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Reverend Parham And The Press
Since the publication o£ a cer““
article anent ah unfortunate mci
“ent that the fates sac. St to cause
to be enacted at the M^iby^blemorial
“”Ulttor° there has been considerable
LSn^l'o and con, concerning
the matter. , . •
Dr. Far ham, from the gist of =
wur n ons has a misconception as to
i _ ‘;mo an(i objects of the press in
rbe“s oT'ug^new^^alue; £
cuted and ridiculed, he seems to tea
that we are possessed ox an uigem.
desire to destroy his reputation as a
minister and to annihilate his stanu
“g al a man, and if such s the. case,
the noted pastor has sadly miscon
strued our high purpose.
The press as represented here
endeavors to be fair and imPa£*ial “J
its presentation of news, it has
intention of using anything as a
basis for news but that which can
backed up by facts, it has no quanel
with any individual, group, or tac
tion, and does not contemplate
creating any. It however, has set up
for itself the task of presenting the
public with the live news of the cay
when such news is of vital interest
to the public, without any regard as
to who or what may be affected
thereby. We come not to destroy, but
to make known to the world those
things that are being done when such
things come within the scope of our
observation, or within the radius ox
our hearing, but only after a strict
and careful investigation.
When at any time we are faced
with the investigation of any alleged
overt act committed by anyone who
is prominent in his own right, or who
holds a position of prominence, we
proffer the columns of the news
papers to such persons, after our in
terview, in ovder that they may be
enabled thereby to clamp down the
■ lid on the wild ana
rumors that inevitably f°U°w m -he
wake of all such happening*, i heie i
not one single item which is ot news
value that has a higher news value
in the estimation of .the P^bhc, ^han
alleged corruption in high places.
This fact is known to members of the
press; hence their efforts to protect
and safeguard the interest s ot those
involved. This is not done as many
might believe, to protect the press,
for if the press is amply supplied
with facts bearing on the case in
question it has all the protection
Any accusation, however false,
against an individual who is himsel
prominent, or who holds any position
ot honor, or who lives by public sup
port, in the stricter sense of the
term, is held by the public as an
indictment against such individual
until such time as the individual so
accused has completely disproved the
charges brought against him; it is
therefore readily apparent that the
burden of proof rest* upon the indi
vidual and not upon the press, the
press however, in justice to the
individual will gladly publish any
statement in refutation of any
charges which have been published
through its columns, that being the
only way in which the wild rumors
and false conclusions can be arrested
or rectified.
We endeavored in this case, as in
others, to point out to the accused
the logical course to pursue, knowing
as we did what the outcome would be,
but he persisted and continues t.o
persist, that he took the most logical
course, but as long as he continues
to defy the press and public, refuses
to present some logical reason for
his past actions there will be dis
cussion, even among his own sup
porters and the charge as it has been
presented to the public will still
stand. “He who would be master
must be servant of all. Open con
fession is good for the soul.”
What’s Wrong With Christianity?
(From The Gary American)
Sunday New York’s mightiest
cathedral rang with epithets. Church
people shouted threats of lynching
and added blows to their outcries.
Former Judge Ben Lindsey of Colo
rado had attempted to defend himself
against the oral and character attacks
of Episcopal Bishop William T. Man
ning and the congregation would
have none of it. In such strange ways
did Christianity work in the nation’s
sophisticated metropolis.
The merits and faults of com
panionate marriage will not be dis
cussed here. There are more impor
tant subjects. The main issues are
the tendency of the clergy to use tnc
pulpit to lambast and villify those
with whom they disagree, the hypo
crisy of American religion, the
mediaeval fanaticism of church mem
bers who would wreak violence in be
half of a religion founded on peace,
brotherly love and fairplay, and the
common practice of white priests in
avoiding mention of America’s most
baffling problem—the race situation.
A history of Bishop Manning’s
record will show that the total
amount of energy expended in be
half of the Negro race will not com
pare with the exertion spent in fight
ing companionate marriage. The
Methodist church directs the bulk
of its energy against anti-Prohibition
sentiment. The notorious Bishop
Cannon brays for the sanctity of the
Eighteenth amendment while a large
section of his constituency daily vio
lutes the Fourteenth and Fifteenth.
It is apparently more essential to
supervise post-marital relations and
what one drinks than to promote the
doctrines of a square deal for fellow
Christians of another color.
It is unfortunate that the pulpits
are not filled with Christians. The
few who have somehow managed to
get in are either too few in number
to wield great power or too fearful
of ridicule to let their true status be
come known. As it is, the non-Chris
tian priests sway the land and lead
congregations who have either been
hoodwinked or go to church because
they get what they like to hear.
