The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, December 03, 1922, Page 12, Image 12

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THE OREGON STATESMAN, SALEM, OREGON
SUNDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 3. 1922
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r. WHY YOUNG PEOPLE NEGLECT RELIQION
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; Two professors at Harvard University recently arranged
a religious service in the chapel of that great institution es
pecially for the members of the freshman class who had just
entered the University. It was expected that practically all
the freshmen would attend this service, although such at
tendance was not specifically required. Instead of attending
seven hundred 'and sixty absented themselves, and only
twenty were present to greet the two professors who con
ducted the service,
j : ' This incident has aroused rather wide discussion in the
eastern press as to the cause or causes lwr the prevailing re
ligious indifference among the young people of this genera
tion. There fs a wide difference of opinion as to what ha3
caused this indifference. The Manchester (N. H.) Union is
certain that it is the bringing up and the entire neglect of,
religious training m the home. It declares:
' 1f the intelligent and well-trained people will not
' attend their home church, we can not really expect their
offspring to go voluntarily to a college chapel service
even if it is arranged in their honor" ; and "The evidence
-inclines one to the belief that the large majority of the
' present generation or fathers and mothehrs have lost
: contact with Christianity as the Nazarene preached and
; practiced it. They, certainly have no right, therefore,
; '. tor criticize their sons and daughters who happen to be
:in college for not attending a religious service." '
Others seem Inclined to ascribe much of the prevailing
religious indifference to the colleges and universities of the
land. President Thompson of the Ohio State University
criticizes-our state educational institutions for their failure
to teach the principles of religion. He says : "A boy might
become a bachelor or master in almost any one of the best
state institutions and yet be as ignorant of the Bible, tie mor
al and spiritual truth which it represents and the funda
mental principles of religion, their nature and value to so
ciety, as if he had been educated in a non-Christian country."
. Prof. Power of the University of Southern California,
a Methodist institution, is inclined to blame also the denom
inational schools.' He writes in the New York Herald:
'V "It is "noticeable that ' in most of these institutions
the departments and schools of religion are the weak
est points of the whole organization. The student, un
' less particularly interested in religious courses, may go
through the college course entirely untouched and unaf
fected by any religious , influence. Hi3 spfrttuaTand re-"
ligiousf growth1 and development have stood still while
his intellectual and physical development have reached
. their highest po wers. His pre-university philosophy of
; life and religion are no longer adequate, and he goes into
." cornmercial life4 uninterested in the church or in relig-
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x It should, be' Iborne In mind. that under bur philosophy
of yerTrmentr our state institutions - of learning are not
allowed to-give religious instruction, the performance of
that .duty, being left to the church and the home. 7 Our state
educational institutions can not, ; therefore be jusly criti
cized for not teaching ? the principles of religion. But this
is not because most intelligent Americans do not believe in
teaching the principles of religion to the young, but bcause
they believe in religious freedom. The truth is that without
religious education and the development of the higher ele
ments in man, neither the young, the middle aged nor the
old will have anything in them to enable them to control or
to even wish to control those animal appetites, passions and
instincts that are in every man. It is the lack of this, edu
cation and development that makes the drunkard, the dope
fiend, the bootlegger, the thief, the highwayman, the moral
pervert, the murderer. Let the religious education and de
velopment of the young be wholly neglected for a few gen
erations and this country would go down in moral filth and
rottenness like old Greece or Rome.
But what of the church in its relation to the young?
The Baltimore Sun in discussing this subject lays upon the
church the principal responsibility for the religious indiffer
ence, not alone of the young, but of the people generally.
The Sun declares that betterments intended merely to pro
mote the material welfare of the church have been greatly
overworked. It concludes:
"Is it too much to hope, then, that while the denom
inational leaders have betterments in mind they will
evolve, if not a better religion, at least a better presenta
tion of its fundamentals ? Why has there not been evolved
any more effective method of making men Detter tnan
by precept and deliverance of what used to be called a
'gospel message? ? There are those who believe that un
adulterated religion will accomplish more for the world
than louder beating of tom-toms.
Many units in nearly all branches and denominations
of the church are too much impregnated with medievalism to
have much influence with the young. Its message in order
to reach our educated and most intelligent young people, and
these will largely lead the rest, must be brought strictly up
to date. It must recognize and accept the facts and truths
demonstrated by our modern progress and development and
the discoveries of science. No church or other organization
that, for example, still maintains that the earth is flat, and
that the world and everything on it was made in six literal
days and has not been evolved by countless ages of develop
ment from small beginnings, will get much hold on the
modern young man or young woman.
