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the Journal containing an article by P. E. J. Lloyd, D. D.,' member of the
Illinois legislature. And along with this, I am sending you the report of our
legislative committee as to the attitude of Representative Lloyd' on measures
Here follows the report of the legislative committee of the Chicago
Federation of Labon,in reference to Representative Lloyd:
"One of the three Progressives who joined the McLaughlin, Mitchell,
McKinley gang of labor haters. Is a pledge breaker because he promised
to vote for the Two-Platoon bill and then voted against it. Voted against
the Initiative and Referendum. Voted to censure the officers of the Chi
cago Federation of Labor. Entirely vnfit and should be defeated."
Without entering into the merits of any of the matters for which Rep
resentative Lloyd is criticized, his attitude in the legislature is regarded by
organized labor as an unfriendly attitude toward labor.
That means that labor quite generally will not readily believe that this
particular preacher practices what he preaches or proves by his conduct as
a legislatorjiis contention that "the church is always a true ally of labor."
In trying to get men together we must take into account their varying
points of view. They are governed in forming their opinion by what they
believe to be the facts.
And I believe that whatever falling away there is of workingmen from
the church is due to the fact that they have 'come to believe that the church
is neither their allynor their friend.
If workingmen believe that, then the church will have to overcome that
belief or conviction before it can bring the straying sheep back into the fold.
Following that Urst sentence in his story in the Journal Rev. Mr. Lloyd
"Her (the church) great head and founder was a laboring man, and
to carry on the work of this supreme organization He chose laboring men.
To serve ends that are not noble it has often been the policy of certain rest
less and discontented souls to deride'the church for want of interest in the
trying problems that beset labor.
"Who can forget the splendid achievements of Cardinal Mannjng in
securing the rights of the laborers of the London docks at a time when
they were threatened with a slavery as real as any that ever marred human
history; or, to come nearer home, the constant appeals on behalf of -workingmen'
that fall from the lips of Gardinal Gibbons?
"From 10,000 pulpits of Christendom echoes of the Master's sublime in
vitation: ''Come unto me all ye that labor and I will give you rest,'
are ever sounding,establishing not only the right, but the privilege of the
church to have a share in seeking justice for all mankind and fairness for
its less favored part" '
That's all very fine. One can hear it almost any Sunday in almost any
church. The Christian religion as preached in church is beautiful. It ap
peals to the best there is in all of us. But it isn't much in evidence the rest
of the week. There is more preaching than practice.
Yes, the head and founder of the church was a laboring man and He
chose laborers to help Him carry on his work. But He went forth to the
laborers and ministered to their physical wants as well as to their spiritual
needs. And the people loved and followed Him. He loved them and suf
fered for them.
The case of Cardinal Manning and the London dockworkers was an
Isolated case, but it shows what the attitude of the church would be toward
labor if all-ministers -practiced'their Christianity as Cardinal Manning' did.