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Digital page images are linked to the text file. f Tt idIt1lilA J J ifri ryJ k i1 f BLUE4JSBLADF f- VhJDIT1D 1111rrv IN TUB INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PfJIlLlSIED WEEKLY 100 A YEAP rT VOL XIT NO 19n1Vu 08fl SUN IfIAT 24 E M fflfl W A YEAR l gh- A r ffl lak c TERMS OF THE BLADE for Ore year 510- 0Terms1 00 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to tho Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this ofllco giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a now or old sub scriber The address slip on the paper will 8how expiration of subscription and i serve as a receipt as the date changes assfoa as the subscriber pays s Subscriptions to this publication are SihJtnirScortf futicif at expiration unless iso ordered by the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers re celved until tho paper Is paid for In full up to date and ordered discon i tinned Office of publication 161 East Third street near Walnut Entered at tho Post Offlco at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to 3LUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 019 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make it those who sell it and those who drink it believe from the time It Issues from the coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until it empties into the hell of crime death and dishonor it demoralizes everybody that touches- it i do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without comingl prejudiced against this liquid l you have to do is to think of the deathsof the suicides of the Insan ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread or the men of genius it has wrecked of the millions who have J struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by ths devilish thing And when ou think of the jails t the almshonfiesi of the prisons and of i the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man IIsprejudiced against the damned stuff c alcolol ROBERT INGERSOLL rc Keep Church and State forever separateG In no sense whatsoever Is this government founded upon the Christian a religion Washington xK The divorce between Church and absoluteGarfleldIse COLLEGE off DIC NE- a SURGERY Ofcggo jFour years Graded Course fully equipped 1 Abundcfhco of Clinical Material 7EEP MODERATE 4 Fall term opens In September Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M Secy 45247 Ashland Ave Chilian W t11 tL READ THIS AND PASS IT ONA STORY FROM IRAL LIFE with the seal face lay on a cot Iin a hospital Ho had been a drunkard brought to his family only degradation and misery When he felt th chili hand of death he asked for his son and this Is what he raid to My boy you know that am poor man and have nothing to leave you or your mother nothing lint this bottle Pretty legacy Isnt It boys and girls iho difference between myself and the successful men who have passed me Is the bottle LET THE BOTTLE ALONE You can succeed If you let this hot tlealone havegonethroiigh life with this bottle In my hand Those wlt hnvosucceeded have not A man come- into tho world prepared to do share of the worlds work well ill as his brain or his physical strength may decide Of all qualities tho most Important practi tally Is balance Tho whiskey In that bottle destroys the balance bot- mental and physical It substitutes dreaming and foolish selfconfidence for real efforts It presents all o lifes problems and duties In a light It makes those things see unimportant which are most luipor tantoIt dulls the conscience which alone can make men do their duty In JtoKeep away from this bottle and keep away from those who praise It Ho who hands It to his fellow man Is a criminal and he who hands It to a young man Is a worse criminal and a vllllan Hope was drowned In that bottle Prospects were wiped out in it Manhood was left at the bottom of It It Is small but It contains the story of half the worlds sorrow and failuresIt not a well established fact that the usual order of events drunken ness would be handed down from father to son It Is not true fortunately that the son of m drunkard actually Inherits drunkenness fully developed But a drunkai gives to his son weakened nerves and a diminished willpower which tend toJm lieMma drllnkatrl more easily than his father was a drunkard before him The great safe guard of a drunkards children un doubtedly lies In the warning which they see every day In their home and In the earnest advice which the man who drinks will give to all young ple If he have any conscience left Whisky gives a great many things to mannegative gifts most of them Of these gifts these are a few Lack of friends lack of will lack of self respect lack of nervous force lack of everything save the hideous crav Ing that can end only with conscious ness and that begins again with in flIsTeach your children that drunkenness Is a horrible disease as bad as leprosy Teach them that It can be avoided that the disease Is contract ed In youth through carelessness and that It Is spread by those who encour age drinking In others Tell them that the avoiding of whisky Is not merely- a question of morals or obedience to parents lint a question Involving mental and physical salvation suc cess In life happiness and the respect of others Think of the brain and heart agony of a man delivering such a dying message to his son yet all this con tains not a tithe of the regrets and remorse that lined that mans dying hour Besides his own ruin and the wrong he had done his son think of the wrong he hail done the helpless wife that bore the son He had filled her life with head aches heart breaks care sorrow hu miliation strife pain degradation anxiety suspense blighted hopes poverty debt hunger regret terror and wrecked her whole life Tills Is ono case from real life yet there are millions of Just such cases In this Christian country The crimes that drinking men have committed women and children are the Jtheworn given them to atono for them It could not bo done With all our Christianity and education every street and alley in our land has Its martyrs to the drinking man homes that are hells homes that are prisons filled with terror and the poor women bear the brunt of It all Tho drinking man will spend his last penny on a drunken pal and deal out curses and blows to his wife The drinking man blames his wife for all the wrongs ho has committed and declares her to bo the cause of his degraded condition and though a walking whisky barral will declare ho Is not a drunkard have often wondered what would bo the condition of affairs If men were as sober as women are today and women composed the army of drunkards that stagger through life I can but think that sober masculinity would think drunken women too vllo to live and would exterminate them because unfit to mother tho race and there would bo sound Judgment and common sense In this method and yet a drunken woman Is as admirable a character as useful to society and equally as pretty as a drunken man hardly think that sober husbands would wait In heart agony for the return of drunken wives anti follow them to the lowest depths of poverty and degradation because the priest said In tho marriage ceremony What God hath Joind together let no man put asunder The sober man who Is so unfortunate as to have a drunken wife generally toils Ood anti the priest he will take matters In his own hands and the divorce court eases him at once just as It should doWhy should not this method be generally adopted by sober women wesan a manader such clrcmstances Indeed no twsthe mental and moral nobility of his sex Two children are as many under the best of circumstances as a glvoIAllsandscompetent to discuss this vital ques tlon alarmedspresfofmour Christian civilization and every woman who has a drunken husband for her own self respest and the sake of his offspring secure divorce and thus prevent the over population of our country with the drunkards progeny Volumes could pthereglawrlage to the father and denies the mother and legal claim to the children she bears In anguish This law would disgrace barbarians yet the church strikes hands with the State to thus outrage motherhood and the priest proclaims that the marriage tie should be in dissolute and that women should bear all tho children na pfathereddeath overtakes them have only such a message as Is cited in thinarticle to heave their children j I ILTt1Cr5vVersailles Ky JIof Paines Age of Reason is ex hausted Letters are coming to me every mail requesting copies The Blade Is Indeed a fine advertising dium put one notice of six lines In The Blade saying had a few copies of the Age of Reason for dlstrlbu tion and have received hundreds of letters In response to this one tice These letters come from twenty nine States Including far away Alaska which shows that the name fame of Thomas Paine are grow brighter every tiny and that the Blue Grass Blade Is one of the best ytrybusiness world to recognize JOSEPHINE K HENRY ++TO THE BLADE CLUBS Now youlil like to offer a sug tlon to the club have thought for a long time with Dr Wilson that plywhy not have a contribution from these good sisters and brothers who are so enthusiastic as to list themselves as workers am sure that such workers must have some count of their labors some experimental reminiscences some well ined Ideas or methods of procedure- or some philosophic exposition of life Any or all of these would be read with Interest by the subscribers Now if such request is made eral all may speak at once and flood Brother Hughes with manuscript so let us designate the first four on the list for next week Lucy Waters Phelps Esther Van Ripper Mrs A Thompson and Lula M Gibson Then the next four for the week fol lowing and so on through the list Ladles please govern yourselves cordingly and if you are pressed for even a short personal letter will l accepted as an Introduction and we shall hope for more extended dls cusslous later cheerfully surren der the space have occupied to the Blade Club and anticipate far more pleasure its perusal than In see- Ing my own copy lit print Send man uscript a week before It Is expected to appear 1a to CINCINNATI AND RETURN via QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Sunday May 21th Ask Ticket Agents for particulars 920 IS THE NUMBER OF COPIES OF DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT SUBSCRIBED FOR TO THIS DATE E VIRGIN MARYS t H E IS LOCATED IfI the sisters of The Blade- ClutFwculd take up some subject anti beg to write on It for publication thevjwoulrt be surprised at the infer r on would drift their wny in retard to It A couple of weeks l discussed the relics cf tho trurffcross and now have so much othdr materlal on relics that It would be Impossible to print It nil unles i luiWa double dally Issue at my ills pcsdl and no fear Impending from n- Jrestifw the United States postal claIS for circulating obscene Htcrn ture Tlio Chicago Record Heratd devotes morf than a column to an account ginning as follows The reported dicce9ery of the house where Mary the Mother of Jesus Is supposed to havccjled is creating considerable dis Rome where the Holy Is supposed to be considering Fatlek of setting the seal accept 1rce upon the legend We are told In this account that the place where Mary Is supposed tc haveMlved after the cruclfixtlon has been disputed No revelation seems to haye been given en