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Sentiment in House Swings Against Proposed Reform of the Calendar

January 13, 1929
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A. Longacre of this city, editor of “Liberty,” organ of the Seventh Day Adventists, appeared at yesterday’s hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of his church, and vigorously opposed the Eastman calendar.

He pointed out several discriminations which would operate against those observing the Jewish Sabbath if the proposed Eastman plan for a 13 28-day month year were adopted; the first would be the inability to vote in elections every six years; the second, enforced absence of children from schools, and difficulty in obtaining employment, including government and school teaching positions.

Rev. Foster, representing the Seventh Day Baptists, also testified in opposition to the proposed calendar reform.

The strong opposition which has developed is swinging the sentiment of the committee against the proposed change in the calendar and encouraging supporters of the amendment to bind American representatives to the proposed international calendar reform conference to oppose any change which would disturb the continuity of the Sabbath, it was indicated after the session.

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