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Protestant Churches Denounce Racial Prejudice As “sin”

February 7, 1955
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The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States condemned race prejudice as a “sin” in a message this week-end to its 35,000,000 members in various Protestant denominational churches. The denunciation of racism was contained in a Brotherhood Month message designed to be read from pulpits in the 147,000 affiliated churches on Sunday, February 13.

The message, which included an intensive program for churches and for individual church members to adopt to fight racism, cautioned Christians against believing that race prejudice was “merely bad, unfortunate, unrighteous.” It insisted that “racial prejudice in any and all forms is contrary to the will and the design of God” and therefore “it is sin.”

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