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American Citizen, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1893, Ironwood, Michigan THE AMERICAN new i Give UNTO Twee one ANOTHSRI VOL 4 47 ASHLAND SINGLE 5 THEIR FIDELITY TO THE NA TION DEMANDS Would Not Be Good Citizens Un less they Objected to Trea son and Some people are inclined to be rather touchy on the subject of the traitorous organization known as the and believe that the Catholics and their friends should refrain from discussing the aims and methods of this socie which aims to destroy their religious and civil Butwhy should Catholics remain silentWhy should any good and true American citizen re main silent in the face of this formidable and insiduous movement against the constitution and the liberty and freedom of conscience there in guaranteed us by the fathers of our country Is it customary among an intelligent and civi lized people to permit a murderer to ply his redhanded avocation without hindrance of the law Do we permit a gang of freebooters to travel around the looting our homes without making an effort to visit upon them the vengeance of the law We certainly do and why should secret plotting against our most sacred rights be permitted to go Of all crimes treason against glorious country as is the most reprehen Certainly the in common with all good should not be for sordid business or pecuniary to remain silent while this traitorous fight is be ing waged and while the prejudices and bigot ry of the ignorant is being worked upon to ar ray them against the cause of liberty and good Liberty is too sacred for a good citizen to forget his loyalty and patriotism in the mere presence of possible pecuniary Such cowardice would be characteristic of the conspirators who compose the but it be criminal on the part of Catholics to permit their liberty and equality before the law to be stolen from them without a In fighting in a constitutional way for their the Catholics do not aim to defend any of the teachings of their They are re sponsible to God alone for what they and deny the right of any man to dictate what form Of worship they shall Neither do the Catholics wish to interfere with the religion on un such a of their be they Jews or It is also not their purpose to inter fere with the organization or aims of any Pro testant or other society for the propogation of any religious In Catholics sympa thize with the Protestants in their many noble efforts in behalf of humanity or the brotherhood of and the freedom of Catholics from in tolerance is evidenced by the manner in which their clergy participated in the discussions of the recent religious congress of the and it is only a few days since two of the grandest intellectual giants in the church in this coun Bishop Ireland and Father Cleary of participated in and showed their sympa thy with the national convention of the Wom ens Christian Temperance a society that is distinctly Protestant and a strong ally of that The members of the claim that Cath olics are sworn to patronize and vote for only the faithful of their but this is a ma licious lie that is incapable of being Any observant business man knows that this is not If there are instances where a Catholic has enjoyed a liberal patron age from the members of his there are other reasons than those of religion why such has been the The Catholics aim to be good American citizens and it is not consistent with their religious faith and ideas of liberality to inaugurate a boycott or war of proscription against those who disagree with them in relig The teaching of Christ to Lovethy neigh bor as is an injunction as dear to the Catholics as to their Protestant But it would be doing a great injustice the millions of good and sensible Protestants of to characterize this knownothing or ganization as an ally of their Nearly all of the Protestant churches forbid their mem joina oathbound organ political purposes and the destruction of religious jSlost of the leaders of the y society are men of no standing s in the Protestant and many of as at are notorious roues and toughs are 3 disgrace to the and with whom no selfrespecting Protestant who loves his family and the teachings of his would Following are the obligations taken by those who become members of the TREASONABLE OATH OF THE I do most solemnly promise and swear that I will not allow anyone a member of the Roman Catholic church to become a member of this I knowing him to be such that I will use my influence to promote the interests of all everywhere in the world that I will not employ a Catholic in any ca if I can procure the service of a Protes tant that I will not aid in or in main by my any Roman Catholic church or institution of their sect or creed but will do all in my power to re tard and break down the power of the Pope that I will not enter into any controversy with a Roman Catholic upon the subject of this or nor will I enter into any agreement with a Roman Catholic to strike or create a disturb whereby the Roman Catholic employes may undermine and substitute the Protestants that in all greviances I will seek only Protest and council with to the exclusion of