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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 27, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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At a meeting of churchmen the
other day a venerable brother, after
sitting uneasily through a number of
speeches reflecting the views of "ad
vanced" students of the Bible, arose
and said:
"I have grown tired of listening to
ministers of the gospel say they don't
believe in the Virgin birth or the
resurrection of the physical body. I
may be 'ignorant' and 'queer' and
horribly old-fashioned, but I want to
say to you youngsters that I stand
by what I was taught at my mother's
knee. I believe in the Good Book
literally, from cover to cover, mir
acles and all."
No matter what you and I think
about the "higher criticism," this was
a frank and manly statement of the
old man's views. His years and his
sincerity should, in a company of
ministers, of all places, have com
manded respect. Yet I grieve to have
to tell you that an impatient radical
in the audience yelled, "Sit down!"
I guess I'm as radical as the next
fellow; but in this instance my sym
pathy was all Vith the patriarch. "He
was entitled to believe what he ,
liked and to say so in due order. The
chap who begrudged aim ahearing
was the old foggy,
Tolerance, I suspect, is about the
hardest virtue we have to acquire.
In one way or another, we are al
ways stoning the prophets,-crucifying
the Savior or converting heretics
into martyrs. The history of religious
persecution is the saddest reading I
But, of course, intolerance isn't
limited to differences over religious
beliefs. It extends, I guess, to about
every conflict of earnest opinion.
You doubtless recall the historic
saying of Zach Chandler: "I will .not
charge that all Democrats are horse
thieves; but certainly all horse
thieves are Democrats." And
heaven alone knows how many good
Republicans in Zach's time (and, for
that matter, much later) believed it,
being equalled in the sincerity of
their prejudice only by the good
Democrats who thought likewise of
the good Republicans.
It takes courage, breadth, self-restraint
to keep from saying or feel
ing that the fellow who doesn't be
lieve as you believe or worship as
you worship is necessarily a scoun
drel. And to think of him as a hu
man brother takes real bigness of
We're growing in tolerance every
minute; but let's all try to increase
our batting average.
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Washington, D. C. Johnson M.
Camden, wealthy son of the late Sen
ator Camden from West Virginia, has
iust been seated in the Senate, as
successor to Senator Bradley of Ken
The new senator joins the Demo
cratic ranks, eivine that Dartv fiftv-
three out of the total senate mem
bership of ninety-six, which is com
pleted again by his presence. . 4
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