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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS

EDUCATION' COMMITTEE. BISHOP CLEARY EXAMINED. [Per United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, October 26. When the Education Committee met this morning to resume taking evidence on tho Bible-in-Schools question., tho Rev. Canon Garland objected to cross-examination by the Rev. D. C. Bates, on the ground that ha did not represent any recognised body. He said Mr Bates wae only » witness, and ho (Canon Garland) understood that only representatives of parties were to crossexamine, consequently he did riot ask for the light of cross-examination of his witnesses. The chairman ruled that as Mr Bates had commenced his cross-examina-tion ho could not be stopped now. Canon Garland then asked that Bishop . Cleary be allowed to cross-examine' him, in order to give him time to consult his executive and" his solicitors as to what attitude hewould take up with regard to Mr Bates. Tiie committee agreed to this course, and Bishop Cleary commenced the crose-ex-animation of 'Canon Garland. He agreed with Bishop Cleary as to ideals, but differed from him as to methods. He; could not accept the offer of the Catholics for religious instruction in schools on "conditions fair all round." because he understood one of tho conditions made imperative was State aid to denominational schools. He did not understand a prtial offer had been made by the Catholics, irrespective of school grants, and they did not consider it an unfair statement that the principal opponents to tho Bible in schools were Roman Catholics and atheists. The National Schools' Defence League were representing the position of atheists, notwithstanding that some Christian ministers were associated with it. The leagua originated at a meeting led by Mr Joseph MCabe, who was recognised as a Secularist leader by the Catholics. If the bishops are successful in opposing the Bible-in-Schools League, the effect would be to maintain the secular system. Therefore it was not unfair to say they were fighting to preserve the secular system, though they had been righting the national system for 56 years. The bishop'-, present action would result in perpetuating it. The Biole-in-Schools League were not antagonistic to a national system ; all they asked was the addition of religious teaching as a keystone, to enable tho system to stand for ever. Any system of religious teaching thoroughly acceptable to the great majority of the people would act as a keystone to* the denominational system. Tlu- present system was politically the national system, but he did not think if truly represented the national Christian spirit 'of ths Dominion. He was afraid if the Referendum was refused that the Anglicans and Presbyterians might join with the Catholics in demanding State aid to their private schools, lie wanted to see a system established which would reach all children. The co.nmittee adjourned till 2.00 p.m.

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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