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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
379 -.. Where, however, a positive union of Church and State can not exist on this legitimate basis, such a separation as obtains in the United States is most desirable. But circumstances here are so different from those in the New World that an immediate assimilation of races is fraught with unsurmount able difficulties. There is but little hope of Mohammedans surrendering in the near future their fancied superiority, nei ther are Greeks and Armenians going to freely give up their particular privileges to the new Constitution. ... It might, even, be feared lest the Constitution now being revised in Parliament emphasize the non-religious spell anti-religious spirit which is fast becoming the main, feature of modern masonry-ridden democracy. Christianity will not meet with any favorable treatment from the goverment, while Islamism shall but seemingly be allowed some consideration from purely political motives. An unchristian spirit of lust, avarice and pride will then readily find its way into the millions whose a dulterated religion must eventually be dissolved and vanish into a godless, immoral naturalism. At the dawn of the XIX century no less a renowned states man than Count Joseph de Maistre made bold to predict that Americans would never succeed in building up a lasting form of republican government. That his forecast proved too far reaching, plainly shows that the gift of prophecy is a rare gift; in the realm of history it is wise not to anticipate upon future events. Now it was a momentous revolution that was accom plished in the interior situation of the Turkish Empire on July 26 April 13., and no less important is the change wrought in its relations with foreign Powers which will have no longer to deal with the worthy successor of the infamous founder of Islamism, but with a people eager to breathe an atmosphere of religious and political freedom thoy never en joyed since the days when Islamism was unknown. Rev. Clement Dupont, O. S. B.