WINNERS IN FIRST HALF OF 1955 CONTEST
1st Award — $300.00
To the Standard-Times:
In all America, can no Moses be
found who will lead us out of the wilderness and stagnant pools of negative
thinking back to the white light of positive thinking and action on which this
nation was founded and grew great?
We are being led to the high mountain of temptation by native Marxists,
bribing us with a pyramiding stock
market, to forget our sacred honor, our
flag, our posterity and our duty to help
free the Christian world, while we clutch
lo our bosoms our possessions and so-
We sink deeper and deeper into the
outstretched arms of lhe devil, lulled
by the monotonous refrain:
Be careful, do nothing but turn the
'ether cheek, lesl you disturb lhe slumbers nf tin- golden calf, resting on Ihe
mythical bed of "co-existence."
17 Walnut Place, Newtonville, Mas-.
2nd Award — $200.00
CHRISTIANITY OR SOCIALISM
To the Chicago Tribune:
Teaching Sunday school has real compensation. Somehow it is easier to reach
for the higher things on week days if
vou have shouldered lhe burden of giving guidance.
But, who writes our texts? Who introduced phrases like: "social creed."
"ecumenical," "labor justice," "unity of
all churches"? ... If I didn't wander
from the prepared texts I would become
a party to the subornation of Christ's
teachings. Christianity is for the individual. . . .
What profit is there if we use Christianity as a club to level us all into a
faceless mass? Shall we use the church
to destroy ourselves.-' Shall we be like
the English weavers who destroyed
llieir looms? Shall we use lhe e hurches
In destro; America's character? We
should be deeply troubled.
M/Sgt. Edward M. Ilorun
3345th Supply Sq., Box 2184
Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
3rd Award — $100.00
STATUS OF FORCES
To the Dallas Times lleruld:
Engraved in the marble overhead in
the- amphitheater behind the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, are
these words "When we assumed lln
soldier we did not lay aside lhe citizen.
What a mockery our government
made of these words when they ratified
the NATO Status of Forces Treaty which
places our servicemen overseas under
the jurisdiction of foreign courts even
though thc Army manual thev carry
stales they arc subject to American law
and the protection of our Constitution.
This unconstitutional treaty and lhe
others yet to be presented for ratification can deprive lhe American people
of all freedoms given them in the Bill
■ ■I Bights. This fail ami lhe pasi detrimental executive agreements demonstrates the necessity for iln Brickei
Mrs. M. K. Alston, Sr.
112 Hathaway, Houston, I exas
I Speak For Democracy
by Catherine Esther Styles
The author of this winning essay in the 1955 Voice of Democracy contest, i- eel Auckland,
New Zealand. In winning the contest she surpassed a held of one-and-a-half million high
-i liiiol entrants from the forty-eight states, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
IWI nut em American; my people are
not American; and yet I, too, speak
Nol much over a hundred years ago
tin- face lhat founded America began to
found another nation. Surrounded by
the vashless of the Pacific Ocean, a new
land had been discovered. The brown-
skinned people who already lived there
called it Aotearoa, the "land of the long
white cloud." Today we call it New
It is a young country- a virile and
growing country, ll i-a land of sea and
sunshine, of snow on the mountains, of
trout lakes and primitive fern forest, of
weird pools where the boiling mud leaps
and bubbles, cracks in the rock where
the steam comes white from the insides
of the earth.
The people who live there are a people who love freedom. The people who
live there are my people, and when I
speak for democracy I speak for them.
I have seen something of America. I
have watched the crowds on the streets
at night, seeing the advertisement signs
flashing on the saw edge of the horizon
saving: "Buy my product—nn. buv
mine, mine is finer yet."
I have seen back home in the early
morning the man with his horse and his
dogs driving sheep. I remember the
jostle and pattering rush of the delicate
forefeet ami the clean smell of the
bracken and the sharp barking of the
I remember this, and I know that
those crowds with their faces colored bv
the glow of the advertisements, and lhat
man out early with his flock, although
they are seven thousand miles apart, are
people with the same ideals and beliefs.
lln' same love of individual freedom
And I am glad theit I can sav this, anil
I speak wilh all the sincerity in mv
I know that people, these people, ill
people, are the most terribly imports il
thing in the world. I know that to make-
as many people as possible- as happy ;t-
possible is the greatest ideal in the world.
And I know that this is the ideal eti
You people of America do nol stand
alone. Democracy extends further them
Two thousand years ago the < hrislinn
doctrine proclaimed lhe equalit) ol man.
Belief iii this equalit) of man means acceptance of all races, all creeds. Belief in
democracy means belief in the equality
of man. It means respecting lhe individuality of every human being.
At home in thc summer evenings near
lhe lime of Christmas, I would sit on
the low veranda steps, and hear the
beibv ow Is calling in the darkness anil the
cows coughing and stamping in the pad-
doe-k. emd see the white bobs of the rabbits scuttle in the half-light. And by the
gate I would hear the voices of a couple
murmuring together, the young man and
woman. And I would think: This is
good. Ihis is good, ihis life, this land,
ihis people—all this is good, the- I"'-1
lhal ever was.
I -till believe it is good, but I know
now it weis no single nation I weis believing in. but the truth of free people everywhere. And I know thai iln- ineest wonderful thing in the world is the freedom
of lln' individal; in mv country, in your
country, and in every country.
\ot as an American, not as a Ne"
/e-eilander. but a- a free citizen of the
world in which 1 have faith, I am speaking to you now. I am not remembering
lhat vou are Vmerican and I am British-
I an I remembering that our voices
in- differenl ami our manners, and the
i ul of our clothes. I only remember tha'
together we speak for democracy.
FACTS FORUM NEWS. September, 1955