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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1912, Image 11

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IS IT RIGHT TO LIE TO SAVE LOST WOMANHOOD?
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The Rev. Dr. M. H. Lichliter, who admits he told a lie and thereby
saved a girl who had sinned.
What Is a Lie?
By the Rev. M. H. Lichliter.
A lie is a departure from the
truth in a realm where the other
party has a moral right to the
truth.
There are abnorma conditions
such as are occasioned by war, se
rious illness, and other crises
where one may feel justified in
withholding the truth.
One must be really convinced
that the other party has no moral
right to the truth and that the
normal relations of man to man
do not exist.
The truth must not, be with
held to give an individual a busi
ness or social advantage.
By E. C. Rodgers.
St. Louis, July 29. When is a
lie not a lie?
.That's the question I put to .the
Rev. Dr. M. H. Lichliter, pastor
of the aristocratic Maple Avenue
Methodist church and chairman
of the committee on public morals
in St. Louis. He had preached a
sermon to his congregation
which seemed to countenance cer
tain types of lies.
"The duty of truth-telling lies
within the realm where others
have a right to the truth," he said.
"No one has a right to ask a
prying or malicious question.
"No one has a right to informa
tion of which he proposes to make
evil use."
"Every life is encircled by a
realm which is sacred to the indi
vidual within which others have
no business.
"In view of all this we may de
fine a lie as anything done or left
undone with intent to deceive
within the realm where others

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