Page 7, 1st July 1938

1st July 1938
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Page 7, 1st July 1938 — OUTSTRETCHED HAND U.S. Communists Make The Attempt

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Organisations: Communist Party
People: Stalin, Earl Browder
Locations: NEW YORK


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OUTSTRETCHED HAND U.S. Communists Make The Attempt

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Attempts of the Communist Party, in its annual national convention here, to set itself up as a defender of the Constitution, a friend of religion, and a group free of any allegiance to Stalin, have been greeted with ridicule or indignant comments by the American Press, both secular and Catholic.

" Outstretched Hand " Again In a four-and-a-half-hour speech that is typical of the torrent of oratory at Communist affairs, Earl Browder, national head of the Party, devoted a full hour to what he fondly believed constituted a friendly invitation to Catholics. Not content with offering the usual " outstretched hand,Browder frantically waved both arms in his appeal for Catholic support. As has been the Communist policy of late, the approach to Catholics was directed to the " rank and file," that is, the laity, as distinguished from the hierarchy; this, and other similar invitations clearly indicate the hope of the Communists that Catholics can he split from their bishops.

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