that point and we re left In doubt But listen to the tale of how this residence was rediscovered In this little West village lived a remarkable wominnamed Catharine Emmerich was but had a won derfuiIFmemory and retained stories readito her out of her Bible She treasured up all that was told her by from the Holy Land She Is credited by her neighbors with ing a seer and prophet and her lit tem ites were believed to be Inspired orvisions What she told was v PltlJn down by her confessor who faith in her clarivoyant wqrs Among other things she dej the last hcmo of Mary Epneeiis so accurately and so elabo rately depleted Its present condition flit iliLJWArp QiprJ Ff St John who years after her deathy read the womans works and deter mined to set cut In search of the His search was rewarded witlf success He found the house and wrote a description of the find which he dispatched to Rcme requesting that the officials of the church might Investigate and set the seal of heir aprcval or disapproval upon the matter This Is a sample of the stories that are being printed dully with the expectation that men ant vcmcn of sense will accept them rs true Chris tlan church officials have prosecuted a thriving work in burning the seers and dreamers of dreams during past centuries but here we save them springing a clarivoyant vision to tablish the authority of a hovel 2000 ears old though such claim Is equal authentic with the original one In which Joseph and Mary were troubled with a nightmare but which was materialized and made to iissrnne the angelic proportions of the savior of the world This find was made on the 27th of June 1891 and the report says The of St John found nothing but altar stone remnants of the cup beard and the fireplace This sounds a little like the story of the empty hole in the rock which is claimed as the sepulchre of Jesus We are fur ther informed that this place is as yet unaffaced by pious vandals The last is a good expression Pious van dais Is an exceedingly apt and appro pr ate term for no one but a pious vandal would deface anti pilfer from places next report we may expect to hear will be that plans men who make a pilgrimage to the former home of the Blessed Virgin may escape the curse of Gcd and President Roosevelt and be In no ger of causing race suicide We ire constantly being Infcrmed of frauds that are perpetrates up on per its who seep antique furniture souvenirs and works of art by the old masters A notable Instance being the case of Pierpont Morgans recent purchases but who ever heard of these sacred relics cf the church being declared fraudulent M Selig man of the Place Vendome Paris says If you matte away the tures and a few pieces of tapestry tho whole collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art might be destroyed without loss Sig Ventury says Most of the speci mens of the Dutult collccticn of Paris are clumsy imitations but when the vicegerents of God place their seal upon a relit It is there to stay for God is the sumo yesterday today and forever Science archeology history may displace pro fane relics but revelations from God or old wives clarlvo ants legends are declared to be as stable as the everlasting hills Ono famous artist confesses self a lar In referring to palming off old drawings as genuine and we rend that in order to obtain a decent price for his work Michael Angelo burled his Cupid Asleep then had it dug up anti It sold for an enormous sum as a restored work of nit but frauds of this kind are never brought to light from shadows of the church J J BUSINESS How to Place the Blade on a Financial Footing mineEarlyfInancialdo not believe In begging nor does Mr Moore Mr Hughes nor makIngIt already a success from a publication standpoint It is the best ofpoetryTo revert early In February sent Mr Hughes five dollars for ten appreciatedAt the same time sent a lltt of ten names to whom The Blade was expirationof yP for two months alreadyoutlayofa subscriberthe1nymoneyis by far more acceptable and more practicable tobeandbegin aft i year 250formyheartyONE THING SURE Dont hesitate to send your 250 for these postals or better still on my plan for fear tht The Blade will suspend It will not We will not let It It will be published for many many years It is TOO GCOD to die Send In your orders for extra subscriptions NOW You willrget your moneys worth Pr i and monastery A 40000 gold tlarr in the Louvre museum is now d runt ed to bo an imitation and 1st cf statuary pottery and medals Is end less The Munich museum sometime ago acquired the suppcsed mimiiy ifQueen NHccrls cf ancient Egypt but soot after having It installed n nauseating stencn developed and the mummy baa to be hurhd The stench of Christian relic however smell to high heaven and pollut the tgLnbutupon the decayed and dust covered frauds and enter not a word of pro test A Icng press repcrt cf there museum frauds tells of tho metes of producing the lock of ago to ar titles but not an expose cf priestly methods cf makebelieve is ever whis VirginMarysdescribed above Is considered to have been miraculously preserved frori cay as was also the bell tover con strutted of cedar wood Of toms the wind of weather of 2000 years would make It necessary to do some bolster ing to cedar pests and the miraculous scheme is the best in such cases When oh when will the credulous people refuse to be Imposed uptn by these frauds Here In America It Is difficult to locate the birth place or grave of many of our heroes oi 100 years ago and yet we declare we have located the abode of the Virgin Mary of twenty centuries ago With Voltaire explain strange true HARRIET CLOoZ +iVW W VWVNW MrCAM tNAV i Blades I vvClub J Mrs Josephine Henry Ver sallies Ky Lucy Waters Phelps West Sutton Esther Van Riper Circle ville Ohio Mrs Thompson 436 Oak St Chattanooga Tenn Mrs ti Davis Rockdale Texas OregonMrs Jean Harmon Paris Ky Ada Smith Harrison Okla Mary E Crigler Bartow Fla Mrs Krone Cincinnati 0 Helen Collins 639 E 21st St Los Angeles Calif Emily Jones East Lynne Everett Phelps Epperson Ky Mrs Lynda 196 S Grant Ave Columbus Ohio Mrs Lee Blue Earth Minn Elizabeth Henry Sparks KyMiss CarllseI Ora Baughman 540 ler St Lima Ohio Mrs Nellie Evans 540 W Haller St Lima Ohio Mrs W 426 W Durall St Jacksottvllle Fla Alice Roby Capllnger Mills Mo 1 MoLucinda ifm Ella Roby Caplinger Mills Mo 1MrllAndrew Cook Manatee Fla i F Church Essex Mich r Mrs Pape Vine St Lexing ton Ky PageAve t Marilla Ricker Dover J W Rlgplns Dlamnnd Ala Mrs Aline Wright Denton Texas Robt Wright Denton Texas Mrs Eliza Martin Mableton Ga J W Byl2r Comlns Mich Minnie Lowry Woolsey Ind Ter Mrs Jessie Hazelrigg Ryan Iowa Jas Davis 526 Prospect St Lima Musgrove Arnettsvllte W Va Mary Collins Cincinnati Ohio Capt Geo W Loyd New Rochelle New oYrk Mrs E Oades Olympia Wash 420 Third St Thomas F Flood Barrs Mills JRMrs Isadora Davis 528 Prospect Ave Lima Ohio Alberto Fisher New Haven Conn George Gibson 112 Post Ave St Elmo TennrMiss Lula Gibson 112 Post Ave St Elmo Tenn Mrs Gibson 112 Post Ave St Elmo Tenn- Hassler 1849 Mullanphy St St Louis Mo Mrs Rachel Grober 105 W Fourth St Covington Ky Mrs Pefferle Ontario Ore Mrs Sarah Richards Ashland Ore Wm Richards Ashland Ore John Wulf Exchange St Miltford Mass Milllam Jones Mary and Patton St Covington Ky Harriet Closz 537 Bank SreetiJHortenseville OntskatjMrs Jean Pohl and Dr Gustav A Pohl 96 Lemon St Buffalo Y Mrs Caroline Rowell 30 Locust St Buffalo Ymt Mrs Carrie Becker 27 Harlow St Buffalo Y SpauldingAveMrs Ausln 410 E Fayette St llConncllsville Penn Frances Praetz Rochelle Ills Mrs Mary Preatz Rochelle ilGIMargaret Coppock C W Hachbart St Angers Iowa ftonWm Martin Mableton Ga Shoenfield 1182 19th Ave isBirmingham Ala Lr 4Inghami 1 e f U tb BLUE GRASS BLADE I r WhyIAmI j it1NYNtN WHY AM AN ATHEIST rtecanse It Is beyond my eomprohen filon to 1litertnln till least bollrf the 1blo tIn word of God or to pfrReligion belnt mere form of mid beliiu iirnctloril by the urnndeHt cals niul Kreatest adventurers on onrtli y linvo no faith It or Itn teachhiKS have been so badly treated mid cheated mid robbed by socalled Chris tlnns that have como to regard It as a shield to harbor he anti she devils further regard religion as n money devil nod It could not Hunt a day wen It not for black hearted of hypocrlhs who contribute to Us support earn to this conclusion by rcmlltiK tlm tli the Bible thinking for my self ubservatlon of past fl J W OVKUSTHEKT Little lllekman Ky WHY AM AN ATHEIST Horn on a fnrm of liberal minded par cots whose ancestry were neither lint ored or dishonored In politics religion or wars nor so far as known one lu either line of kith or kin were over criminated for any offense violation of the laws of till land Could walk and talk at a year old f recite KnKllsh alphabet at three and taught to spell and read by n truly devoted mother and Indulgent lather a home where existed to tile day of death nil uKreeableness the equal of any Parents that never made pretense to bo religious or Joined the church yet met and mingled with all good people the spirit itf kindly toleration diligent student and reader of the Bible at seven to ten for the Information to be pained lint year by year with over Increasing doubt as to Its being truthful story of tile world and nil that was It For tilt social feature Joined a Sun tiny school class at eleven hilt only took Iipartskeptic to go farther or mado lrn I long as a fence roll took the money contributed to Pity hooks ami disappeared forever Thus earb being taught to study think and net from the practical and j side of the things of the iiivorli1Judgment most thoroughly Impressc- self with Atheism or that the Itibi was a moro bagatelle of stories for the kings mid priests to fool children wo mIll and men Into fear and servitude by worshipping Idols of mythical lore An Institution to follow meant blind pre Jndlce or hypocrlcy MILLER Upland hid WHY AM AN ATHEIST will first knock out Mrs tiod pise while ala pounding her out man site would very likely belabor me c over the head with tho family browm stick The Bible teaches that man made after the Image of God If so by parity of concjuslon woman was made after the Image of Mrs God When out man God hud to have n son to carry out Ills plan of salvation why In tho name of horse sense and dog honesty didnt Ho make love to Mrs God In regular lawful and orthodox fashion But no lIe sent the third of Himself to seduce a virgin with family of children and a sweetheart rnvfr lirujihim m riVi ViT hmenu setting a bad example for all the v young gods and giving occasion for amount of gossip und scandal In heavenly court At this point I could quote some pcrtl mont scripture hut space and decency forbid If the Holy Ghost had had a spark of manhood about Him two sparks of gen erosity and three sparks of magna nimity He would have plunked down a round hundred In twenty dollar gold pieces u few blocks of United States q bonds and presneted Her mean the Virgin Mary lion family with comfortable residence on Vabnsh ave title And when tile boy had passed comfortably through the high school and academy he would have llnlshed up his education 1t Vale with a llnlshlng touch lit Oxford Ho didnt All of which and mow prove that there Is not never was nor ever will be a Mrs Tilt Inevitable conclusion that old man God Is and always was n closelisted damned old bachelor Goodbye Mrs God will now proceed to knock out old man bachelor God three rounds