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THE NEW EDUCATION ACT. A PLEA FOR FAIR-PLAY. To the Editor 01 the "BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIB,-It seems that an attempt at persecution by some of the members of the Protestant Party is being made at Barry and this is all the more to be regretted as it is done under the cloak of religion and liberty. An attempt I must say, but my sense of the fair-play of the people of this town makes me feel sure that this policy will not long survive. Britons are by nature opposed to the policy of persecution for religious belief, and Protestants and Roman Catholics have in this country, in theory at least, long disclaimed such a policy. For thirty-two years we Catholics have been 3-otnpelled to pxy rates to teach a form of religion n the Board Schools which did not satisfy us, as ive believe in a dogmatic Faith and at the same time we had to put our hands into our pockets to support our own Schools, where our children are taught the faith of their fathers. We did not enjoy paying rates towards the Undenominational Schools. We thought the law which imposed them a one-sided law yet, as loyal 3itiz.ens, we paid our r ..tea. and obeyed in letter and in spirit the law i?" the land which imposed them. And now, when the sense of justice of the British people has at length given us a little fair- play in the matter of religious education, and has allowed u; a share in the rates, we find some of the Protestant Nonconformists violating the law of the land in acting contrary to the letter and the 3pirit of the Act of Parliament in trying to crush 3ur Catholic Schools, and to take away from us thai measure of religious liberty and fair-play which the law of the land has given us. And what are their reasons for doing this ? They ire briefly as follows 11 The Government had no authority from the country to introduce the Education Bill." Our friends have short memories. [n our own Division it was made a prominent subject at the last election, as most of us remem- ber, unless it is convenient for us not to remem- ber, as it seems to be for some. And if any body of men choose to defy an Act of Parliament merely because they thought the Government had no direct mandate to pass it, it is evident to all that Parliamentary government would thus become impossible. But the point on which our opponents have laid most stress is that the Act enjoins the principle that those who pay the money should have the control." Before the passing of the Act our schools were subject to no popular control," although partly supported by public money, New one-third of our managing body is nominated by a District Council and our managing body will not be able to spend any public money without the consent of the Educational Authority, a popularly-elected body. Thus, by the Act itself, the public control over our schools is considerably increased. Another point with our opponents is that they cannot pay for "doctrines which they believe to be false to be taught in our Catholic Schools." To this I must answer that they do not contribute a penny-piece towards teaching our Catholic children the faith of their fathers. What is the total expense of our Catholic teaching ? How much less would the expense be if the hour for religious instruction was omitted from cur time-table ? In the great majority of oases the expense is nil. But there is another side to this besides what Catholics will have to pay in rates, thev also buy their own land, build their own schools, and they contribute the use of their school-buildings and play-grounds to the State free of charge ° This as every one can see, far out-weighs the cost of the religious instruction. It is sad indeed to see those who are always talking of being persecuted themselves, attempting a persecuting policy towards the only Catholic School in the district. It is quite right, in their view of '• Freedom," that the religion of the undenominational schools should be charged on the rates, but quite iniquitous that the Catholic Schools should have the same fairplay. Many Nonconformists say it is quite right to teach just the quantity of the religion they approve in public schools, and wrong to teach any other quantity or quality". How any fair-thinking man can conceive such "a false idea of Christian fairplay, I win Jeave the people of Barry to judge. ONE OF THE MANAGERS OF ST, 1 SCIiGO-u.