Religion: Naked and Appalling

Last fortnight, in his annual message to Congress, President Roosevelt linked with high-sounding words the fortunes of democracy and religion (TIME, Jan. 16). This week U. S. Protestantism's foremost journal, after ruminating the President's words, spewed them forth. It found in them a "naked and appalling meaning." The Christian Century declared that Mr. Roosevelt's speech was "like the attempt of a Mohammedan mullah to raise desert tribesmen to frenzy by preaching another jehad."

''To the President," said the Christian Century, "there apparently seemed left only one appeal with sufficient emotional content, sufficient power to paralyze men's rational processes, to carry...

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