Excerpt from Divorce: Being a Defence of the American People Against the Charge of Moral Deterioration
The following paper was suggested by paragraphs from sermons by two clergymen, which were circulated by the Associated Press a few months ago, and in which, in discussing Divorce as a Reﬂection upon American Civilization, it was said: If Christianity is the highest type of civilization (and who can deny then is it not true that we are retrograding instead of advancing on certain lines?
There is a social scourge more blighting and more destructive than Mormonism A lady, prominent in social life, once said to me in Newport, I do not recognize any law, human or divine, that can deprive a husband or a wife of the right to sepa rate (md enter fresh espousal, when they do not live in harmony together.' This is given in all seriousness as an illustration of the views in reference to divorce and marriage held by women in good society in America.
The reader will observe that the words cited are put into the mouth of one American lady, as if represent ing the views of all the women of America, and also as an expression of the ne plus ultra of wedlock among us; for was it not said by a lady in Newport?
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