Religion: Fire in Colombia

The charge was religious persecution. It was made by Treasurer-elect Daniel M. Pattison of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Northern) in a letter last week to U.S. Senators and the State Department. Objects of the charge were the supporters of the Conservative Party now in power in the South American republic of Colombia. During the past year or so, said Pattison, the Roman Catholic Conservatives had been systematically trying to drive the Protestants out by beatings, bombings, arson and intimidation.

Pattison listed a round dozen "recent" incidents, gathered in a week spent in Colombia...