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February 15, 2000
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HILLARY CLINTON AND THE POLITICS OF RELIGION
First Lady Unsettled by Letter Supporting American Religious Traditions

    NEW YORK, FEB 13 (ZENIT).- Hillary Clinton, now formally a candidate for the position of Senator of New York, this week accused New York City's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, of unduly introducing the theme of religion into the elections. According to the "New York Times" on Feb. 10, Mrs. Clinton declared that she was scandalized by a Giuliani fundraising letter in which he made references to her hostility toward the country's religious traditions. The same letter also contained allusions to "liberal judges" who have prohibited displaying of the Ten Commandments in schools.

    Giuliani termed the comments of Mrs. Clinton as mere political propaganda and added that the issue is not new: the letter was sent in October, during the conflict about the Museum of Brooklyn's reprehensible "art" exhibit. Mrs. Clinton made her declaration during a press conference and returned to the same theme at a speech to 1,500 students and professors in the University of Syracuse. Giuliani has not yet presented himself as the Republican candidate to challenge Mrs. Clinton's bid for the Senate position, but it is expected that he will do so shortly.

    Only a few days earlier, Hillary Clinton declared that if she were elected to Senate, she would vote against all candidates for the Supreme Court who are anti-abortion, saying that she "couldn't imagine herself voting to confirm a candidate like that." Giuliani has supported the "right" to abortion in the past despite presenting himself as Catholic, but commented that he would not dismiss the possibility of voting in favor of a pro-life judge. ZE00021325

          

February 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 32
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