Prague Peacemakers Fight Back

In the Asian hotel where I am currently sheltering from the burning of the noontide heat, I have been perusing a month-old English newspaper. Its correspondence columns provided a curious commentary on the Northern Ireland situation. “It will not be lost upon your readers,” said the writer of one letter, making doubly sure, “that that excellent body of adult-minded people, the atheists, are in no way connected with this latest example of Christian savagery and blood-letting.” This view of the Church Militant will greatly encourage those in that troubled province who want to get the violence off the streets and back into the Church, where it belongs.

But more than the above-mentioned E.B. of A.M.P. are concerned about man’s warlike tendencies. The recent communiques of the Prague-based Christian Peace Conference have been in their own way compelling reading. Their English usage, always dizzily unpredictable, has further suffered during the last two years as domestic squabbles have brought that body close to total disintegration.

Perhaps in an attempt to take the spotlight off internal difficulties, the latest press release I have seen harks back to the safer subject of analyzing the causes of World War II. Having doctored the fractured English, I take the key sentence to be saying: “Except for racism, which itself was dangerous enough to people, it was also the limitless anti-communism that created an atmosphere wherein all the most terrible crimes on humanity were possible.” (A Russian member at the WCC central committee’s last meeting, be it noted, confirmed that there was no racism in the USSR, a statement that agreeable group heard without demur.)

It is somehow reassuring to see the CPC back ...

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