The records show that those who
have imbibed deepest of the drink
believed to be Christianity have been
affected as has a youth by strong
wine. They have fought, conquered,
killed and tortured in the name of
the church as a history of wars and
of nations will show. Today the
southern yokel of the Mississippi
frontier has his churches and his
lynchings and is interested equally in
Christianity would probably put
an end to racial and class antagonism
if it ever became popular. The few
glimpses the world has had of this
strange and peaceful religion has
caused thinkers to sing its praises.
Some day a leader may come and
J cause the world to follow, even if it
means stripping our pulpits of many
The New Planet
JANUARY 3, 1931
Dr. W. L. Ransom*
Negro Unity And Other Race Unity
The Negro is compared with other races, especially with the
white races, from every angle. The question of variation in color,
difference in brute strength, degree of emotionalism, menta
inferiority or superiority, inferiority complex, degree of reliability
and honesty-ad infinitum. . A
The question which we raise in this issue is this. Are the
Negroes more divided among themselves as a group or race than
are other people among themselves as a group or race? The writer
holds that the Negro is no more divided than any other people
the circumstances being the same. There is nothing inately
attached to the Negro to keep him from cooperating with his
I group.
Sometimes we say a thing is not true so frequently and with so
much emphasis that it becomes accepted as true. 1 have often
heard a story which runs somewhat like this: A circus man
shouted at the door of his tent, “Come in, every body—ten cents—
and I will show you a sight which you never saw before!” People
went in by scores. The circus man nailed an iron ring to a piece
of plank, firmly fastened in the ground, then passed two pieces of
ropes through the ring and got four Negroes—one on each end of
the ropes and then shouted, “Pull! Pull! Pull!” Each time all the
Negroes obeyed and pulled as ordered. Then the circus man said,
“Gentlemen, the show is over”. But the crowd became furious and
asked what was that to see. The circus man said, “You have seen
Negroes pull together, did you ever see that before?” The crowd
laughed and went out.
The sad thing about this story is this: many Negroes tell it
seriously, and more believe it than tell it. He who lacks faith in
himself has half failed already. It is true that no man liveth unto
himself and that the Negro can not succeed in this country with
out the help of the white man, but if the Negro lacks confidence in
himself, he will not rise higher even with this help.
It may be asked on what grounds or by what authority we
make the statement that the Negro is no more divided than other
races. We need no scientific investigation, no piling up of certified
data from statistical investigation is necessary. History, current
events and common observation all go to show that lack of
cooperation among people is not due to color. The educated and
trained differ from the ignorant and untrained, bu tthe educated
also differ among themselves, so do the ignorant.
In Governmental Affairs
It is often said that Negroes and the darker races are so
divided that they are not capable of self government. On this
basis of reasoning the United States takes control of the Philip
pine Islands, and Hatai must be supervised, and Liberia must be
investigated. If these governments need help, it is not because
they are of dark people, but rather because they are in the state
of making. All governments passed through similar stages and
many—tho white—are still passing through this stage of infancy.
England was worth but little before 1066 when William of
Normandy came down and beat the warring Angles, Saxons and
Jutes into a stabalized government under a fedual system. These
tribes were not black, but they fought and quarrelled as badly as
any Negroes ever did. Now they have become the great English
Empire. Students of history can recall similar examples.
In Church Affairs
The Negro *s often criticized for discord in his churches.
When it comes to religious matters the white races are past
masters in discord. Martin Luther broke with the Catholic church,
Jno Wesley founded Methodism, Calvin led the Presbyterians, and
so it goes until we have no end of sects and denominations. What
the Negro has done is simply a choosing of one of these which
seems best to him. After all a greater percent of Negroes are
willing to cooperate than of the white races.
In Business
When it comes to business, it is capital that the Negro lacks
and not a spirit of cooperation. M^ny Negroes do not take stock in
things because they have not the money, even if they have it,
they cannot invest it where maturity will be of long duration. The
consolidation of three Negro banks into one in Richmond is an
exponent of what the Negro is willing to do.
Current Observations
If we are to judge the spirit of cooperation from the doing of
current events, in international, national and local affairs, it is
reasonable to conclude that it is among the other racei that
discord stalks abroad.
We quote from daily newspapers the following headlines;
Revolt Move Threatens King Alfonso,” “Rebellious Democrats
join in Challenging Hoover’s Relief Measure,” “Adoption of Dry
Law Is Ruled Invalid by Judge Clark,” “City Council Hopelessly
Divided Over Ninth Street JBfidge Plans.”