with an extra punch yond tho ropes for Ills many crimes We are assured by Christian authori ties that there are tune essential at tributes to complete tho godhood to wit Omnipotence omniscience und om nipresence Let us examine them By their fruits ye shall know them If hid loss almighty power und If nil things lire possible to Him then lIe make two hills without a valley be tween Ho cats make something out of nothing He can make a planet round square uid that lIe can make a two yearold colt u minute He could have made man altogether good und thus dis r pensed with his dubious plan of salvation Ho can commit suicide and cease to exist and at tho same time be nos log around the virgins with largo fani lles and minding the legitimate bushiest of a poor and honest carpenter Evi n at this late day Ho could whip the devil out of hell and convert every soul on earth in a second hasnt done any of those things XCIf tile overshadowing escapade that such a whopper that no sane person believes It Second Itound If God has omniscience frtisemi the calvonlstlc doctrine of foruor predestination is Impregna i Pie logic for what God knows to be so Is so sure us heaven and hell r I once asked a Scotch Covenanter preacher to glvo a reason why Got damned so many unbelievers anti their J Lr babies Reason u plenty said God derives us Infinite pleasure anti as great u revenue of glory front the damnation of tho unbelievers and their babes us Ho does from tile salvation of the righteous And he quoted abun dance of scripture to sustain his tion That preacher afterwards got to thinking that he was one of the pro destinated to eternal helllire and he became insane Header if a thousand pages of ture should tell you that u Just und good God is made out of the kind uf stuff that takes delight In the eternal torture of the Innocent wouldnt you kick the stuinn out of Him would If God has all knowledge und power Ho responsible for all the crimes and silts of man Ho Is respon sible for war and slavery for the radation anti uepcndence of woman Is responsible for all the Ignorance pov erty unit misery of tItan Ho responsi ble existence und necessity of a lfoI In peoples minds a hell To hell with Him Over tile rope you go Third Round If God Is everywhere present He Is In tho rocks und the soliIthe scorpions and cobras In you in me lie Is with tile victor and with the vanquished Ho is In every atom of mutter und hell is full of Him He In all good und beautiful things and equally in all the bud and deformed things It all good Is God equally Is nil bad Tlie Blblo says lie till These propositions apply OIUulhI whether He is a body or a spirit If God Is nil In all then It Is no blasphemy to call Him God or devil scorpion or cobra tumble bug or mIcrobeiAnd titus It Is every up Gods essential nttrlbntea proves en celdO much The regions of reason science are left fun behind ansi the promoter of myths plunges into the woods und uwumps of the false the rl IVW dliiilous mid lie absurd And now old tuniblebug God have Unockrd you hazy Into Hades You may ernwl Into your lit little of heaven and draw the little nfter you be fore you go must give you thexlra pnneh 1I1It fn yearn non Presbyterian assured me that Gods Hlble sanctioned slavery he quoted several texts from the Old nnd New Testaments to prove And said my heart If and lilt uibln sanction slavery they may both go to hell Old God you are myth n creature of tilt imagination good Christian will have a good God nnd a hail Chris will have n bnd god Anti there you lire Goodbye God The Atheist hiss cast out tits foolish of superstition God stud tho sacred dajs Ho seeking for nnd accepting Irutli ansI science wherever lie can llnd them Ho torn tile shackles from women nnd from His follow men And thus am nn Athlest WILLIAM W MAHTIN- Mableton On TERMS SHOULD BE DEFINED This symposium Wily run nn Athlest Is n good one Not only will furnish fend for thought to the public lint It will eimlile tile writers to correctly define nnd Intelligently defend their position The question Is there n God tho Creator per stnal ruler ef the universe together with Its seemingly Inseparable com pan Ion Immortality Iras agitated the minds of tile human family ever since the first faint spark of reason was do vclopcd in the brain And as a log cal sequence to Why am Atheist we should have a general expression en Immortality There is much misapprehension about the word Atheist lint when defined as a disbeliever In God the Christian God as revealed In the Hible accept the title and give as myreason for bearing It that scientific demonstra tlrii and archaeological research have entirely disproved the theory of a special creation of the world by Telia vnh far a handful of people about years ago and historical records show his revelation the Blithe to be entirely iinauthenttc am an Atheist because to m y mind It is clear that the Christian God is hilt one of tho many extinct sions of the evolvement of the race loward the understanding of that In scrutable Indestructible force which Inherently resides In Nature has existed throughout the tire past and will continue to exist in manifold expression from cvcrlast Ing to everlasting Why oppose tho doctrine of the Christian belief In God Is another question and inns been discussed in various articles In Tire Blue Grass Blade throughout the winter MAnniRT fiLOSZI n Webstcr lowa eI+WHY AM AN ATHEIST Science Rationalism and Radical- Ism are greatly handicapped by tho bulwarks of quackery superstition and conservatism They and their votaries have to contend with the lat ter and their votaries And while the existence of each Is of common ori gin the attempt at explaining natural phenomena one must need negate the oiacr and surely posltlvclsm In its broad and allembracing meaning will supplant that which Is false and has no existence The disadvantage lies In this We have to negate the errors of tile past and then put forth our tborics In stead of simply stating that which exists and Is verified But the solation for this Is that each product of man s development at cor ain periods and that development which will undo tire work of Ignor amen is marching in leaps and ounds am an Atheist and wiry others are not Is because of this clinging to tise IlDstto what Is and has been have arrived at tine conclusions The belief In a Superior Being who has created man nnd all that exists Is the belief and has originated in mans first steps to hilt ignorance compelled ilaln natural phenomena by suppos log a superior force or power while enlightenment leads me to sicily the paradox of creating something out oi noining and whose supposed creatorS Is a creation of nothing and quently Is nothing Holding this belief or to be mrio positive know ing and understanding this re sort to research and study to ox plain tire origin and existence of natural phenomena Denying noth- Ing naturally can see matter and force only manifesting themselves In such pnenomena and we science will certainly add to our Knowledge as regards material existence on this earth see that It iras rendered Its service for Atheism already for science must naturally be Inductive and all Its work Is on the lines of what Is and It can not enter into the sphere of what Is believed to be Tim materialistic conception of lifeI outwelghts the catastrophic and fonn datlonlcss conception This Is In my opinion tbo only Is to be decided all others are of secondary Importance by man With Karl Helnzer believe In clearing the heavens and then clearIing tile earths of mastery and tyrants Deism justifies and props all In Iquitles among men while Atheism neds must abolish tilohnnoS NINTH San Francisco Calr+WHY AM AN ATHEISTg am an Atheist because can find evidence that there Is n God learned somewhere that two hOllies can not occupy the same space t the samo time and the universe s infinite in extent How then can God be omnipresent And what Is t tho use of having a Gail who Is not omnipresent find It as easy to belIeve that the j 4 I T universe or matter Is selfexistent and eternal as to believe that God made Himself nobody knows when and the world six thousand years ago ron find no evidence that Nature was designed by an nllwiso Creator am convinced that I couItlMiave Im proved upon the cosmic scheme my self If had been there Iri the be ginning For one thing Iwouldnt have made mosquitoes anil yellow fever nail dent want to set up In the worldmaking business a Grtd who couldnt do as well as cqyld Man has sold that God would burn Ills enemies witches and heretics eternally hereafter so He burned them as long as Ho could flfere In the name of God He has linttltuted that sum of nil crimes called Wal In the name cf God Ho has built con vents and monasteries taken the vows of poverty chastity and oho dience shut out love and beauty and Joy from life anti lived In filth and wretchedness thinking that by be ing as miserable as possible here He would be as happy as possible Pent after s There have been ninny gods and some of them have greater antiquity than tire lew god Kach Is claimed to be tho only true god andIiow are you going to decide which right You will bo everlastingly punished hereafter if you make a mistake In your selection nnd will bo evcnhas- e t ly punlshe1 hereafter If risk plsslblllty cf a mistake will trot choose any of them Atheism says The time to bo Pal py Is now the place to bo happy here and tire way to he happy Is to make oaers so Therefore am an Atheist MISS S Bennlngton Kan +WHY AM AN ATHEIST tho undersigned deny tho ex Istence of a God and Almighty Being mill am therefore an Atheist Tier sons If there were a loving Almighty Bc Ing that is supposed to lave created ill Including our own little planet nnd given It lIfo and existence as to his own desire He would care for Its needs much better as He has the power to do so Why then should He Jesroy today what lIe Himself created only yesterday and causing untold misery to these whom Ho spared for tomorrow Think of Mt Pelee Galveston Johnstown all bright In our memo rles think of the sweet Innocent playing children this Almighty and loving God found pleasure In cremat- Ing and drowning while man stood In pity and horror of such deeds f a demon man murdering a happy playing helpless child and then com pare a loving God killing them by the thousands without a moments warn- Ing No this confronts mo with tho re glare of a devil Instead But as It Is Impossible for me to believe In hell or a devil because we are supposed to have a loving Almighty Ruler ev- ea11 r mn rpmnlnblit an Athcjffl Yours for love of truth IA M KRONE JCincinnati 10W- HY AM AN ATHEIST I am an Atheist because the use of reason inns made me one because ob scrvatlon and rational thinking have destroyed every Idea of God that the human mind ever produced We ate Indebted to those who have prcced ed us for all tho God Ideas that con tlnue to force their presence on the world at large neil as other human beings thought God Into existenceS have the same right to think Him out and this Is not a hard thing to do At one time the world had many gods hilt ono seems sufficient now for those who assume the necessity of such a being to account for natural phenomena In order to have a God that Is equal to all demands and occasions the present survivor of the many that have como anti gone in the thoughts of humanity has been given omnl presence omniscience In other words He Is made by His human creators to