Churches: The Price of Conviction

U.S. churchgoers have a tradition of generous giving—more than $3 billion in 1964 alone. Normally, pledges are made with no strings attached and without regard to the minister's policies or convictions, but the churches' strong commitment to civil rights has been a divisive issue. In anger, some givers have withheld pledges; in respect for this kind of contemporary Christian witness, others have donated with even greater enthusiasm.

This new passion for selective giving reached a peak last month when New York's Episcopal Bishop Horace Donegan, at a ceremony marking his 15th year...

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