Everett R. Clinchy: Freedom of Religion

Thursday, March 26, 1942

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

WNYC announcer introduces program and Clinchy, President of the National Council of Christians and Jews, who talks on Freedom of Religion. Richard B. Morris, Director of Civilian Defense at City College, introduces Clinchy.

People care more about freedom of religion now that they are fighting for it. Everything about the post-war world will be determined by religion. Man thinks and acts in accordance with what he worships. Worldwide moral conflict can be traced to a religious crisis. Religious, political, and economic crisis. When civilization is built upon technology and ignores the dignity of man and rejects responsibility to God, then Nazism is the logical result. Man thought he could do anything and get away with it. When society fails religiously, it falls to pieces politically as well. Hitler tried to solve an economic problem by enslavement and by war. He created a more profound religious problem: the abuse of the mechanical and material produced the ill. Today we are all in trouble, so a reflective mood has come over the world.

WNYC announcer concludes program, says the time: "fourteen and a half minutes after 8 o'clock eastern war time."

Audio courtesy of the City University of New York

WNYC archives id: 71476


Everett R. Clinchy and Richard B. Morris


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Broadcast in cooperation with CUNY, this 1942 wartime radio show features members of faculty discussing different aspects of Americanism, the war effort, and the threat of un-democratic ideas.


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