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OPPOSED TO WAR

TEACHER'S VIEWS

APPEALS BY DEFAULTERS

"Have you considered how it i; that objections to war on conscienti ous grounds are held by very few?' asked the No. 1 Revision Authority Mr A. H. Johnstone, K.C., wher Frederick Henry Harrison, school teacher, formerly of Auckland, ap pealed for his release on parole fron detention camp this morning. "It seems to me that people maj agree with certain moral laws, re plied the applicant, "but they see other people doing nothing aboui it ansl they say, 'Why should I dc anything?' " Applicant said that when he was a student of the Auckland Training College in 1931, he was one of those who took a stand against the estab lishment of a military training corps He became a member of the Chris tian Pacifist Society shortly before the outbreak of war. He refused tc pay the special war tax on income as a protest against anything con neeted with war. In reply to the Authority, apph cant said there was quite a number of people who did not agree with wat but were not prepared to make s stand. Question of Righteousness The Authority: Nobody wants wat at any time. What about righteous ness? Is it not the first thing thai the Christian ethic teaches? How dc you square righteousness with the conduct of some nations with which the British nation has been at war? Applicant: I don't think nations are acting righteously, but I don'l think that a reason for using means that are not righteous. Suppose a tiger attacked you would you destroy it?— Yes, if there was no other means. Supposing a bad man attackec you, would you do the same?—No Why?— Because a man's life is oi more value than that of a tiger. 3 believe that no man has a right tc take another man's life. Mrs. Helen Rachel Harrison mother of applicant, gave evidence that from boyhood applicant had ex pressed his abhorrence of fighting Decision was reserved. Belief in Armageddon The belief that Armageddor would come to pass in his lifetime was expressed by John Drysdale painter and paperhanger, of Gore, in applying for his release on parole. Applicant said he was taught ai school that the last war was to enc all wars, but when the present wai broke out he came to the conclusior that man's planning had gone astray. In 1940 he became i Jehovah's Witness and he was of the opinion that he was one of those who would be saved. "You believe that I will be wipec out?" asked Mr. Johnstone. "Yes," replied applicant." The Authority: It is proper thai I should be, but there are a lot o\ younger people who will also be wiped out. Applicant: Yes, there is no middle course. How many Jehovah's Witnesses are there in New Zealand? —Fron: 600 to 700. After Armageddon these people will have the place to themselves.— At first they will, but as time goes; on the population will increase. Questioned by Mr. Christensen, applicant said he was not a pacifist. He believed in war if it had the approval of Jehovah God, as it would have at Armageddon. He denied that he had joined Jehovah's Witnesses as a safe refuge from war. He did not acknowledge allegiance to the King and would not stand up during the singing of the National Anthem. Decision was reserved. In appealing for his release on parole, Frederick Yates, bricklayer, aged 40 (formerly of Wellington), said he had been a member of the Christian Assembly for 19 years. Cross-examined by Mr. Christensen regarding an indecent drawing found in the pockets of his clothing after his transfer from one camp to another, applicant said he was shown the drawing by a man at a boarding house in Auckland. Applicant was revolted by it and handed it back.. He did not know how it came into his possession. It must have been in his pockets for three years. The Authority reserved his decision.

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OPPOSED TO WAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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OPPOSED TO WAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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