JFK asked the UUA President not to denounce the Vietnam War: The Answer to Today’s UU Trivia Question

No correct guesses today, unfortunately.  The answer to today’s trivia question is that U.S. president John F. Kennedy called and asked UUA president Dana Greeley to cease his public opposition to the Vietnam War.  Although Greeley was a friend of JFK, he refused to compromise his feelings, and in fact actually intensified his call for America to pull out of Vietnam.

Defying the president wasn’t the most notable UU protest against the war, however.  Michael Ferber,  a UU youth leader, was tried and convicted along with Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and Mitchell Goodman for collecting draft cards to return to the government and organizing resistance during a rally at the steps of the Arlington Street Church (UU).  But perhaps even more dramatic was the action of the usually staid UU historian Rev. George Williams, who actually burned draft cards in the pulpit of the Arlington Street Church during a service!

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4 responses to “JFK asked the UUA President not to denounce the Vietnam War: The Answer to Today’s UU Trivia Question

  1. Purportedly using William Ellery Channing’s candlesticks!

  2. Transient and Permanent

    No way, I never heard about the candlesticks! Too awesome.

  3. Thanks, I am learning a lot from this series.

  4. Hank Peirce

    Wow I guess Obama being ‘upset’ with Rev. Wright isn’t the first politician /minister dust up.

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