Religion: Divine Investigation

All impostors in religion such as pretend to personate Jesus Christ or suffer their followers to worship or pay them divine honors . . . shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.—Chapter 235, section 72, Laws of 1898, New Jersey. This law was cited in a report filed last week in Newark by a three-man committee investigating that inexplicable Negro cultist, Major J. "Father" Divine. The committee was appointed last autumn by Judge Richard Hartshorne as a result of disorderly conduct complaints against a noisy meeting of Father Divine's Newark "Kingdom." Judge Hartshorne took...

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