Religion: Circles Around Love

Three days before Christmas the unhappy pastor of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, outside Detroit, sent a letter to the Detroit Council of Churches. Wrote tall, reddish-haired, 32-year-old Merrill O. Bates: "I deeply regret that you have worded your entrance requirements so as to make membership in the Council impossible for the following churches: Latter-Day Saints [Mormon], Christian Science and Unitarian. Our sons, our fathers, our brothers are dying on land and sea that justice and freedom—yea, even the Christian Religion might live, while we at home draw circles around our love." Mr....

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