Foreign News: Christmas Spirit

The Christmas spirit in Soviet Russia is the spirit of her Union of the militant Godless who celebrate Christmas every year by tearing down one or two large churches, converting many small churches into storehouses, schools, restaurants and whatnot. Generally the Godless confine their energies to Orthodox churches. Last week they did some Christmas smashing early in Russia's Lutheran provinces adjoining Finland. Soon wrathful Finns read in their newspapers smuggled accounts of the "Outrage at Kolpana."

Once the present Republic of Finland was the Russian Grand Duchy of Finland and its beloved "National...

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