fill all space and to know all things likewise to possess Infinite power With these characteristics they have gone to the limit anti barr ed out nil possibility of any other god for with no room for any no other can exist Thought has expanded Its power In this last and final godproduction and henceforth we can expect no Improve ment on the present phantom of tire universe Accept this God or none the ultimatum of tire modern god hover lint refuse to accept Him or any other Ho has been created by thought and by thought wo will destroy Him The only thing that can give us any Idea of God is the manifestations of Nature And those manifestations must bo relied on to reveal His acteristics for Natures movements must from tine godstandpoint reveal Ills thought and purpose If we study Nature we see nothing hint Immutable laws or modes of motion and her movements are so fixed and Invatla that a God to control them seems superfluous Attraction and repulsion or hoot neil cold are responsible for every natural movement and they seem to he indestructible attributes of mat tot Itself So in these two forces wo must look for God If wo find Him and in this demonstrations seek for Ills purpose In acting As It Is utter Impossible to go behind phenom ena or to anaiyyo force we can do nothing hut theorize about as the ultimate cause of universal 0 far as we can discover there Is purpose In Natures movements for site Is and always has been en aged In creation and destruction Sue bulks Ill hut to teal down she gives life hilt to destroy and this monotonous and objectless action Is all tilde Is to her work She Is neither kind nor cruel from tho stand point of a purposeless work for Inten plays no part in mechanical movomentsIIf a God was behind her and her actions Ho would necessarily bo both kind mid cruel forgood and evil arc apparent In nil things from the hu man standpoint and that Is the one we must look from The mom en wo put a back of Nature that mo merit we must give purpose to hoi work and as no mon can dlscovet any purpose tho necessity for a God can not bo fOIllIl- 1Theologlcnl doctrines give a peso to Natures nets those doc trInes are manmade and hey take you Into an Imaginary world and an other existence In tinder to find It As wo know nothing of sucii a world and such nn existence Wo waste time In dealing with such thoughts and get no nearer a solution of natural mysteries That matter contains its own po tency Is far more reasonable than to suppose It emanates from an In finite god and to account for tho ox Istence of such a God with Infinite power knowledge would glvo a problem harder than trying to an alyxe natural phenomena God would bo a greater mystery than Nature for would be necessary to explain Ills creation and how Ho hapened to be In aditlon to accounting for the universe we would have to account fi ra ruler nnd Pack of him ad In flnttum would be needed creators Now then as heat and cold produce all phenomena and they ale Indo stroyablo attributes of matter do pendent on no discoverable god or gods see no reason for believing hence anti therefore am nn Atheists SOLOMON GUUNDY III tAil Angeles Cal o WHY AM AN ATHEIST am an Atidst for Pie reason that my experience and observation of life have fully convinced mo that there Is no God lam aIr Atheist for tire reason that iiic appalling condition of Ignorance under which the minds of the great majority of people are enchained even in soailed civilized countries Is an Indisputable evidence to all canuid thinking enquiring minds that there Is no am an Atheist the reason that those very things that It Is represent ed emanated from the mind of God and through His wisdom were intro duced and appointed among men for their elevation education enlighten ment and civilization Is curse that has obliterated the light ot natural and scientific truth and Is a significant fact that should lead all thinking minds to tho Inevitable con elusion that there Is no God am an Atheist for the reason that it Is stated that God the Almighty Creator abdicated His throne and re nounccd His prerogative as rightful ruler and protector of tho human fam lly and ruthlessly handed over most vital Interests and eternal wel faro of Ills children tine work of Ills hands to tire tender mercies of Irre sponslblo and fickleminded men whoso only motives for wielding this it jTOWer were selfaggrandizement and tluTt ratification of the perverted imnfricts firmtirroItHttJhlhJWt- o jjio Insignificance ofa mere figure head taking refuge behind the seled throne of tire twin vultures church State Is an Incontroverti Pie evidence to all candid reasoning minds that there Is no God rim an Atheist for the reason that when the wily priesthood perverted the truths of Nature and promulgated tire audacious and abominable doc trlno that unless they as the mouth piece of God bless all the affairs of tho people thclr domestic cattle tho seeds Intended for planting yea and tho very ground out of which grew tire sustenance of all animal life and when further In wanton contempt of tho purposes of God they proclaimed to tho people that except they pro nounccd their benedictions upon their marital unions and ordained them holy through their ceremonial services their relations would bo Impure anti unholy and consequently sinful In the slgui of God When goaded by this added Insult offered by the priesthood and tile clergy remained dumb and failed to refute the monstrous He another link was forged in the less chain of overwhelming and In contestable evidence that there Is no God Anti when men and women other wise Intelligent and fair mlndcdgntb er tire youths tire children yen tho hoMes of society Into what they pleased to call tho Sunday school and proceed to dwarf and debauch them by Instilling Into their tender Im mature minds thepoison virus of tho Christian religion that they may bo herded Into tire fold of the church and thus become Instrumental In per petuating that Institution of bigotry hate and persecution that has ever thrown Its form across tho until of progress and menaced tho happi ness and retarded the civilization of the world for lo these many cen turies When repeat these foul moans are boldly used to poison all tile springs of knowledge and to liar out all tho light of scientific Truth from tho minds of those defenseless ones yet falls to remonstrate hilt re mains speechless as a marble statue then the only conclusion at which Intelligent people cnn possibly arrive Is tho selfevident Truth that there Is no God There are many other reasons that might bo adduced hilt those aro a fow of tho Important and sulllclent reasons why am anAthelst HI3NRY ROBHIITS nennlll ton KansIWHY bcllovo there Is no God because neither microscope nor telescope vitals to us tho Interference of tiny power superior lo or Independent of the mechanical action of physical forces called nature Neither have wo any evidence of nn Infinite merci being watching with a fathers care over tho creatures of this world where tire strong abuse tho weak the rich oppress the poor and nil tho prayers of our frail raco seem wasted in tho heedless all hollevo there Is no God becnuso storms and earthquakes famine nnd Hoods destroy Indiscriminately Inno cent dimpled babes whoso little lives are pure as light nro swallowed by tire cruel ocean waves anti great and tender souls go down with lifeless things When lightningblightsTis naught fate- throne Is no God of wrath who smites In hearthless irate Behind the things that Injure man There Is no purpose thought or plan can see no design In nature where life devours lIfo anil In its turn Ci devoured by something else fall to see tho Justice of a God whore heal and tooth and claw lay ambush ed for unwary prey Nature forms and transforms with out purpose or design She neither 01111Iand tho lieglnnlng Is laboring toward the end With tho universe there Is neither past nor future It Is neither going to ward anything nor from anything hilt with It all Is present What we call time Is only tire relation of parts to parts The secret cf nature Is sealed In tho mystery of Infinity First ConGe Is ns impossible as a beginning to eternity There was no beginning ami there will be no end all that Is has always been and always will ex 1st What wo call causes are the ef feels of other causes All nature moves in nn eternal elide and no death can break endless chain of causes and effects Death Is not destruction It Is only nllIghtJilltlife and from decayed and lifeless things tho roses grow and bloom The forces that form tile hills and seas nnd hold tire stars In spnce gIllIn the universe there Is nothing ex hausted nor lost neither force nor matter nor motion hen co nature Is selfsustaining requires no re cruiting power from without JAG P RUSSELL Gllmorc City Iowa +4 WHY AM AN ATHEIST- do not hello that there is n personal omniscient omnipotent sup ernatural being called God thin made tile worlds and all that pertains to them ansi that takes notice of ery human being anti blesses o curses them as ho thinks they de serve because have no evidence that would bo accepted ns testimony In any court of justice that such n being exists All tIre religions of tIle world that claim tho existence of such a being and whoso special province It would bo to possess a true knowledge ills existence do net tart plain conch halve and unquestionable evi dence of tho a be ingTho nature and wants of tho human raeTflifusenl rib such evidence The geography of tIne earth furnishes no evidence of tile existence of God The astronomy of tire heavens furnish no evidence Tho laws and regulations of nature furnish no evidence Night ansi day sunshine and shower winter and summer spring anti autumn cyclone and drouth all como In their proper time according to the Jaws of nature and not as special providence to bless or curso the human race Neither geology chemistry nor any of the sciences known to man furnish any such evidence Tire so called evidence furnished by the Christian Blblo Is absurd ridiculous and unbelievable to all honest Intel ligent thinking people who have tok en the slt fiiiriv fir selves As the light of elvllizalon advances belief In dlmlniscs History shows us that tho belief In God was most prevalent among mankind dur ing his most ignorant and benighted stages Look over tho world today and wo find that religion anti the belief In God are strongest among tIn most Ignorant and unthinking people Those nations that are most vanced In science literature research ansI Invention glvo God Idea less thought and attention than those that aro groping along under tho darken ing and oppressive pall of religion Ing comparatively nothing for tile ad vancement of the world and tho hot terment of mankind JESSE RUSSELL Hardy vllle Ky H WHY AM AN ATHEIST am an Atheist because cannot conceive tho necessity may oven the sense of holIng anything else If tIre conception of God or a Supreme Be ing would ndd anything to tho wel faro of mankind would reveal the impenetrable secrets in nature would produce one scientific discovery would be among the first to embrace a belief In tho God The monothclsts lows Mohamme dans and Christians latter mon othelsts with variations derive their idea of a nod from tho Pentateuch Tho prophets and the Now Testament GfIaccept MosiS ns tho author of the entire five books and yet Moses does not mako his appearance until Hxodus the second book He de scribes minutely a period of thousands