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I ir Attt2 7p if r fiTJJEi i URASS BLADEe- el y 1EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS fPUBLISHED WEEKLY ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE L VOLUME XIV NUMBER 35 LEXINGTOYI KENTUCKY SUNDAY NOV 19 1905ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANC s c TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW subscribers Vo cents each 250 for five Terms100 per year In advance foreign subscription 160 Five new subscribers sent one year for WO Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Elue fegrass jade Lexington Ky Whfn you change your address ad KglM this office giving your old at j as the new addre- sshsnsend your ubscrlptlon say fwhether ara new or old sub scrl6ertice Iicatlon = a uvrt ot Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexlng tony Ky as Second Class Mall Mat ter u Address all communications to BLUE GRABS BLADE P O BOX 393 Lexlngtv Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 t Cumberland Tefephone 307 If your subscription Is duo we wish you would please remit and save us tho postage of notifying you Josephine Henrys pamphlet Woman and the Bible is meeting with warm commendation It Is now circulating In all sections of the United States and orders for It have been received from England Scotland Ger many and Sweden As the edition Is being rapidly exhausted persons de siring copies of this pamphlet should apply to JOSEPHINE HENRY Versailles Ky and they will be sent as long as the edition lasts Josephine Henry Is writing a pamphlet on Marriage and Divorce and will soon be ready for press It will be an uptodate treatise of this vital question that Is claiming so much attention from Church State and the press The size of the edition will de pend on the demand for this pamphlet persons wishing one or more copies will please drop a postal to JOSE cPHINE HENRY Versailles tucky The price of this pamphlet will be announced later In the Blade i Moline KansasDear Old Friend It Iswlth sadness in the Blade of October 22nd I can hardly read or Write for the tears nil my old eyes hope you are bothand that you wlu get well again It seems as though- jTwe can bt spare you from our great causec JIve Dr Wilson and Mr llughea my kind wishes and special sympathizeRiwlth i main your friend ELLA P HUNT j We aro compelled to Issue the Blade again this Issue as a half sheet We regret this but It Is the fault of our Subscribers not ours We ask that they pay up and send us a few now subscribers on the club rates Dont fbeUfrald that the Blade Is going to jKficontinuo and you will loose your stosey t P I HAS NOT CONE BACK TO CHURCH REPORT THAT EDITOR MOORE HAD REPUDIATED INFIDELITY UNFOUNDED Announcement Made In a Local Church Provokes A Denial Mis take May Have Grown Out of Card In Which Forgiveness of Any Whom He May Have WRONGED Is Asked In his discourse at the Broadway Christian Church yesterday morning Mr Small the evangelist stated that he understood Mr C C Moore editor of the BlUe Grass Blade and noted as an Infidel had professed faith in the church and asked the Lord to forgive him for his error and his unbelief Mr Moore was years ago a minister of the Christian Church For some weeks ho has been seriously ill of heart trouble at Quakeracre his home on tho Huffman Mill pike He was much better yesterday but was not able to come to the telephone when called by a Herald reporter Mrs Moore stated that the report that Mr Moore had repudiated infidelity and embraced the church was wholly un founded and asked that a correction bo published Lexington Herald CommentSurely there is nothing in the above letter which should lead Evangelist Small to state that Mr Moore has professed faith In the church and asked the Lord to forgive him for his error and his unbelief Small does not say t the knows this to be true but that he understood irCiteTrueT lt is very evHent that his intention was to bet a hearsay rumor afloat knowing that it would be taken up and accepted as a fact and shows what a small man Small Is For twenty years Mr Moore has been challenging preachers tall and small to debate with him either oral ly or in print offering the columns of his paper to them and none of them would dare meet him and all treated him with contempt personally and In tellectually In the days of his health and intellectual vigor they dared not thus meet him Now that mind and body are weakened by disease ana probably death Impending preachers and praying people would take advan tage of his feeble condition to start lies about him This goes to prove what I have said In another column It is never safe to let preachers their emissaries in the sick room of a Freethinker If the Freethinker be a man of prominence 99 out of a hun Bred will go away and Ho about him an1 misrepresent him None of them cote for M Mooros soul All they want is the chance to maio his name forever infamous as they have tried to do with Paines Thoyhave told ton million lies about Thomas Paine passing them on from generation to generation Keep the varments out Mr Moore in the past has often been very vindictive In speaking of the clergy and has not been free of Indulging In unnecessary personal abuse But ho has to his credit that ho did not wait until they wero dying or dead to take advantage of them Now that he is seriously sick he shows evidence that he regrets many of his harsh utterances some of which were provoked by the Christian attempts to deprive him of his liberty- It Is becoming In Mr Moore to regret