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Letter July 16, 1918 from Norman Thomas to John Mott
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Must Come Across”, when under its auspices as often one hears preached a message of hate, it is not easy to see in your great organization a thoughtful, forward looking, Christian body, capable of playing a mighty part in the rebuilding of our broken civilization.
I have written frankly because I think you ought to know what is being said, not only by me but my many men who have owed much to your leadership in the past, and who cannot feel that you view the present situation with the great organization you have done so much to create without some perturbation of spirit. Is it not possible for you to speak out on spiritual principles? Aside from questions of religious and civil liberty at home there is the possibility that the Christians of Sweden have put before us of reasserting Christian brotherhood by united Conferences for prayer that God may guide us to a righteous peace. To speak to the hearts and conscience of the nation along these lines, as you are capable of speaking, is a great service than heading a mighty organization.
(Signed) Norman Thomas