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Roosevelt Backs “loyalty Days,” Upholds Role of Religion

September 10, 1939
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A message from President Roosevelt backing the church “Loyalty Days” on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and declaring that our civilization can only rest on “the brotherhood of man and the sanctions of religion” was made public today by the National Committee for Religion and Welfare Recovery. The President’s letter, addressed to Dr. E. Graham Wilson, chairman of the Executive Committee for Religion and Welfare Recovery, follows:

“There never has been a time in our history when there was deeper need for calling our people to faith in religion than the present moment. In the contemporary conflict between nations and races and their philosophies of human society, we must keep undimmed our perspective on spiritual values.

“Within our own nation we are pressed by problems, both national and international, which call for divine guidance and power. As we seek continued recovery, we need more and more to realize that our search will be in vain unless we meet, with spiritual forces, the materialism which has such disastrous effect on our national and international life.

“I am gratified to learn that the Call is again going forth for the nation-wide observance of Loyalty Day by our churches and synagogues, September thirtieth and October first, to bring the minds and hearts of men back to consciousness of the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man and the sanctions of religion, in services of worship and rededication to these ideals. Upon them alone can the structure of our civilization rest in security and confidence.”

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