Religion: Pulpits & the War

Do Americans want U.S. participation in the war discussed from the pulpit? No say 55%, yes say 34%, with 11% undecided, the Gallup Poll reported last week. Church members (36%) are more inclined to favor war talk in the pulpit than non-members (25%) and Protestants (37%) are "slightly more in favor of open discussion" than Catholics (31%).

"The primary reason" advanced by those who don't want war discussed in church, reported Pollster George Horace Gallup, "is that the church is a place for 'spiritual escape,' a place for 'peace and comfort' away from the storms of life, and not a place for...

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