that he has often spoken as harsh ly and that he forgives and wishes to be forgiven This is both liberal and manly but why should Small or any one else conclude that it is a profes sion of faith in the church and an expression of repentance for error and shows upon what a slight In timation tho clergy can build a pro dlgous rumor or lie None of the Kentucky clergy no one of them raised their voices In Mr Moores behalf when he was sent to the Ohio Stato Prison None of them made an effort to get him outr None of them wecomed him home They cared nothing for him then What do they care for him now except that they would like for him to recant while in his irresponsible condition in etif order to make his example an of pulpit contempt They instanceI to bo able to discredit him own class and then damn damning him themselves forever aft er for bo assured they would be the last ones ovpr to say a good word for Charley Moore All they waht is to make an example of him In order to strengthen their own false teachings In reference to this declaration of the Rev Small Mr Moore makes this statement An Evangelist named Small now conducting a protracted meeting at the Broadway Christian Church in Lexington I am told announced In the pulpit the other day that I had joined the church I do not know anything about him Of course those Interested In me will soon find out that it Is not true ofafterThe above is Mr Moores old time style in replying to clerical lies but It is positive enough Mrs Moore has sent me word through Mr Hughes that Mr Moore is under the Influence of opiates a large part of the time and of course is not in his normal mental condition and not to believe anything read about his recanting or repenting and to defend him against all such statements- I hope Mrs Moore will have good Judgment to keep not only the clergy but all others who wound Influence Mr Moore at this time when his mind is under the Influence of opiates away from him Otherwise for the next fit ty years his good name and character will be traduced in Christian pul pits for all that is blasphemous cor rupt and bad througu all the period of his best manhood and all the good they will ever say of aim will be that he recanted repented of his error and had to come to Jesus at last Tills one Small straw shows the di rection of the divine mind J B W NEWSPAPERS OUGHT TO QUIT LYING ABOUT MR MOORE Some time ago an Associated Press dispatch in telling of Mr Moores illness among other things stated that he was sent to prison for advocat ing free love which is a malicious lie and the reporter who gave that out knew he was lying Last Sunday the New York World and St Louis Post Dispatch each contained a picture of Mr Moore and a lengthy account of his sickness and history of his life and they too sjte that Mr Moore finally took up tree love and was arrested for the same This article no doubt was sent out from Lexington and Is inexcusable on the part of the reporter for everyone around Lexington ought to know by this time that Mr Moore has been the most vindictive writer against the principle of free love of any man in the country The mere mention of the name free love was like waving a red flag in the face of an angry bull He has been so dead set against free love that he became unreasonably cranky in discussing it The most vi tuperative language at his command has been employed against not only the principle but against his friends who learned toward that principle- In discussing the subject no one could be more bitterly set against free love or more harrow dogmatic or bigoted in his oppression to It than he This the Lexington reporters ought to know Then why do they sot afloat the falsehood that Mr Moore is an ad vocate of free love and that he was sent to prison for sending obscene literature through the malls Every newspaper mention of Mr Moore Is sure to mention his prison record and give out the impression that his im prisonment was just and based upon the scattering of obscene literature when every one In Lexington knows that the real cause of his Imprison ment was an attempt to stop his paper and was a blow at Freethought and free speech They know that Mr Moores reception on his return home by the citizens of Lexington was a refutation of that illegal and vindic speechtThe newspapers ought to quit lying about Mr Moore for this simple reason they ought to be ashamed that In this late day of the worlds history and that in this boasted civilization of ours under a constitution guaran teeing equal rights to all that any man should be sent to prison for pressing his honest opinions about any principle affecting the widely varied s humanityJKvery right to say what he honestly thinks about ady matter affecting the social order politics religion education econo mics marital or bond love or free loco He should have liberty to speak for or against and subject affecting his own nature or hoppiness or that of society at large How else can we arrive at the truth of things without the fullest open and freo discussion the commitment of Mr Moore to prison was not due to the advocacy of free love or mailing obscene lit erpturo but a blow at free speech and newspapers ought to quit lying about that conspiracy against liberty beCause they ought to be ashamed of It No doubt when Mr Moore passes away there will be an immense lot of lying talk It wouldnt surprise me If they wllJj have him back in tho Cainpbelllto told At the present time ho has to have a hypodermic Injection of morphine every five or six hours He has not