fact that the teachers' organization has become powerful enough as an
agency for the promotion of humane legislation in favor of the -working
class to excite the fear of those powerful influences which aim to enrich
themselves by the exploitation of the workers and their children.
And I honestly believe that thousands of honest, sincere, patriotic
friends of the American public school system are being deceived into fight
ing one of the most powerful protectors of the public schools the Teach-
The Socialists were quick to see this, and the Socialists are defenders
of the public schools. They would hardly be called champions of the Cath
olic church, yet they have rushed to the defense of teachers in the Fed
eration, as well as' those not in it, not caring a whit whether they were
Catholics, Protestants or Jews.
A genuine doctor is more of a doctor than he is Catholic, Protestant,
Jew, 'Republican, Democrat, Socialist or Prohibitionist If he didn't love
his profession he wouldn't be a real doctor. The men and women who i
stand above their fellows in any line of human endeavor so shine be
cause they love their work.
So it is with the real teacher, in my judgment To be a superior and
efficient teacher he or she must love the profession, and the boys and girls
in control of whose destinies they exercise so great an influence.
They say Margaret Haley is a Roman Catholic, but I don't know or
care how or where she worships God that's HER business. I am not in
terested in THAT. I am interested in Margaret Haley as a teacher, a
leader, a humanitarian. She was a good teacher before she became a lead
er and organizer of teachers; and she has had the courage of all of her con
victions concerning what's right and just in the' relations of men, women
If she is a Catholic she might look to the head of her church for spir
itual guidance, but I'd gamble what little I have that no church dignitary
however powerful could make her do one little thing to injure the public
school system. She loves her work just as a real doctor loyes his; and so
do all of the other real teachers in the public schools, whether Catholics,
Protestants or Jews.
Over 20 years ago the country was swept by the American Protective
Association movement known as the A. P. A. movement. Fundamentally
its principles were as patriotic as are the principles of the Guardians of
Liberty today. The people were rallied to a defense of the public schools.
But unscrupulous politicians grabbed that movement then and killed it by
making use of it to sweep themselves into office. Men got into office as
anti-Catholics who could never have been elected on their own merits as
citizens and men. Yet the rank and file of the membership of the A. P. A.
were just as sincere and patriotic as are the rank and file of the Guardians
A of Liberty now.
And I contend that the danger to the movement now lies in the de
signs of selfish and unscrupulous politicians. They 'have shown their hands
in the war on Teachers' Federation, for they were swept into power on this
movement, are using it to give them a majority of the school board, and
yet are not making a religious fight at alL For religion had little to do with.
picking the 68 victims among the teachers. They picked officers of the
Federation, trustees of the pension fund and efficient teachers without re
gard to religious belief.
That's why I want to see the fight made in the open. J want the 9Q
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