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MEETING AT 'WELLINGTON. At a largely-attended meeting at Wellington of delegates of the Bible-in-Scbools League a resolution was adopted expressing ‘‘ Thankfulness at the progress made, which has resulted'in 36 members being returned to Parliament ready to support the referendum asked for by the Churches constituting the league. The executive draw attention to the fact that all along they have urged that the subject of religious instruction in State schools should be kept out of the political arena. Had a referendum been taken at the recent General Election, it would have been settled independently of the political questions which were before the country. Those members of the late Parliament who accepted the doctrine that the referendum principle was not applicable to this ques* tion—because, according to its exponents, it dealt with a religious subject—must therefore carry the full responsibility for any political situation arising therefrom. The league take this opportunity to reiterate their conviction that adequate provision for the religious and moral training of the young is the only sound foundation for the continued good government or prosperity of any country. The league believe that the surest way of making the national system of education permanent is by affording to all parents an equal opportunity for their children to have Bible-reading and religious instruction as an intregal part of their education. The league, believing that the children’s welfare is of paramount importance, will continue their work until the people, as tiie sovereign tribunal, are allowed an opportunity by their direct vote of accepting or rejecting the proposals made by the Churches in the league. The executive hereby reaffirm their continued confidence in Canon Garland, whose leadership they trust will continue until our end is dchieved.”

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS LEAGUE, Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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BIBLE IN SCHOOLS LEAGUE Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914