Criticizes Plan to Free High School Students for One Hour Religious Instruction

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A resolution adopted recently by the Presbyterian and Methodist-Episcopal clergymen of Philadelphia asking that students in senior high schools be excused from class one hour a week in order that they may go to the church of their own choice for religious instruction, is characterized as “irritating propaganda” by the Philadelphia “Jewish Exponent” in an editorial in its issue of January 24th.

“This matter was presented to the Board of Public Instruction at a meeting held several weeks ago,” says the “Exponent.” “Spokesmen for and against the movement were given an opportunity to express their views. It was quite clear at that time that the majority of citizens in Philadelphia are unalterably opposed to this arrangement, viewing it as an attempt to interlock church with state.

“The Board of Education sitting as a committee, refused to take any stand in this matter, implying thereby that it would not be involved in this venture. This general disapproval should have been sufficient to conince the proponents of the measure that unless it is changed to satisfy the majority of the citizens, further propaganda can be construed only as a source of irritation.”

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