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U.S. Must Not Sell Its Soul for Oil

November 13, 1973
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The second highest ranking Protestant Episcopal clergyman in the U.S. warned here yesterday that America must not “under any circumstances sell its soul for a guaranteed flow of oil.” The Rev. Dr. David R. Hunter, deputy general secretary of the National Council of churches made that statement in an address to 800 persons attending the all-day conference of the Metropolitan Council of B’nai B’rith at the Commodore Hotel.

“We must resist every temptation to let our foreign policy be affected by the gross misuse of force on the part of the oil rich nations of the world and their allies,” Dr. Hunter said. “So long as Israel is threatened by military aggression, we need to affirm clearly and loudly that Israel has the right to exist,” he added.

He said he was “pleased that many Christians have spoke out meaningfully with both indignation and compassion since the desecration of Yom Kippur by the Syrians and Egyptians” on Oct. 6. “This time we are faced with a moral obligation to settle for nothing less than a peace settlement,” Dr. Hunter said.

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