The hostility of the Dissenters to the education clauses of the Factories Bill is unabated. Meetings are held, angry resolutions are passed, and vituperative harangues continue to be delivered by sectarian preachers, and “other friends of civil and religious liberty.”
Anyone reading these resolutions and speeches, and knowing nothing, beyond them, of the real nature of the question at issue, would believe that some act of tyranny and injustice was about to be committed, inferior only, if inferior at all, to the most relentless and savage persecution ever mediated against the rights of conscience; instead of being nothing more than a simple proposition for education certain children of the poor in the religion of the Church of England, and leaving all others who are separatists from that church to educate their children in whatever faith they may prefer.
- John BULL.