Religion: Again, God's Country

"When I meet God, I expect to meet him as an American." Though that may sound like a boast by Babbitt, it comes from the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, an outspoken critic of the Viet Nam War and America's indifference to the poor. But Neuhaus, 39, a white pastor of a largely black Lutheran church in Brooklyn, has always kept everyone off balance. When he led his parish in an antiwar protest service in 1967, he insisted that the youths who were turning in their draft cards join in a lusty chorus of America the Beautiful.

To Neuhaus, it is only natural...

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