Religion: Moral Poison

Must we hate the enemy to win the war? That debate was going on, hotly and heavily, in the New York Times. The affirmative had been opened by Rex Stout, bewhiskered detective story writer, chairman of the Writers' War Board, with an article called We Shall Hate, or We Shall Fail.

Stout wanted to rouse hatred against those Germans "who accept, either actively or passively, the doctrine of the German master race . . . [or] who, reluctant to join the Nazis, nevertheless failed, through lack of courage or conviction, to prevent the Nazis from . . . plunging the world into...

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