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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), American protective Association, (search)
American protective Association, An organization that, according to W. J. H. Traynor, its president, is neither a religious body nor an institution adverse to the religion, per se, of any person, sect, or faith. Of its purposes and operations President Traynor says: It was organized neither to oppose the religious dogmas of any ecclesiastical corporation, nor to direct, dissect, maintain, or destroy theology, old or new. Opponents of the association, and those who, though not opposing, arePresident Traynor says: It was organized neither to oppose the religious dogmas of any ecclesiastical corporation, nor to direct, dissect, maintain, or destroy theology, old or new. Opponents of the association, and those who, though not opposing, are uninformed, assert to the contrary; but the constitution of the association does not, nor does the ritual nor secret work of the organization warrant any such conception of the purposes of the order or any such construction of its principles. Whether legitimately, as its advocates claim, or illegitimately, as its enemies maintain, the A. P. A., as it is most generally known, was the child of the conditions which conceived it, and not even the most antagonistic casuist will argue, in the face