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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 005. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 24, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/634.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript We are forced to ask not only our temporal and spiritual leaders, but ourselves as well — what is responsible for this circumstance? What is the answer? With the Christian world preparing to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace, might il not he- well for us to calm our fevered seasonal activity and think quietly about our hope for harmony — to search out the reason for the world's endless pursuit of peace and why it forever escapes our grasp? Petrarch, the- great Italian poet of the fourteenth century wrote, "Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, xve should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace." Six centuries have passed since the gre-at philosopher penned those line-s. and the enemies to peace which he enumerated are still with us. Has. then, all of man's progress been in technological anel scientific fields? Have xve failed in those areas of human life- which matter most? Emerson said, "Nothing can bring you peace lint yourself; nothing can bring you peace but thc triumph of principles." B ut, one protests, these are generalities. How doe's one go about banishing, on a national or international level — even on a community or personal level, the "enemies of peace" and Insure the triumph of right principles? The words of another gre-iit student of soe-ial problems, tbe nineteenth-century English writer John Riiskin, shed a little- light on the subject. He state-el. "No peace- xxas ever won from fate by subterfuge or agreement; no peace is ever in store for any of us but that which xxe- shall win by victory over shame or sin — victory over the sin that oppresses, as xx-e-11 as over that which corrupts." These are indeed sobering and revealing words. Is it possible that our present troubles max he due iu large part to our efforts at conciliation and agreement with the evil forces of godless communism, beginning with our diplomatic recognition "f the Soviet regime in November, 19-33, and continuing since 'hat time? Starting with the sweeping concessions made to the Communists at the Teheran. Yalta, anel Potsdam conferences, me Iron Curtain has now closed over 900 million people, which 's approximately three-eighths of the total population of the ■vorld. Our deserti if the cause- of freedom in China, alone, tyfien we abandoned Chiang Kai-shek to the onslaught of the Heel scourge, brought 600 millions of Chinese- into the Com- "lunist orbit. Even as late as the Geneva Conference the Kremlin and Red China still deceived the- world xxith false- promises. Although there are widely differing opinions as to the success Of that Conference, it is not a matter ol opinion, but a sad fact, that all American prisoners of war have not yet been freed. General Van Fleet has stated that the Communists are holding 400 men of all services, Mothers, fathers, wives, and Children of these prisoners continue to suiter agonies of grief and to plead in vain for our government lo obtain the release "f their loved ones. In viewing the advance anel the deception of the Communists, one is reminded of the prophecy of Isaiah: Their feet inn to evil, anil they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The ic«[/ of peace they h»»f not; and there is no jndument in their goings: they have made them cranked paths: -•■V-TS FORUM NEWS, December, 1956 whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace (Isaiah 59:7). Has the United States been inveigled into those paths of which the ancient prophet warned? Have we unwittingly, and through the betrayal of our country by both convicted and unapprehended traitors, not only failed in the past to stop the Communist advance but. in many instances, have we not indeed filled the role which Marxians designed for us while boasting that capitalism would destroy itself? We are prone to accept precious liberties xxon by our forbears at great sacrifice ancl suffering, civic privileges procured through long weary hours of unselfish service, cultural gains made slowly through the centuries, a spiritual inheritance from Cod-fearing men and women who felt keenly their obligations to humanity — all these benefits we take for granted, as if thex- hael dropped into our lives qeiito by accident and had cost nothing. It is imperative thiit we do not accept our wonderful legacy xxith casual unconcern. Our endowments have been bought xxith sacrificial toil and privation, with suffering, tears, and blood, and the only way xx-e can repay the countless men and women who left us our heritage is to guard it closely, to value it supremely, and. if nee-el he, to defend it xxith our very lives. Words and feelings of gratitude are not enough. The patriots who preceded us started many enterprises thex could not finish. Thex expected us to carry on. Tlie ground xx-as cleared, the foundations poured, tin- plans completed for a beautiful building ol freedom and peace. Now the previous builders are gone and if the magnificent edifice is to he- erected, xx c- must do it. We should accept this task bravely, even gladly, saying with Rupert Brooke, "Now God he thanked Who hath matched us xvith His hour." To repair the broken wing of the Dove of Peace, we must lolloxx the directions of the Great Physician. God, by His very nature of love and mercy, desires peace for all mankind and is anxious to provide all the good we crave. But as every privilege- in life carries a corresponding responsibility, peace also carries its price-. This price i.s not appeasement or compromise with evil. He, at Whose birth tlie heavenly host sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14) said, "I came not to send peace, hut a sword" (Matt. 10:34). He would thus have us cut ourselves asunder from the- forces of darkness, and He has provided a positive guide for our attainment of peace. We e must of necessity start on the level of our personal relationships. Do we shoxv love, sympathy, and understanding to members of our families, to associates in business, to the strangers whose lives touch ours briefly? Do we strive constantly to be- constructive; to help instead of hinder; to build rather than destroy? Do xve carry Christ-like attitudes of forgiveness and optimism out, beyond our inner circle, into the conduct ol community and state- affairs? Are we able to see ex-en beyond the boundaries of our own land and extend positive assistance to suffering peoples everywhere? Only when we have cleansed the inside of the cup, put oeir own house in order, and refuseel to countenance thc godless forces masquerading in Red robes of peaceful conquest, xx-ill the broken wing of the dove be healed. God recognized our human frailties ancl provided eis with the needed help. Our part is to accept His gift. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall he upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful. Counsellor, the mighty Cod. the everlasting Father, the Prince of Fence. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end (Isaiah 9:6). end Page 3
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