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Mecham Lauds U.S. as Christian Nation--to Jewish Group

December 15, 1987|United Press International

PHOENIX — Embattled Gov. Evan Mecham, who is fighting a recall campaign charging him with racial insensitivity, faced new criticism today for telling a synagogue breakfast the United States is "a great Christian nation."

Rabbi David Mayer, who invited Mecham to address his congregation Sunday, said the Republican governor's remarks were a "disgrace" and "extremely insulting to all minority religions."

During his talk, the governor was asked whether he said at a ceremony in September to mark the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution that the United States is a Christian nation.

According to Mayer, Mecham replied, "I said it, and I'll say it again."

The governor has been quietly visiting churches throughout the Phoenix area on Sundays. Facing a vigorous recall effort, Mecham has been accused of making insulting remarks about blacks, Hispanics, women and homosexuals.

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