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“ @ ed \ CommunisT Erypit Tea Th eet pstta Rekirg ve 0? fom CURRENT PARI LENE HE CHURCH APPARATUS ‘mie COMMUNIST PARTY As Retiected Ta the Book Mntitied Sferioa's Spinitvel Recovery", 20n, DaDea LID. Ds, LLP. Footer of the By Dr. Edward L. R, National Presbyterian Ghureh, Washington, D. 0. Foreword The following pages present aii abridgement of the above book with a view to bringing into focus 4n short space its essential features, and 1s for use by the investigative and intelligence agencies of the U. 8. Governnent, and by the military. Dr. Bleon's own language has been set forth in sequende, though quotes are not here used, Camouflage language, relatively ‘unimportant passages, ana surpiusage have been deleted. Connective words have been supplied where necessary to give continuity. Aftempt has been made not to leave out language which modifies fne sense of what is here given, unless this 1s so indicated in fparenthesiay but the reader will have to check the success of such attempt agatv t the book, since it is difficult for me to preserve ‘aetachea objectivity on this eubject, and this work has been done in a very short spave of time,’ Vords in parenthosis and underscoring are mine unless otherwise Andioated. E am a practicing lawyer, Presbyterian, A, B, magna oum laude, Princeton University, formerly special agent, C.I.c. who was a member of the House of Represen- tatives, U, S., from 1917 to 1937. Coroner le Ssssi~ Tex a & | ssid, J 7 . - * CHAPTER THE MORAL LAPSE On the campus the young man limped, He had gathered in a fine assortment of bayonet and machine gun wounds, Every man in his infantry section had been killed or wounded, He said, "We have professors who know their subjects--but théy do not know the world." (Bmphasis Elson's) The co-ed said: "Do you know what we talk about when we are alone? We talk about whether we ought to be mothers of children an this kind of brutal world, or whether we should refuse to give them birth and send them out meekly to die in another war." Crime is only one 6f our problems, There is also money. As Americans we have a kow-towing admiration for the tycoons of business and the captains of industry. Secretly, if not openly, almost every American aspires to improve his economic lot. The emblem of America is the one-dollar bill. To acquire money and to hold it as a custodian of the Almighty may be a laudable aim and pursuit, and to employ wealth as a steward of God may be to exhibit one of the primary Christian qualities. But to seek wealth for its own ends is a one-way street: it leads directly to the destruction of the soul, It 48, for example, a tragic moment when a man looks nto the face of his pastor and says, "I,have discovered that it no longer pays to be honest in business." hristian and therefore Throughout our land there is an w an antisocial attitude toward marriage and the home. The cultural level also sags. We Americans have befuddled minds and shallow spirits. How stupid can we get? In these post-war years nearly all the screen dramas and stage plays which have been ‘most successful have had a deteriorating personality at their center. Streetcar named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Come Back Little Sheba, Blythe Spirit, and Lady in the Dark each depicts an-abnormal pérson- ality. This says about us as a people that we are a generation most Anterested in dramas with a "screwball" or a "crackpot" as the “hero”. po “HOBz2¢ ~ B| -1- If it is true - ami orthodox psychology says it is - that we appre- cdate a play in direst relationship to our imaginative capacity to / project ourselves into the hero's role, then the implications of | this observation are clear and ominous. We follow preachers who hawk formulas for banishing worry and fear and tension while the prophets of God, with their pain- ful judgments requiring repentance, go unheeded. We are unhappy, unstable, comfortiess, possess so little. We are forlorn soils, groping and hungering and lost, fugitive trom Goa, and bereft of spiritual certitude. For two-thirds of the world's population (that fraction which is not under communism) the most intimate details of evcryday lige are controlled by forces outside the individual. It may be less overt and deliberate here than in the Bast (the Nohammedan, Hindu, Buddhist part of the non-communist world where the numerous rules imposed by their faiths governing even the smallest details of everyday lige are followed with serupulous care by most), yet this | regimentation 4s becoming increasingly characteristic of Western civilization. We live under a dictatorship of psychological pressure ‘and social atmosphere. The lige of Western man, once sustained and uplifted by religion, is progressively secularized, Services to human lives which had their inception in religious faith and whieh for centuries were motivated by the religious spirit have no longer any specific relation to religion at all. ‘he Christian Church has been the chief exponent of the ministry of healing for many centuries. Too many hospitals today have become vast, impersonal healing factories. Education, which in the Christian ena had for ite purpose the lmowledge of God and the transmission of truth about God,. does not today proceed on the premise that there is a God in and above ail the processes of the universe. ‘The profession of the Jurist, historically, has had deep religious associatsons, but it may welt be questioned whether the main purpose of the modern court 1s to achieve God's righteous Judanent. -2-