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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

constitute the true measure of "religion." To such there is, of course, 

only one answer, and that is that if the teaching or practice of Birth 

Control methods be held by them to be "contrary to religion" (according 

to their definition of "religion") then they have merely to adhere to 

the said religious teachings, and to refuse to learn anything about 

Birth Control. The matter undoubtedly is one entirely for the exercise 

of their own judgment and conscience. There is no desire on the part of 

the advocates of Birth Control to insist that such people must limit the 

size of their families--or for that matter that there is any "must" 

about it for anyone whatsoever. 

 

But we must not lose sight of the fact that the laws and customs of 

society in general are not based upon, or bound up with, the teachings 

and rules of this particular Church. On the contrary, particularly in 

the instance of Marriage and Divorce, many of our customs sanctioned by 

our laws permit and sanction things which are not countenanced or 

approved of by the Church in question. But just as persons outside of 

that Church are in no way bound by the teachings or rules thereof in the 

matter of Marriage and Divorce, so are they in no way bound by the 

teachings and rules of the said Church concerning the limitation of the 

size of families. The Church in question does not regard "civil 

marriages" as true marriages at all--yet our laws, and general public 

opinion, countenance such marriages; and it is extremely probable that 

within a comparatively short time the status of Birth Control will 

likewise manifest the same conflict between State and Church. But just 

as no Catholic is COMPELLED to accept or practice civil marriage, so no 

Catholic will be compelled to accept or practice Birth Control. 

 

Religion is entirely a matter of individual belief and faith, and binds 

no one not agreeing with its precepts. There is no union of Church and 

State in this country, or in most other modern civilized countries; and 

we are not under the jurisdiction of the Church in matters of conscience 

or conduct, unless we voluntarily so place ourselves under such 

jurisdiction and control. The argument that Birth Control which is based 

upon the assertion that it is opposed to the edicts or dogmas of some 

particular Church organization, is found to be no true argument for the 

reasons given above; and such argument must be dismissed as fallacious 

by those who base their judgments and conduct upon the dictates of 

science, reason, and common-sense, rather than upon the dogmas or 


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