Publication information

Ave Maria
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Notes and Remarks”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 5 October 1901
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 14
Pagination: 436-39 (excerpt below includes only page 436)

“Notes and Remarks.” Ave Maria 5 Oct. 1901 v53n14: pp. 436-39.
McKinley assassination (religious response); freedom of speech (restrictions on).
Named persons
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Notes and Remarks

     It is natural enough that, in the first outburst of horror at the dastardly assassination of the late President, all sorts of measures should be advocated for the suppression or, at the very least, the effective repression of anarchy and anarchists. It can not be denied that in this republic of ours liberty of speech and the liberty of the press have been allowed to degenerate into what is undeniably license. Public speakers and writers are suffered with impunity to hold up to ridicule and contempt both the most sacred institutions of the country and individuals entrusted with our highest offices. Laws may do something to check the extravagance of this license; but, after all is said and done, the one great truth will remain—that the most effective means of safeguarding our future is the religious training of our youth. Merely intellectual training is no preventive of moral obliquity. Repress license of speech and writing, by all means; but see, too, that the children of the nation are thoroughly imbued with Christian principles.