Father Divine Dec 5 1931
is a a it it of - in s - of - a SayyiOe Fears "Harlem Ccksy if Father D V f IAIV Is Allowed to Remain ' (Continued from Page One) included among its representatives' a man from the District Attorney's office. During the ;long discussion that ensued, it was stated by one of the Citizen's Sub - Committee, and concurred in bv all of the other members, that there was no complaint against the moral character of. Father Devine or that of his home; that the matter had now gotten beyond any question of noise complaints; that it was now a matter of having a "Har lem Colony' 'in Sawille: and that unless an agreement was reached with Father Devine for Ms early moving, the indictments against him would be pushed next week, ine meeting anioumeu wain inc Sub - Committee stating the following conditions to be the limit which they thought would be acceptable to the Citizen's Committee : ; 1. They were not interested in ,the, disposition of Father Devine's property or interests here, and would not raise any money with which to purchase. ' 2. That he should move by the first week in January, when the next Court Session would commence; and that he should 'move outside of Suffolk County (which includes Sty - ville, and extends' from 20 miles West of Sayville to the East end of the Island). ., ' 3. That until he moved, there rt J! J ...:.L .1 should be quiet in his home, night "neetiiws to terminate at 9 o'clock; - a .u. .... i - c . i and the number of transients to be limited to a dozen. The meeting .was then adjourned until the following evening at whicr time the Citizens Sub - Committee unanimously approved the statement at the opening of the meeting on November 24. The New York Age reporter - visited the house of Rev. Devine on November 24th and 25th and has the following interesting report to make: Rev. Devine teaches his students?as his followers are called, that God is in every man, woman and child, if one will but acknowledge the same. I found a well, healthy and contene - ed group of people of both the white i . - . j AinvAj - it :u : i "U WIUIIU KU.C3. d I Willi U1IC lUCit. "God is herein all of us with 'Father Divine as he is called here, to teach one to live right. . - It was a sight to be remembered. a setting ot peace, harmony and contentment. The statement given out that this wis a cult or sect of some peculiar sort did not appear to me at any time as there were no weird actions, chant! or incantations to spirits, etc. It is a fact that the students of Rev. Devine feel he has shown them the truth and some unknown light and hold him symbolic of "God" t - dav. which some oi them called him in my presence. lour writer watched a clean, wholesome, substantial meal given to all comers regardless of race, creed or color. There was no offerine. THE NEW Offers to Defend Fatter Devine Without Fee Folowing upon published reports telling1 of the. attitude taken by white citizens of Sayville, Long Island, with regard to Father M. J. Devnie and his followers, former Assistant United States Attorney James C. Thomas volunteered "his services to defend the cult leader's property rights, which appeared to be jeopardized by the reputed action of the Sayville whites. Father Devine's work in that community stirred resentment among .the whites by reason of the tact mat his followers were from , both races. Notwithstanding that his property investment totals' $30,000 or more, 'he has been civ en an ultimatum requiring him. to leave there with h'is followers not l later than January 1. 1932. without regard to his real estate holdings. In a telegram, Mr. Thomas offered his services "gratuitjously to preserve those rights and privileges so sacred and won at so great a cost." In commenting on 4he matter, Mr. Thomas referred to the ouster movement against the cult group as being caused by the influx of a number of Negro visitors to Father Devine's services, denominating it "as a means of depriving nim of his constitutional right to own property where he sees fit, and to worship God as he sees fit." He declared further that "such a situation is the concern of every Negro man, woman and child in the United States, for if it is permitted to go on unnoticed and unchallenged, who can say but that tomorrow these and" other constitutional rights and privileges will not be denied to each of us. "To allow this incident to go unchallenged is to weaken the foundation' of democracy in the United States' ;and to single out the Negro 'group as one not entitled to the full enjoyment of every right, privilege and immunity guaranteed by the Constitution . . . In America there are too many public - spirited men and women to allow a handful of bigoted, prejudiced un - Americans at Sayville, L. 1., to undermine the foundations upon which this great government is builded." i ' collection or donation received or asked for at any lime, o.ily a simple lesson all were asked to study, on Christianity. . After this I itceived a number of statements and ten'monials, some ot which will be used in fut ire articles. Among the statements 1 received was one about a blind man being able to see and a lame man made whole again and other miracles performed without Rev. Devine touching or coming in contact with any of them at anv time.