AMERICAN NOTES: Christmas 1974

It is the season for churches to concentrate fully on their spiritual mission, putting aside secular concerns. Yet for many congregations, the world is too much with them, and even Christmas provides no respite.

In Gary, Indiana, thugs have invaded church services and meetings to rob and in one case, even rape parishioners. Clergymen of several denominations recently organized a committee to fight the barbarism. The New Mount Olive Baptist church took more direct action this month, after bandits shot up the church during a heist. Some New Mount Olive parishioners armed...

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