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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 08, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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THE PUBLIC FORUM
WHY IS SUNDAY? In your issue
' of the 2d, referring to Sunday closing
of saloons, it occurs to me if the or
thodox clergymen and reformers
would study the scriptures they will
find that they have nothing to stand
upon.
Prom Genesis to Revelations the
' bible does not state anything about
! Sunday, the first day in the week.
j Most Christians have the idea be
cause Christ rose on that day and
J many ministers succeed in deluding
I the people by calling it the Lord's
' day. But the bible does sy: "Re
member the Sabath day to keep it
holy." This was handed to Moses on
Mt. Sinai and is commanded to be
i kept until the end of time. (Exodus,
31st chap., 16th to 17th verses.) And
there is not a minister, Protestant or
Catholic, can prove from the bible
where God ever ordained it. (Exodus,
20th chapter, 8th to 11th verses;
111th Psalm, 7th and 8th verses; Ro
man, 3d chapter, 31st verse; Mat
thew, 5th chapter, 17th verse; Eze
kial, 22d chapter, 26th verse; Luke,
4th chapter, 16th to 31st verses; Acts,
18th chater, 4th, 13th and 42d
verses.)
The Sunday closing advocates
seem to delight in persecuting the
saloonkeeper, whose business is just
as legal as a doctor lawyer, minister
or priest The people who will be af
fected by the Sunday closing should
test the validity of the Sunday laws,
and I believe should the matter be put
clearly before the courts that they
will find relief. Charles P. Walker.
REDLICHT DISTRICT. A Mr.
Green wants to hear from some of
The Day Book readers about the red
light district Judging from the tone
of his letter he needs information in
regard to morals rather than the con
trary. It is a queerly one-sided view that
men have always sought the prosti
tute and will continue to seek her.
Therefore we should have an open
town where the seeking will be easy.
"Innocent girls are suffering now,"
he says. We presume because there
is no well-defined and well-advertised
redlight district and no open town.
Therefore we should provide these
things in order to protect the inno
cent girls from these innocent(?)
men that are. deprived of their hunt
ing ground. Some men are so nearly
animal that they cannot control their
animal instincts and these are the
men who seek the prostitutes. And
when they are not seeking prostitutes
they are seeking to make prostitutes
of innocent girls, and their success in
this line fills the ranks of fallen
women and makes possible the. red
light districts.
There was never a girl that went
wrong but some man went wrong
with her. There was never a woman
of good, sound sense that went wrong
of her own volition. The weak-minded
and the feeble women are the prey
of the men prostitutes, and the men
tal attitude of a man who will de
fend the immoral and brutal that is
involved in fornication and adultery
is past understanding.
The fornicator and the thief and
the murderer are upon the same
plane of mental development, and if
it were not for the fact that a large
proportion of mankind are upon a
higher level, civilization, would have
perished long ago and the world
would be one vast wilderness, inhab
ited by a few savage tribes.
The demand for a redlight district
to protect Innocent girls from assault
can only be paralleled by a demand
for a yellow district, where the burg
lar and the gambler and the murderer
shall be segregated in order to pro
tect the innocent who do not want to
engage in these elevating pursuits.
The absurdity of the thing is shown
by the fact that such segregated dis
tricts could only be maintained by
being fed from the innocent outside.
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