National Affairs: Here's Why

Baptist Harry Truman was all set to receive an honorary LL.D. degree from Baptist Baylor University, of Waco, Tex. But from the Texas Baptist General Convention in Forth Worth last week came 4,500 "nays." Said the chairman of the convention's Civic Righteousness Committee in explanation: "No Baptist school should confer a degree on a man who likes his poker and drinks his bourbon. I know that we all agree that no man—even the President of the United States—could be a good Baptist and drink his liquor."

Baylor bethought itself, decided to give Harry Truman his degree anyhow.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!