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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS.

DEMAND FOR THE REFERENDUM

V\ rELLINGTON, February 26.

■•••At',a , co'htereride of delegates of the Biole in State .(Schools League, representing central and other commit Lees, covering the whole Dominion, it was resolved on. the motion of Mr J. C Adams (chairman of the Canterbury College Board of Governors), and seconded by Mr Gilbert Uarson ('Wanganui) :—"That the Government be respecUuiy but .firmly urged to introduce fcnis session a Bill containing a referendum on, the question for which up to December 31 133,000 individual electors of IS ew Zealand have signed a written request. This conference is of opinion that the request for the referendum would have been expressed in many instances'in much stronger ways but for ioyalty to the policy of the executive during the past year, and this conference is further of opinion that the demand for the referendum is so intense that disappointment at any failure to carry a Referendum Bill this coming sesio\i will be acutely felt in every electorate, especially by women voters." Canon Garland stated to-night ■ that during the conference, which was not open to the Press, it was announced that the League's position was much stronger than that of ■ the prohibition movement when the Government 'first introduced legislation in . connection with the-latter. The prohibition movement then had only 100,000 votes known to bo., behind it, whereas the League has now a signed membership of 133,060 votes. The impression was given during the proceedings that the conference, as representing- the members of the League, was determined'not to sit still, but meant business; further, that it had a year to impress upon Parliament how much it meant business. In this connection a recommendation was made that if there were any signs of tardiness a "League of Earnestness" should be formed within the League of those willing to. put Bible in State Schools before any political party issue. This decision was also accompanied by a recommendation that £5000 should be raised for the final campaign. . In connection with the proposal to utilise the Nelson system as a solution of the problem, it was regarded by the : conference as too late to bring this tor- ] ward as an alternative, the system! being referred to as utterly inadequate from a natural point of view. This opinion was expressed very clearly _ by seme of those present, who were actively working under the Nelson system. '"'The interesting fact was disclosed," Canon Garland added, "that some primary schools are now being opened by State .school teachers with prayer and Bible lessons, while in others Bible lessons are given by visitors during the ordinary school hours. It was recognised that this infringement of the Act is an indication of the growing dissatisfaction with the existing condition of things when-.teachers and parents, in defiance of the Act, thus find a'place for religious teaching."

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8805, 27 February 1914

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