df years from tire birth of Adam till be Moses arrived at an ago of understanding Whence his knowledge No claim Is mado of Inspiration until Moses spends forty days and nights inscrib log tho Ten Commandments Without Inspiration without even reference to tradition Mosco tells us of Hoods of murder of lust of deceit of confu slim of destruction of wars of wrest ling matches between man and spook of lovo stories of slavery of drenms nnd what not book Gene sis that not contain a scintilla of useful Information not cull vcr tIle moral precept On the contrary It Is replete with crime from tho time Cain Abel until tho brothers plotted to PIll J soph have road that book say thirty years ago ansI am writing withIOllt reference to ItmVitat most prominently to my mind Tho snnko tho curso Cains murder of his brother again tho curse tho AhImeat nature by painting stalks to got variegated cattle Jacob pulling Esaus leg and conniving with his mother to heat ICsaii out of his birth right then Josephs flirtation as tho climax And because tho author of that compendium of murder theft ansi ceit attributes tile creation of tho tin verso to a dual GomlhilolllIrrplllmahn- nnuln we aro supposed to say Amen And now to tho word of God tho real thing the Inspired from heaven tho logos the decalogue claimed by most clericals to be tho very founda tlon stone of clvlllatlon Analyze tine first three conimanments It Is a braggadocio of tho God himself of a jealous God of thou shalt not have another God besides mo of a bragging six days work God who mado slaysAirmiother commandments Anything newrAnything that requires to be Thou shalt honor thy father and mother Is this new Docs calf follow tho cow Docs tho hound lick Ills masters hand Isnt tho canine more faithful to his master than even somo children to their parents And have they tho blessing of tho com malnmimllclltSSSThou shalt not kill Anything now in that Docs lion except to devour to appease his appetite Does man not kill animals If only mals to apcaso his appetite Nelth er beast nor man kill except for self preservation and for revenge Thou shnlt not covet Moses was a damn fool when ho said that It is In tIre beast to covet and Is in man And tho ones who aro moro jealous of each other than any other class of people arc tIle preachers Ami so wo see that after all tho word of God tho decalogue Is not much after all It does not cOlltalntono moral advice to go good tend charity to help ono another to lovo ono another In tIne to strive to promote happiness for humanity said before Lint liod In tire OIlglInal is Elohlm a plural noun There another word used llr tho Old Tes fourIInlno gender tile latter two tho mas online Hence this other name for God Is also In tho dual form Awl yet we speak of one only ono Gosh Tho belief In this God Is primarily based on the teachings of this book Pentateuch tine book Itself and Its masterpieces tIle commandments being absurd putting it null from cover to cover Lot us assume that neither the Old nor Now Testament had ovoi been written Let us saytfri5BS53 s5liaKLet us say that the God idea Is not acquired from rending tho Bible or hearing sermons that It is part of man that It Is within us not Innate nowcver that wo cannot account for our belief in a God but belief wo have am taking tine most favorable premise from the believers standpoint Then what What has this fifth wheel over accomplished Dont tell me he created heaven and earth We have by mutual consent descarded tIre Bible We have pre sinned tho book not to exist ansi have admitted for argument sake that the belief In a God Is within us To rovort What has this God done for us that wo shall worship whatever that means him WhatIis bo doing for us today show favor to tho believer ns agalnslitho unbeliever Does ho shield the I Innocent more than tho wicked Does ho reward good and punish tile Imd now and here Does ho Invent or cause to bo Invented iaborsavlng machinery for tho benefit of his dren Does he watch his flock and avert flootls earthquakes catastro phlcs and destruction What docs lie do for us any how Have you over heard of an Inventor claiming a vision or inspiration as tho causo of tho Invention Our printlntg presses our steam engines jur appliance of electricity our wire less telegraphy and hundreds of thousands of other valuable Inventions have been brought out by man without divine inspiration or assis lance Then wily a God forgot to say when speakirig of the two names for God In the old Blblo as being In tho plural form that there Is another name besides Elohlm and llivh that name Is Sha hal also in plural form Is there Is a God Do the heavens and earths proclaim Ills glory In er words Is God manifest or has ho manifested himself In nature In tho creation Lots bo honest with each other Wo know that every part of tho terrestial sphere Is governed by man wo know wo need no God for this mother earth Wo do not bclievo that celestial planets are inhab ited If any of them wo have a right to presume that they also are governed by their Inhabitants without tho nil of a God We know that man creates every Frisco System WILL HAVE ON SALE AT St Louis O MemphisCH- EAP ONEWAY and ROUND TRIP Homeseekers Rates FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH To ARKANSAS MISSOURI KANSAS OKLAHOMA TERRITORY DIAN TERRITORY and TEXAS For rates and information address II I McGUIRE W It POWE lr Pans jCINCINNATI IBLUEGRASS ttLAim thing except the elements that constl Lute the raw material These ele jnents exist always have existed nnd are Indestructible For Instance th lndestructlhlejLake away by digging you must 1It It somewhere else So Is air so water So Is heat so Is cold When you heat cold water you drive the cold In the space When you cool off hot water drive out the heat in tho space and space being so large you do not notice that It has recelv cd now heat or new cold Injexistent with these elements in Rome form or ancther and remains hllk structible at death The body revertR to Its primary elements Hut the soul In man What soul You mean this preacher manufactur soul Head the biblical account of the creation of Adam Adam means dllst ground earth nail you will that Cod blew tho breath of life as tho clock maker starts tho pendulum of clock Nay moro do you find In tho old Ulblo one word equivalent to soul Palm down your concordat and find It I have none at my IlIs1o sal hot my recollection Is that ollr search will he In vain And after the preacher manufa lured tho soul ho manufactured a 1future abode for it commonly call and hell or paradise ntlll hades And to make It more attra tlvo and repulsive to tho soul as the case suits ho added a golden hnr1 in the one abode nail fire nail hrlm stone In the other Agnln say talc down your cordance nail find heaven or hell or future reward and punishment In tho old llible Not a single wort about either you will find Your soul your heaven your hell your future life are all tho creation of the shrewd preacher after tho old Hlblo had heen With the Jew country nnd God are synonyms The Jewish na l tlnnallty is his religion All the wnr fare all his land acquisitions all hIs national hymns all his life politico Jsocial and otherwise all say wero t part and parcel of his religion IIe loved his nationality mud what man docs not And his nationality was his God his religion The authors of the old Bible know this and needed nothing else to keep the Jew faithful to his God to his religion But when the lows lost their tionality nail were subjects of other nations when the founders of the 1Christian religion preached tho goi nail to natives who had their own gods and goddesses and which gods and goddesses they were asked to abandon then It was that the preacher knowing that national ity and religion go hand In hand lJe gan to preach future rewards and future punishments In order to have Romans renal Romans and yet forsake their Jupiter their Venus etc they had to give thetcould not convince tho Roman Urn JeTiaYdli misanysTgEAdtki 1iitttlr wiser than Jupiter they Invented the heaven and hell business and preached It and of course were not expected to prove their claim Oh It Is an easy thing to deal In fu tures A propos If were to r love in tIre Supernatural would sny it Is moro natural to believe In a hunuredi gods who rule universe than in one god There is plent work for them all They say that God Is all powerful nail yet Malmonedes that great Jew Ish philosopher said that although God Is attributed to be all powerfu he can NOT change tho laws of ture After all we see that nature l governs God as It does man Both arc creatures of circumstances Mat tho worker the thinker the producer God tho Imaginary phantom of a coo cod subdued nail frightened brain MORRIS SACHS Cincinnati Ohio JoWHY AM AN ATHEIST Because of tho Immutable law of cause and effect There Is no room for gods or devils II STONE Baring Wash d + WHY AM AN ATHEIST As read your call for volunteers to tell why they had become freer from superstition resolved to write cannot bo certain but that by ture was endowed with a little spark of doubt was reared In a pious neighbor hood Trained to attend all around church duties tho regular sermons extra sermons exhortations weekly prayer meetings Sunday prayer meet- Ings experience meetings commun lon quarterly meeting yearly confer ence occasional grow meeting Sab bath school Sabbath school picnics committing Bible verses to memory collecting pennies for tho heathen re hearsals of church music dally Bible reading at school repetition of tho Lords prayer dally Ulblo reading at liein o family prayer observance of grace at table perusing tho Sunday school paper and library nail tho de nominational papers both weekly nod monthly Following up revival efforts sit at tho mourners hear the cross labor with sinners go with tho right eous to establish Sunday school dis tribute leallets assist at Christmas trees making banners donation cakes gilts to the ministers family enter taining them and the slstern mud brotherlng witnessing limner sinus attending weddings where the preacher snatches a kiss front the bride making It a point to attend nil funerals ol old and young near and nail far and listen to those sermons Was this nut enough Well no It came my turn to consign a den one to tho dust of our old mother earth Then in my anguish there canto a pcrlr tool the study up anew of tho srcallcd divine book and all that to It pertains In down right sincerity for hall backfillddcii hall prior to this time read several of Col Robert Ingersolls lectures and tho answers by the clergy So stud ted more thoroughly tho Ulblo and Chrlstlnn books and patters studied on such reading tho farther from the church was more pondered became more cOl1lnced tho surer that the little sparks doubt that had at times since early childhood decked across m mental vision were sacred fire which Is fan tied would glow and brighten and lurnlnc my pathway would lead me by Its ray on and on front Ilarlmcss and unrest to light and peace Shortly after this It came In my way to read Thomas Palnes Age of Reason Then it was done have for years read all views all nrgu ments pro and con for havo an antidote within against mipcrstltlo harm All my childhood passed In trying to acknowledge church preme Then maturcr years spent eradicating her false teachings Now the future shall be used in trying to earn that which benefits So let the beacon shIne let is hnrn a strong