all Roman and will not make known to them anything of any nature matured atsuch conferences that I will not countenance the in any caucus or of a Roman Catholic for any office in the gift of the American and that I will not vote for or counsel others to vote any Roman but will vote only for a Protestant that I will endeavor at all times to place political positions of this government in the hands of To all of which 1 do most solemnly promise and so help me THE FINAL your right hand on the as sured emblem of the Roman Catholic place your left hand on the book of your faith and repeat after Ihereby denounce Roman Cath I hereby denounce the sitting at Rome or I denounce his priests and emmissaries and the diabolical work of the Roman Catholic and I pledge myself in the cause of Protestantism to the end that there may be no interferance with the discharge of the duties of I solemnly bind myself to protect at all times and with all means within my power the good name of the order and its so help me It can be seen from the foregoing that those who thus obligate themselves seek to abrogate toat portion of the United States constitution which provides that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United When a powerful organization exists which threatens to deprive Catholics the right guaran teed by the all good citizens will not hesitate to denounce the and those who from business or other motives are lacking iiihostilitytosuchan are lacking in patriotism or halfway to being members of the band of SHARP CRITICISM OF A TRAL TOROUS An Interesting Letter Showing the Nonsensical Charges of the The following signed A recently appeared in the Marquette Mining and shows plainly the friendly attitude in comparison of the Catholic church on labor with that of the To The Mining a fortunate co incidence a few weeks ago two papers came to my The Patriotic American and the De troit Free The American bears the committee please These in itials may mean A Patriotic American or AntiPopery but taking into consideration the character and spirit of the slush for which they stand they might be interpreted to mean A Partisan It seems incredible that any man not blinded by bigotry and partisanship can believe a frac tion of the lies contained in the fifty columns of venomous matter in this disreputable The only reasonable conclusion we at is that there must be a motive can arrive not apparent on the face of the vile All decent Republicans resent the imputation that the is a welcome annex to their Be that as it the seems to get the benefit of their We must search deeper for the true reason for the existence of the organization known as the It is not in these latter days of the Nineteenth that intelligent men can harbor opinions that none but fools could be ex pected to I am a Protestant and of Protestant and no special love for the Catholic more than for other to deal charitably with my neighbors and their if any thing could be devised to make a thinking man look deeper into as a conse quence In congress last Thomas one of Michigans ablest representa desired to introduce a privileged resolu tion directing an investigation into the right of Linton of to a seat in the In the name of the he declared that the election of the sitting member was encompassed by the influence of an organization in Michigan and several other western The election ot the sitting member was illegal and in He suggested that there should bo an investiga tion into the existence and animus of the society which was instrumental in sending Lintou to the society which is and under the laws of a traitorous It is a society whose existence is a menace to the states and subversive to their Hopkins of Illinois the gentleman is out of He has no right to stand on this floor and arraign any lawful society or The speaker overruled the point of order and stated that it was permissible for the gen tleman from Michigan to make an inquiry into the right of any gentleman to a seat in the Weadock thereupon took up his attack on the but his remarks were lost in the storm which broke about his in which Hopkins and Dingley of took a prominent When he could be heard again he announced that ow ing to the opposition encountered he would withdraw his resolution until the member most should be present to speak in his own with greater would be just such slush as the is scattering broad cast over the the vile sheet now in my The Patriotic in the interest of will receive far more attention than it deserves when thorough and accurate informa tion can be collected for The Detroit Free Press contained Archbishop Irelands address on labor at In it you see the true spirit of the Catholic church toward With such sentiments I would rather be a scullion in the eminent prelates kitchen with the occasional privilege of standing in his pres ence than to sit clothed in blue and orange at the head of the table with the elite of the teaching the hideous principles of bigotry and hatred that may some clay bear fruit in a carnival of only logical result we can expect from the narrow partisan spirit that animates the Without one atom of evidence in support the sheet named above