The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 6, 1949 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 6, 1949
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1949 BLYT1IEVILLE (ARK.) COUKIER NEWS America's 30-Year War Against Communism — Reds Keep an Avid ye on Churches, Schools in America (Editor's Note: This Is the eighth in a scries of 12 stories by NBA Washington Correspondent Peter Ecison on tne Communist Party in (he u. S., its successes and setbacks, and where the current attacks un it may lead.) By Feler LMson NBA Washington Correspondent The Commies have a bright and shining interest In two aspects of American life: The religious and the educational. The churches know this. So do the bulk of the educators. But at tile risk of being monotonous, it must be said that neither the clergy not the professors have done what might have been done to eliminate the danger. The basic reason for this .apathy is a too-general belief that Communism is a foreign problem, no more than a gadfly to the United States. fr . Considering religion first: It is true that Communists have not been able to do what the Soviet has done abroad. The U.S. has hud no Cardinal Mindszenty, Archbishop Berap, no group of Protestant ministers like prosecuted in Bulgaria. Too many men of tile cloth consider these as matters far fuvay and dimly seen. It can't happen he_rc. nut if the slralcjry could ha made perfect, the Communists \voillo attempt to make it happen here. Give the Communist Party (for which read Moscow) control of labor, .schools and churches, and the Bin of Rights would cease to be any umrc than acuriosity. Russia has demonstrated that religion is to be used for totalitarian ends. After the revolution, the Soviet government seized church prop- trtie.s and persecuted the clergy. Not until World War II. when the need to make men's hearts brave was a most urgent one, did religion return to Russia. With the peace, the churches were back in the Kremlin, which had learned the value of a spiritual element which would contribute to so magniflclcnt a stand as that at Stalingrad. The absolute need for complete control of .the pulpit Is well realized by Stalin, as witness the widespread religious suppression in most of the Iron Curtain nations. Of all * American churchgoers, Catholics ' are perhaps the most alert in the war on Communism. Their greater awareness stems from the peculiarity that more information about European conditions, as they may affect the Western Hemisphere, is available to the Catholic. Moreover, the organized resistance seed to predate that of other faiths. .Immediately after the 1917 revolution, foe example, an educational campaign was undertaken by the church in the United States. Schools, the Sunday sermon, hooks and pamphlets, ami, most recently, radio addresses by Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen have been used with considerable effect. But there was nothing partlcuiar- f ly militant about it all, until the Spanish revolution, when Catholics were forced to lake a stand. The hierarchy kept hands off on the delicate question of U.S. aid to the Loyalists. But fully 90 per cent of the pro-Franco bloc was Catholic, and it vociferously demanded immediate aid for Franco, while the Communists were wiiooping it up for the other side. The second phase of Catholic action came after formation of the cro. The bishops set up a system of schools to teach Christian trade unionism. From those schools developed the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists, whose work has been sufficiently effective to make Daily Worker editorialists froth the mouth on occasion. On Hie Protestant side, edspite Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Ox nam's claim that Protestantism is the, true bulwark against Moscow, the record ts not up to tiiat of the Catholics. There are upward of 250 Protestant denominations In the country. They go their separate ways, in nnti-Commun:st endeavor. Were they to be unified, religion would wield a tremendous weapon. The .lews, save for Individual effort, had not been active in anti-Communism generally until March, 1948. Then tlie American- Jewish League Against, Communism was formed. Its director, Halibi Benjamin Schullz. was forced to resign from his Yonkcrs. (N. Y.) congregation because he wrote a series of articles lor tl-e New York World-Telegram describing Communist invasion of the churches. He has since devoted his full time to the League's work, and has become one of the country's outstanding authorities on the Red menace. On the education!)