Signs of the Times

[The Jewish Ledger, New Orleans, La.]

Among the many changes that have been brought about by the present war, the unification which it has effected among all people of this country stands out most prominently. The splendid and heretofore undreamed of cooperation that obtains among the various denominations and organizations at the different camps and cantonments is such as to make one feel optimistic about the human effort and desire in a time of need to subordinate personal feelings and creedal differences to the higher purposes of the common good. In every American camp, both here and abroad, the different agencies are conducting welfare work under the name and auspices of their respective denominations with a singleness of purpose and with a common aim that leaves no room for distinction or discrimination as regards race, creed, or color. Thus, Protestant, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Salvation Army worker, and Jew labor side by side with but one goal in view,—that of extending every possible measure of aid and assistance to the men in the service and of helping to win the war for the noble principles and practices of justice and democracy. In every camp and cantonment where welfare work is conducted by any or all of these agencies prejudice is forgotten, pride subdued, and the spirit of brotherhood and fellow feeling alone holds sway.

This is in itself a most encouraging evidence of a worthy spirit of cooperation. But what is still more encouraging is the knowledge and conviction that after the war the same spirit of mutual helpfulness which has made possible the present cooperation on the part of the different denominations and various organizations will make possible also cooperation and an emphasis upon common aims and aspirations rather than upon differences and antagonistic attitudes. [The Christian Advocate]

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February 22, 1919

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