National Affairs: The Religion Question

"They said it couldn't happen in America, but it did," snapped Editor E. S. James's lead editorial in the Baptist Standard (circ. 361,116), the nation's largest religious weekly. "Puerto Rico is American soil." In Puerto Rico, three Roman Catholic bishops had declared it a sin to vote for a man opposed by the church. The man was three-term Gover nor Luis Muñoz Marin, up for re-election on the same day the continental U.S., but not Puerto Rico, votes in a presidential election for Nixon or Kennedy (see THE HEMISPHERE).

In no time at all, Puerto Rico was being added as a horrible...

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