Religion: Louie & the U.S.S.R.

Ever since he got back from his 25-day immersion in Russia (TIME, Aug. 26) garrulous, sandy-haired Louie D. Newton, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, had been sounding off to the press. Some of his Georgia neighbors thought he had come back sounding like a Red. To others he was just the same old Louie.

Last week, to hear Newton's full-dress "Report on Russia," a preponderantly female audience of 3,500 Georgians filed into Atlanta's Municipal Auditorium. On the sidewalk, two pickets, seedy representatives of "white supremacy," carried a crudely lettered banner denouncing...

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