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CORRESPONDENCE.I

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS…

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COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS AND THE MERTHYR "GROUP." Sir,—The action of the "Group" towards Counaillor Griffiths has caused considerable in- terest to be taken in his conduct on the Coun- cil. One of your correspondents, signing him- self "J. H. wants to know "who will pay him now?" May I ask "J. H." who has paid him? Another who signs himself "A Social- list." infers that Councillor Griffiths does not un- derstand the fundamental principles of Social- ism. I, at any fate, would not like to receive lessons from "A Socialist" in his own particular "ism," for in his communication of last week to your readers, he transgressed the very fun- damental of Socialism—justice—for to charge a person with sectarianism because he will not play into the hands of certain members of the Oouncil -is a cowardly action. It enables the faotion to shield themselves behind the popular cry. and thus appear to the community as paragons of virtue, whils the person who dares to be a Daniel is o;,trac;sed. As there is no effect without a cause, it simpiy devolves upon us to examine the detail which have led up to this result to realise the position in Us entirety. Councillor Griffiths has been charged with being' a sectarian because be advocates equal treatment in all schools. Does he advocate this because he is a Catholic or an Anglican? No. but because the schools are not properly staffed. The teachers are overworked and un- derpaid, and the children have therefore to suffer. To remedy this condition of affairs is, of course, a very laudable object, and one would thrink that it would fitvo the entire ap- proval of the Labour "Group," but strange to relate, it is quite the reverse, and one has not to go far to seek the reason. The education policy of the Labour Party is secular instruc- tion, but that is not the policy of the "Group," and here I should like to quote a statement from the letter of last week by "A Socialist": "They knew Mr. O'Grady to be a Roman Catholic politician, and one who, if he had the power, would eladlv put the whole of our educational system under the heel of the priest." That may be so, but we also know that the present "Group" are tools in the hands of Nonconformists, and would gladly put the whole of our educational system under the domination of Nonconformity. For proof of the foregoing, let me draw the attention of your readers to what occurred about two months ago, during the discussion on a motion for secu lar instruction. Soms of the most prominent membesrs of the "Group" left the Chamber be- fore the vote was taken—why? The reason is quite obvioirv These gentlemen have openly avowed that they are Nonconformists, and that they were returned by No-iconformist-v to look after the Nonconformist interest, and reoular -instruction is not the Nonconformist education- el policy. The present system of education in our Council schools suits admirably the palate or Nonconformity, for undr the guise of sing- ing lessons, the children are taucht Torrey and Alexander's Revival hymns. Then what are to" Biblical lessons that are taught there with prayer? Is this not religious instruction? The Nonconformist conscience is at rest because under -Mich a ssytem it can proselytise the chil- dren of Unitarians, Positivi-ts, and Secularists At the expense of the public purse, and the "Group" are the protagonists of such a system and these antagonists of religious inr-truction all charge another with beincr a sectarian, and ostracise him from society.—Yours, etc.. Dowiais. EVANS.

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