Johns Hopkins University President Urges Greater Tolerance in America

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

President Frank J. Goodnow, of Johns Hopkins. University, warned against intolerance in his address when he conferred 327 degrees for graduate work at Johns Hopkins.

“Stand for freedom of thought and erpression. Fight intolerance,” he urged the students and graduates. “Bear in mind the motto of your almamater: ‘The truth shall make you free.’ It is only as we can know the truth that this land can really be made ‘the land of the free’.”

“The National Anthem speaks of our country as ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’ Whatever may be the truth of the characterization of America as the home of the brave, it is certainly true only in a qualified sense that our country may now be or might ever have been selected as par excellence the land of the free.”

Dr. Goodnow said that while the condition of things after the American Revolution was probably some-what ameliorated, it still remained true that the old ideas of intolerance and general social responsibility for individual conduct were not abandoned.

“The result is,” he continued, “that, in the opinion of one of the most friendly critics of the United States. we were, in the early part of the nine teenth century, an intolerant people.

“Whatever may have been the progress of the last seventy-five years it would seem that the American people in recent years are reassuming their former intolerant attitude. This is noticeable as well in the case of conduct as in that of freedom of expression.”

An invitation to worship for two months in the synagogue of the Baltmore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore. Md., until their new church edifice is ready for occupancy has been accepted by the members of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Dr. G. G. Martin, pastor of the Methodist church, accepted the invitation extended by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron and the board of trustees of the congregation.

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