Religion: A Time to Speak

Georgia's standpat segregationists got a shock with their Sunday paper this week. Glaring from the pages of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution (circ. 512,559) was a statement signed by almost every leading Protestant minister in Atlanta—80 in all—which came out foursquare for the Christian view of race relations, individual liberty and the law of the land.

The 1,300-word statement was sparked by Alabama-born Dr. Herman L. Turner, pastor of Atlanta's Covenant Presbyterian Church, and written by an informal group of 30-odd ministers who agreed with him that "the time had arrived when we had to say something." Other Southern church groups have...

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