The American. (Omaha, Nebraska) 1891-1899, August 06, 1891, Page 5, Image 5
THE AMERICAN 6 WHO ARE THE BIGOTS? A correspondent of tlin Chicago Inter Ocean, In Answer to tho question whether thd Patriotic Order of the Sons of America U a bigoted or nn un-Amer-limn organization ayss 1, Ills nl;l to bo an order of bigotry and un-American, because It excludes from It membership till persons not born in tho United States. '2. It Is mill tlmlt (not by lt laws) practically loos not admit members of tho Oath olio dm roll. i Now, while this last proposition In 'rtot truo, because prominent Catholics have boon active In tho order, and an a 'matter of fact became vory wittily members and broko up one camp In this town, that U Camp No. II, when tho president of that camp wan a Ro man Catholic, and It was his bigotry that oattsed tho trouble, but oven If these propositions wero both truo, what thottP Han It coma to bo tho condition of affairs that every nationality In tho land can have Its Aoeiotios, and every sect or trado can have Its orders, ex cept tho native AmorloanP but that he must stand aside and how ht head mid xay, I urn an American, but I daro not nay no In pubiio (P). I have been told by tho people, "We are Americans, al though born In a foreign land, and when you exclude us you arrogato to yourselves qualllloatlnns which you do not possess, and you east reflection upon tin who wore not born hero, honoo you have no right to organi.Q such a noclcly." Now, I assume that we have a right to oxolttdo person who are foreign born, and that It 1 not arrogance on our part, nor I it a reflection on them. Do they not do tho saiuoP And are wo offended thereby P I have a right to organl,0 a society and exclude red-haired people or peo ple with black hair or black skin or flat noses, and who has the right to obJoctP Let us sooi The (irand Army excludes all men who did not servo between certain dates during tho late war, How many gallant soldiers have served the coun try In tho Indian wars sluoo lHftif, and yet they can not coino InP Who says this l bigotry? Tho Loyal Legion and tho Army of tho Tennesson exclude private soldiers. No one can Join except tho who were commissioned officers during the war. Tho gallant governor of Illinois was a soldier tried and true, Was ho not a part of that "legion" of loyal men who dW mjblo work In the do's, and yet ho Is excluded from tho Loyal Legion. Has any ono called this blgotryP I cannot Join tho Hons of HI,, (loorgo, Although J havo been Invited to lecture at an open meeting of that order, and was assured that my views were In perfect accord with theirs, I was not born In Kngland, Thfl Kngllsh can havo tho Hons of tfl. (leorge; the Irish can have tho An. went Order of Hibernians and tho Knights of Ht, I'atrlck) the Hoots can havo their Hcottlsh clans; the (ierniaus may havo their turner societies and their various verelnsj tho Jews havo their special benevolent societies; and nobody thlnki of their being exclusive, And nobody falls It bigotry; but If the mitivo American should organUc, thou It Is railed bigotry, Hut, say one, when you call your selves patriotic, then you Insinuate that nolnidy else Is patriotic. Again I say this l not true, Certain commis sioned ofllcers of tho Into war say, li We aro the Loyal Legion." Do they say that no ono tdso hi loyal? Certainly not. Hnnco wo say wo havo a perfect right to organljso tho Patriotic Order Sons of America, to assume tho name and to conflno our membership to na tive Americans, and ho who objects to such an action Is a selllsh, arrogant bigot of tho most pronounced typo, , Hiioondly, It Is charged that tho or der practically excludes Catholics. Now, even If this wero truo, It Is not bigotry; It ii our right, "Homo men can not endure a gaping pig or an In nocent cat; It Is their whim." What do tho Cut holies do In this mallorP Ho they itit havo tho Knights of Ht, Patrick P Havo we objected P Nay, more; they havo even Imported their holiday Into America, and ask that our schools bo closed to witness their public parade. Havo they not tho Order of Ht, Petrle (French) and tho Ancient Order of Hibernians, and wo havo never even a desire to JolnP Again, wo havo a be nevolent order In this city known as the Independent Order of Foresters. Catholics and Protestants wero Ad mitted alike, but H did not suit our Cathollo brethren, so they organized tho Catholic Order of Foresters and wo oro excluded. Families whom I have attended for years and men who Joined tho F trestors at my solicitation wero taken out Joined tho Catholic Order of Foresters and requested to have a Oath olio physician. And wo did not ob ject, wo had no right to object. This Is a privilege accorded to every man to Join any society he wishes, If It does not teach disloyalty to tho nation or disobedience to tho law, Wo do ob ject to tho Mafia anil Clan-tia-Oaol, not because of their nationality, but be causo the records show that they teach violation of law, Hence I say, so condly, wo havo a right to exclude Catholics if we so desired, and ho who objects Is a bigot of tho mnst pro nounced type. Now, ns to tho next charge, that tho Patriotic Order Is hors do combat to the Cathollo church, w say that Is not true; but when tho church or any of Its authorities makes war upon our Insti tutions, then wo aro ready to defend those Institutions, and when tho Catho llo clergy attack our public schools, then we must declare ourselves In readiness to defend tho schools ngilust that attack, Now, when Mr, Michael Corcoran calls this order to account for Its posi tion on this question wo say to hlni; If you are lighting tho system of public school education in Its frro, unsoetar Ian form, then you may plaoo us on the other side as your enemy, and wo charge that this Is tho position of certain portions of tho Cathollo clergy, If Mr, Corcoran Is not opposed to un sectarian schools, then ho has no part In this controversy, for that Is tho whole question, Tho Hons of America charge that persons high In authority In tho Catho llo church nio at war nlth the vital elements of our free unset tarlan schools, and If Mr. C. or his friends are among these then "him havo we offended;" but If ho Is not, If ho sltnds by the Kthool ns Put Urant does, and as cor members of the Catholic Library Asso ciation have, ami as every true Ameri can should, then "hliu have wo not offended." Hut the very fact that these people are so oxlremly sensitive about, the ex istence of this patrlolla order U evi dence to all plain, unbiased people that thoro Is something wrong about them or they would not bo so easily "offended.' In twenty years experience as a sur geon I have always found that It Is tho diseased tlssuo that is tho more sonsltlvo to touch. Now as to speclllo points. Witness tho war made on our public schools Iff Wisconsin last full by tho Cathollo and Lutheran churches, and when a priest has openly said that tho order will some day como to all Catholics to shoot tho collector who comes to gather taxes for the support of the public school, Insieiul of that priest being lobuked by tho authorities of the church ho Is made a bishop. This, wo claim, Is treason, and such Catholics wo hope "wo" havoofl'eiided. Again Waliop Cleary of Hamilton, Ontario (where tho school fund Is di vided and tho free unsoctarlan public school is destroyed), said In a publio address last September to tho school children: "If It shall como to tho test betwueu yielding tip our ptont claim for division of the school fund or divid ing tho Dominion, I shall tstand for division of tho Dominion." If this is tho spirit of tho Cathollo church then It Is our duty to opposo It. 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