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Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 31, 1963
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V ALTON JSWttNCi 31, Third of Series 'Many Church Doors Closed to Negroes EDITOR'S NOTE— Despite off clal pronouncements in favor of in tegralion, facial bars persi widely at the church door i America. But a new militancy o the issue is apparent this turbu lent summer as individual church es face the problem. Third in special series of articles by Th Associated Press on racial crisis By GEORGE \V. CORNELL Associated Press Religion Writer The picture in the Sunda; School lesson showed a group c babies in a clinic, two of then Negroes. Another picture showe three children at play, one a Ne gro. The story discussion said: "God loves white children ye' low children, brown children. Dor othy's hands are veiy pale. He hair is golden. Ben's hands ar brown. His eyes are black. D you think God loves Dorothy bet ter because her hands are white "No, indeed not — it would b sad indeed if we all looked alike. Most American religious bodies In their official pronouncement and educational materials, hav long stressed the equal worth all human beings, whatever thei color—that all were created b God and precious to Him. At the same time, however, th churches have often been de scribed as the most racially seg regated major institutions in th nation's life. "The shame of Sunday morn ing," goes an oft-used phrase o self-reproach in church circles And another: "The most segre gated hour of the week is at 1 a.m. on Sunday." Since church congregations liar bor intimate personal relation Tense Nerves Block Bowels Your colon has nervei that control regularity. When you are tense or nervous, normal bowel impulses may be blocked—and you become constipated. New COLONAID tablets relieve this misery with a new principle—a unique colonic nerve stimulant plus special bulking action as recommended by many doctors. Result? COLONAID puts your colon back to work—gently relieves constipation overnight. You feel great! Get clinically-proved COLONAID today. Introductory size 43* ships among whole families — adults, youths and children — i has been maintained that once Negro and white mingle fullj there, racial barriers will collapse elsewhere. In that sense, the local churcl becomes a testing ground point of decision — for the whole community pattern. Churches have long been rally ing points for pro-integration ac tlvily in many instances, am some Southern ministers havi been roughed up for their parts in it. On the other hand, the churche: themselves in their local composi lions have remained predominant ly one-color units, even though thi number of integrated parishes has been increasing rapidly o late. This is the lump in the throa of the churches—the acknosvl edged gap between their officia pleas, and "their on-the-spot con ditions. With the racial crisis flaming and with Negroes demanding eq uity with new .vehemence air immediacy, church strategy gen erally has undergone an extra ordinary change in the last fe\ months. It has switched from talk, tc action. "It amounts to a new posture toward methodology," says tb Rev. Dr. Alfred S. Kramer, a sociologist-clergyman consultant t< the Racial and Cultural Relation: Department of the National Coun cil of Churches. "After years of repentance anc appeals for racial reconciliation the churches have now begun a course of social intervention a the first level." This means official backing for direct action challenging segregation on the local scene. As expressed by the national council, which includes 33 Prot- istant and Orthodox denomina- ions with 40 million members, he method calls for personal "in- •olvement in every phase of the truggle for justice including ne- otiations and demonstration." A new interdenominational Commission on Religion and lace" was formed in June, to implement the task. Steps were under way to form ocal arms in communities in all regions to check congregatlona practices, to support and join in demonstrations, to press for civi rights legislation, and lo organize "corps of prison chaplains" to discourage police mistreatment o demonstrators. "There's a job to be done ii every city and every village ir America," said the Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, vice chair man of the commission, and chiel executive of the United Presbyterian Church. Dr. Blake and Bishop Danie Corrigan of the Episcopal Churcl were arrested July 4 in a Baltimore integration demonstration. The now punch in the churcl stand has showed up in man> ways. The United Church o Christ (a merger including Con gregationalists) at its genera synod in Denver this summer shaped a potent financial weapon It moved to make loans for new church construction contingent or non-discrimination in building work, and on a commitment to an interracial policy by congre gational leaders. United Presbyterians have adopted a similar policy. The de nomination this spring appropri ated a half-million dollars to sup port direct-action programs for integration. The Disciples of Christ also made a special allocation for this purpose. Roman Catholicism was a forerunner in integration action. In 1947, Joseph Cardinal Ritter, o St. Louis, desegregated parochia schools there, despite lay resistance. Catholic Bishop Vincent S Waters did the same in the diocese of Raleigh, N.C., in 1953 ahead of the court decision. He got shoved about in the process, but stuck to his rule. "Segregation is a product of darkness and.jhe time has come lo end it," he said. Much of the reinforced church activity was geared for an inter- Faith approach. That aspect got its big push last fanuary at the historic and unprecedented "National Conference m Religion and Race" in Chicago, the first time leading' Prot- stant, Jewish and Roman Catho- c bodies had joined in .tackling he problem. "Racism is our most serious domestic evil," the conference de- clared. "We must eradicate i with all diligence and speed." Permanent machinery was se up for continuing interfaith opera lions, with a local network organ i/ed in Atlanta, Detroit, New Or leans, Miami, Pittsburgh, St. Lou is, San Antonio, Little Rock. Sai Krancisco and elsewhere. Among the nation's Negroes about 10 million belong to sep arate all-Negro Protestant denom inations—Baptist and Methodist About 500,000 are Roman Catho lies and another 500,000 belong predominantly while Prolestan bodies, although they are chieflj in one-color congregations. At the national level, in mos denominations, and in interdenom (national bodies, Negroes hi considerable representation. But the pattern rarely is. reflect ed on the local scene—in the over whelming white suburban' congre gallons, and in de faclo segregat ed city neighborhoods, North an South. In its formal and officia preachments, however, the churcl Iraditionally has pleaded for in terracial brotherhood. In many cases, groups ol Soutl ern pastors, in the midst of racia tension, have issued manifesto calling for equal treatment of th Negro. Some pastors have los their posts as a result. Among those Southern preach ers who support segregation some maintain that the. idea o interracial mixing is Communist inspired. Some also argue that th Bble teaches segregation. "God created the races distinc from .one another," declared Southern fundamentalist group .On the other hand, pro-integra tionist ministers cite many Bib Heal passages in support of al men's equalitybefore God, such a Acts 17:26, saying God "made o the blood all nations", and Gala tians 3:28, saying men are "al one in Christ Jesus", without di visions of race or status. In any case, the racial bars have persisted widely at t he :hurch door. Next: The political effects. of Hunting Licenses Brisk At Jerseyvilte. jERSEYViLLE - The Jersey- ille city clerk's office reported Tuesday noon that there has been \ last minute rush by hunters to Main licenses as the open season or squirrels nears. Observers report that there are many squirrels in some areas of he county. They have caused con sldorable damage to fruit crops li he city. 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