How Many Prayers for Czolgosz?
The Athens Banner stops
to inquire how many prayers have been offered for the president’s
assassin in the midst of the many for the dying and dead president?
Since the assassination millions of
prayers have ascended to the mercy seat in behalf of the stricken
president of the United States. From the pulpit and the closet,
from the business house and the shop, from city and village and
country these prayers have ascended to God. No sectional lines restrict
them. The plea was universal.
In the midst of all this praying,
how many prayers were offered for Czolgosz, the miserable wretch
in his cell in Buffalo? We dare say they were the exception, and
the rare exception, too. In the terrible wave of resentment at the
deed of the assassin, there has been nothing but condemnation for
the anarchist firebrand whose deed has caused much sorrow and apprehension
not only in the United States but throughout the civilized world.
And yet we fear that the Christian people have for the moment been
swept off their firm foundation.
President McKinley was a devout Christian
gentleman, ready, no doubt, to meet his Maker should the bullet
prove fatal[.] Czolgosz is evidently a man without a spark of religion,
without hope in the world to come. From a human standpoint there
can be no sympathy for the heartless wretch, but from the standpoint
of the Christ who came not to call the righteous but sinners to
repentance, should not prayers also be uttered for his soul’s salvation?