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July 16, 1994

Money Matters

The Rush-bashing organization Fairness and Accuracy in Media is wrong and Mr. Limbaugh is right as usual.

FAIR contends the big guy was wrong when he stated that "banks take risks in issuing student loans" because the student loans are federally insured.

Since 20 to 23 percent of all student loans are in default, the banks have the expense to collect them, not the government.

The federal government insures only the principal. Banks are at risk for students loans.

Let The Sun keep score in FAIR's "reign of error" vs. Rush's "I told you so."

E. C. Chavatel Jr.

Hunt Valley

Farrakhan

Peter A. Jay's June 30 column states, "It's unwise to demonize [Minister Louis] Farrakhan to the point of ridiculing or condemning whatever he has to say. To do so is to make the common mistake of confusing legitimate and perhaps vital public objectives with the politics of those who advocate them."

None of the protesters of Mr. Farrakhan's condemnations of the Jews protested his legitimate and vital objectives to educate young black men.

If Mr. Jay has any evidence of any "ridiculing or condemning" of these commendable objectives by those who protested his condemnation of the Jews, he should make it known. Otherwise he will leave the impression that the confusion is his own.

Milton Layden

Baltimore

Radical Decision

Contrary to the whining interpretations of the rival amici curiae printed in Perspective July 3, the Supreme Court decision in the Kiriyas Joel case was a radical deviation from past policy and a major victory for religious minorities.

The court's opposition to the all-Hasidic school district was limited to its having been created by a special statue that deviated from New York's established policy of not allowing any village to set up its own school district.

The court went out of its way not to object to the provision of all other municipal services from the all-Hasidic village of Kiriyas Joel, since it was chartered through a general statute applicable any group.

The new "holding" is that if no preference is being given to one group (religious or non-religious) over another, any religiously oriented group can apply for a governmental privilege. This is not an analysis the opponents of Kiriyas Joel wanted to hear.

Heretofore the educational establishment has assumed that any substantial deviation in public school practice to accommodate a religious minority was prohibited by the Constitution.

Not only has the Supreme Court said that such accommodations are constitutional, they said they expect the local school district to make such accommodations.

In a city like Baltimore, whose substantial Orthodox Jewish community has been excluded from many services by the intolerance or indifference of the secular establishment, the recognition of a constitutional duty to accommodate religious minorities may result in radical changes.

Aaron Wolfe Kuperman

Baltimore

Sainted Word

While I appreciate his review of my book, "The Jew in the Lotus," your reviewer was mistaken when he called my rendering of the Hebrew word for "saint" as "hasid" a "definite howler" ("Seeking spirituality; coming home," July 3).

If I have howled, it is in excellent company: "Hasid" is used this way in the Talmud (Pirke Avot 5:10) and by Rashi and Maimonides -- as can be seen in the translation of Professor Judah Goldin.

However, I do believe your reviewer was accurate when he found The Jew in the Lotus" to be "full of vivid observations and provocative speculations."

Rodger Kamenetz

Baton Rouge, La.

Racist Flag?

Gregory P. Kane is absolutely wrong when he writes that "the United Daughters of the Confederacy insignia . . . contained the symbol of the Confederate battle flag" ("A Flag That Symbolized the Opposite of the American Ideal," Opinion * Commentary, July 11).

The flag that is shown in the insignia of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is not the Confederate battle flag. It is the "Stars and Bars," the first Confederate flag, which was adopted in 1861 by the Confederate convention in Montgomery, Ala.

Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois didn't know that, either. But it didn't stop her from denouncing this fine group of ladies who work as unpaid volunteers at such institutions as veterans' hospitals, homeless shelters, food banks and homes for battered women.

They have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and have provided academic awards to our service academies.

Oveta Culp Hobby, who led the Texas chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in her time, was the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare under President Dwight Eisenhower.

Mr. Kane should get his facts straight before he starts berating those he labels as "latter-day sympathizers with the Confederacy."

Richard T. Seymour

Baltimore

It's No Surprise Keith Murphy Was Mugged

Michael Olesker's column June 30 lamented the fact that no one would stop and help Keith Murphy, the victim of a mugging outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a ball game.

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