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vote in Chicago, and the allied influence of members of the Masonic, Ode
Fellows and Knights of Pythias fraternities, and the Methodist and other
Protestant church memberships.
One of the forceful arguments used for Thompson during the cartH
paign was that the then president of the school board was a Catholic who
did not send his children to the public schools. There was both truth and
force in this argument.
Another argument was that the Teachers' Federation controlled tn
school teachers, and the Catholic church in turn controlled the Teachers'
Federation. There was neither truth nor justice in this charge. It waa
true that some of the officers and members of the Federation were Cath
olics, but their activities as teachers and members of the Federation were
not controlled by their church.
I satisfied myself of that at the time by conferences with Protestant
members and officials of the Federation.
But the tools of Big Business, who want to 'destroy the Federation!
because of its energetic activities in favttr of good citizenship, clean gov
ernment and a free public school system, saw an opportunity with a
strong anti-Catholic wave on to turn prejudice to their own account and
strike at the Federation. So the religious controversy was cunningly used
to create Protestant sentiment againt the Federation.
I don't think Jake Loeb has been deceived at any stage of the game.
He was rather the representative of Big Business, which had reasons of.
its own for wanting to brush the influence of the Federation; and its cun
ning politicians, made use of this prejudice to get enough votes back of
Loeb on the school board to enable him to do what Big Business wanted)
done. And I don't think that Catholic church, influences care a whoop,,
except possibly to sympathize with a few Catholic teachers who lost their;
No blow has been struck at the Catholic church.. The blow has fallen
on the public schools and the children of Chicago who attend them. For,
the effect of the Loeb rule will be to make every public school teacher in,
Chicago the football of low-down ward politics and it makes not the
slightest difference in the world whether the teacher is Catholic, Pro
testant or Jew.
When Loeb cleaned up the Federation officials who were teachers
religion cut no figure. Protestants, Catholics and Jews were all in the
.And if Big Business through Jake Loeb succeeds in destroying the'
Teachers' Federation it will destroy the most powerful influence for the
protection of the public schools and such members of the Guardians of
Liberty as lined up with Loeb have been victimized and have helped to
make the work of their order all the more difficult.
It isn't a religious fight at all. There is no division in the ranks of Big
Business. Both Catholic and Protestant exploiters of labor in the Big Bus
iness organizations are fighting side by side to crush the Teachers' Federa
tion, because it wields a powerful influence in civic affairs and for the wel
fore of humanity, and because the Federation was the one influence it
couldn't overcome in its campaign to capture the public school system and
catch the public school boys and girls early and train them to be willing
slaves when big enough to work.
Have you noticed any of the newspaper organs of Big Business mak
ing a vigorous fight to defend the Federation and Jh whoo