evolves the follow ing nonsense from its inner consciousness In order to exist for a short time the middle man cuts down wages upon the grounds of hard If let alone the men would accept the reduction But this is precisely what capital does not The pacification of the working classes means The priest and capitalists want so that the first can work out his long de layed scheme of ecclesiastical conquest and cap ital can get ten per interest for his tied up money and bring about the joint rule of Plu tus and the So the priest preaches to the masses concern ing the oppression of labor by the middleman and the capitalistic press talks learnedly upon the majesty of labor and the rights of the clown trodden workingman Then Jesuits who officer the labor organi zations get in their The west being the first to feel the is the first to adopt harsh measures that it maj feed its hungry little ones Go east to the large directs the priest to his Go says from lands end to lands end flashes the order for a joint The smal manufacturers cannot pay even the ordinary scale and are compelled to shut The important element of glad of a chance to exercise the savagery born of ignor wreck works and property throughout the So long as they confine their depreda ions to the small manufacturers well and good is a part of the deeplaid But when they turn their attention to the arge capitalistic enterprises they find bodies of men armed and drilled waiting to give them a eaden Get back to your cries the priest to he and leave the heretic dogs to their The heretic too late to see the trap in o which they have fallen the guns that are veled at their breasts are government n the hands of Romes secret the nembers of which have been sworn in as deptt y sheriffs by the Roman Catholic Now read what Archbishop Ireland says The archbishop began by saying that the ause of labor was espoused by the Catholic and added At the very foundation of lie labor question lies the proper appreciation f the individual says Leo eaches the rich man and employer that theif vork people are not slaves that they must re pect in every man his dignity as a man and as Christian that labor is nothing to be ashamed but is an honorable enabling a nan to sustain his life in an upright and cred table and that it is shameful and inhit nan to treat men like chattels to make money or to look upon them merely as so much iiuscle or physical Here is the whole germ of all social rights ml Labor is not and cannot be an arti le of or a merchantable commodity s bread or entirely subject to the laws f supply and Labor is an It is he personal output of the energies of he concrete labor of the labor con gress is the and hence labor pos esses dignity and rights which are inherent in he human person and has before God and so iety the responsibility of the human Mie laborer himself has not the right to depart rom these The employer has lot the right to solicit or permit him to do he which is society is bound o stop both employer and laborer from clegrad rig human and perverting it from the nirposes assigned it by the Modern industrialism perceives nothing be rond the market in which it buys the he very labor indicates to what power and pelf have sunk Free Free Freedom of con ract are maxims that it is sought to make pre with the result that men are driven to work it starvation and however low these are he workman is bidden to step aside the mo nent another human being is found to give cheaper rates at the sweat of his The vords Freedom of contract speak the bitterest There is no freedom where the alterna ive is to work at a nominal or to be hun gry and to listen to the cries of the famishing Leo XIII says There is a dictate jf the nature imperious and more ancient than he bargain between man and that remun eration must be enough to support the wage earner in reasonable and frugal Thanking the Mining Journal for the privi ege of appearing in its I remain in the widest A Anarchy and nihilism have no place in this and all such subjects are watched and heir purpose They would over ihrow the Constitution of the United States if hey and the oaths of the place them in the same Enquirer The Democrat says Truo Americans do not believe in intro ducing religion into It has no place The Catholics have been assailed this year what denomination will be next Down with the Its members should study the constitution of their Every ood citizen should aid in crushing the accurs d order out of Every patriot should denounce it and its teachings as a great danger to American The a Republican paper of Columbia says of the We do not know that the organization has any politi cal nor do we but it is en deavoring to arouse the Protestants of the land to wage war upon the For doing this the members deserve the censure of all patriotic The spirit of intolerance finds no abiding place in the mind of any loyal and the man who would seek to drive out of this land a fellow being on ac count of his religious convictions is a traitor to his conntry and her It is the duty of all true citizens to denounce the fanatics engaged in the disreputable
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