Religion: With His Help

In the early days of the United Nations, when each delegate seemed to feel the wing beats of the Dove of Peace, the idea came up of opening each session with a prayer. Letters poured in supporting the proposal, but in 1949 a special committee finally killed it. Reason: doctrinal differences might be inflamed, and the godless, i.e., Russia & Co., might be disgruntled. In fact, Russia had made it clear that it would be disgruntled. A recommendation calling for a minute of silence was the substitute passed by a bare majority out of 15 committee members—Russia and France, among others,...

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