Religion: Gatlin Back

Chaplain Laurel Garnett Gatlin was back on active service in the U.S. Navy last week. Said the 45-year-old Southern Baptist: "The Lord has overruled the injustices meted out to me in my removal from active duty by recalling me to do the thing I felt I had a right to do."

The thing handsome fundamentalist Chaplain Gatlin felt he had a right to do was to win sailors to Christ. In eight months, he converted 31 men. But the Navy found the Kentucky-born chaplain's sawdust-trail activities "embarrassing and disquieting," asked him to resign. When he stood his ground and refused, he was...

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