Religion: Social Blind Spot?

The Rev. Martin Niemöller's speech-making tour of the U.S. officially ended last week. Before 2,600 students and others at Yale's Woolsey Hall, Dachau's most publicized prisoner raised his rich voice and pounded the lectern with his thin hands.

"Jesus Christ is a real political opponent of National Socialism," he declared, "because He is living today. It was a fatal error on the part of Hitler that he did not realize that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead."

New Haven's reaction—like that of most of the 53 cities in which Pastor Niemböller has spoken during the past 3½ months—was mixed. Most of...

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