Clergyman Says Betting Is Not Immoral.: Moral and Reform Council of Canada Not a Unit for Passage of Miller Bill., Daily Racing Form, 1910-03-16


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CLERGYMAN SAYS BETTING IS NOT IMMORAL Moral and Reform Council of Canada Not a Unit for Passage of Miller Bill The Moral and Social Reform Council of Canada is not a unit on the Miller bill and that is one of the reasons why it will fail says the Canadian Sportsman Rev Father Miuehan the rector of St Helens Roman Catholic Church Toronto preached oil gambling last Sunday He is a member of the Moral and Social Reform Council too and lie represents by far the largest church In Canada in the number of adherents though it does not in ¬ clude so many political or sensationiuongering parsons Father Minchaii did not deal in rubbishy and ridiculous statements He told his congrega ¬ tion honestly that it was not sinful or immoral to make a bet and that there was no distinction In the subjects of betting The man who bets on stock lluctnations is the same as the man who bets on any other outcome of events Every man of suf ¬ ficient intelligence to keep him out of the idiot asy ¬ lum knows this just as well as Father Minchaii but few of the parsons have the moral courage to say so Father Minuhans sermon was not reported in the Globe another sample of the bigotry that once fairminded paper bus shown in the treatment of this subject all through the chapter chapterUnthinking Unthinking parsons keep on repeating from the pulpit the fallacy that a law which makes an ac ¬ tion criminal oit one day and In ont place which is legal at another time and place is a monstrosity They are not supposed to exercise reason or any ¬ thing but blind prejudice in dealing with moral questions Not a parson in Toronto but knows the very contrary to be true Not one but knows that he iiiay preach the gospel in his own or any other church but If he attempts to do so in the Queens Park or any other public place lie will be arrested and sent to jail if he does not pay a fine for his preaching preachingIt It may well ibe guessed that the sporting editor of the Toronto Globe had the threatened antiracing legislation in Canada in mind when he penned the following plaintLacrosse plaint Lacrosse has no special trouble of its own It suffers though in a general way from the common sissy tendency of the day The feminist spirit is abroad and active in the land We are all to be madu mollycoddles with no difficulties to face no battles to fight no temptations topvprcgnie A ribe of bbf women is to l o produced ami the bent of youth is to be altered to fit Games of personal contact and strenuous effort are to 7 e tamejllvei cause they demand virile qualities and purposes Not so will Canada produce an enduring or a Jnmi nant race of people able to maintain their position among the nations of the world

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