Unitarians Fight Coughlinism

A national program for the preservation of democratic Government was launched by the Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice, an adjunct of the Unitarian Church, with a radio address by Rev. Walton E. Cole of Toledo. Dr. Cole spoke tonight at the Naval Armory on “Hitler Over America Exposing the Propagandists Who Are Undermining Democracy” Selection of Detroit as the scene of the inaugural Unitarian program against forces of intolerance, and primarily against Coughlinism, was announced by the Rev. Dale Dewitt, president of the Fellowship.

Regarding the controversy between Father Coughlin and Elliott Roosevelt, Cole declared: “It is easy to confuse the issue raised in this controversy between Coughlin and young Roosevelt. The issue is not Father Coughlin against the Jews. It is more fundamental than that. It is really Father Coughlin’s intolerance against the American way of tolerance and goodwill…Coughlin’s clumsy attempts to unsay his anti-Jewish utterances by verbal sword-swallowing is a transparent trick that will fool no one who has read Social Justice articles or who has carefully followed the radio priest’s intolerant and vacillating course. Again Father Coughlin proves that he can hand it out but he can’t take it!

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