One can but wonder what Christians living under the repressions of Communism will think of the efforts here to secularize the American government.

We think of Red China, where religious freedom is the freedom to follow the Communist line; of North Korea, where churches no longer exist and believers worship in secret; of Soviet Russia, where every effort is being made to drive Christ and the worship of God out of the hearts of the people.

That responsible Christian leaders should advocate a new policy for America, one which would in effect secularize the State and eliminate from its official declarations and acts an allegiance to God, is unthinkable, but nevertheless true.

That which the United Presbyterian Church does at the meeting of its General Assembly in May will have an effect far beyond that one denomination. For that reason all Christians should be concerned.

The report which will be before that assembly recommends, in effect:

• That the celebration of religious holidays and religious observances shall never be introduced into the program of our public schools.

• That the Bible shall be eliminated from the public schools except in connection with courses in literature, history, or related subjects; and that public prayers should be omitted because they either are meaningless or tend toward indoctrination.

• That in schools there shall be no seasonal activities having to do with religious holidays, such as Christmas.

• That public property shall not be used for religious displays (the Christmas manger scene, for instance); such scenes are thereby eliminated from courthouse lawns, schools, and so on.

• That candidates for public office shall be accepted or rejected solely on their competence to govern and without reference ...

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