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shall attempt to help them to see that they are being de
ceived and their powerful influence is being used against
the very institutions they so stoutly defend.
And such friends of the public school system as are
not members of tfie Guardians of Liberty should be ac
quainted with their Declaration of Principles, in which
they will find nothing unpatriotic. Following is the
Declaration of Principles as furnished me by a member
of Equity Court No. 2, which meets at Logan Square
"We, members of the order of the Guardians of Liberty, impelled by
the conviction that the greatest treasure possessed by the citizens of these
United States is that of civil and religious liberty, and with an earnest
intent to encourage and promote a deeper, stronger and more active loy
f.lty to the fundamental ideas of the founders of this Republic, do declare
the following to be our Declaration of Principles:
"First We unite as a non-sectarian, non-partisan moral force to pro
mote and extend benevolence among our members, and to promote and
foster a pure spirit of patriotism and a sacred regard for the welfare of
our country. It is our belief that every citizen should hold sacred his civil
duties and responsibilities; and it is our desire that every office of the na
tion, state and municipality shall be held by men of ability, integrity and
true patriotism. We hold that no citizen is a true patriot who owes alle
giance to any power which claims temporal superiority over his obligations
to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.
"Second As the fathers established, so are we resolved to secure and
maintain the complete separation of Church and State.
"Third We deny the right of any political or ecclesiastical organiza
tion to manipulate or control the sovereign citizenship of our people or to
dispose of their civil rights and privileges for political office or power, and
we are determined that every citizen shall exercise these rights and privi
leges unmolested, unswervable only to his conscience arid his God.
"Fourth We unite to protect and preserve the free institutions of
our country, especially our public educational system, against any foreign
or menacing influence, and we particularly protest against the diversion
of any public funds or lands to any religious purpose whatever."
Now there isn't a single statement in that declaration to which I can
not subscribe. One change I would make in it would be to substitute w
"citizen" for "men" in the first declaration, so that it would include
women as well as men among officeholders.
Yes, I have read it all through again, and there is nothing in it to
which I cannot subscribe.
Now let's see how the Guardians of Liberty affect the present school
situation, and especially the fight against the Teachers' Federation led
by Jake Loeb.
Much of the unprecedented majority given Bill Thompson for mayor
was due tq the influence of the Guardians of Liberty on the f rotettant