If a Negro Council had done in a matter as the City Council
of Richmond has acted in the Ninth Street Bridge problem, these
Negroes would have been made the laughing stock of the world.
Negroes are no more divided than other people and for this they
deserve much credit, for:
1. Often efforts are made by white people to keep them
divided for political and economic purposes.
2. The Negro must sometimes remain aloof from the move
ments of his group in order to keep his job.
3. Tradition is that they cannot pull together—this he has to
light as a handicap.
By Ennion G. Williams, State
Health Commissioner
We who are interested in tubercu
losis control in Virginia—and that
means you, and every other good
citizen of the State, are confronted
with a serious situation.
Patients are having to leave the
sanatoria because their families are
unable to keep them there. This sad
condition is largely due to the months
of depression and drought from
which we have been suffering. These
patients, in many instances, go back
to homes where they cannot receive
the treatment necessary to "effect a
cure. They infect other members of
their families, particularly children,
who are especially susceptible to
Funds from the Christmas Seal
Sale now being conducted by the
Virginia Tuberculosis Association,
through its county and city branches,
each year pay for just such cases as
those w'ho are now leaving the sana
toria. In 1929 nearly 800 months
board was paid for sanatorium
patients by this organization, as well
as 279 X-Rays; and food and cloth
ing provided for patients ill at home,
in addition to the preventive work
among children and the campaign of
Buy Christmas Seals generously
this year, remembering that there are
many who cannot at this time have a
part in the saving of precious lives.
Tuberculosis is curable if treated in
time, but hopeless when allowed to
progress too far.
Christmas Seals help to save
Virginians for Virginia.
{Baltimore Afro-American)
Clarence Darrow doesn’t believe in
the Christian and the Jewish God.
He says so himself. He goes further.
He says it every night or so on the
lecture platform before thousands of
listeners who pay a dollar a seat to
hear Mr. Darrow riddle arguments of
Catholic, Protestant and Jewish
preachers who claim for Christianity
unity, and brotherly love.
The Catholic church teaches that
through it alone passes the divine
way. It is intolerant, said the Protes
tant speaker at a quadrangular dis
cussion in Washington last week.
Who was intolerant when A1 Smith
ran for the Presidency? asked the
Catholic and the Jewish rabbi, con
demning neither, merely directed at
tention to three thousand years of
Jewish history. Mr. Darrow referred
sarcastically to all of their preten
Colored folk, who were refused
admission to this debate, except to
seats in the gallery, appealed through
the local branch of the N. A. A. C.
P. to each of the speakers.
Darrow, the Agnostic, alone re
sponded. He threatened to withdraw
unless what he regarded as segrega
tion was corrected. So the gallery
plan was abandoned for a plan more
subtle and tricky. EfTort was made to
keep colored folk together in single
rows, albeit in no one section.
The point is, however, that of the
Catholic, the Jew, the Agnostic and
the Protestant, “the so-called Agnos
tic alone did the Christian thing.”
Such was the comment of a Wash
ington minister. Our own goes much
further. As we see it, Darrow was
the only Christian there. Others have
only the labels,
Preamble: We the people ot
the United States, in order to
form, a more perfect union
establish justice, insure domes
tic tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the
general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty to ourselves
and our posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution tor
the United States of America.
ARTICLE 1, Section 1: All
legislative powers herein grant
ed shall be vested in a Congress
of the United States, which shall
consist of a Senate and House ot
The time is almost at hand for
men to go down-town and make
debts wnich will tax their earn
ing powers to keep up the pay
ments on for the NEXT TWO
YEARS. For many years this
has been an annual custom, but
taking into consideration the
shortage of money, the scarcity
of jobs, we feel that this is one
year in which those who are not
financially independent should
forego the customary exchange
of expensive presents. If you
buy, buy what you can pay for
in cash, dont mortgage or sell
’your labor for the NEXT TWO
Some men who go to college
come out more of a fool than
they were on entering. A college
education is beneficial only to
those who are endowed with
common, ordinary HORSE
SENSE. The MORE education
acquired by a FOOL the BIG
GER idiot he becomes.
An individual or RACE void
of a back-bone is of no economic
value, they are a hindrance to
themselves and a drawback to
the nation.
