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Th Council met at 2.30 p.m. BIBLE READING IN SCHOOLS BILL. Mr Acland moved the second reading of the Bible-reading m Schools Bill, which he designated as a purely permissive measure. He firmly believed with the majority of the people of the colony that pupils should have the Bible read to them m the State schools. At present children were brought up to despise the Word of God, and hence their want of reverence for parents and everything that was good. Dr Pollen regarded the Bill as one for the amendment of the Education .Act rather than a Bill for Bible reading m schools. He said that ere long the present Education Act would, owing to its financial ponderosity, have to be amended, and amended so that the support of public schools, should rest on the local bodie* rather than on the. State. Many passages of Soripture were totklly unfit to be read; and believing, as he did, that the legislature were unfitted to decide what passages should not be read, as worn proposed by the schedule m the Bill, he moved the previous question. Sir George Whitmorc considered that religious tenets should be inculcated at the pother's knee, and objected to passages of Scripture being gabbled over by school teachers »t railroad speed, The Bill if passedwould create sectarian bitterness. Mr Millar warmly supported the second reading, as the measure, ii it became law, would correct larrikinism and the irreverent proclivities of the youth of the colony, and would tend to make them law abiding God-fearing men and women. Mr Shepherd would like to have seen a Bill empowering teachers to explain the i passages which fchpy read from the Bible. Dr Grace characterised, the Bill as a sham, for it was a sham to read a passage of the Bible to children without explaining. If the Bill passed it would have the effect of compelling many Catholic State .schooj. teachers to relinquish their situations from reUgjous scruples. On the motion of Mr Mantejl the debate was adjourned til); Tuesday next, The Council adjourned at .5.45 p-m.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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