The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 198
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error. Religion should be that sacred relation in the secret closet
of the heart, in communion with the powers that control the Uni-
verse, and no one has a right to enter that secret chamber without
invitation. 2. The influence of civilization has had a wholesome
effect on religious tolerance. It has given the United States a
Constitution which has robbed intolerance of all its weapons,
save two: social ostracism and excommunication. We are emerging
from a state of savagery; but the age of civilization, seemingly,
is many years in the future. 3. There is no escape from payment
of the penality for the violation of Nature's Laws; either physical
or moral. Settlement must be made in full, or the ends of justice
are defeated. So one's life should be so conducted as to cause a
minimum of transgression. 4. It is the thoughts we think and the
life we live, that will determine our place in the Universe.
Directly on the point of tolerance-and intolerance-the author
says: "Another example of deep-seated prejudice was that evident
during the popularity of the modern Ku Klux Klan. Father was
almost ostracized, suffering greatly financially, because he could
not conscientiously join an organization to 'dole' out justice
from beneath a hood. He believed in trial by jury always." This
attitude, this position, yea, this philosophy was based on William
Lee McCormick's experience in the legal profession.
William Lee McCormick contributed much to the political life
of Denton and Denton County, Texas. He held positions of honor
and trust, such as city attorney and mayor of Denton, county clerk
of Denton County, and chairman of the county's Democratic
executive committee. He helped "in the establishing of the school
that was the predecessor of Teachers College." He wrote about
the early history of the Baptist Church of Denton; he wrote some
historical facts pertaining to Denton for the years 1856 to 1870;
and in fifteen pages of this book valuable information which he
gave about the Lonesome Dove Baptist Church and the West Fork
Association is reproduced. Shortly before reaching the age of
seventy-two he organized the Natives of the Confederate States
of America, an organization to which "a Yankee born under the
Confederate Flag and now (1935, when the group was organized)
residing in Denton County, Texas, is eligible for membership in
that Association." As late as July 18, 1942, he signed the minutes
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955, periodical, 1955; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/m1/219/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.