Halford E. Luccock

Halford Edward Luccock (1885 – 1960) was a prominent American Methodist minister and professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School.

Outside of the clerical vocation, he is probably most noted today for widely quoted statements in his sermon at the Riverside Church in New York City on 11 September 1938, "Keeping Life Out of Confusion", in which he declared:

"When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled 'made in Germany'; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism'."

This was reported the next day in an article headlined "Disguised Fascism Seen As A Menace" in The New York Times (12 September 1938), p. 15.

Other long quoted remarks on the significance of Christmas occurred in his earlier 1915 essay "Everything Upside Down". He later elaborated upon this work in an extended adaptation, "Whoops! It’s Christmas" in 1959, which was published in The Abbott Christmas Book in 1960.

He wrote a column in the Christian Century for many years under the pseudonym "Simeon Stylites." [1]

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