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[Pee United Pbsss Association.]

WELLINGTON, October 20. The Education Committee continued '.aking evidence to-day on the Bible inf>choots question. The cross-examination of the Rev. W. A. Keay was continued by the Rev. D. C. Bates, Professor Hunter, and Canon Garland. The Rev. John Patterson, Presbyterian minister, of St. Paul's, Christ-church, .said he was educated in New South Wales. In Broken Hill he was vice-president of the Parents' Association, and. in Sydney secretary to the Board of Public Examination, and was well in touch with the New South Wales system. He had never met or heard of a single teacher who considered that the system was an injury to his conscience/nor had he known a teacher to refuse to give Bible lessons. He never knew parents of boys refusing to allow them to attend religious classes, except in the case of Jews, and he never heard of any sectarian strife. He had always been most cordially welcomed by roasters and children. The matter was quite settled in New South Wales, and was never mentioned at the elections. All agreed that it was the best solution of religious instruction under existing conditions. The system might not be ideal, but a -working compromise was capable of meeting the needs and objections of the mass of those concerned. He was not aware that teachers in New South Wales could not express, religious opinions. AU they were forbidden to do was to offend the religious convictions of others. The Rev. CI. S. Cook was then crossexamined.

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS, Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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