51. Mr. SMITH ERS
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a play entitled "Green Pastures," appearing in serial form in a daily newspaper; and whether he will consider the advisability of taking action in respect of this publication as a blasphemous libel?
§ Mr. CLYNES
I have seen some of the issues in question. The play is one about which conflicting views may be held, but I should deprecate proceedings in cases where there is no apparent intention to give offence to anyone's religious convictions.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this 1845 play in particular has been hailed by religious leaders as a most beautiful piece of work?
§ Sir N. GRATTAN-DOYLE
Is it not a fact that the publication of this play is a disgraceful piece of journalism?