Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the Editor, New York Evening Post about Bible in Schools, 10 October 1902
As published in the
Selected Papers, Volume 6
© 2013 Rutgers State Univeristy of New Jersey
New York, October 10 .
To the Editor of The Evening Post,1 Sir: In view of the recent judicial decision that the Bible shall not be read in the public schools of Nebraska,2 I suggest that inasmuch as the Bible degrades woman, and in innumerable passages teaches her absolute subjection to man in all relations, in the State, the Church, the home, and the whole world of work, it is to her interest that the Bible, in its present form, should be taken from the schools, and from the rising generation of boys, as it teaches lessons of disrespect for the mothers of the race. Or else to get out an expurgated edition of the Book, putting in one volume all the grand declarations, the moral lessons, poetry, science, and philosophy, and in another all the Christian mythologies, for those who would value it as ancient literature. The first would then be fit to place in the hands of the rising generation.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
New York Evening Post, 11 October 1902.
Prepared for the Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, vol.6 An Awful Hush, 1895 to 1906, ed. Ann D. Gordon (New Brunswick, N.J., 2013). ©Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
1 That is, Horace White.
2 Nebraska's supreme court issued its ruling on 9 October 1902. To say that Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional, the court relied on the section stating, "No sectarian instruction shall be allowed in any school or institution supported in whole or in part by the public funds set apart for educational purposes." (State of Nebraska, ex rel. Daniel Freeman v. John Scheve et al., 65 Nebraska Reports 853 ; Nebraska Const. of 1875, art. VIII, sec.11.)