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THE BIBLE IN STATE SCHOOLS LEAGUE.

TO THE EDITOR. Bir, —In your report of the discussion in the General Assembly of our Church on the question of the Bible in t?tate schools I am represented as saying, “ I would like to put out every elder of this church who will not stand by ns in this matter.” Now the obvious interpretation of these words is too ridiculous to bo entertained for n moment by anyone who knows the principles and temper of the Presbyterian Church, and it will he recognised at once that I could not have uttered them. But for the information of the general public it is perhaps necessary that I should repudiate them. What t did say was to the effect that our Church should so tenaciously adhere to the platform of the league that the very best men, even the most honored elder of tho Church, if he stood for Parliament, would be rejected unless he declared himself in favor of the referendum proposed by the league. It is quite obvious that solidarity in the Church's ranks would carry* the cause, as similar solidarity in trades union and other organisations secure success. I am afraid that there is too much indifference to the opinion of the Church, even among church people, to make possible the fulfilment of my ideal, but I cannot on that account abandon it or refrain from advocating it; rather docs it demand all the more emphasis. My hope is that the protestant churchmen of the Dominion, whose regard for the voice of the Church accords with that of their forefathers, may prove to be more than sufficient in numbers to remove from our fair Dominion the reproach of denying the Bible to the child.—l am, etc., W. Gray Dixon. November 23. [Our reporter is positive that the Rev. W. Gray Dixon did use tho exact words that appear in the report and are now disclaimed. Our reporter adds that those words were prefaced by a statement (omitted because of the necessity to condense) which led up naturally to the now disowned declaration, that the two sentences were in harmonv, and that, whatever Mr Dixon meant, fns words and his manner left no doubt as to their being any meaning in his remarks other than appears on the surface.—Ed. E.S. )

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THE BIBLE IN STATE SCHOOLS LEAGUE., Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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THE BIBLE IN STATE SCHOOLS LEAGUE. Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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