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BIGST-i OF_ THE PARENT. THE REFERENDUM AND ITS OPPONENTS. Published by Arrangement. It is an old saying that an Englishman's bouse is his cvstle. Onr traditions ha-e 0 >nserv«d for us the prinoipfe that in thn S § intimate matters that concern his tastes, his tistes, his religion, and his family, each man thould be free to direot his life as muoh 8S possible according to his own ideas. Public welfare demands, however, that through no private whim or personal poverty, should his obildren remain ignorant and untaught. .Hence we have the splendid institution of free and efficient education. But here enters a difficulty* No part of a man> freedom should be mote inviolable than his views on ielision, and his right to impart them to his offsprinst.; In former days he delegated his duty to the schools of his chosen church, where both secular and sacred knowledge were imparted. -With the growth of tbe national system ha found tha facilities for secular instruction increased and improved, but his more intimate privilege of relig ous instruction totally denied him. The church schools are gone, driven from the fi-ld. The demands of the school day and of the school week ii.oioda' all but tbe imaliest opportunity «I supplying the deficit of reli'ious instruction. Most fatal of all, tbe veiy idea of effioientand essential education is exclusively associated wiih secular instructions alone. Voluntary religious instructions finds itself infeebled, hampered at every turn.

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POINTS FOR THE PEOPLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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POINTS FOR THE PEOPLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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