"I Don't Know One Who Has the Unspoiled Virtue--
I Don't Know Anyone Who Has Tolerance and the Humanity,Father,
That Mother Divine Has Exhibited over These Last Five Years!"

Excerpts of Remarks by Attorney J. Austin Norris


 

 

Unity Mission Church, Philadelphia, Pa.
April 30, 1951 A.D.F.D.


The Shrine at The Mount of the House of the Lord

The Shrine at The Mount of the House of the Lord

"PEACE, FATHER; PEACE, MOTHER and PEACE EVERYONE: The civilized world was startled five years ago by the announcement of the Marriage of FATHER DIVINE! There are few marriages of our times that received the publicity that was given to that Marriage. Every news agency throughout the world carried it! Although there were few marriages given so much publicity, there was none that had greater significance! The enemies of the Movement pointed out that this was the beginning of the end of this great religious empire built by FATHER DIVINE. They pointed out that HIS Precepts were broken by HIS own Act. They said it was just a question of time when this great empire, religious empire, would crumble! Well, those messengers of disaster did not know the Force that was motivating this Movement, did they? For instead of being a mark of weakness it has been a mark of renewed strength, hasn't it?

"I am reminded that this is one of the most significant marriages of all time--and there have been a number of important marriages in history; marriages that have had their imprint in time and on all times. I am thinking of Greek Mythology, when Jupiter married Juno. The marriage took place in the skies, as the Greeks say; and Juno, the month of June was taken from June; and you know the month of June is the month of marriages--the month of love-making. "I am reminded of the marriage of Solomon to the Queen of Sheba, for that united two great empires! I am reminded of the marriage of that great historian who gave us the great civil laws of France, and his bride! "I am also reminded of Louis the Fourteenth. Up until that time it was the practice of marrying for money; for the advancement of worldly goods.

"But Louis the Fourteenth's marriage marked the first marriage for Love, and changed the whole style and the whole purpose of marriage in the civilized world! "I am reminded of the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain; and probably if it had not been for that marriage we would not have had Columbus sailing the seas to discover this new world! And then I am reminded of a more recent marriage in our own times: Wally Simpson and the Crown Prince of England. But all of those marriages--none have had more religious effect than this marriage of FATHER DIVINE and MOTHER DIVINE!

"I have heard a lot of talk of the First Lady, the first lady of Philadelphia; the first lady of Pennsylvania; the first lady of these United States; the first lady of the world. Well, I have a Lady that I consider the first lady of the world! (Pointing to MOTHER DIVINE) no one out of this movement has had a better opportunity to judge her virtue--to judge her personality--to judge her graces, than I have! I have been one of those who have been fortunate in having the confidence of father divine. I am one of those who have been fortunate in having his friendship and I have been asked there to the headquarters on innumerable occasions; and all the time I have had a chance to view her--and I don't know anyone who has the graces--I don't know one who has the unspoiled virtue--I don't know anyone who has tolerance and the humanity, FATHER, that MOTHER DIVINE has exhibited over these last five years!

"FATHER DIVINE might have looked the world over from Africa to Asia; from the North Pole to the South Pole; and I dare say that HE would not find one so LOVELY--one so fitting in the purpose which HE had in mind--one who would advance interest in HIS Own Religious Creed to a greater extent, than MOTHER DIVINE!"

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