Untitled Response to T. P. Holman

Author Unknown—Photocopy of the end of the article appears to be missing

(GOSPEL ADVOCATE, 17 November 1892)

It is rather difficult to discuss with one who relies on personal knowledge of private and secret facts to upset well authenticated public statistics. Well authenticated and public data, published by leading New England statisticians, are my authority for the statements concerning the indisposition to bear children and the decrease of the puritan race. The reports of all the churches of and of the United States census show that the proportion of church members to the population in the South is much larger than in the North, five or six times greater. We have published these heretofore. Our sister thinks her town of Fayetteville furnishes as small proportion as the North. I do not know personally. But I have heard it has a fair proportion of strong minded women, who run conventions, make public speeches, teach churches how to worship. She persists, too, it has of women who do not wish to bear children, and men who do not wish to sustain them. She represents a bad state of morals and religion in Fayetteville. I think she must shade the picture too deeply. But, in this case, her private knowledge furnishes an example in the South of just what I said existed greatly in the North; and I said, too, that, as the same influences spread South, the same results follow. Her women friends do not refuse to bear children because they wish to enter public life, but because they love fashionable life. When an evil is once started it will be used for any end it will serve.

I take it, she means that only a few women in the North have attained notoriety in leading in churches. The masses of the churches North are now managed by women. They frequently use the pastor through whom to work. The same condition is rapidly working its way South. The only reason I object to it is, it is unscriptural, and I am sure will soon work the same irreligious condition among the men here that so greatly exists there.

(e-text: JoAnne Toews)

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