THE ANTISLAVERY REFORM.
"WHAT IS OUR METHOD?
"We do not endeavor to "organize a political party, because we cannot take any executive, judicial, or legislative office, either state or national, without being obliged to swear to support the Constitution of the United States, which is an oath to give slavery material support. It is wrong to swear to support slavery to-day, even though we hope thereby to be able to abolish it to-morrow. It is wrong to swear to support a wrong, if we mean to keep the oath; and to our wrong is added perjury, if we mean not to keep it.
We do not organize a party, because politics is a game of expediency and compromise, even in moral questions; and our motto is, " Without compromise." Besides, by acting politically, we place ourselves, apparently at least, in an interested position. The people lose confidence in the purity and disinterestedness of our motives, if we propose ourselves as candidates for office. We prefer to belong to no party, but to appeal to men of all parties, to act up to the highest anti-slavery truth they can appreciate.
W e do not organize an anti-slavery church; not because such an organization may not do very good service to the cause, but because churches, as at present organized, can be formed only by the adoption of some creed, or other statement of religious belief. The formation of a church involves agreement among its members on many points; whilst, as anti-slavery men and women, we agree only in