Religion: Trial for Loser

Before Georgia went to the polls May 15 for a liquor referendum, Rev. Henry Elmer McBrayer of Atlanta's suburban Lakewood Heights, unlike most voter Methodist ministers in the State, worked hard & long for Repeal. Last week Governor Talmadge certified that Repeal had been beaten by 243 votes.* Same day, Methodist McBrayer was suspended from his pastorate, charged with "aiding and abetting the sale of intoxicating liquor as a beverage in violation of the discipline of the Church." Told to stand trial or surrender his credentials, he chose trial.

*But Georgia voted for beer (83,155-to-74,535) and wine (85,433-to-76,608).

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