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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 20, 1913, Image 4

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whom the Christian church inherited
all of its religious traditions, are sac
rificing human blood to God.
"As a matter of fact, when the an
cestors of the Russiahsrere barbar
ians, gnawing their meat from the
bones of freshly killed animals in the
forests of Northern Europe. Moses
was taking down the law from the
mouth of God, and one of the laws
that God gave to Moses and Moses
has given to us is 'Thou shalt not
kill.'
"And when a nation, relying on the
superstition and ignorance of many
' of its people, persecutes a man for
an offense it knows to be a lie, and
does it from religious prejudice, ev
ery nation should make its protest
that such a thing may cease in order
that the religion of the Gentile and of
the Jew may accomplish the purpose
for which it was intended, the sal
vation of mankind."
Jane Addams Speaks.
When Jane Addams arose, the
cheering continued for several mo
ments. She was one of the signers
of the call for the mass meeting.
She stated that these- old supersti
tions must be dealt with by the same
social control that eliminated the
black plague and cholera. Nations
must be taught that certain things
once believed in because the world
knew no better, can no longer be tol
erated. The Rev. Father O'Callaghan ex
pressed the belief that it is as neces
sary to stamp out feeling against the
Jews in this country as in Russia and
declared that he never heard a boy
speak disrespectfully of a Jew -that
he did not caution him against such
religious prejudice.
"Teach your children to forget,"
he cried, "that the rabble that cruci
fied Christ was composed of Jews,
and tell them to remember that the
Saviour they adore was a Jew; the
blessed Virgin was a Jewish maiden,
and the apostles were Jews.
"The greatest glory of the Catho
lic church is that it is Jewish, and the
greatest honor any man may have is
that he may say in some sense that
he is of the House of Israel."
Booker T. Washington, leader of
the negro race, declared the world
has reached a place in civilization
where difference in race, difference in
color, difference in language is con
sidered as nothing compared to the
brotherhood of man. He believed
good would come of the persecution
of the Jews in Russia, and that a
sentiment would be created in Amer
ica which would teach Russia that if
she would perpetuate her govern
ment, she must mete out justice to
all subjects and not oppress any
class.
An extract from a speech of Zang-
Iwill, to the effect that "civilization' is
not called upon to save the Jews, but
to save itself," was the theme of the
address delivered by Horace T.
Bridges, president of the Chicago
Ethical Society. He contended that
the Jewish problem was created by
the Gentiles, and there woujid be no
problem where common humanity
was given fair scope in the two peo
ple. Speaking of America as the golden
key to freedom for the oppressed of
Europe, he declared that it is the
strongest of the oppressed who seek
refuge in this country, and thus the
leaders are taken from the down
trodden, which weakens the chances
of the oppressed who remain in Eu
rope, to gain their freedom from op
pression. "I do not say that America should
close her doors to these people," he
explained, "but-1 do say that as you
are taking the best they have, you
should do your part in compensating
Europe for what you a:e taking from
her, and meetings like this are an
evidence of that spirit.
"In the interest of civilization,
which we share with all of the nowes
of Europe, we must insist that Russia
shall purge herself of this barbarous
disease, this superstition which is a
survival of a disgraceful past."
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