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Presbyterians Push Fight on Race Prejudice

A six-point “Covenant of Reconsecration,” which includes a pledge by Presbyterians against racial discrimination, has been adopted by the Presbytery of New York. More than 37,000 communicants of the sixty churches in the Presbytery will be asked to sign the pledge which reads: “I will not knowingly be a party to any un-Christian racial discrimination and I will seek the friendship of persons of other races.”

Termed by the Rev. Theodore Fiske Savage, executive secretary of the New York Presbytery, as “a splendid step forward for better understanding among people of different races and creeds,” the pledge will be incorporated with others which urge a “more Christian economic order,” a positive and public stand against war, and devotion to the work of the church.

Praise to the Roman Catholic Church for launching the campaign for more wholesome movies was given by several speakers.

“To my mind, one of the most important things Presbytery could do would be to line up in the Legion of Decency,” William H. Parsons of the Madison Avenue Church declared. Mr. Parsons was supported in his stand by the Rev. Dr. George W. Brown, secretary of the American Bible Society, who asked that the clean movie campaign be included in the Covenant. Action on the matter was deferred.

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