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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, December 01, 1908, Image 18

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Comments of the hour g
The French government, true to its program, has pre
sented at the reopening of the parliamentary sessions a
truly diabolical bill, the only provision of which is that,
hereafter, the parents of children attending the public
schools will have no legal right to prosecute such teachers
and there are many of them as revel in insulting and
ridiculing in the school room the Faith of the little ones .
Neither the parents nor the civil authorities will find it
possible to impose on the teachers the selection of unpre
judiced manuals of history and sound compendiums of
ethics. These will be compiled and distributed by the
academic authorities dependent, in this matter, on the go
vernment alone. A heavy fine together with a nice vaca
tion within the prison walls'lshall be the punishment me
ted out to the recalcitrant fathers and mothers who will
dare boycott the school in sign of protest. True, the bill
gives Catholic parents the right of appeal against the go
vernment, but what can the poor father of a family do
againstfsu'ch a powerful bureaucracy and centralized mo
nopoly as the French Government?
The whole meaning of this persecution is that a set of
atheistic philosophers are trying, in connivance with the
masonic lodges, to wholly eradicate the Faith from their
unfortunate country and are taking to that end an infal
lible means, viz: the establishment of a compulsory athe
istic system of education. Neutrality in the school has
been heretofore the shibboleth of the successive French
cabinets; but now that the present administration has
thrown off the mask, the new bill ought to bear, as its
official "mark, the Hideous face of the Devil who has until
now concealed his infernal identity in the long saftjpnalia
of French politics. His Satanic Majesty should, from. now
on, preside in person at the cabinet meetings, as he would
have no difficulty in recognizing in Clemenceau etutti quant i

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