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Cincinnati Israelite (Newspaper) - December 24, 1869, Cincinnati, OhioBut an Appeal for persecution. He dwelt on this because in the present condition of this question the attempt made to enforce the Rule now that the Publio feeling had been a Quot roused was simply persecution. In his own i8trict, in. Voting on this question of abrogating the Rule for the Reading a the Bible he would have been guided by the hot that if he touched on the conscience of any of the patrons of the school of would be infringing on the Constitution of the state and the Liberty of that conscience. Attention had been directed to the question that it was no longer a thing indifferent whether the Bible should be read in the schools in connection with appropriate singing no less than three pastors of the hebrew flock had preached against it the entire body of the Catholic Church represented by Many millions of dollars in the shape of taxation and Many of the quakers were opposed to it and in whatever Way the question might originally have been regarded it was now a question of conscience and entitled Tobe treated As such. The moment that Money is taken from an individual for the support of a religion he does not believe be becomes a subject of persecution and the logic that Woula justify it justifies the burning of the heretic. On this Point counsel read from 8� Howard s state trials 526, the trial of George Bushy for High treason. After referring to the inhuman manner in which Theja de provided that the execution of the prisoner should take place the counsel remarked that that was the was in which protestants had treated catholics. He was. Brought up on Fox s martyrs and found nothing worse in it than that. He did not charge the protestants or catholics with any offence in this except with the misfortune of being born in times when the burning of heretics was regarded As a proper act and therefore did not agree on this Point with or. Vickers that the Catholic Church was especially sinful above All other churches. Or. Vickers i never said so. Judge Hoadly i never thought that Church a greater foe to the Liberty of the citizen than any other Church which could be proved to have done the same thing. Any Church holding religious truth to be the greatest of All truths and that it is its province to enforce religious truths would claim to be justified in doing these things. The logic of persecution can not be contravened if you admit the major premises. There is but one remedy denying to the state government the right to control in things spiritual. By doing that you save the state and and save the citizen. The revival of religion in Connecticut in 1819, was ascribed by or. Beecher to the fact that the Church bad no longer the state to rely upon but was bound to rely on itself and god and therefore it was he contended that the total Severance of Church and state was better for religion and he believed the history of the american nation proved it. If there was any country where the flame of religion burned purely and brightly it was in this country and it was just in proportion As we had dissolved the Bonds of Church and state while it was among those races and in those climes where religion was overwhelmed by formalism and hypocrisy that religion Ana state Are tied together. The question we Are now considering is the last Bond that binds the state of Ohio to any ecclesiastical establishment and because he believed it is a Bond that binds it to a protestant establishment not that protestantism is worse than catholicism perhaps not so bad though he desired not to commit himself on that Point a he Denonn oed the Rule which had the effect of binding Church and state together As an evil to All concerned and when he spoke Here it was not merely for unbelievers he spoke whom he did not regard As an outcast race. The idea that Benedict Spinoza who lived a pure life and gave up All Hopes of earthly Prosperity that e might accomplish what he believed was a great work the father of a philosophy that to Day is current All Over the world should be treated As an outcast that Hume Humboldt Emerson the first philosopher of the country should be treated As outcasts men whose teachings were As High in moral dignity As those As those of any writer that Ever lived was simply absurd. It is said that there is no morality without religion and because morality dates from the Bible we must secure the Reading of the Bible in the schools. When did the novel proposition emerge from the brains of men than the Bible was the foundation of morality All Honor to the Bible but morals existed before the Bible before the world. Bight and wrong Are things inherent and bind the throne of the almighty just As much As they bind the hearts or men. On this Point counsel read from a work entitled Quot intuitive morals Quot a passage from Chrysostom also from sir James Mclntosh in the human conscience there has been written from the first Man a Law of morals Long antecedent to the Bible and in saying this he Oast no reproach on that Book. He was not Here to speak one word which to the most reverent ear ought to be construed As a reflection upon it. To say that moral philosophy antedate the Bible is to say what All moral philosophy teaches. Any invasion of the rights of others done by Large bodies in the form of Law is none the less persecution and when those rights Are rights of conscience As the Constitution breathes throughout its entire length and breadth it is persecution. There is nothing in the Law of Ohio that prohibits the state from establishing a state Church. It is True that Thomas Jefferson returning from France frill with the French notions of that Day to and of the importance of the state rights got in As a fijut amendment to the Constitution that Congress i shall naked no Law respecting of religion but that does not prevent the state of oho from supporting a. Church establishment
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