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Subject: ADL changes position on Matthew Hale
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 05:32:15 GMT
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>	CHICAGO, July 7 (UPI) -- The holiday weekend shooting spree that left  
>former Northwestern basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong and a Korean Indiana 
>University graduate student dead has prompted the Anti-Defamation League 
>to change its position on whether white supremacist Matthew Hale 
>deserves a law license. 
>	The ADL had supported granting the license on free speech grounds,  
>but has reversed its position, saying Hale must take responsibility for 
>the murderous spree allegedly committed by one of his supporters. 
>	Hale, 27, of East Peoria, Ill., is the leader of the World Church of  
>the Creator, a white-supremacist organization that seeks a separate 
>religion for whites and preaches hatred of other races. 
>	Among its members was Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, 21, whom police  
>suspect in a series of shootings that began Friday night in Chicago and 
>spread as far as Bloomington, Ind. Two people -- Byrdsong and Won-Joon 
>Yoon, 26, of Bloomington, Ind. -- died. Nine others were wounded -- all of 
>them Orthodox Jews dressed in traditional garb, and blacks. 
>	Funerals were scheduled for today.  
>	The shootings began after Hale was denied a law license for the  
>second time Friday although investigators are reluctant to tie the two 
>together as yet. 
>	Despite Hale's statements that the church preaches hatred, not  
>violence, CBS News is reporting the FBI now suspects church members were 
>involved in a series of hate crimes, including attacks on three 
>synagogues in Sacramento, Calif. 
>	The ADL, the world's leading organization in the fight against anti-  
>Semitism, says it is withdrawing its support of a law license for Hale. 
>ADL general counsel Harlan Loeb, paraphrasing Supreme Court Justice 
>Oliver Wendell Holmes, says, ``Matt Hale has lit the match and he must 
>accept responsibility for the ensuing fire.'' 
>	The Jewish Federation of Chicago Tuesday urged its 40,000 Chicago-  
>area members not to be intimidated by the weekend shooting spree. In an 
>unusual mass-mailing, the federation said though the shootings were 
>directed at easily identifiable minorities, ``Friday evening's violence 
>was directed against the entire Jewish community, and that the entire 
>community stands together as one in response to it.'' 
>	Rabbi Menachem Rosenfeld, director of the Chicago Rabbinical Council,  
>says, ``People should not be afraid of going to their synagogues or 
>patronizing Jewish institutions. This event was hopefully very unique 
>and will not repeat itself in our lives. Life must go on.'' 
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