And finally, if the church wishes to regain its influence
over the young, it must cease the old spiritual legerdemain of
promising something for nothing; of promising spiritual re
wards without effort at attainment on the part of the recip
ient. Most young men and women of this age have a very
lively and well grounded suspicion that they are not likely
to get very much in any line for which they do not work,
and work hard, whether the object be success in business, edu
cation of the mind or spiritual development and richss. Let
the church help to strengthen this :wholesome conVictionjin
stead of helping to destroy it, and strive to bring home to
the young the truth that spiritual treasures are more worth
acquiring than anything the world can supply. Let it try
to demonstrate this not alone by verbal promises of rewards
in the shadowy future, but by living exemplifications of that
"pure religion and undefiled" which all men instinctively ad
mire when manifested in life and character, and the world
will not long be told that the young people of thi3 day are
indifferent to religion.
exempt from the payment of the
war tax. Hitherto only symphony
concerts hare been exempt. Why
not exempt the movies? , Looks
as if there might be a "pull? con
cealed somewhere.
Under the impetus of a $30,000
gift the national Audnbon society
is conducting a campaign of edu
cation in behalf of the birds
among the school children of the
United States and Canada. One
million, seven hundred thousand
children have been enrolled.
Henry Ford will be asked to J
assist' in the construction of the
Victory highway through Utah
and Nevada. . J3ut Henry is very
hard of hearing in. such cases and
he may not have anything left
since his contribution to the de
feat of UnKed States Senator
Townsend in Michigan. Exchange.
National thrift week will begin
January 17.. So . far as we are
I personally concerned we would be
better fixed to celebrate a later
date. We are- likely to be suffer
ing from the financial cramps
growing out of holiday expendi
tures about that time. Howevar,
let there be no delay on our ac
count. Exchange.
Looks Ike the return of nor
malcy in China. They are .kid
naping missionaries over there.
Why is It that there are many
people In this town who will be
lieve in the predictions of a palm.
1st who decline to believe the
Christian religion?. Can anyone
say?
Irrigation is the big thing at
the present stage of development
of the fruit industry in the Sa
lem district. The time" to' plan
and prepare is, now,-not after the
dry spell comes in June and July.
The cooperative flax companv
should live and expand, by all
means. The penitentiary plant
should' not interfere with this.
On the contrary, it should help
it; and it will, if properly managed.
The United States treasury has
held that the Chicago Opera com.
pany is an "educational, body
and the receipts are, therefore.
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FUTURE DATES
December 3, Sunday ElkV tnaut)
memorial ierrica.
Deceraber 8. Friday Reunion of Com
pany M. ...
December 12, Tueaday -Saiain aaaool
district budget meeting. V
December 12, Tueaday School budget
Meeting at high school.
December 14. 15 and 10 Marion
county corn ahow. .
December 15 and 16, Friday and Sat
nrday Meeting of fruit growers . at
Wood burn. v ; .
December 25. Monday Christmas. -'
December 81, Sunday Elks "Mid
night Follies," Grand theater.
January 8, Monday Inauguration of
Governor-elect Walter M. Pierce.
January 8, Monday Legislature meets.
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Copyright, 1022, AModated Editor
The Blgeat little Paper la the World
Edited by John H. Millar
Lessons in Trick Cartooning
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THE SHORT STORY, JR.
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the Voice qv behXy a.
Benjamin Alarm Clock was his
full name, but they ; called " him
Benny A. for short. ! VHurrah,
hurrah, hurrah!" he shouted,
"it's time to get up. Hurrah!"
"Mercy," groaned old , Grand
father Clock. "It's a pity you
couldn't keep still at this time of
the morning and let a fellow
sleep. . A person of. my age
shouldn't have his' early morning
rest disturbed."
Oh, you're such a 1 staid old
fossil," grunted Benny A. disgustedly.-
'.'Weren't you ever young
In your life?"
Grandfather Clock looked
pained. "Yes," he answered with
dignity, "but I was never boister
ous, and I always showed respect
for my elders. The young people
of those days were far different
from the present day. There
weren't any of these fast tickers
then, and no painted faces or
gold-tipped hands. And as for
these frivolous little wTlst watch
es." Grandfather Clock sighed,
"they're bold faced, fancy dressed
dolls! I'm glad to say we never
heard of such things."
'Whew, what a -pokey old time
you must hare had," declared
Benny A., laughing. "I'm glad
I'm a present-day clock."
, Grandfather Clock smiled rem
iniscently. "Not so pokey a you
might think," he replied, "and I
haven't always been so staid and
quiet either. There was a time
when I made as much noise as
you ever thought of making. I
believe I made more," he added
proudly.
"Well." said Benny A., "then
you shouldn't bo so hard on me."
"Oh." Grandfather Clock hast
ened to assure hjm, "I made my
noise at proper times., Every
hour I sang forth, and 1 had a
beautiful bass voice, too. Not
one of these cracked, jazzy voices
that you hear every day now."
