An argument by the influential Reform rabbi against the temperance movement, which was closely allied with evangelical Christianity. It cites the Talmud as well as Biblical passages to show the ancient role of alcohol in religious society, and concludes: "If religion and prayer are abused to wage war on liquor to-day, they may be abused tomorrow, on the same principle precisely, to persecute and pray out of their houses and homes, Freemasons, Catholics, foreigners, infidels, or anybody who is not fashionable, suits not the tastes of his neighbors, or does not conform to vulgar prejudices." The American Israelite, the newspaper edited by Wise in Cincinnati, announced the publication of this essay in their 13 April 1877 issue. Singerman 2883.
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