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Jesus rose from the tomb . The Genevese had been grossly calumniated . In this they snared the fate of all religious Reformers . The primitive Christians were as groundlessly libelled . Let the Continental nations manage their own religious affairs ; and let us attend to
our own opinions and our own hearts , and we should have enough to do . Consider our starving poor in some of our manufacturing districts , and let them have your superfluities . Feed the hungry , clothe the naked , and you will have the satisfaction to know that your means are not abused .
Mr . Haldane wondered that the last speaker should have been suffered to mount that sacred platform , dedicated to religious purposes , and pollute the meeting with his blasphemies . He had always questioned the propriety of allowing strangers to speak on such occasions . He could assure the meeting that all his own statements were correct , that the
religious and moral condition of Geneva was most deplorable . A debasing system of religion had depraved the manners of the inhabitants . He and his friends had investigated and found that there were 20 , 000 abandoned women in that city , a greater number than in the whole city of London . The world was the devil ' s world .
The Chairman complimented the speaker on the satisfactory answer he bad made to the stranger ' s statements . B .
while Roman Catholic countries wdre at the same time denounced as illiberal and prejudiced . Let the House , however , judge . In 1791 , the Diet of Hungary , which was composed of persons of different orders , to the number of 500 or 600 , came to a resolution in the following words : — " The Protestants of this state shall not be called upon to contribute to the Catholics either in money or labour , nor shall the
Catholics , on the other hand , contribute to the Protestants , or to the establishment of their churches or schools . " This resolution was passed by a majority of more than three to one . In the same Diet , Protestants were declared equally eligible with Catholics to fill every office and to hold every rank in State . This was the conduct of a Roman Catholic State , and yet it was said that England surpassed every other couutry in the world !
Mr John Smith thought the system perfectly monstrous which compelled the Catholics of Ireland to build Protestant churches ; but our whole system in that country was an absurdity of the grossest description . A day must , however , come , when common sense and common justice would triumph .
Mr . Plunkett observed , that the Protestant churches must be kept up , although there might be but few Protestants in the parishes . Mr . Peel said , he could not concur in the proposition , that the Roman Catholic peasant ought not to be burdened with any share of the expense for repairs of
Protestant churches . If that principle were good for Ireland , why not equally so for England ? If one class of Dissenters were to be so far , relieved , what reason could be assigned for not releasing all other classes who were not within the pale of the Established Church ? The inevitable consequence would be , that all who were indifferent to the reformed
system would declare themselves Dissenters , for the purpose of escaping this tax . Undoubtedly , if one class of Dissenters more than another deserved to be looked upon in a more favourable light , it certainly was the Roman Catholic occupiers of land in Ireland , for they had
to provide their own churches as well as to assist in making the same provision for the other church by law . But white he entertained these feelings towards the Roman Catholic occupier of land , he felt them not for his landlord . And more
particularly for hi » Protestant landlord , and still more so where he happened to be an absentee . Of all men , for him he had no consideration . With reference
386 Intelligence .- ^ -Parliamentary .
HOUSE OF COMMONS , Tuesday , April 3 rd . Repair of Protestant Churches in Ireland . Sir John Newport brought forward a resolution respecting the state of the law regarding the building and repairing Protestant churches in Ireland . He said , the Protestants had allowed the churches
to fall into decay and ruin , and the cost of building and repairing them fell upon the Roman Catholics , who were shut out of the vestries , and derived no benefit from them , instead of upon the Established Church of Ireland , which had immense revenues at its disposal ! Since the Union , not less than half a million
of money had been raised , principally upon the Catholic population , for such Protestant purposes , many of whom had been distrained upon for church rates . Persons who did not profess the Established religion ought not to be taxed for the support of it . This country was cried up as the paragon of liberality ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 386, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/74/