It has been said that hard
ships make for strength in a
race or an individual. We fail to
sec where it has helped the
Negro to any considerable ex
tent. It has also been said that,
to deny an individual or a race a
thing makes it seem to him, or
it, the more desirable. Where
the Negro is concerned it all
depends on who, or what, is
doing the denying. White folks
deny him the vote, he murmurs
not; deny him his vote in the
club meeting, or in his lodge or
church, and that same man will
shake the very foundation of the
If the Negro newspaper will
live up its obligations and print
the NEWS as it happens, as
some have begun to do, irre
spective of religious ideals and
obligations, irrespective of the
petty whims and caprices of
obsolete cliques and clans, it
will shortly become one of the
most potent factors in the
development of industry among
Negroes. People who are em
ployed on the staff’s of the
newspapers have, or profess to
have religion as well as the pub
lic, this however, does not in any
sense nullify the duty they owe
to the public; they sell the public
a few sheets of paper called a
newspaper and if they fail to
give to the public those things
that it is supposed to contain
they break faith with the public
and drop to the level of
the Negro will increase the cir
culation of his newspaper his
advertisers will not be limited to
those of his own race. The
opposite race will use his pages
if he has the circulation, to
place their wares before the eyes
of the Negro public. Negro news
papers in the main are twenty
five years behind the times, they
must either catch the spirit of
the times or be trampled beyond
recognition, and left in oblivion
by the onrushing procession of
Editor, Tke Richmond Planet,
While the Pastor’s Anniversary is
not a thing of the most vital impor
tance to the church, yet it is impor
tant and some good may result from
a further consideration of the topic.
To many minds, the Anniversary
above mentioned is held largely for
the aggrandizement of the pastor. He
is lauded to the skies and this lauda
tion lacks candor. His smallest
achievements and his most trivial acts
are. seized upon by speakers, magni
I lied, misrepresented and extolled.
! This is an attitude that should be
! condemned. Such exaggerated and
extravagant adultation is positively
embarrassing and distasteful to any
modest and sensible man. An intelli
gent minister of the gospel would
: rather that his personal achievements
go unnoticed than to have them pro
claimed from the house-top and his
little every day acts given undue
For after all is said and done the
general public is not interested in
a minister’s honorary degree, or the
petty offices he holds any more than
it is concerned about the shoes he
buys, or the clothes he wears, or th"
things he eats. An element of the
public, however, is interested in his
work, in the contribution he makes
to his church, in his spiritual equip
ment and in the other things that
really matter.
Another sad aspect of the pastor’s
anniversary is that it has become an
occasion for the raising of money,
the presentation of a purse or other
gifts. Many members of the church
ontribute to this fund who are not
able to give. Others give beyond their
means mistakenly assuming it to be
their religious duty. Thus false
standards of religion are set up in
the house of worship, and by these
standards the anniversary must be
In some cases the pastor’s wife and
hi* children are called to the pulpit
and made the recipients of gifts of
gold and silver. Instead of the
pastor’s anniversary reaching higher
levels it is on the down grade, it is
last taking its place with the anni
versaries of fraternities, the annual
sermons of numberless organizations,
and even various clubs that worship
mammon and not God. Is it strange,
is it surprising that so many people
are at sea as to what religion is. as
to what purpose religion serves, when
churches and their pastors descend
to such common things?
A greater than I have said; “The
hour is come, that the Son of man
should be glorified.” Then let us stop
glorifying ourselves and each other
and glorify our Maker. Let us stop
lifting up the pastor as an example
and lift up Him who declared; “And
I, if I be lifted up I will draw all men
unto Me.” Surely the servant is not
greater than his lord.
We should no longer piactice
idolatry by idolizing a minister, nor
by worshiping the god of money, or
riches, or pleasure, or prosperity, or
success, but remember that we owe
homage to a jealous God who has
commanded saying: “Thou shalt have
no other gods before Me.”
Theodore W. Jones
Richmond. Va
Vianet Writer Defended
<Continued from page one.)
property. If anything transpires
which is sensational, it immediately
becomes “news” and it is not simply
your privilege, but your duty to pub
lish it. When reporters are sent ou^,
they go to get “facts” which make
“news” not to befriend anybody. The
public which pays for papers is en
titled to the “news.”
I have the honor of knowing all of
your reporters, and know them to
respect the ethics of their profession.
I am of the opinion that violations
would be immediately corrected by
you, without waiting for any one to
let loose an amount of temper which
all people and ministers, especially,
are supposed to control.
