Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Jewish Groups Protest Nazi Glorifying Rock Band At NYC Catholic Church Hall
NYC Jewish Groups are protesting the upcoming Friday evening performance at Croatian Church of St. Cyril & Methodius on 10th Avenue in Midtown of Croatian Singer Marko Perkovic and his Band Thompson Extol Ethnic Cleansing along with their fans that often greeted with Nazi salutes. In his native Croatia, Perkovic is hugely popular where thousands turn out for his shows, many wearing black caps of the Nazi's vicious military regime.
Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote to Edward Cardinal Egan saying, "...I urge you to take the lead on this issue and to reaffirm the Catholic Churches commitment against anti-Semitism, intolerance and violence, messages of bigotry should not be welcome here."
Perkovic has been banned in both Canada and the Netherlands because of his ultra-nationalist act and glorification of Nazism.
Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League has said of the Catholic Church, "...they should know better...people should not go to church to hear hatred or the glorification of Nazism...no place of worship should host it or welcome it."