lain down for four weeks and is compelled to sit and sleep in a locker Being under the influence of morphine all the time he of course is not responsible at any time and aalnt been for four weeks I am satisfied that in this Irresponsible con dit on attempts are being made to geihim back into the ranks of the superstition which for so many years with all the might and power othis intellectual manhood Women and preachers are writing aim that they are praying for him and are going to his house and pray ing for him there lhe time for them to have prayed lot him was in the days of his intel leotual vigor and not when body and bran is weakened by disease and his mind stupefied with dope ilr Moore is a man who is easily m by any little personal shows of and will be even more hl1e under the influence of mor ptf no If his weakness of mind is ChrisMassaril honest or not it wlU result in causing a vigorous defense being male by Mr Moores Liberal friends wh will see to it that such injustice shall not be done his memory perfectly healthy young man to whom morphine is given every five or six hours would not be responsible for halt he would say after two or three daysTherefore Mr Moores liberal record must be based upon his responsible moments in the days of health and Intellectual vigor Knowing the Christian influence and intimidation brought upon Paine to induce hm to recant when he was oedfast and racked with disease it wouldnt surprise me if the same such Influence would be brought to bear on Mr Moore There are people who would not hesitate to take advantage of Mr Moores lack of responsibility at this time if they thought they could gain some pulpit thunder by it They care nothing for Mr Moore or for his soulthelr only desire being to make his memory infamous as they did Paines and make him the tevt of their pulpit contempt They would gleefully gloat over the irresponsible utterances of a dying man whose barn is stupefied with opiates The wise thing for Mr Moore and family to do is to admit all good Christian neighbors for no doubt many of them are good and kind people even if they are misguided by religious belief but keep the theological and praying buz zard out and allow no advantage taken of Mr Moores mental helpless ness This is Just what I have order ed In case of my serious sickness I want no preachers or praying people about me to make sure that in case of my Irresponsibility from disease I will not be taken advantage of and lied abort All such should be kept out and no risks taken In justice to the labor and sacrifices and sincerity of Mr Moore in the cause of Freethought for twenty long years In which tlmo he employed all the powers of his in telkctual manhood in fighting the Christian superstition I give this pre vioup notice to any one who attempts to take advantage of Mr Mooros pres eat mental weakness of the defense that will be made of his intellectual honesty and sincerity and of his good name J B W Tire condition of Mr Mooro has im proved some since last week we are glad to say If ho keeps on the Im prove he may be able to take his edi tonal duties on tho Blade again in the next month r i1 Itk INFIDEL ATTEMPTS TO MAKE CHRIST OUT AN INFI DELDR WILSON REPLIES TO A LETTER FROM GEO W MCORMICK I One of my particular and esteemed friends is George William McCormick of Olympia Ky late editor of the tional Reflex He is one of the most perisistent and untiring workers InI the causefaithful tried and true In every adversity He has ever been most generous whether treated generously or not He has been a good friend to me and I wish here publicly to express my appreciation Bro Mc Cormick has long and deeply studied the religious and political affairs of mankind and his views are worth the serious thought of thinking men He expresses himself forcibly and plainly and calls a spade a spade He and I swap opinions now and then and If he thinks the wheels are going around in my brainbox he dont hesitate to inform me about Jt He tolls me that I dont know what I am talking about at times and I reckon he Is right A man who talks as much as I do would a wonder if he was right all the timeI a letter from him the oth er day in reply to one I had written to him seveeral weeks previously It seemed to me to furnish a good text which I have indicated In the headline of this contribution Infidel attempts to make Christ out an Infidel It Is a subject I have been intending to write on for some time and one not heretofore discussed His letter in part Is as follows MyDear Doctor appreciatedllette look a little into your rather emphatic statement that The Character Christ of the cocalled New or last will and written testament of a fictitious God had caused more war more bloodshed more ignorance pain and suffering than has ever arisen from the acts and words of any one man or causo in all numan history Nowft he only statement charged to this character Christ that would lead to such an assertion was I came not to bring peace but a sword I came to put husband against wife brother against brother etc But din not Tom Paine do the same He too put men to thinking along new lines of thoughtof equity fellow fairness and human rights Just as soon as Paine began spreading the Ideas that there are no such things as divine rights of kings priests and popes just that soon father and son and hus hands and wives and neighbors and sections differed and the sword was brought out an unsheathed war fol lowed and the Tom Paine Ideas seem ed to win in America But kingcraft with its coworker priestcraft still