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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 009. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 22, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/638.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • 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 this ignorance to continue until it is too late to remedy the situation? I blow what your answer will be: a pounding NO! When we are sick, we go to a doctor. We know to whom to turn when Our roof is leaking, when our plumbing is out of order, when a bridge- or * home is to be built. We go to those *ho know best their trade or their Jrt. However, when someone got the Bight idea of sending a delegation of churchmen to Russia, they apparently did not go to men of my background to determine the advisability of the Project. Upon reading in the press on February 2, 1956, about the projected ■change, 1 wrote to Dr. Eugene Carton Rlake, who was to lead tbe mission: You are not dealing in Russia with 'fee churchmen like yourselves. Those ■^ho invited you did not elo so of their °wn free will. They have done- so by fcder of the tyrannical, godless regime "ut to destroy all religions, all men of Wl, ancl all else that is dear to our tearts in America. . . . Your very presence in Russia will be rendering aid '"nl comfort to the bitterest enemy of is'i'dom and religion. The Russian Pburchmen will lie to you about perything in Russia. They will have fa> or face liquidation. The Soxiet re- fcne is trying to use you and other Wigious organizations to confuse our fcople here, to enhance- their prestige, to give the impression that religion is ■fee there but at thc same time plotting to destroy religious institutions ■erywhere. * Warning Goes Unheeded 'If you really wish to render a serv- * to the people of Russia and to the j-ause of freedom, you should now 'old a meeting anel declare to the J'hole world that you will come to Rssia only when the Soviet regime lils been destroyed by its own people, pen there is the- same sort of freedom P religion in Russia as we have in the pited States. You will give the peo- Me of Russia inspiration to carry on pir struggle until freedom is won. If Ws warning is not heeded. I am cer- Ifa that some day you will regret it *° the end of your days. You will be pving the cause of Satan. . . ." , I offered to sit down with him and P associates and enlighten them fur- IJter on the inaelxisability eif going to Moscow. I received a brief reply. Dr. Blake wrote: "Despite the facts and allegations, it is the considered r*< is Forum News, December, 1956 WIDE WORLD PHOTO Dr. Eugene Carson Blaise (second from left! during his visit to Moscow with the group of American clergymen, discusses theology with Russian Orthodox priests. opinion of Christian churchmen that xve- ought to have conversations with others who profess to follow Jesus Christ:" If that was all Dr. Blake wanted, there are plenty of Russian churchmen right lie-re- in the United States. For the good of America and all Christian churches he would have been well aelx ised to confer first with the Russian Orthodox churchmen here. I can assure you that he would have heard from them the- same sentiments expressed in mv letter of February 5, 19.56. My counsel, given in good faith, and on the basis of a life-long study of the Soviet menace' xx ith many years spent there in the service of leading American industrial firms, xxas ignored, of course-. Well, the deputation headed by Dr. Blake has returned safely to the United States. They called it "a distinct success." 1. too, consider it a distinct success — but not for America, and not for the Christian church. Bven Russian Churchmen Endangered It was a distinct success for the clever Soxiet propaganda machine which staged it, which now has recordings of the conversations held and the answers given by the Russian churchmen, to be held against them some- day, to be used in calling them "agents of the imperialist Americans, spies and agents of Wall Street," as they have done in innumerable instances in the recent past. The Soviet regime eliel not invite American churchmen to promote the welfare of religion in Russia. They know what they are doing, even if some of our churchmen are naive enough to think otherwise. The nine churchmen's statement declared, "There is obviously a fundamental difference between the concept of the mission of the church as we found it in the Soviet Union today ancl that which we bold in our churches." I say that the only difference lies iu the- fact that here no government can tell the Church xx-hat its mission should be, whereas in tbe Soviet Union it must toe the Communist line, bow to the wishes of the Kremlin gangsters or face- liquidation as did their colleagues by the thousands. 'Peace' Where There Is No Peace In one instance the delegation, I am happy to record, showed good common sense when they wrote: "However, the statements of the church leaders were almost uniformly identical in making vague appeals for 'the defense of jie-ac-c-' \\ ithout taking into consideration the realities of the world situation or the facts of history." The reason, however, must be sought in the atmosphere in which our church members spoke to their colleagues in Russia. Those poor souls were in a trap, under the threat of death if thex failed to parrot the Party line laid down for them by the regime. The Russian churchmen know better than we who is threatening the peace of the world, who is instigating wars in all parts of the world. And any time they come to xisit here they (Continued on page 49) Page 7
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