Foreign News: The Unspeakable Crime

Like skin disease and real poverty, sodomy is one of those enduring evils not generally favored as dinner-table conversation among solidly respectable Britons. In 1895, British Victorians forgot their table manners for a while when Poet-Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of sodomy and bundled off to prison,* but in time the topic dropped back once again to the realm of racy wit and awed whisper.

Last week, buttressed by solemn pronouncements in press, pulpit and Parliament, the subject of homosexuality was once again being openly discussed in Britain. Lord Beaverbrook's Daily Express put banner...

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