I have i-ead everything you have
published with reference to the un
fortunate affair at Mosby Memorial
Baptist Church and have read your
report of the pastors remarks. As I
see it you and your reporters deserve
nothing but commendation for the
manner in which you have performed
your duty with reference to this un
fortunate affair and the minister
nothing but criticism for descending
to a campaign of denunciation, and
abuse instead of statements of denial
or vindication. It ought to be well
known that while a newspaper is
supposed to publish the news it must
stick to the “facts” in the “news” and
that unless it promptly corrects any
misstatements it is liable to suits for
I think that the pastor in question,
and certainly with a lawyer to advise
him, should have known this and it
would have been far more becoming
a public gathering. Everything which
happens when the church doors are
open to such a gathering, is public
open to the public, is regarded as a
public place, and the congregation as
The church building however is
on earth for whom it has as pastor.
and far more beneficial to him to
have sent you a statement showing in
what particular any statement of any
reporter was wrong. I am sure you
would gladly have published it and
offered an apology. The failure of an
intelligent man to do this, seems to
me to indicate that there was no way
to show it. It looks like 8_n admission
that there was no successful dispute
to any statement of any reporter, and
that most regretfully, he fell into
the error of denunciation and abuse.
This satisfies unthinking people only.
Thoughtful people are still thinking,
and “thinking” makes them wonder
why the pastor did not make clear
cut denial of at least one of the
reporters statements. Other persons
with whom I have talked think, as I
do, that it would have been better
for him to have maintained an abso
lute silence.
Your publications were oi inings
which happened, and statements
which were made in a public place.
Both the statements and actions were
public property before your publica
tion of them. Rev. Parham’s quarrel
is with his former wife and not with
your reporters.
She publicly charged wife No. 2
with breaking up her home. All of
us know the charge has been publicly
made. It must stand until at least
denied. A minister is supposed to be
an example, his wife a model. Chil
dren unconsciously imitate their
examples and models. For their sake?,
a pastor should be above reproach
and his w’ife above even the intima
tion of suspicion.
As for your reporter, J. Henry
James, the Amplifier, whom the
pastor so specifically denounced, it
seems to me that many pastors would
do themselves credit to preach a
sermon as meaty and as instructive
from a biblical standpoint as the
article which so fired the pastor.
Amplifiers subject was Divorce.
His theme was that “men, and cer
tainly preachers should go slow in
divorcing their wives, and he stuck
to it.
Many a case has been won in court
where the lawyer did not quote one
half as much legal authority for his
nosition as Amplifier quoted of bibli
cal authority for his plea of less
divorce.” . ,
Judges, even up to the justice of
the Supreme Court are bound to
respect temporal law when quoted to
them regardless by whom it is quoted,
and I thought that ministers of the
gospel were bound and compelled to
acknowledge and respect biblical
law or injunction as taken from the
gospels, and that they knew all of
this so well that no outside person
needed to quote it to them.
Since the main part of Amplifiers
article is composed of quotations
from the gospels, apt quotations,
quotations bearing directly on the
question of divorce which was his
subject, I am closing this article with
certain quotations taken word for
word from the Amplifiers article and
trust that the pastor concerned will
give his version of these quotations
to a waiting and much concerned
“Art thou bound unto a wife? 5>eeK
not to be loosed. 1 Cor. 7:27.”
Let’s turn to Saint Mark 10:11.
“And he saith unto them, whosoever
shall put away his WIFE, and marry
another, commiteth adultery against
her.” When Christ came on the scene
everything was seen thru’ different
eves. We are his followers, therefore,
we should go by His teachings which
are found in the New Testament.
When He (Christ) came He brought
light, hope and love; and He came to
fulfill and bind us closer together—
r.ot to separate us. There is absolute
ly too much separation and DIVORC
ING done—too much, too much. Let’s
see what Saint Matthew says about
it: ‘But I say unto you, love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray
for them which despitefully use you,
end persecute you. Matt. 5:44. We
often act too quickly. We should Take
that which we have and ask the Lord
to make what we want.
And unto the married I command,
yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the
wife depart, from her husband. 1 Cor.
We are just sore and sick of
preachers failing to practice what
they preach. I do not think very
much of people divorcing their wives.
If you have a wife and she doesn’r do
j as she should do, don’t put her aside,
pray with her, plead with her, ask the
Lord to change her, and make her
what He would have her to be. A
little more praying would have made
everything alright. God can change
anybody. I thought this pastor be
lieved that prayer is the key to
heaven and faith unlocks the door?
Ah, I see, he did not pray to the Lord
to change his wife No. 1? He prayed
for another wife, No. 2?
“You need not be surprised at me
telling the naked truth. Some of our
milnits need to be cleaned out; of
course we can not clean them, but we
must not assist in covering sin. Let
•he truth be told.
Which of these quotations makes
Rev. Parham say: “any man that
would do the thing that he (Mr.
Tm'>es) has done would steal the
h’oud from his dead mothers back?”
A Husband and Father.
(Sifteb Negroes! %e ®mteb States:
BY EUGENE GORDON, Brilliant Essayist
An extraordinary article promised our readers some time ago, will appear in the
“fttcfjmonb planet”
at an early date

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