Should religion be taught in the public schools? Yes,...

Minneapolis (Minn.) Tribune

Should religion be taught in the public schools? Yes, if it can be taught in such a manner as to offend none, whatever their creed—as a universal religion to which all men can subscribe, whatever may be their particular individual doctrinal faith. Such a religion is indicated in the Scripture, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind;" "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;" and "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another."

Love is the great universal religion, and if the children could be taught not only to believe but to practise this, they would have not only all the foundation needed for the structure of their future individual creed but also the basis for their future usefulness in the life-work of elevating and uplifting mankind. To go beyond this would not be safe or wise until men have attained to that understanding of God which will wipe out the differences of sects and creeds, establish the oneness and fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man—God's kingdom come, God's will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

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February 22, 1908

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