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William Sloane Coffin
Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist with international stature.

Praise for the Soviets.

“In repentance lies our hope. . . . Were we Americans to repent of the self-righteousness . . . we would realize that if we are not yet one with the Soviets in love, at least we are one with them in sin. . . . Were we to repent of our selfrighteousness, the existence of Soviet missiles would remind us of nothing so much as our own. Soviet threats to rebellious Poles would call to mind American threats to the Sandinistas. Afghanistan would suggest Vietnam. Soviet repression of civil liberties at home would remind us of our own complicity in the repression of these same civil rights abroad. . . . Jesus would never be ‘soft on communism’ anymore than He would be soft on capitalism.”

Source: Useful Idiots -- How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First, by Mona Charen, paper-back edition, 2004, page 221.
Hardcopy: Copy of page 221 from Charen's book.
Where: In remarks from the pulpit of his church, the Riverside Church.
When: 1985.
Contributor: AIM.

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