clear steady blaze of light let it guide to realms of unoxplon GAL SIXBJADR- fnture encourage make heroic the character of ADA L SMITH Harrison Okla- JA WHY AM AN ATHEIST am an Atheist In the sense that deny the existence of nny supornn ural God or supernatural force or forces of any kind that cause tine Ilhe nomena such as we observe I am an Atheist because I have no evidence of any God gods force or forces and because no scientist has over traced thin chain of causes and effects as witnessed In nature to a supernatural origin Nature Is the great storehouse whence cmlnal tho busy acts of the universe She m god and wily shoul swap her off for one unobserved and untrIed for one that exists not save In the Imagination Trite there Is intelligence manifest In nature then why go In search for It to an unknown source when wo have the article right here In ful1 view Resides should we conclud wo must go beyond nature to find tho source of intelligence must we not also conclude there would be no to our journey Wo would travel from higher to higher god ad In fir turn always searching but never finding Having found Intelligence In nature let us rest there Let us rest at least until wo find elsewhere At nil events let us not abandon a solid and known foundation for a guess Tho forces of nature are the result of the attributes of matter Fore cannot exist without matter and matter cannot exist without force The aro coeternal For 1 force cqul not act without somethlngrmattpr to act upon Nothing can do no rno ing And matter cannot be mat- tel without her attributes that Is without her forces For Instance a thing without weight color cohesive ness chemical attraction etc could not be lead lion gold etc So matter must have existed as long as fort has And force has existed as long ftomnttorhasr And no god that could act couh have existed earlier nail as long as nature force nail matter has exist ed All that constitutes or procure intelligence was hero In nature Again matter must be eternal since nothing can have no action to turn itself into something nay more than a dead man can raise himself to life Conclusion nature exists of herself cull from eternity and not on account of any creator above her Since all phenomena grow out of matter is various attributes that Is out of nature wo havo no need of the gods and so will send them off on a vaca lionIWe do not discuss the question Ir the above as to whether Intelligence Is an attribute or a product of ture A A SNOW Bracewell Iowa + 1 WHY AM AN ATHEIST An Atheist indeed am Vho does his reason use Therefore how could bo otherwise When called upon to choose That which Is knowablo only should be sought Avoid all religions by which you are bought Tear no God who his son would slay Hint might shirk the evil of your way To my mind there can bo lout one reason why nm an Atheist and that Is my brain seems to ho so formed that for mo to believe anything must have some evidence or If that not obtainable then what am ed upon to believe must be reasona ble For Instance hear that a than whom knots dropped dead In the treat as the evidence while perhaps not quite as good as might want were there much at stake still In thIs case accept It because such thIngs do happen In nature Now if he same party who told mo that omo one hall dropped dead were to icmo to me a week later and tell mo that same man who hail died hall come again to life should not bo leva him as It wits not reasonable that It was not lu accordance to na lire Not finding anywhere any sntlsfac cry evidence of a personal God and not seeing tho necessity for a per onal God I cannot believe in one When a thing or God Is personified then that God or thing Is limited lenco a personal Cad must he a limit ell God and would havo so far as can see no advantage over limited man While thankfully acknowl dgo my Indebtedness to our great ifldol writers knowing they have catty helped me on tho rand to reedom stilt feel satisfied that laid nover read anything en tho subject should sooner or later have arrived at tho conclusions now hold Tho Christians tell us that their Gall meaning of course the Jehovah JIIBCtGod and then go on mud toll of a mct unjust thing ho has dono ho has a perfectly Innocent person orifice appease his very unjust ngor against the human race Hall tI they told the story something like the following perhaps t might ha accepted some little of It Had thE said that God some 4000 years I1 let getting In such a great rage Eves eating that apple had sudder taken a tumble to himself and saId what a great fool I was to get an- such a trifle Let me now lelect a menssonger that tho whole will understand nail let that mess gel tell tho people that tho fault was mine and not Evos nail that I will from now on do all can for hap illness of tho human race That kind of a God Is certainly pre forablo to kind that ChrIs tlans tell us of might go on for pages telling of tho unjust things In this socalled word of God but what would bo the use such things are all In print to bo read by these who chooseS San Francisco Calif ++AGNOSTIC- If a man cannot believe How can he believe few reasons why am an Agnostic Because Its reason and good sense Because Its facts and not pretence Because tho Bible does deceive Because a He wont believe Because do not believe tale Of sailor Jonah and whale Because will not bo deceived Is tho reason I will not believe The Bible and Its acrostics Is what makes of mo an Agnostic- VAN WINKLE Dysart Iowa z+ WHY AM AN AGNOSTIC- will tell you was raised a Bai tlst was not allowed to laugh on Sunday went to church every day twice and to Sunday school lhe sermons were two hours long IIse to get so weary would nearly dIe had to sit up straight and how when they prayed continued and when was 11 years old I went to a Met dist revival He give us hell fire and broke up a couple of chaIrs knocked the stove down Immmere tho desk with his fists jumped nearly three feet scared tho very life out of me went to the mourners bench had God In my heart trIed to realize It but was not satisfied In my mind as I felt as I always used to before The deaconess of the Baptist church said to me that would feel all right after was baptixed was baptized in a fount in Baptist church at Ann Arbor Mich by Eldei Cornelius He was then 80 years old After carne up out of the water l stood on a grate so the water would not soil the carpet deaconess came to me with consoling words anl1 said to me Well sister how do you feel now I answered I fee ashamed tins Royre said Dont say that I answered Well It Is a fact do feel ashamed After I went to remove baptismal robe which was all wet Mrs ce the deaconess and ma saId Tanellt9Youw1llborn again now do you reel the pres heartaceanswered that felt ashamed 111 sad dont say that Mrs Royce said ilont tell all you think keep such to yourself said Its so thought must he a very bad sinner I would try and pray and read the Bible all the spare time had read the Bible through before was years old It was all we could read on Sunday My mother said me you are just like your father he was so sceptical no one could tall such things Into his head My father dIed before was The best Friend and may say the only one ever had Time went on finished school married moved west to Illi Lois Was a stonily attendant My husband who was a physician and surgeon was one of Col R Ingersolls brightest lights He would go to hear his lectures and buy all jf his writings He often would to me what do you go to that hypo critical church for would answer and say Doctor am trying to find out what Christianity is and cant read all the Freethought literature could get nail gradually grew to hlnk Christ and all was humbug presiding Elder by the name of Adams was the last screw In tho thodox coflln for me called at his house one day His wife had gone to her people and he Adams was alone rang He came to tho door en liilred for Mrs Adams Ho said omo right In sister Mrs Adams Is at her people come In the parlor and let us have a good quiet visit al ivays admired you You are on my mind night and day When you come In church and sit In tho audience ieo only you cant preach My sermon goes out of my head cant itaiirt It nay longer You arc the on y ono In the church am crazy to have you close to me Como in the armor and well have a good enjoyn de time answered no Mr Adams cant started out Ho said Dont for heavens sake go come hack went and thought Is that roll lon is there no sincerity In this Iorld but llcenloiisness and to lilnk a preacher presiding Elder n man God called to be mediator letween earth and heaven never saw him Adams again went home and the thoughts You can Imagine never told nay one If had my iiisband would havo murdered him In cold blood Mr Adams resigned tho next Sunday The Deacon Me Grew and his wife said to me what In this world do you suppose Elder Incas resigned for Wo hold a church meeting and we couldnt get ono word out of him Ho said lilnk I will go South If I told any ono they would have disgraced me After that didnt try to find any icrcy or grace In tho religion of osiis Christ began to think for lyself and I do what I see proper nnll right am now a thorough Ag eistln In belief Ingersoll Is my ill hIe Ho never nude a mistake hero are no cunning lies In hIs WOrlR All are wlso and good amino his loss It Is sad for such a human machine to die If ha written too much ills the truth tl the hilt ESTER VAN RIPER Clrclevllle Ohio I+WHY AM AN ATHEIST am an Atheist because what Imowl edge have does not acquaint ml with a god and cannot assert his existence from rny ignorance It Is only reasonable to suppose a supernatural governor of a universe would occasionally manifest himself In ls operations hut from the very btjiljyilng of the physical scIences overy discovery every cxperlrnei everiy observation every result oh thin d by mathematical discussion lijis yielded one answer unl veraC is governed by eternal Immiit hie Jaw On page 310 of his astronomy New comp says that to attribute a phe enen to the arbltary will of the tcr Is contrary to all scIentific philosophy Wiry If a causo exist necessary to consider It or result will be so vitiated with error as to he valueless Since It Is not onl unnecessary to aow for a gods pros encei but is unscientific to Introduce him Into an explanation why admit his existence lAws of nature are as eternal space and time To Illustrate talC tho law of gravitation Every particle of matter In the universe attracts every other particle with a force equal to the product of their masse divided by the square of the dlstane between them There is nothing in the above law but fie appllcatlem of the multipl cation table to properties of matte and space How silly then tho que tlon Who enacted the law As If twice two equals four or three times three equals nine depends upon the arbitrary flat of deity Every movement of the solar syi Jem and of double suns of dIstant spaco has been traced to two causes the attraction of matter and tho proj erttes of space Man has expressed tho amount of these motions in math cmatical equations and calculate backwards or forward the answer novel varies from the domain of law In no case does a god appear a factor as an additive quantity as u differential or an Integral He is all solutely unknown In the equation- In every astronomical observaticr allowance must be made for theatmos pherlc refraction of light BodIes can only be accurately located by tal