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SILENCE LETS FIRES BURN UNABATED, WIESEL SAYS

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Elie Wiesel says the rash of black church fires in the United States signals an ominous prob-lem - silence.

The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner said he worries more about those who don't speak out against the church fires than about the people who set the blazes."Wherever fanaticism begins we must halt it immediately. If not it will be too late," he said Sunday at a speech at Florida State University in Tal-la-hassee.

There have been about 40 fires at predominantly black churches, mostly in the South, since January 1995.

"I cannot understand how it is possible in our society . . . that there should be today stupid, vile, vicious men who use violence and fire to express their hatred," Wiesel said.