Review of a Report of the Committee, to Whom was Referred the Several Petitions on the Subject of Mails on the Sabbath, Presented to the Senate of the United States, January 16, 1829, by the Hon. Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, Chairman of Said Committee (Google eBook)

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1829 - Sunday legislation - 24 pages
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Page 18 - And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Page 10 - And this, thought I, is the worship of the Brahmins of Hindostan, and their worship in its sublimest degree ! What then shall we think of their private manners, and their moral principles ? For it is equally true of India as of Europe; if you would know the state of the people, look at the state of the Temple. " I was surprised to see the Brahmins with their heads uncovered in the open plain falling down in the midst of the Sooders before the ' horrid shape/ and mingling so complacently with that...
Page 14 - Sundays, report : That the memorialists regard the first day of the week as a day set apart by the Creator for religious exercises ; and consider the transportation of the mail, and the opening of the post offices, on that day, the violation of a religious duty, and call for a suppression of the practice. Others, by...
Page 9 - Juggernaut. No record of ancient or modern history can give, I think, an adequate idea of this valley of death ; it may be truly compared with the ' Valley of Hinnom.' The idol called Juggernaut has been considered as the Moloch of the present age ; and he is justly so named, for the sacrifices offered up to him by self-devotement are not less criminal, perhaps not less numerous, than those recorded of the Moloch of Canaan. Two other idols accompany Juggernaut, namely, Boloram and Shubudra, his brother...
Page 9 - I beheld another distressing scene this morning at the Place of Skulls ; a poor woman lying dead, or nearly dead, and her two children by her, looking at the dogs and vultures which were near. The people passed by without noticing the children. I asked them where was their home. They said, ' they had no home but where their mother was.
Page 14 - Among all the religious persecutions with which almost every page of modern history is stained, no victim ever suffered but for the violation of what Government denominated the law of God. To prevent a similar train of evils in this country, the constitution has wisely withheld from our Government the power of defining the divine law. It is a right reserved to each citizen; and while he respects...
Page 22 - Our constitution recognizes no other power than that of persuasion for enforcing religious observances. Let the professors of Christianity recommend their religion by deeds of benevolence; by Christian meekness; by lives of temperance and holiness. Let them combine their efforts to instruct the ignorant; to relieve the widow and the orphan; to promulgate to the world the gospel of their Saviour, recommending its precepts by their habitual example: Government will find its legitimate object in protecting...
Page 9 - ... and children. Some old persons are among them who wish to die at Juggernaut. Numbers of pilgrims die on the road ; and their bodies generally remain unburied. On a plain by the river, near the pilgrim's Caravansera at this place, there are more than a hundred skulls.
Page 17 - How certainly will all these sacrilegious earnings be swallowed up, and with them double their amount of honest gains, in the vortex of dissipation, which the violation of the Sabbath will not fail to create ; for nothing is so improvident and wasteful as vice. Besides, if the transportation of the mail is not lawful, as a work of necessity, it is criminal, and a great national sin ; and whoever contended with his Maker and prospered ? Does he not hold at his disposal all the sources of national...
Page 10 - I felt like a guilty person, on whom all eyes were fixed, and I was about to withdraw. But a scene of a different kind was now to be presented. The characteristics of Moloch's worship are obscenity and blood. We have seen the former. Now comes the blood." "After the tower had proceeded some way, a pilgrim announced that he was ready to offer himself a sacrifice to the idol. He laid himself down in the road before the tower as it was moving along...

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