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FREEDOM AS A MORAL ISSUE
BY LIVY S. RICHARD.
A young man and his best girl were
strolling together down a street.
Something prompted them to cross
to the opposite pavement. A hydrant
BATHING SUIT AND BALL GOWN
BLAMED FOR DIVORCES
Rev. Rokt.E. Joe.3.
New York. ".Bare arms and legs
at the sea shore, undraped bosom and
gossamer apparel in the ballroom, the
accentuation of sex in every possible
way these things lead to marriages
which are not built on respect and
Those are the cause of divorces, ac
cording to Evangelist "Bob" Jones,
the 30-year-old Alabama preacher
who "burned hell out of the south."
The modern dances come in for their
share of his denunciation. He says:
"The man who says he tkes part
in these modern dances with never an
evil thought is one of these things:
"He is more than a man, less than
a man, or a liar."
threatened to separate them. The
young man crossed to the right of the
hydrant. The young woman started
to cross to the left, paused, giggled,
retraced her steps and took the path
he had chosen.
"I'm not taking chances of having
anything come between us," she said
as he looked at her questioningly.
It was a harmless superstition, like
being afraid of a black cat, afraid
to walk under a ladder, scared of a
shattered mirror. There wasn't any
sense in it. Yet the girl would have
been uncomfortable if she had not
gratified it. So why should we be
grudge her the cheap consolation of
a few extra steps?
As with one of these small.secular
superstitions, so with many of the
ceremonies of religion. They may
mean little or nothing to you; but if
they give to others some measure of
satisfaction, why, for heaven's sake,
make a fuss about them?
I never could sympathize with the
spirit of those old saints and martyrs
who used to put to fire or sword men
and women that didn't worship their
To be sure, lacking newspapers,
movies, telephones, baseball and the
I and R., they must often have been
stumped to find sources of novel
amusement; and perhaps the inten
sity with which they took to doctrinal
controversies was largely due to the
small variety of their human inter
ests. We owe much to the crowded life
of today for doing away with religious
If you have a pet superstition, de
fer to it, by all means, if doing so adds
to your contentment.
But don't try to force it upon oth
ers. Give to each his own way, re
membering Lincoln's motto: "With
malice toward none and charity for
For one can't oneself be free if one.
denies freedom to others.