Signs of the Times

[New York (N. Y.) World]

Because religion has gone hand in hand with militarism, millions of lives have been sacrificed on the reeking altars of war. Every church, every great faith, and practically every refinement of creed has been involved in the policies which finally led to a world-wide catastrophe.

This is not to say that spiritual authority has neglected to teach the virtue of peace. Except in Prussia, where some of the state-owned pastors sermonized on slaughter, religion in its authority has been opposed to aggressive war. Popes, bishops, priests, and ministers have thundered against it. But their followers have not heeded them, and the calamities that have befallen mankind have been due in as large measure to the breakdown of religion among the people and their secular leaders in Central Europe as to the shocking moral delinquencies of political and military chieftains.

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May 10, 1919

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