Ing Into account such small quantities as nutation aberration and pre cession Physicists must accurate observe temperature and know tho rate of expansion of different sum stances for each degree of heat must GAL EIGHTILrDE- wake allowance for the varying pres sure of atmosphere due to altl rode anti other causes for tho differ ace in the intensity of earths ittractlcn due to Its form and tic ton etc but never never never fo the existence of a god Why Be cause there is none 1 Every man whose business it is tc observe nail experiment will tell you that every effect has a cause and the ause Is always sufficient to product the effect and no more the cause ind effect must balance they form the two members of an equation The scientist finds a sufficient cause ln natter and form they are all he vows and every phenomenon has Its source in them- Whenever we seen an explanation ve seek it In the natural not In the supernatural If predicted results dc not agree with these observed a cause has been overlooked and we must go to nature to find it never tc a god An Instance In point Is the ills every of the planet Neptune The traction cf all known members of the solar system had been computed and an orbit assigned to Uranus hut the orbit calculated did not agree with that found by observation and astronomers concluded and attrlbut cd tho cause to another planet whIch roved to be the case Again the velocity of sound as cmputed by Newton was found te infer from the actual velocity Lap lace showed that the discrepancy was caused by the heat generated lJr compression and thus discovered ho missing cause The fact that nan In so many cases prodlcts what result will follow frcm a given com lnatlon of circumstances proves that he has ccnsldered every cause effect ng tho result butt In no case has It over been found necessary to allow for the existence of a supernatural power the conclusion Is no god Ists In nature nothing Is unimportant hut a god he is Ignored In every case- In which our information is exhaus Ive Bumblebees are necessary tc fertilization of red clover and the increase of a poultry yard may lepend upcn the preacher propensity a bobtailed rcoster but nothing lepends upon the existence of a god In my feeble way have watched tho combination of chemical clements and have pointed the telescope at the skies heave followed dth tho mystic symbols of mathematics the paUu of tho moons shadow oer continent and ocean have seen the erratic comet from lllimlta hlo space majestically move In the path assigned It by the law that molds a tear have seen the yel low line of sodium cast upon a screen by the analysis of light that turted on its journey through space ears before was born and wheth el It bo drifting of a snow Hake or the movement of the companion of SIrIus whemer the striking of a match or the blazing of a sun nature guIdes and governs all Naught has or can or will ever affect tho tlvo senses of man hut phenomena of space smatter and irco Vhat man knows ho knows and what doesnt know It proflteth nothIng to guess at If n god exists It Is high time tuit ho introduce him selr There are thousands of men soservlng a Moses or Paul who could make better use of a rovela tlon than either so bring on your communIcation want no evidence flom musty times which tell mo that creator of a universe infinite in t space and time came down to eartl and begat a son on the holy of human female Let the children spenl their pennies for candy and gum rather than donate them to carr such disgusting doctrine to the Intel Hgent Confucians of China 0 shame where Is thy blush Yes am an Atheist and expect tc die GIll L S WELCH Swectwater Olla ANTI THEISTIC TheIsts aver that all trore Is In ture must have been created by soml superhuman cr supreme being Thai a design is everything is evident anI that no power lint an al wiRe Gor could unto been the designer etc We are asked how we account for al there has been or may be If ther Is no God These questions can mustered more rationally than to lIeve that a God made himself Let us first account for the exIstence of this planet Scientists have proven that It as well as Neptune Uranus Saturn Ju1l leI Mars Venus and the Asterloi evolved from the sun which Is preh ably eternal and yet there are otlel suns seme cf them are hundreds of times larger than ours and all of them may bo giving births to 1Ir planets Prcf Gunning In his H miry cf our Planet says ThHe were 3SO000noo of years withe ut censcIeusneES 40000000 mere cf life without brains It will be seen that life began with evolution and It has kept rIght on evolving so that 00luticn has become a science cholfc terlzed by continuous prcgressh change According to certain law and by means or resident forces Prof LeCente The passage front Azclc life was evidently as slow as that cf conscioi ness and d ubtless as soon as Cle crust cf the earth had sufficient cooled life by some called spontm ecus generation began In the fOlm of vegetation representing seaweed club mosses algea which gradual merged Into animal farms by the blending of protoplasms Even teday seme plants nail orals are so blended that It is difllci to place them where they belong even sponge lays eggs althou h IrasUtecently been admitted Irtc the kingdom Factcrs of mal amP vegetable growth are amt held movement cappllary attractkr thermalhumidity heredity evolution and environment Imitation and 10 clolcgy also have their Influence Ev dently plants have a socialistic ra ture resembling that cf animals and are Influenced more cr less by meg netlc currents Power of Thought The science of biology Impels us t believe that the power cf thought not confined to the animal kingdom that every atom in all kingdoms haE at least a life fcrce an odylic life a magnetic power and In the vegetabl kingdom each cell with its neurole rna has that force perfectctl In im pulse In heredity in instinct in somE thlngaklirtourcijglit Hence wd IC the plant reaching out towards thE light to absorb magnetism Th tweet pea vines and others reachIng Fcr something to cling to grasping wIth firm prehension the Venus llj chant and spider trap so common In the tropics are examples The set sltlve plant Mlmcsa Pudica Is no by any means the mcst sensitive The life and growth cf plants and an mats are Influenced and metamur hcsed by evolving forces and envl rcnment Fisnes whose habitat Is the deal seas or dark caves their envlrcnnuni 3xciutling the use of eyes they an tot developed The ears and herns rf many animals undergo a m tam r hcsls In shape and form due to cni ronment Physlelcglsts have prover that the mind of the maternal patnf durIng uteragestatlen net only lects the sex but Influences and de velops the temperament the dlspcal ticii the character and form of tin offsprIng Thus Napoleon was tied i great soldIer Many are born musl clans students sculptors poets at lists nail even thieves drunkards ant vagabonds If we believed In a Blbll eal Oed we would be apt to blarnt hIm for these had specimens in na tllre Design Argument- It resolves Itself Into an Immora and unrighteous attribute for err talnly he failed In achievement what lie designed to populate the world with pure and noble men and mEn Wo are informed that at one time lie drowned all his children but people for he repented iiavltu mule them In after years his chtl Iron became so sinful that he sent a bolt cf fire down from heaven jurned all there were In Scdom nut jomarrah Bloc seemed to have the atoning leature and In fact from that day tc thIs blood has stained every Idnglk In earth as Is exemplifying in the re Iglcus wars and even In the cruclTx ion of his cwn son Did he deslu me human being to eat up another ild he design the cannibal to eat the missionary whose soul he was sent to save Did he design eye onic disturbances the Johnsten lloul the Galveston and Mont Pelee discs leIs Did he design that 50OtiOi id jf the human race should he biirnci at the stake for witchcraft Dld1 leslgn the Appenuix verniltornis uiewing It was a supernumery organ ind a death trap Did he design tin arasltc in the blood in the bruin eyo spinal cord Did he design till microbe the bacilli and the typjiclii stun in our drinking water Dill In desIgn the congenital Idiot the dent mil dumb tho ollnd toe crosseyeii mil deformed Did he design women to suffer pangs of childbirth If so sclenco has dethroned him for It has corrected perfectly many of hIs errors Did he 1be Twilight ilonnd moims crasplculum inalkst creature in nature the 12 housandth of an Inch In length Did he design Rorqual Balenoptcra loops which Is feet In height If so did he have In mind tho sur ivul of tho flttiost If by design Is meant the appllca r 4 CUREDa n treatment for cure Kunrnn tlpUDRCUREminlmo restorer nil in one make l cnsoethe ofItHitit reftreneo Liven Cur REMEDYCO BROTHER LIBERALS =tnllcaspecialty 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the medical line and has made a specialty of a number of diseases thereby becoming familiar with them and enabling him to treat them suc cessfully He Is wellknown as a pro flounced advocate In all lines of thought and stands well In his profToulon wherever hIIs knnwtifnVUi NEW ORLEANS MAY 1922 1903 THE QUEEN CRESCENT route has made a special Low Rate for tho benefit of the Veterans and their friends who anticipate attending this tneetitiR Tickets will be on sale May 1021 1903 Privilege cf extension until June 15th Ask ycur nearest Ticket Agent for particulars or write w RINEARSON P Cincinnati Ohio THE BEST LINE I c IDfO Vir ti f oIndinnnlulisLuuk illeknilny ONLY LINE TOTHE FAMahshERLmRffRrf I p 7 7 fntaiP C- tRAZSLG 8c u ud uuuBLUE GRASS BLADE Ilion of parts of organic alllgnment of the adjustment of the vital forces for the formation of organic life animal or vegetable we can see no use for a Deity for the adjustment of means to ends Natures laws have been cultivated and Improved my reasoning man Mans wisdom has utilized the ments light and darkness heat and cold attraction and repulsion gravl tatlon cohesion abrasion accretion erosion Induction friction wind rain snow sleet tidal waves the currents of the great seas of tho all and absolute darkness have through electricity as perfected by scientific man beautified and utilized nature Science has cultivated nature In cv cry department In life as Is evinced In horticulture In the growth of plants of flowers of cereals fruits etc Intelligence reason and ethic tlon are the great factors that aid philosophers and scientists In their i conclusion that there Is no superh man or supernatural power In existence Evidently there Is nothing 1111her In Intellect than man nothing above honest God Is the noblest worl of man S W WETMORE M D kit Buffalo N Y +WHY AM AN ATHEIST By Otto Wettstein I am a Materialist therefore InclI dently of course an Atheist I find with Tyndall dHolbach Von Hum boldt Spencer Huxley Haeckle amI Buechner In matter the sources of every form of cosmic activity and Ufe I place the God devil and spook con ceptlons In the same catagorle and reject them all as Mother Goes storiesI In nature nothing but matter and Its numerous pot entlall ties which In Infinite dlfferentlntlo and aggregations cause and produce during cycles of ages all organic 1forms and cosmic movements No agencies are known to sciencenone needed There Is no mind omnipotent and Infinite operative In nature All Is physical and chemical potential growth and evolution and all the con structlve