Religion: The Churches and the War

Just 19 months after the Methodist Church, the largest U.S. Protestant denomination, had gone on record that it would never "officially support, endorse or participate in war." its bishops met in Georgia last week, declared: "There can be no peace in the world until totalitarian threat against the liberties of all freedom-loving people is thoroughly eradicated. Our duty, as American citizens, is clear....The Methodists of America will loyally support our President and our nation."

The Methodist shift was paralleled in other churches—and the declaration of war found the clergy even stronger in...

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