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THE LANCE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STUDENT BODY OF ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE (photos by goodson) roii. 9. No. 6. ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE, LAURINBURG, N. C. THURSDAY. OCT. 16. 196> Moratorium Day Gives Variety of Approaches Fayetteville March Success; G. I.s Sponsor Demonstration BY CHARLIE PRATT The day broke dark and cold to the solemn proceedings of Moratorium. It was symbolic of the desperation which exists and which Is growing daily of a war that challenges the reason of man. All over the nation, colleges and universities rec ognized this desperation In a large segment of their popu lations. The programs varied from place to place, but the emphasis was on the present consequences of the war, and effective ways of discontinuing it. The first event was a very moving yet tolerant chapel ser vice prepared by Mr. Vann J61nes. Beginning with his ex tension of the hand of peace to the audience, he approached the problem of war on moral terms. He quoted an essay by Peter Burger called “Between Tyranny and Chaos”, speaking of the duty of a Christian in a time of turmoil. That duty is not to speak of love or hate, of gospel, but to maintain an open mind throughout. Arising from this turmoil is a pro blem of language and seman tics. There Is a tendency to make a clear cut decision be tween political right and left, which becomes nothing more that a sophisticated name calling routine. The problem is not a choice between left and right when the country Is mov- t"g continually toward tyranny or chaos. The alternative for the Christian is to find a middle ground between these two ex tremes. The pressure Involved tor this person is in the fact that there exists a symbiotic relationship between tyranny ttd chaos. That Is, one factor depends and contributes to the other; therefore tyranny is a result of reaction against the possibility of chaos, and vice versa. Following the Chapel ser- '^ce, members of SASA held a rally on the C o 11 e g e Union ^®ps. After the singing of "White Boots, Yellow Land”, “I Declare the War Is Over”, two penetrating and de liberately challenging songs, speeches were presented tc point up particular areas di rectly related to the war. The debate, held in Kings Mountain’s lounge, was attended by a capacity, standing room only crowd. The opening speaker was Mr. Winn. He cautioned against sim plistic solutions to a treihen- dously complex problem. Stal ing that “Power in and of itself is not immoral”, he favored the position of Viet Nam as a trial case. If we hold the line now, then we can force negotiations in Paris. There Is a growing isolationist trend in the United States which can become dan gerous if the balance swings too far. Mr. Prust began with three reasons why we say we are In Viet Nam. Since we are there we mi^t as well finish the job. As well, we are morally right In protecting the democratic government in South Viet Nam and it is our duty to protect the Vietnamese so they can be free from outside interventions and can conduct their own free e- lections. But the re are three BY TOM COCKE Anti-war G. I.s from iFort Bragg, students from seven colleges and u n 1 v e rsities in North Carolina, black people and residents of Fayetteville marched in downtown Fayette ville last Saturday IntheG.Ls United Patriots For Peace par ade. The parade started shortly after 1:30 p.m. from the Qua ker House. After marching through downtown Fayetteville over 800 strong, the parade proceded to a public park where a rally was held. Led by ap proximately 100 0,1. s, the mar chers were spirited but very orderly. During the initial planning sessions for the march, the G.I.s had anticipated possible tension between parade parti cipants and local residents. To insure order and cohesion with in the march and to discourage possible assaults upon the mar chers by disaffected residents, G.I.s United provided the par ade with marshalls. With the excellent cooperation of the Fayetteville police, the day pas sed unmarred by Incidents. Speaking at the rally were Donald Duncan, an ex-Green Beret Master Sergeant, Ho ward Levy, a retired Army Lieutenant, two G.I.s from Fort Bragg and students from Duke and UNC. The speakers spoke from a common anti-war pers pective. They quickly passed BY TOM COCKE The anti-war movement, like all social movements, has undergone significant evolution in his history. Gone are the days when de bate over the war In Vietnam focused upon the legal, political and historical technicalities of our involvement (eg: the nature of the United States’ commit ment to the South East Asia Treaty Organization or the re fusal of the U. S. to fulfill the over the ethical and technical questions of the Vietnamese war to attack directly the A- merlcans economic system which they held responsible for beginning and perpetuating the war. They highlighted the mar chers’ chant of “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight" . The rally ended with a peaceful and escorted return walk to the Quaker House. Geneva Accord Agreement of 1954). Similarly, the anti-war movement passed out a later era which found Itsjhost heralded contention to be the immorality of the war. Americans, reared in a so ciety rooted in the Judeo-Chrls- tian tradition, have t)een so cialized from birth to believe that human life is sacred and that killing is immoral. With this as a standard value in. American society, the morality of this or any other war is Im moral does not speak of the na ture of the war and of A meri- can society; the hovf’sand why’s of our intervention -in the in ternal affairs of other nations (Vietnam is but one example). In a society where economic power and its resultant--poli tical power--are the determi nants of who shall rule and whose Interest shall be served; the anti-war movement has come to realize that the Viet nam War is but a sympton of the American social malaise. Participants in the anti-war movement are beginning to rea lize that peace in Vietnam is no guarantee that similar im perialist wars will not occur. It also realizes that peace without social and economic justice is no peace at all. From this perspective, the efforts of G. l.’s to organize to secure their constitutional liber(;ies, an end to the war and to racism should be seen as of a central importance in the movement for justice, equality and social democracy. reasons, he pointed out, why we are really in Viet Nam. There (Continued to page 2) JeNT Ah'A>^ II opo (photo by faulkner) MANY MEMBERS OF THE St. Andrews Student Alliance marched in Fayetteville last Saturday in protest to the Vietnam war. Anti-War Analysis

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