Religion: Segregation & the Churches

In the crowded sanctuary of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on staid, tree-lined Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. last week, a pro-segregation clergyman rose and heralded the defeat of his faction in singular language. Said the Rev. Alton J. Shirey: "You flattened us like a steam roller yesterday. Let's not cut the puppy's tail off an inch at a time."

Shirey, pastor of a Cullendale. Ark. church, was asking the 95th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Southern) for a quick vote on the most disputed issue facing its six-day convention: a...

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