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BISHOPS' PASTORAL, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
RE PI RLE IX SCHOOLS. The follow inj is the p-iAtoral issued by th- .\nyri-.-hi Ri.sjm.j..s ..i _Vw- Zealand an p-aling !<- tlieiv )]«.. ks to makni the Bible-i;i-fceho<.ls .jtiv.-ti>.ii the Ihu issiio at tli.i fortheoininj; jiailian.oiitary elections, and to v<iu- ...nly ior candidates in favor of tiiv reterc.-idiui. -. BIBLE IN <L'ATK SCHOOLS LEAGUE. i'a.sloral from tit-'! Anglican Bishops to tile Tll.-!ll)>* i!- ni tlh.ir IltJck ill tllO J>ie-=e:,t .-risis. A\ e, ih.- J'liiuut-- and iiisiiops, feeling <i.'.epiy our jinpoiiKibiljiy to God and to liiose tiieinb.-i-.-, of tiie. body of Christ oomj'tittcd to our <-.aj<.', do hereby make our .-olemii apjMal to them to put religious principles beiote paiiy preferences in tlin exercise of their jjy}it«. m tho election of memln'r* of J'.ulianioni. 'J'hat we are driven by Parliament itfeli to adopt, this course by a brief txview of tie? history of this inovemeittU i:\-<t is in co the enactment by Parliament <>f a Bill which, excluded the Word of God itom the public *choolt., and divorced tlie teaejiiiii; ~/ jvligion. iiom tho education of the children of tho ]icople, the conscience of the ma.jori'y of the people of this christian count!y has bec»i wounded and their religions convict ions hare been outraged. Spooking for our own communion, we fay that, efforts havo been made from that tiniß to obtain an amendment, of the A.ct by iho removal of those disabilities. Feiv, jf any, jnoeting.s of our rcpretifiiUuivo Church aefiemblie* hav» taken pla-m=i isinee that date- without vigorouis discussions on this subject, enainjj with petitions to Parliament to afford reiiW; and we are aware t-liat similar dirt?atisfaetioii with a meioly system has Vnvin etroiitrly expressed by other denomination?. Tbc:e petitions and representations wet''.'' either entirely ignored bv Parliament or received the Bomewhat ihat a« tho plans put foi Ihj by tli'-i feveial bodies were not, Parliament would not even tak« the subject into ronsidelation until tho bodios hnd themselves agreed upon 'ho cond)tioi;s under which instnictiou shouid be given. Agreement, ha* been arrivd at by liie representatives of 75 per cent, of the people of thie country, who have adopi'd a plan which, by almoßt linivers.ti and unchallengeable testimony, ba.% Ix'en moved to work well wherever it has been applied ; but the Parliament of tliie democratic country appears disinclined to afford the parents and people generally an opportunity of expressing their judgment upon it. We, therefore, your spiritual gnides, deeplv convinced of tiba paramount vahw of religion to any nation, in relation to the prosperity and happiness of its people, and above all, T-emem berincr the injunction of Christ to put first the Kingdom of God and His righteotisners, do under these circumstances earnestlv and unhesitatingly exhort von to make the religions interest* of the country tho first question by voting only for members of Parliament who wfl pVdcre themselves to vote for the Religions Instruction Referendum Bill, which p.assed its first Teading last resrion. More than 150,000 electors have asked that tho ouestion in the Bill should bo submitted for tho decision of tho people. Ami we are. yonr servants in Christ, (Signed! ?.. T. Dt-st.titv, "Primal. C. ("KRifmrrrrncrr. A. W. ArcKLAKn. T. H. Wrr.nsGTON. \Y. Wamislet Waiatf. " T >rd dav cf Xovember, at>.. 19M.
BISHOPS' PASTORAL, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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