The Cult Phenomenon in the United States (1979) ("Statement of Rabbi MauriceDavis.")Joint-Congressional Proceedings,statements by Rabbi Maurice DavisINFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES, February 5, 1979,318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. P.74-80. of Transcript ofProceedings.Senator Dole. Congressman Ottinger would like to introduce the next witness.Mr. Ottinger. The next witness is a constituent of mine, Rabbi Maurice Davis. Hecomes from White Plains, a Rabbi of the Jewish Community Center. He is a facultymember at Manhattan College. He has been actively involved with working with youngpeople to deprogram them from cults for over five years. He is responsible forseparating some 128 young people from these organizations.I would just like to take the opportunity to welcome a very distinguishedconstituent.STATEMENT OF RABBI MAURICE DAVIS, SENIOR RABBI, JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, WHITEPLAINS, NEW YORK.Rabbi Davis. Thank you, Congressman Ottinger. Thank you, Senator Dole.There is a touch of deja vu about this gathering. Three years ago you convenedjust such a meeting as this is at which I was privileged to speak. I thanked youthen. And I thank you now.Between then and now the Fraser Subcommittee has published its report declaringthat the laws of this land have been systematically violated by the UnificationChurch; we have watched the cults proliferate; we have witnessed the horror ofJonestown; and we cannot help but ask when is something going to be done.Now, I am a Jew, and I am a Rabbi, and I cherish -- as do my people -- thegrandure of the First Amendment. That amendment prevents, and properly so, thegovernment from investigating the beliefs of any group that calls itselfreligious; but it does not prevent the government from investigating theactivities of any group, whatever its name might be.No man and no group in this country is above the law. Indeed, for 1000 years andmore my people have lived with the Hebrew phrase, "Di nai delma cultna de nai."[Phonetic.]"The law of the land is the law."Unless that law is upheld and enforced, we all of us are victims and we Jews knowthis very well.I have here, Senator Dole and gentlemen, resolutions from the Union of AmericanHebrew Congregations, the New York Federation of Reformed Synogogues, and theCentral Conference of American Rabbis, all pointing out the very real dangersimplicit in the cults that plague our land.In the interests of time, I shall not read these, but I shall hand them to you,Senator Dole.In fact, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has established a NationalCommission on Cults which it is my privilege to chair.