Thursday, September 24, 2015

Early Pope Fears in the Northwest

Came across a bit of Pope fear mongering while doing some research this morning.

"Popery is making a desperate effort to engrasp the whole country....." - Letter to the ministers and people of the Associate Church from James Miller, 1850 from Oregon.

"The idea of going to superior schools and teachers is fascinating to parents and children in the West. This is the way the Papist acquire such influence" - letter from Oregon 1850s.

An early driver of American settlement in the Oregon Country was a fear of the Pope. Or at least bringing up that fear was a good means of acquiring funds used to bring non Papists to the Pacific Northwest. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I recall this was included in the Washington State Constitution for fear of the Pope as the only other schooling system at the time were the Catholic schools.

(Although some sects today believe it does not apply to them.)

Washington State Constitution Article IX

All schools maintained or supported wholly or in part by the public funds shall be forever free from sectarian control or influence.