April 7, 1898
ENFORCED idleness is not rest. It is unrest.
THE pedigree of the “civil Sabbath” is wholly religious.
LAW furnishes nobody with the power to obey its requirements.
“RELIGION is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.”
“MEN will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it,—anything but live for it.”
A FORCED uniformity never does anything to promote unity. The one is directly contrary in spirit to the other.
UNION of the state with religion, means a state conscience in religion, by which the individual conscience is to be superseded.
“TO render good for evil, is God-like; to render good for good, is man-like; to render evil for evil, is beast-like; to render evil for good, is devil-like.”
RELIGION cannot be made a department of civil government without losing all its goodness; and politics cannot be made a department of religion without destroying civil government.
EXPERIENCE with a strict Sunday law in the large cities proves conclusively that in such places at least the measure does not lessen crime or promote the safety of life or property.
THE man who believes he ought not to keep Sunday, and has the courage of his convictions in the face of all opposition, is of more value to his community and to the state than the one who believes likewise, but has not the courage to do what he thinks is right.