! front, the fact that schools are under state and local Jurisdiction has resulted in disorganized anti-Communist effort. In 1939 the American Youth Congress, since proved to have been Red-dominated, held a huge rally in New York. Although! onlv 4500 members were enrolled in the Young Communist League, ivhieli promoted the Congress, the oratory and smoke-screen combined to suck ... a thousand times as many eulHMcs for a front demonstration plugging Communist causes and nnti-Hitlcr- Ism. Less than two months after the meeting, tlie Stalin-Hitler pact was signed, and a great many of the gullibles got oft when tlie Vouth Congress reversed Its policies. But damage had been done Cells in high school sand colleges established 10 years ago. are stili active in some places: the Job of rooting them out Is a slow process of teen-age education oil Communism's false lures and actual aims. There has been a certain amount of purging on some faculties where Dommunist professors or teachers, lave been found. It Is estimated '.hat 2000 educators at one time or mother, have lent their names to or actively worked for. Commie organizations. This is about one-fifth of one per cent of the nation's mililoi teachers, but the minuteness of the figure should not suggest a trivia danger. One teacher can conver many students and, perhaps, othe teachers around him. On the prin ciple of the rotten apple In tlv barrel, education will not be safe until all advocates of Communist have been eliminated from th system. The government Is doing wha it can on the educational iron John W. Studebaker, former (J Commissioner of Education In 194' inaugurated an advisory progrni for institutions with some 32000 000 students. Named the Zeal ' American Democracy program aim Is to give schools whatevi counsel It can on expansion of den ocratlc courses. How much good has been done is Impossible to gauge It is heartening, however, to know that a steady stream of reports and suggestions from institutions all over the land still poure into Wasli'ine ton. s The educators themselves me laKlng action. Among the organizations that have barred Communists are the National Educa- . „ "on Association, with 425,0001K member.,; American Federa ion " of Teachers fAFU;- (he ultra- era! New School for Social Research, and others. It is all guerrilla warfare. And enough of It will turn upon the Communists a weapon they use themselves—constant harassment. PA(JE NINE Wilson Plans Reception for Doctor Who Has Served County for 30 Years lly Mrs. II. I*. Courier Xnvs CurrcspniKlcnl WILSON, Ark., Dec. G--Citizens of Wilson and Irani all over Mi-^is- stppi County will honor Dr. N. il, Ellis of Wilson, with an inform:)) reception Frkluy nt the Wil.son Clul) Hoii50 \i\ appreciation for his years of continuous service in Hie i V.!!L* county, i T , - , ,. . ., , ., r ,,,. It wa.s after hLs rrturn to tlio It LS helped that Dr. Mils i«ay! , l!ll( ., thnt |lc ml<| Mrs . Ems . ,„„ loni'or Miss Esther Branch <il Memphis, were married. They have iwo wn.s, N. B. Jr., a Mls-sis-sippi Coun- 'v fanner and John ISinnch, a nu-ii- .student at the University of Tennessee, preparatory to lollowiUK WELL.-EARNED—Federal iiarold R " tiff. Jesse Taylor, attorney ad lltem. 1129-12:6-13-20 It Ls estimated there are 300,000,000 people in the Western Hemisphere. Plywood Is made of Severn! thin layers of wood glued together 50 that the grain of one piece is at right angles to another, luently increasing tlie strength in proportion to thickness, HI i practice at Doydsnllr Srm-d In World \Vnr I Ky. Dining his service in Woild \V;ir I, he was loaned to the Hrilisi] Army i for two years, nnri distihavycd in I 1919 with the rank of captain and | av,:trded the MHHiiry Cmw>, n dec- | tion given by the Klnu ol Eny- ; In hLs father's fooUlep?. and aihnric-.s year old <lau t !hk-i' <>l Mr anil M:s.i n,. EMis t, a member of tho iiriuid-daiisliler. Patricia Ann. two- Mcjth' Church and a Mason. N. H. Kills. Jr. , HLs hobbles are limiting, v,M<!> ln> I Munv pcopl.s of the world fi irt does in his spare tune diiriiiK i lie;: In; ci-ins; of Insects essential to hunting seasons, and tlKJism^hrn'tjd ', Mui'vlviLv.;, have some sort of a record, in that 25 of hLs 30 year.s of practice in the county have been right here in Wilson. The Jive were .spent at KcLscr, 10 miles northwest of Wilson. During hLs quarter century of practicre in Wilson he has made in any friencis while res Courting to calls s\l nil hours of the day and night. Delivers 3.000 Babies When asked how ninny babies he had delivered in Mississippi County, he suitl "nixml 3,000." A.s to ontMniKlmp; experiences, he said so much had happened that he couldn't nurne any one Ihinj?. hut hLs years of practice had been exciting and he hud loved every minute of it, Dr. Ellis, who Ls 50, wns born In CHlloway C'junty. 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