The Dallas Journal, Volume 51, 2006 Page: 42
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A Glimpse Into Dallas County Elections - 1922
lay down the rules for determining the guilt or
innocence of those charged with crimes. They
fix the punishment to be meted out to the
"As citizens of the United States, of Texas, of
Dallas, we have met to affirm our allegiance to
our Government, its Constitution and laws, and
its duly elected and loyal officers, and to oppose
and declare as our enemy any and every
organization or association which usurps or is in
conflict with its Constitution, it laws or
traditions, and we throw down the gauntlet to
any and all who feel or confess to a divided or
indifferent allegiance to them.
"Now, therefore, we as citizens of the United
States, of the State of Texas and of the City and
county of Dallas, do her and now declare:
Laws Are Sacred.
"1. That the laws of our county, framed and
enacted by the people for the protection of their
lives, their property and their pursuit of
happiness are sacred. That the assumption of
power by individuals or organizations to change
or administer such laws other than by the
methods and procedure provided by such laws,
is an act of the highest treason against our
institution. We denounce such organizations,
which are nothing but organized mob rule, and
which lead directly to anarchy and the
destruction of popular government.
"While cheerfully conceding that many good
men have been and now are members of the Ku
Klux Klan, and while further recognizing that
all of the good men of the klan took upon them
its oath and hoods, and joined in its parades for
what they conceived to be lofty purposes, we
nevertheless denounce the Ku Klux Klan, which
has set up among us an invisible government in
which citizens may be tried and convicted
without juries, and without being confronted by
witnesses, as a menace to orderly government
and, in its last analysis, subversive of our
democratic institutions, and the enthronement
among us of chaos and anarchy.
All Men Created Equal.
"2. We hold these truths to be self-evident. That
all men are created equal, and are endowed by
their Creator with certain inalienable rights -
among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. In consequence with this declaration
by the immortal fathers of the Republic, we
emphatically declare that every citizen, whether
Jew or Gentile, his the right to worship God
according to the dictates of his own conscience,
unfettered by any semblance of a union of
Church and State, and unterrified by any
invisible empire, which, whether it so designs or
not, sows the seed of sectarian and race
prejudice and substitutes for orderly government
the reign of the Cyclops, the kleagle and the
"We hold that no man can divided his loyalty
between two Governments and be loyal to either
one; that the oath of fealty to our Constitution
and laws interdict the oath of loyalty to any
alien political, religious or social organization,
and that a public officer, be he legislator, Judge,
Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Constable or
policeman, who swears loyalty and fidelity to
the Ku Klux Klan or to its head or to its officers,
is unworthy to hold official position, and unless
he repents and repudiates the Ku Klux Klan he
should promptly resign, or, as an alternative,
should be removed from his office.
Should Not Hold Office
"3. We declare that no member of the Ku Klux
Klan should be permitted to hold any office In
our State, and we pledge the people of Texas
that we will not encourage or vote for any
candidate for office who belongs to the Ku Klux
Klan, who sympathizes, with it, or who has
apologies to offer for this organization or its
acts; and we pledge ourselves tirelessly to work
for the redemption of our States from the peril
of its domination and existence and we declare
that it is the open and dangerous enemy of our
Government and of our free institutions.
42 Dallas Journal 2006
Dallas Journal 2006
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