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Men’s Society exploited

December 12th, 1913.

THE Church of England Men's Society, we regret to see, is being exploited for purposes for which it was not called into existence. In a former issue we called attention to a meeting of the Society at which representatives of the Marriage Law Reform Union were permitted to appear and to discuss the question of divorce as though it were not a question definitely closed for Churchpeople. Now the Suffragists are making a desperate effort to capture it for their propaganda. A flagrant instance of this was furnished by the circular that was made to appear as though the C.E.M.S. sanctioned the appeal in support of the Bishop of Kensington's meeting of protest against forcible feeding. We were glad to see the indignant letter in which the Revd J. Watts-Ditchfield expressed his disapproval of this unwarrantable proceeding. As an official of the Society, Mr Watts-Ditchfield was able to say, without the possibility of contradiction, that there was no justification whatever for what was done. As for the meeting itself, we cannot congratulate its promoters on their unanimity, nor the speakers on their consistency. . . We think we have the right to say that, whatever other steps the Suffragists may choose to take in pushing their propaganda, they ought not to sail under false colours, flying the flag of the C.E.M.S. as though it were their own.

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