The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
Secular Education Defence Leag
Secular Education Defence [unclear: Leag]
The object of the League is to maintain a purely [unclear: secul] system of education in the State schools of the Dominion.
|(a)||Educating public opinion in the principles of [unclear: t] League.|
|(b)||Securing the co-operation of societies formed [unclear: a] the same purpose.|
|(c)||Defending teachers when their position is [unclear: unji] rendered insecure by reason of religious [unclear: diffei] or sectarian influence.|
Anyone can become a member of the League by paying [unclear: the] minimum annual subscription of one shilling.
The League's Affirmations.
|(1)||That it will resist any attempt to interfere with [unclear: o] purely secular system of State education.|
|(2)||That in matters of religion strict neutrality is [unclear: the] only just attitude that a State can assume tor its citizens.|
|(3)||That to introduce any form of religious [unclear: instruction] into our State system of education would be [unclear: debut] mental to the best interests of the schools, [unclear: leadi] to sectarian strife among the children, and [unclear: imp] ing a religious test upon the teachers.|
|(4)||That to determine the question of religious [unclear: instru] tion, or Bible-reading, in schools by means [unclear: of] referendum would be absolutely subversive of the neutrality of the State in matters of religion.|
|(5)||That the Nelson system, even if it be within [unclear: the] letter of the Education Act, is an ingenious [unclear: evas] of its real spirit and intent, and that the [unclear: League] will oppose this innovation.|
|(6)||That the League is strongly opposed to the [unclear: introduction] of the New South Wales text-book into [unclear: the] State schools of the Dominion.|
Officers of the League.
President: John Gammell, Esq., B.A., Seatoun [unclear: Heights] Wellington.
Secretaries: Dr. T. A. Black and Henry Joosten, [unclear: Esq] [unclear: E] Wellington.
Treasurer: Professor Mackenzie, Wellington.