Timaru Presbytery and State Control.
At a meeting of the Timaru Presbytery yesterday, the Rev. J. H. G. Chappie moved a lengthy amendment m favour of State control. The motion was that all ministers, office bearers, and members cooperate m securing No-license m the electorates of Timaru, Geraldine, and Wairaate. Mr Chappie, m speaking to his amendment, said he thought the No-license question was developing a social intolerance; a clique of prohibitionists were getting a feeling of impatience with others. It was raising a false conscience m the church. They had been extolling John Knox; yet they were now going against reformation principles. They must be just and not interfere with any man. He believed the colony would go back to State control. It was the " golden mean." Rev. C. A. McDonald seconded the amendment, and said that he regretted the matter had ever been introduced. He objected to prohibition on scriptural grounds. Publicans were men and had rights, and he would give them some form of compensation or consideration. ' The amendment was lost by 11 votes to 2.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905
Timaru Presbytery and State Control. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905
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