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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

Evangelicals Object to the Term "Godless."

Evangelicals Object to the Term "Godless.".

Yet some Evangelical friends have been wrathy with me and others for designating the common schools, according to the new law, as godless. I do not wish them to be godless; it is not the fault of Catholics that they page 18 are becoming godless. To leave our non-Catholic fellow-citizens free to settle the question of religious instruction in the schools to their own satisfaction, Catholics all over the country have provided, or they are providing, school accommodation for Catholic children, that the religious influences in these schools may be in harmony with the religious convictions of their patrons. Hardly had we made room in our own schools for all our Catholic children in the city of Rochester than the Board of Education of the city, with little ceremony, put the Bible and all religious instruction out of the public schools. It was this Board that made the schools under their care, in reality, if not in name, godless.