"Like mine, I suppose you
mean to infer," snapped Benny
A. He was beginning to get
angry- at Grandfather Clock.
Well. yours isn't as sweet and
soft as it might be," Grandfather
replied quietly.
"Hrt," sniffed Benny A., "why
don't you sing forth in your beau
tiful bass voice now? I'd like to
hear you."
"I'm old and .my voice is
ruined," sighed old Grandfather
Clock. "Alas, you are a bold, dis
respectful clock, but some day
you, too, will know what it is to
be old."
'Not if I know it!" Benny A.
grunted. Grandfather Clock made
him tired with his queer, old
fashioned ways. He'd just show
the old fossil.
"Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!" he
shouted, louder than evec. "HUR
RAH!" There was a whirr, a
crash, and then a . loud bang.
Benny A. ticked slowly and pain
fully. '
"Why, what's the matter?"
asked Grandfather Clock.
"Oh, I've lost my voice. It's
cracked!" wailed Benny A.
"I told you so, I told jou so."
ticked Grandfather Clock.
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What m rhvmin
words lre nie?.
The important thing in any
prison system is steady employ
ment for the convicts. Idleness
is bad there, as elsewhere -worse
there than any where els3. The
dvelopment of the flax industry
in the Oregon state penitentiary
will provide employment and
wages for all idle men; it. will
make the service reformatory and
educational. And It will relieve
the taxpayers of Oregon of the
burden of the cost of the prison;
all of it. with money to spare.
country urging Americans into the
League of Nations. Senator Bo
rah is a champion of free speech,
but prefers to make all the
speeches hinieelf. He thinks the
Clemenceau utterances should be
suppressed. Ife should be given
no encouragement or considera
tion. It would be some task to
silence the Frenchman In the land
of the free and the home of the
brave. Even those who differ
and disapprove would hardly have
the courage to deny him a plat
form. Neither xis he to be denied
the privilege of criticising the
American failure to participate In
the perpetuation of peace through
the League of Nations. The Am
ericans are doing it themselves
and can endure it further from
the lips of a Frenchman as repre
senting those who have suffered
much through this nonparticipa-
tion. Apparently. Senator Borah
would extend the right hand af
fellowship to Russia, but, out
side of that, would, have no for
eign relations worthy of the name.
Ir he were, to visit France the
mayor of Paris would hardly wel
come him with a bras band, but
he would at least be permitted to
talk himself Into hysteria if he
wished. He is the last man in the
world who should remonstrate
acainst the appearance of the
French Tiger on Amercan soil.
Senator Borah Is one of the most
charmingly inconsistent men who
ever carried a monkey wrench.
CXEAX1XG THE WORLD
The Epworth League is engag
ing in a brisk campaign against
the cussedhess of cussing. The
league la endeavoring to end all
forms of profanity. The speech
of the nation is to be purified and
made sweet. It is admitted that
the task is a heavy one, but the
crusade is undertaken with en
thusiasm. It would be a fine
thing if the causes for profanity
could be removed. Then the
temptation to indulging in viol
ent speech would be lacking. It
some of our business men would
cut oat golf they would not curse
half as much as they do. One
of them thinks the enactment of
a constitutional amendment tor
bidding profanity would be neces
sary to make a complete Job of
it. and even then some of the vo
ciferous millionaires would bo
hiring vocal bootleggers to In
dulge their pyrotechnics. There's
a task ahead.
THE MOVIES' IX SCRJTTXrJS
"Sit In darkness." Isaiah xlU-
7.
"The stars appeared." Nehe-,
mlah. Iv:21
ah pieaant pictures. Isaiah
11:10. -
-The sound of the grinding; Is
low." Ecclf slastes , 11:4.
"Clap your hands, all ye peo-
ple Psalma xiviltl Boston
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TAMING THE TIGER
(Los Angeles Times.)
Senator Borah wants Clemen
ceau muzzled. The Idaho states
man is of the opinion that the
French visitor is a blood-thirsty
person who was largely respon
sible for tbe war and should not
be permitted to travel over tiys
SEEING RED
Trotzky says that the Commune
in Russia will sit tight until the
Red revolution sweeps the world.
He says that in less than five
years the earth will be ablaze
with its fires and that all govern
ment in Europe and America will
then pass under the domination
of the Moscow Internationale.
The soviet system will prevail
everywhere on this continent and
capital will be extinguished. We
will have a sweet-scenfed country
when the Trotzkys succe3d In
obliterating government, property,
initiative, religion, society and the
home. Yet there are a lot of sup
posedly sane citizens in America
who would extend aid and com
fort to the Moscow regime.
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