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A Profanation


(The CRIMSON invites all men in the University to submit signed communications of timely interest. It assumes no responsibility, however, for sentiments expressed under this head and reserves the right to exclude any whose publication would be palpably inappropriate.)

To the Editor of the CRIMSON:

As Mr. Chesterton has pointed out in his admirable life of the hardly militaristic Saint Francis, there is no essential contradiction between fighting men, and loving them. To believe that there is, however, erroneous as it may be, is not in itself blameworthy. What is fundamentally wrong with the "peace at any price" doctrine is not that it believes warfare inseparable from hatred and condemns both. It is that it refuses us the right to love anything more than peace. To the mass of men this refusal is, in the fullest sense of the word, damnable Nor can those who would decline to give their own lives, or to express it perhaps more fairly, take another's, in defense, shall we say, of a woman's honour be justifiably either surprised or offended when harsh terms are applied to them. In my opinion, whatever their sincerity, to call them martyrs would be a profanation of a noble word. Nor, if I believed that persecution could eradicate a belief, should I feel particularly sorry to see pacifists persecute.


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