Religion: Innocent Abroad?

To the religious groups with which the Russian Government is playing footie—Arabs, Orthodox, Jews, assorted small groups from Moscow to Khabarovsk—Joseph Stalin added another: the Baptists, U.S.A.

The Rev. Louie De Votie Newton, 54, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a native, resident and leader in the South, might be expected to be somewhat anti-Soviet. But last week when he came home to Atlanta from a whirlwind trip through the U.S.S.R. he was brimming with enthusiasm for what he had seen and been told. In 25 short days, the Russians had made Dr. Louie Newton a booster.

He went to Russia at Government...