Religion: Biblical Draft

General Hugh Samuel Johnson is a lively columnist, a good Episcopalian, a strong believer in conscription. Last week, seeking ammunition for a pro-conscription broadside, Columnist Johnson resorted to Holy Writ. Titling a column "Biblical Draft," he cited Scripture to his purpose: Numbers XXVI, 1-2, for registration of the whole adult population and classification as to its availability for military service; Numbers XXXI, 3-4, for assignment of quotas, and Deuteronomy XX, 5-9, for a likely list of exemptions from active service.

Few clerics like to have laymen do their preaching for them. Columnist Johnson was soon under a ministerial barrage of...

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