lived and the moment you or I begin to write or talk for the practical idea of common sense common rights or Catholic equity we find our wives standing against us standing fast and fixed In the old time ruts and grooves of superstition against the same damned damnable and damaging superstition that Christ fought against and was hung for and that Paine fought against until he was impris oned and marked to be killed So if Christ did say he come to bring a sword to cut away the super stition that entailed a religious despotism on the world he meant no more and did no more than Tom Paine A tree is known by its fruits and as a man should be judged generally by his acts doings and sayings and as Christ never took part in any war or personal muscular conbat and until you can point out some such act In that life it is not fair to brand a man as a warrior who was hung to death for opposing the prevailing idea of war and blood letting In his day So let me advise you once more to let up on calling priestcraft which Is nothing more or less the world over but the Roman Catholic religion another delusion you are afflicted with Bryan and Tom Wat son have tho same disease and It looks like almost all the present day human animals have It and that Is tho crazy idea of the right and practicability of public ownership of all l Jtr powers and principles of common util ity Government Is at best and most only of the peoples making a aces averpIe who make it All governments tr which own the people are monarchies All people who own the government and make it their servant that is publican the first a curse the second a blessing All wealth Is measured by work e by the days labor and whoever has the financial graft and turn for acquisitiveness sufilcient to acquire and lay bystore up board and keep at his or her control ready money that person has wealth and should such be taken from those who thus acquire it and turn it over to the government 4yShould such be done the few will control tho many Individ uality personal activity and the incentive for industry and of storing up will have passed from us and we would quickly drift Into ignorance and seldom and the Tom Paine Idea of Republican government would be gone Yours truly G W McCORMICK Now that letter reads well It has rv some sense In Itjust SOME It has light to the extent only of McCormfcks eye sight but Bro MelCormick sitteth In the gloaming The principal idea conveyed in It is the defense of Chrst or the Christ Character Bro McCormick is an Infidelan Atheist I believe and it is not an uncommon thing for cocoll ed Infidels to defend Christ and etastsify him with Infidel reformers Ros i seau Paine and many of the prom nent have done this I think that i mush of this has been done to press j Christians with Infidel fairness and to show them that for the man l Christ they have almost Infinite spect In thus taking such particular pains to do justice to the man I think many Freethinkers have overstepped themselves This includes Paine who 9aI4 that for tho Man Ohrlsthoiha4s profound respect RI havent Some rrthusZihisdo I but with the advantages of to L Ithatthat with a degree of reserve and jcaution In the first place Christ openly pro claimed himself as the Son of God the same as his Father God on Earth He pretended to be commlsloned of God bearing a message directly from i Him to all mankind No matter how 1 you may twist his words that Is thee impressione h left with his followers who in their Ignorance and superstition believed It and who set about to preach it to all tho world and mililions In the world still preach takenjasculous lie Therefore on the very first claim or pretention of Christ Ibcannot have any kind of respect to say nothing of a profound respect He was a tramp preacher and noth ing else so far as we have any history and I have no respect for such characters He didnt work and provide for himself He let the women who got struck on his good appearance feed him He was just the kind of parasite that under Socialism would have to go to work for let It not be forgotten that under Socialism the poor Idler will have to go to work as well as the preacher the stock gambler and monopolist It will taU harder on the lazy drone and on those who like Christ and Dowle go around living on their wit or by proclaiming themselves divinities and gods All such will have to go to workChrist pretended to perform miracles f We all know that he was acting ea liethat he thus deceived tho poor and ignorant and left them in the belief of the deceit he practiced upon them and the minds of millions still are groping in tho delusions ho floated upon the world For this I cannot have a profound respect If such n person lived no doubt all the good was not told about him and neither was all the bad Since both good and bad has been recorded of him it follows that much of each has tbeen left untold In the brio discon nected statements of his disciples y1 fi4o-4 Only a small part of his life has been recordedI neither a profound nor even an ordinary respect for the good elth er In the character or teachings of Christ In the first place It Is every mans simple duty from a sense of decency and right to be good I dont attach any great credit to a man who pretends to be a God for being good it ought to be easy for a God to be good Besides when a man matte such pretensions he must make good ness his business I do have a pro found respect however for the poor devil who makes no superior claims to goodness but who Is bad naturally and who continues trying