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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 23, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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The Irish Situation. Most of us
have been helping Ireland get home
rule for many, many years. Now it
looks as if home rule meant pick your
partners for a fight.
The funny thing about it is that
mighty few of the papers are touch
ing the real trouble editorially. It is
a ticklish subject, for it is religious.
And if there's a civil war in Ireland,
religion will be at the bottom of it
as religion has been at the bottom of
most of the world's wars.
Ulster in the north of Ireland is
largely Protestant. The remainder
of Ireland is' largely Catholic. The
Protestants, or the Orangemen, don't
want to be ruled by the Catholics;
and they think home rule for Ireland
means that Protestant Irishmen will
be ruled by Catholic Irishmen.
Yet they used to send Irish emi
sarries to this country in pairs to en
list our support for home rule. As
against a common foe they were all
Irish. With nothing to fear from the
outside and home rule in sight, they
split on religion and want to gouge
one another's eyes out.
Human nature is human nature.
While our country is at peace with all
the world we fight among ourselves.
If we can't start something on poli
tics we scrap about religion.
As the two old parties began to dis
integrate .and Republicans and Demo
crats cooled off their party passions,
religious prejudice came to the front;
and we are well on our way to a re
ligious war in this country.
Fortunately, however, it is a battle
of ballots with us, and the principal
harm done is to keep some people out
of office because of their religion.
If Japan attacked our Pacific coast
we would all rush together again as
Americans and forget the religion of
our neighbors'.
Mexicans are fighting among them
selves like cats and dogs, and religion
has nothing to do with it. Let Uncle
Sam butt in and you'll find all Mexi
cans rallying around one Mexican
flag and fighting like brothers to drive
oi the invaders.
All religions profess to believe in
the brotherhood of man and the rule
of brotherly love. Yet nothing will
stir up more hard-boiled hatred than
a war of opinions between two armies
of Christians.
There is something in the old say
ing that more fighting means more
cats. In a religious war all concern
ed become more religious. The row
in Ireland will fan the Catholic fervor
of Catholics and the Protestant fer
vor of Protestants; and attendance
will doubtless be better in both
It's the same with us. Every twen
ty years we save this country from
the Catholics. Attendance picks up
in the Protestant churches when the
feeling runs high; and the Catholics
get closer to their religion than they
had been for twenty years of peace.
It takes a very few years for all cf
us to get the hate out of our fevered
systems, and then we all get together
again as friends and brothers and feel
ashamed of our bitterness.
Somehow or other religion appears
to be stimulated by war and hate
rather than by peace and love.
Yet Christ moved the multitude by
There is more hatred among the
folks who call themselves Christians
than there has been for twenty years.
And there is more interest in
There's a screw lpose somewhere.
Miss Starr's Service. At some
considerable personal sacrifice Ellen
Gates Starr has rendered a valuable
public service particularly valuable
because it was rendered to women
Organized Big Business, ''fighting
the organization of waitresses be
cause it might lead to organization
of clerks in the big stores, was solidly
back of Henrici's restaurant and the

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