Religion: War and Peace

America's part in the war was an issue at five Protestant denominational assemblies last month. This is what they did about it:

Northern Presbyterians weaseled, passing a resolution which, in the wry words of their almost moderator, Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, "takes back in the second half what it says in the first." The original draft was strongly pacifist, but such words as "war is without capacity to accomplish righteous aims" were voted out and replaced by a plea to sustain the democracies "to the utmost in their brave struggle"—except that "much more still is to be gained by America remaining free...

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