Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “‘It Is Not God’s Way’”
City of publication: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of publication: 23 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 266
|“‘It Is Not God’s Way.’” Cleveland Plain Dealer 23 Sept. 1901 v60n266: p. 8.|
|McKinley assassination (religious interpretation); Horace Place (public statements); McKinley assassination (religious response).|
|Leon Czolgosz [variant spelling below]; Haman; Horace Place.|
“It Is Not God’s Way”
Rev. Horace Place Apologizes to the Snake in Calling Czolgasz a Viper.
Rev. Horace Place delivered a sermon on the assassination
of the president at his pulpit at Gordon Avenue M. E. church yesterday morning.
After reviewing the facts of the crime, the character of the president and his
contribution to the cause of humanity, he said: “My theology may be questioned.
I admire his submission, I adore the gentle acquiescence, but I do not believe
‘It is God’s way.’ I cannot say in that sense ‘His will be done.’ I will not
venture upon thought so sacred at this time. It is enough to say ‘God has permitted
it. God is good.’
“Surely only an enemy would murder the nation’s president. The cur, the viper (and I apologize to the snake), the incarnate devil who betrayed the president and covered his purpose while firing the fatal shot was a traitor. He hated this country, despised the government, sneered at law and defied order. The penalty of treason is death, and the traitor should be hung ‘higher than Haman,’ without mercy or respite.”