William Sloane Coffin

(William Sloane Coffin Jr.)

William Sloane Coffin
William Sloane Coffin
  • Born: June 1, 1924
  • Died: April 12, 2006
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman









William Sloane Coffin Jr. was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, and later received ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ. In his younger days he was an athlete, a talented pianist, a CIA officer, and later chaplain of Yale University, where the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr's social philosophy led him to become a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He also was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. He went on to serve as Senior Minister at the Riverside Church in New York City and President of SANE/Freeze (now Peace Action), the nation's largest peace and social justice group, and prominently opposed United States military interventions in conflicts, from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. He was also an ardent supporter of gay rights.

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Even if you win the rat-race, you’re still a rat. Miscellaneous
I was very anti-Soviet and very pro-Russian.. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If anyone were to suggest that we should be prepared to burn a woman at the stake in the name of national security, he would be taken to a mental ward. But if someone were to be prepared to burn millions of women in the name of national security, he is highly electable to the highest office of the land. Defense & National Security
It is bad religion to deify doctrines and creeds. While indispensable to religious life, doctrines and creeds are only so as signposts. Love alone is the hitching post. Doctrines, let’s not forget, supported slavery and apartheid; some still strive to keep women in their place and gays and lesbians in limbo. Moreover, doctrines can divide, while compassion can only unite Human Nature
Stalin could occasionally make Hitler look like a Boy Scout. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The ends do not always justify the means Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We are beginning to resemble extinct dinosaurs, who suffered from too much armor and too little brain. Defense & National Security
We were quite naïve about the use of American power. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible. Hope
It's too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, for all of life is risk exercise. That's the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly. Life ;Sports & Athletics
The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverance can restrain violence - reverance for human life and the environment. Life
The woman most in need of liberation is the woman in every man and the man in every woman.
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex