Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam

Thursday, January 18, 1968

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Don C. Bennett explains that Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam was started two years ago as an interfaith agency to express collectively their feelings about the war in Vietnam. Their major concern is with the draft. He states that the organization is involved when a young man experience conflict of conscience because of statements made by the organizations and resists the draft.

Bennett introduces Dr. William Slone Coffin, a university chaplain who states that more and more bright, moral young men are concluding that the war in Vietnam is wrong and that if it is not stopped a great many of the flower of our youth will be jailed. They state that they have been indicted by the government and express the willingness to confront the government and go to jail if need be. They state their position and they oppose the draft law because it rejects all types of conscientious objectors.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks. He calls the Vietnam war a war on us too. He speaks of the importance of the rights of conscience. He calls for creative dissenters. February 5-6 protest is announced.

Questions and answers follow.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 6175


Don C. Bennett, William Sloan Coffin and Martin Luther King


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