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Make Noise

Recently found a gem of a book called What’s Wrong with the Dance? (1935). The writer, John R. Rice, identifies himself as a fundamentalist. Here are some quotations for your edification (or entertainment):

When David danced, he leaped and praised God. But there wasn’t any embracing of the opposite sex.

If there ever was in a community some low down, dirty rake who would seduce any girl and lead her to hell, he went to a dance. Nobody will deny that.

You are not with the crowd that is going to heaven when you go to the dance.

Drunken dancers always make a noise.

What is there about the dance that makes people want to pull off their clothes? What is there about the dance that changed the habits of dress of women? Women don’t wear corsets any more to dances. Corset manufacturers agree that they have been practically put out of business by the influence of the rotten dance.

Sisters, you bunch of hens, you who have been carrying on these dances in your homes, don’t open your chops. You have paved the way for lewdness, trained boys and girls in it. You put the dance on in the public school. You are guilty in God Almighty’s sight. The lewdness will curse Dallas in the Texas Centennial. You are partners in it. You are as guilty as hell!

I am going to drive the dance out of the schools in two or three or four years or five. I give you fair warning, you bunch of hens, who would make prostitutes out of my daughters.

The immodesty, the promiscuity, the jealousy created by the dance bring thousands of divorces.

Murder goes with the modern dance. Why? Because a man that kills his wife is a man who doesn’t trust her, despises her, believes her untrue. Remember, now, the breakdown of every instinct of morality and righteousness goes on when the modern dance goes on, and murder follows.

Drunken dancers always make a noise.

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