Protestants: An Act of Defiance

Ever since the Berlin Wall went up, East Germany's Communist government has been pressuring the country's Evangelical Church to break its ties with Protestantism in West Germany. Last week, in a remarkable act of defiance against their Red bosses, East German Protestant leaders unanimously voted to maintain the union—and then went on to join with their West German counterparts in electing a new chairman of the All-German Church Council.

Both actions took place at the annual synods of the two churches, which met under difficult conditions. In the past, the two branches of Protestantism have gathered in different sectors of...

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