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Faith and Marriage

To the Editor:

In his review of The Ghetto Game [January], Staughton Lynd misconceives the nature of prejudice, or of marriage, or both, in the illogical statement: “Brotherhood . . . would mean intermarriage between races, and intermarriage between faiths.” There is no natural or rational reason against intermarriage between races. . . . But is one lacking in brotherhood because he insists that his prospective spouse share his convictions as to the nature of God and man’s destiny? . . . Adherence as an adult to a particular faith signifies at least an implicit position on such matters. To marry out of one’s own faith (or one’s own political party, for that matter—faith’s worldly counterpart) testifies not to a sense of brotherhood, but rather to a lack of commitment, or perhaps a misunderstanding about the ultimate implications of such a decision.

John J. Kirwan
Washington, D. C.

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Correction

To the Editor:

In your May issue [“Letters from Readers”] a reference to Mr. Nathan Glazer was erroneously included in my letter concerning the American peace movement. I did not, however, make any personal references in that letter.

Amitai Etzioni
New York City

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