POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: He Was a Great Man

The Communists continued their crusade against religion behind the Iron Curtain.

In Bulgaria's parliament last week, Foreign Minister Vassil Kolarov introduced a bill to close down religious organizations with "foreign ties." The bill described the Soviet-controlled Orthodox Church as "the People's Democratic Church."

At the same time, the Bulgarian press began to publish the "confessions" of the 15 Protestant leaders indicted for treason. Methodist Yanko Ivanov was said to have admitted giving the U.S. information "on Russian troop movements in Bulgaria." Congregationalist Vassil Ziapkov was quoted: "We betrayed our Motherland, we revealed her...

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