Religion: Warring over Where Donations Go

Major churches fend off accusations of political partisanship

For months national leaders of old-line liberal Protestant churches have feared that what amounts to a counterrevolutionary civil war is about to break out among their flocks. They have good cause for concern. In the most thoroughgoing attack since these churches were daubed with a pink brush during the McCarthy era, conservative critics have mounted an anti-Establishment research-and-destroy campaign. Their charge: collection-plate donations are being misused by Protestant officials and agencies who have become unduly partisan on behalf of leftwing, even Marxist, causes.

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