to bo good oven though ho fall I would rather have such a man for my savior than Jesus Christ the sleight of hand performer the conjurer the plagiarist fake philosopher and pretender to dl t vlnlty As above stated I have not a pro found respect even for the wisest and orf best of Christs teachings for th- isysimple reason I have found them ii line for lino and word for word in the teachings of reformers who pre- cededJf him and who made no lying to divinity I believe Jesus have been admitting that 11pretention a literary scavenger I be stole his philosophy which in the eighteen years In was missing Having picked up the teachings of Buddha and Confucius he returned to the Jews Just at a grievous time in their political history and proclaimed himself the Messiah for whose com t ing he know they were anxiously looking The time was opportune for springing this claim He began spread ing the doctrines he had imbibed confounding the minds of the ignorant L and stupid with his sleight of hand t acquirements and hypnotic powers WOoDo you wonder that vast crowds 1 followed him about when the streets of Cincinnati were recently blocked y with men and women seeking to touch t the hem of Schlatters coattails Can you wonder that he gained followers i in those times of universal ignorance r when Dowlo today has a hundred thousand obedient serfs riCompare the relations of Christ to 3 the people compare his methods of instruction with those of Socrates or right upon the face of his pretentious any one with half percop lion ought to be able to see written in i big letters FAKE f oI cannot go so far as Paine and forrnor even moral precepts which are evidently borrowed Nor can I go so far as Rosseau In my old school reader long be fore I knew who Rosseau was I used to read and was wonderfully impress ed with a eulogy given by Rosseau concerning the character of Christ and which ended this way Socrates died like a philosopher but Jesus Christ like a God The years ran by and I learned who Rosseau was and also learned that Christ who had all the splendors and happiness of heaven before him squealed at the last moment while Socrates without such prospects calmly bravely and digniflealy took the hemlock I found that a reversal of the statement was the fact and I have never had a profound respect even for Rosseau Infidel though heI was I dont like a trimmer of opln ion Let us have the facts about gods and saviors as well as devils and McCormick says that Christ never took part In any war or person al muscular combat Didnt he break in upon the money changers on a certain occasion and raise all kinds of hades Neither did Macchievelli over engage In war but he was the high priest In teaching the art of war Neither was Luther ever in war but the thirty years war resulted In his teachings He may as well acquit Loyola of the Inquisition as acquit Christ of all the wars and bloodshed that followed the attempt to establish his doctrines Bro McCormick says that a man should be Judged generally by his acts doing and saying- I shall take him up on that statement In case of Christ we are com pelled to Judge him chiefly by his sayings for certainly his doings which consisted of tramping around praying preaching and performing trickswere not such as to commend themselves for imitation today All one has to do In order to perceive the vagabondage of Christs existence is to say to himself Now suppose I leave my business or profession and start out among the ignorant to preach and convince them by my abili ty to perform miracles Does any one suppose that even the ordinary paid preacher of today would start out to Imitate the doings of Christ Would any ono risk getting pulled by the police or his head thumped by a disgusted crowd by stopping on a crowded street and having his feet wiped with the hair of the head of an ignorant woman whom he had madeI believe that he was God The less we say about the doingsI of Christ the better for him judge him generally by his sayings and by the general results of his sayings as Bro McCormick proposes I am surprised that Bro McCormick Inclines to excuse defend and explain away the most cruel words that Christ over uttered I came not to bring peace but a sword to put father against son etc No matter what Christ may have meant by them his followers understood them literally and ho did not disabuse their minds Ho left them with no other explana tion They took him at his word and ever since have applied tho sword when it was safe to for them to do so They found their Justification for war massacre torture and tho inquisition In these very fierce and fiery words We must Judge Christs teachings by the general effect they have upon the human race He said good things and also some very someI thingsand the selfish and have ever chosen to be guided by to wicked things he said consequently Christianity became the basis of th basest despotism ever known In the world You can provo most anything good or bad by Christ We must Judge him by the way his own followers have understood and taken him And how have they taken him They have used his general teachings to con found the ignorant to deceive domi neer sway rob pillage torture crush and debase mankind Since this is as apparent as the sun in the heavens I have no patience with those Infidels who would be com who are Inclined to so twist apIllearbring peace but a sword and heI didnt try to explain It differently Bro McCormick and many other asI ogizers are now doing He a left his followers with that on their minds and they ImpressionI