Religion: Marriage in Africa

When the law of the state collides with the law of God, there is bound to be trouble for both state and church. Presumably, the racist Malan government of South Africa, when it banned marriages between people of white and Negro ancestry last year, hoped to avoid such complications, but it was clear that they were not to be avoided. South Africa's churchmen declared war on the "mixed marriages" act.

The President of the Methodist Church of South Africa called the law "nonChristian" and said: "We believe that all peoples of God's family...

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