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religious persecution of the ages
has been done under what was claimed to be
the command of God. I distrust those people who
know so well what God wants them to do to
their fellows, because it always coincides with
their own desires.
"Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people who have no intelligent knowledge of what they condemn?"
In 1896, Susan B. Anthony stepped down from the chair and addressed the National-American Woman Suffrage Association meeting when a resolution was offered to repudiate Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Woman's Bible.
"The one distinct feature of our Association
has been the right of the individual opinion for every member.
"All the way along the history of our movement
there been this same contest on account of religious theories.
(at left, Susan B. Anthony in her younger days.)
"Every new generation of converts threshes
over the same old straw.
"What you should do is to say to outsiders
that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony about the time of this speech.
"Who is to draw the line?
"Are you going to cater to the whims and
prejudices of people who have no intelligent knowledge of what they condemn?
[Ed Note: The religious bigots won the day and the convention voted censure against The Woman's Bible. The book has been out of print for years and years and years but WiiN obtained a copy and we are scanning the text, an action that has proved to be difficult because of the old type, etc.]
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