Churches: The Concept of Sanctuary

Versus the Draft In Welksley, Mass., last week, FBI agents walked through the open door of the local Unitarian-Universalist Church armed with an arrest warrant. The man they wanted was Richard W. Scott, a 20-year-old soldier who had deserted his unit as a war resister, and they had come to the right place to find him. The Rev. Robert Gardiner, with the approval of his congregation, had just granted the youth the ancient right of church sanctuary. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, since neither Scott nor his protectors tried to stop...

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