Churches: Violence Justified

In 1948, long before proclamations on racial justice were commonplace, the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches declared that segregation by religious organizations is "a scandal within the Body of Christ." Over the years, the council has been an outspoken apostle of brotherhood—although its ringing declarations have also insisted that racism should be fought by nonviolent means. Last week, however, an international Consultation on Racism in London organized by the Council suggested that if all else fails, even outright warfare is morally justified to end this moral blight.


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