and destructive the good and evil the beneficent sunshine and the terrific cataclysm that obllterat a civilized world and nations all Is Inexorable y es fortuetous neces slty No volition or caprice about It whatever no mind needed to produi worlds and constellations man flower bee or Infusoria conditions favoring matter produces all com1 tlons unfavorable ten thousand gods could not produce a polliwog or matter In some form Is everywhere As space of necessity Is un limited so matter pervading all space must be unlimited And as space of necessity is eternal so ter of necessity Is eternal also If at any time in the remote past matter had not existed it would not a1YfLQa1 nothing nothing can come ri Being eternal itcould not have been created hence no Creator And matter being universally In motion and physically and chemical ly active at the present time and Ing itself tho cause and factor of all existing things and their Innumerable movements today proves that matte must have been so active during eter city hence no heglnlng to the actlv ties of the universe to cosmic fcrmi tion and motion to organic life Inc dental to planetary conditions no first world sun or system no firstI man flower or tree All eternal rope tltlons of similar forms of matter hav- Ing evolved during eternity handiwork of God needed The well known facts of nature prove that a God is not a fact Physl cal conditions within Interstellar space are not favorable to and clude all life Science recognizes no mind with out a physical basis Hence a God must possess animal structure net volts system brain etc or there Is no God Is God an Infinite animal The purely physical forces fluids and inorganic elements of nature electricity air the ether etc are not sentient and Intelligent nor do the possess any personal attributes of tin Heavenly Father They are volt of mind and volition hence cannot be a God But a personal God cannot be infinite and omnipresent consequent ly a being of any kind cannot be a GodWhat then is God and where He The mansions In the sky have never been discovered and never will Conditions beyond our atmos fi i phere make life therein impossible Intense frigidity would kill or close proximity to the millions of incandes cent suns would cremate Him If the Theist insists that God Is unconditioned and not subject to the laws of nature he posits a glaring miracle and he should Instantly with draw from the arena of debate The question Is Can theism be maintained by science and reason A God If there is one must be omnipresent He must occupy all space But the universe preoccuples all space Hence a God Is crowded out or rather the priest cannot crowd Him Inl The God hypothesis Is lamentably inadequate to explain abstract exist ence and Infinite phenomena rational Iy To invest a solitary unknowable miraculous being with miraculous power to create this universe from nothing and who now manipulates the Inummerable aggregations of cos mic bodies and sllmutaneously the Infinite variety of incidental planetary phenomena by miraculous process ex plains nothing on the contrary It leads us deeper and deeper Into the labyrinth of mystery Infinite phenomena necessitate In finite causes to produce them To say God made the laws and these do the work falls to the ground because matter and Its constant modes of tivity coexist are eternal conse quently never were enacted And theso constitute the laws of nature Materialism supplies the only ra tlc al philosophy of existence It has j for a basis everything Theism the remaindernothing Matter Is a self evident fact It requires no proof Po tentlal matter only Is omnipresent throughout boundless expanse Matter Is force physical potential Ity and chemical life There Is as much Inorganic life Is a cadaver or dry bone as In the living body of man The organic form of man soon Ills IntregratesIts constituents are eternal Instead of vain man being rncrtal the humble atom alone per slsts The almost universal hellef that matter was inertdeadau needed extraneous aid to shape It to the many forms It assumed gave rise to the God superstition In ages of Ignorance and because all races were alike Ignorant all created Gods out of nothing who existed out of sight who fashioned worlds out nothing and men out of mud as potter creates his wares out of cla But a God Is nowhere What Is the use of protesting against Athels and prostctutlng our intellect with Agnosticism after we have outgrown bible theology to Ignore the evidence of our senses which are as accute as the parsons and to believe that a great giant spook may exist everywhere when we positively know that He exists nowhere Wherever there Is phenomena worlds suns constellations flower birds men and womenthere Is ma ter and Its material environments nothing sewhlch In the course of eternity producesunaided by spook every product of nature existing to these formative and dlslntegn live processes both In gentlest mod ficaticn as we behold them In our own life and as they have occured In past ages In the Inumerable cata cllsms of nature tearing worlds asunder and which will be the inevitabl fate of ours have taken place In eternal repetition throughout the universe during all the ages of beglnnIngles time and will continue so forever In the futureeternal change of all finite forms of matter eternal perslstanc af the matter composing them LaGrange Ills ANATHEISTWHY AM It will not take half a column of he Blade to tell why I am an Atheist need only to refer you to the Johns own and Galveston floods and other horrors But this does not prove that there Is not some kind of intelligence in ture Look at the intricate mechan- Ism of organic structure and tel what brought all that about Evolu ion Development Nature Nonentities You know there are two sides to every question Both Theism tad Athlesm are fundamentally wrong Fraternally yours HERMANN WETTSTEIN Fltgerald Ga i + WHY AM AN ATHEIST Half a column I would have pre erred either one sentence or unlimited space the former would write ir a Jiffy tho latter I would only finish when death prevented me from tinuing am an Atheist because know that no god or anything pertaining to a god can exist say that know It because as far as am concerned do know It refuse to argue upon the matter because there Is no room fur argument The reason that make such frequent use of tho personal pronoun Is because am asked Why am an Atheist and am telling you why am an Atheist The Immutable law of necessity compels tho world to go round the sun and no god almighty can prevent It likewise we little insignificant atoms are compelled by that same to stay on the world and go around the sun with It and no god almighty can prevent us from doing so Everything that exists no matter whether It Is a large or small entity no matter how immense or how In significant Is simply because it does exist the Inevitable effect of son natural cause and that causo Is the Inevitable effect of some prior natural cause and so on ad Infinitum Can sequently there Is absolutely nothing outside of nature there tar been no cause other than natural cause and no effect other than the Inevitable effect of natural cause Therefor In reality no such being as a god of any kind whatever exists I know It and so am an Atheist climb to the top of the mountain lie down on the broad of my bac and gaze into the azure dome of space and soliloquise upon the Infinl ty of the Immensity of the universe or with a microscope examine the minute mlcrozca beneath my feet then know that there is no room any sort of a god anywhere lit the uu inerse except perhaps as an Ideal the hallucinated brains of Ignorant people I say ignorant people be cause I assert that any one who dries believe In a god no matter tow learned he may be In other matters Is nevertheless totally Ignorant aye an asinine Idiot upon that one subject I have no time to refer to the BIble or any other theological Illusion cept to say that for the sake of the happiness of our children all such ah surd and Immoral literature shoul be destroyed Let me say In conclusion that I am an Atheists because It gives me more opportunity to give happiness to ers and so gain hannlnpsa myself- J WHITEHEAD GIrard KansIII WHY AM AN ATHEIST When very young found that fenders of the Christian religion wer doing every thing In their power to stultify reason soon found that they were compelled to do this In or del to defend their position I then came to the conclusion that If could not reach a correct conclusion through logical reasoning could not do It at all This being the case Ire solved to submit all doubtful ques tlons to this rule I then dl covered that the Christian doctrines whet subjected to this test were like catch problems In mathematics They would not nrove As I am limited In tms article I cat only mention a few of the problems I have disposed of in this way The Christian religion Is founder on the fall of man wherein the make their God pass the death sen tence on the first pair for trying tt get a little knowledge of the work they were In so as to be able to rake care of themselves In thinking over this was forced to the cQncluslon that according to this the devil was the first moral educator of the hu man family and In fact taking the teaching of the whole Bible the devil Is still holding his position as moral teacher Therefore If civilization js worth anything to the human family the character called the devil entitled to great respect Again I found that every nation every church and almost every Indi vidual had a God of their own there ore Instead of God making man in his own Image each church and each people made their own gods in heir own Image Again could not see how a man iould be a consistent member of hunch and remain true to himself for there are questions put to every pplicant at the theshold of the hunch that as honest men and wo men we cannot answer In the nHlrrna lye for tho reason that we have no nowledge of them Again found In talking to the lergy on this subject that It was not ecssary to ho an honest man in or del to become a member of church and that could not be a true citizen of tho United States and a Christian at the same time for I found that they exalted the church above the State and quoted from the Bible that t 1 no man can serve two masters so saw the cat under the meal avoiding being bitten If God Is Immutable why do Chrl tlans ask aim to change his plan or purpose Nothing could be more ah all history proves to me that Just In proportion that wo pray to some supernatural being we lesen our power of self preservation- In view of the above I cannot cept the Bible as being dictated an all wise being cannot see how or by what mode of reasoning the finite can ever attain to the Infinite for the reason that ever thing we learn belongs to and Is classed as finite Vicarious atonement as taught lj has caused moro trouble CThlng that has ever hecn tATnaufn the human family These are a very few of the reasons why I am an Atheist- H WHISLER M D New Antioch O- hioPremiums For New Members A great many Liberals Incline to unite with us but from the habit cf delay do not send In their names In order to reach these as well as to stir up an Interesting competltlo and to awaken endeavor and en thuslasm especially among our younger members we offer the lowing awardsthe contest to clos September 1st E M 303 The Conditions Ar- e1The 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