace needs support, not criticism."