DES MOINES, Iowa ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThe word of God and communism are hand in hand,‚ÄĚ said Diana Sowry, a school bus driver from Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was one of a group of clergy and lay people participating in a conference on religion sponsored by the Communist Party USA here April 15-16.
Sowry is a union activist and also active in her church, where she sings in the choir. She feels communists and others who are working to defeat the ultra-right and advance peace, social and economic justice, and socialism are ‚Äúdoing the work of the Word.‚ÄĚ
The Rev. Scott Marks, from New Haven, Conn., said ‚Äúpeople in the pews‚ÄĚ cannot simply stick to ‚Äúfeel-good issues,‚ÄĚ but must ‚Äúbe willing to go to the wall on the real issues.‚ÄĚ Noting that attendance at soup kitchens is ‚Äúpiling up,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚ÄúPeople full well know, no matter what happens in heaven, this morning I woke up hungry.‚ÄĚ
Marks, son of a North Carolina ...