his word and that is all can out of It As the world understood him and as he permitted the world to understand him so the world ap plied his words and today the fight is still on to get away from their fear mul influence The illustration Bro McCormick draws from comparing the effect of the sayings of Christs with those of Paine is not applicable They have a similarity with a wide difference The wrlUngrof Paltfelea I6taklnsup the sword in the defense ot freedom and human rights and liberty while the sayings of Christ led to taking up the sword in defense of kingcraft and priestcraft Some affect to believe that Christs principal aim was to dis enthrone the old Jewish superstitions I cannot see it that way He opposed a few trivial matters of no great con sequence to humanity What he really effected was to partlcally knock out one superstition and establish a worse one Bad as the history of the Jews was m no time in all the history of Judlaism was it as diabolical as Chris tIanty for a thousand years Christ and Christianity have proven curses to the world They have stood in opposition to all liberty and progress Christ proclaimed himself to bo God He invented hell He damn ed to everlasting tortures all who did not believe in him His representa tives have done likewise What is more ludricrous than for a Freethink er to try to patch him up and make him presentable for acceptance into Infidel society There seems to be a growing tendency along this line among Freethinkers They try to make out that he was in reality an Infidel reformer because he opposed a few of the old Jewish superstitions The fact is that the philosophy of Jesus is no improvement over that of Job and other old testament writers and besides in declaring himself to be God Al mighty and trying to prove the same by legerdemain he demonstrated that he was equally fanatical and super stitious There was not enough Infidel raw material in Jesus Christ to make a shadow of a Freethinker For heavens sake let the Christians have him and keep him Sup pose now that it were possible for Infidelity to prove and claim him as an Infidel philosopher and reformer as one who opposed the old order of things and lost his life for so doing The moment wo claim him for delity that moment wo must assume all his blunders and superstitions and vicious doctrines which have plunged the world in ignorance cruelty and bloodshed Can you not see that as soon as we make an Infidel out of him the moral world would at once blame Infidelity for the bad in him for advocating the use of tho swordI sending people to hell Tor their Ina bility to believe etc etc Because Jesus a religious fanatic opposed other religious fanatics that dont make an Infidel or Freethinker out of him oven ho did get killed for it I JPIthe Roman Christian gets killed t dont make a great Infidel refer or of him does It No it is mly lout eat dog This tendency of Infidels to miko an Infldel out of Jesus is all dampnjol nonsense He was nothing else jut either a religious crank chock ful of conceit and divinity or the most an mitigated pretender and charh ian that ever lived A smart rascal lho imbibed both the philosophy and eg erdemaln of the East and who tern back and played it off on the lg orant Jews hoodooing them into ihe belief that ho was the Messiah tin tho Son of God Just as Dowlo to kay is making thousands believe that ho is Elijah I have recently read the famous Jef ferson BibleS000 copies of which were recently printed by Congress Jefferson had aimed to clip out nIl else in the New Testament except that which directly bears upon the saying and acts of Christ and he de clans that in this compilation tiero Is the finest system of morals In all tho world cedls appointed in auytniug in my life It is the weakest thing out It starte off with all the claims of Jesus to divinity and embraces tho believe or be damned declaration and the I came not to bring peace but a sword etc and all the other preposterous pretensions proclalmcu by Jesus and in this is be found the finest aye tern of morals in all the worla Is it moral to pretenu to bo a God Bah all the morals in it Jesus gqt from others And the whole tenor of it is In street opposition to the spirit of the Declaration of Indepeu dence and of modern ideas of human liberty and science all of which gee g to show how befuddled some Infidels get in sizing up the character of Jesus Christ Even Ingersoll was a little weak on the man Jesus whom ho looked1 up to as a moral reformer and to whom he said ho paid the tribute of his tears And even Bro Moore when he stood on Calvary blubbered some of the briny although he has ridiculed Christs claim to divinity a thousand times and otherwise declared him an imposter and showed up his weak nesses and inconsistencies I can only explain tats tendency b the sentiment Imbibed in their you hs which still linger in some Ini del minds After all they cant quite j Ivo up the Christ of their plastic cl if hood and being now Infidels t somehow want to take Christ n with them and so incline to make a Infidel out of him This Is Bro Cormicks delusion He well kn iws that Jesus was deeply religious md a superstitious fanatic and got his lights put out in a theological scap and by pretending that ho was the king of tho Jews whom the Jow4 In their ignorant superstition had bjeen looking for If ono Indian killed an other Indian over a matter of Indian theology that wouldnt make a great Infidel reformer out of him would It No He would be only a dead IndIanI Neither would a superstitious jew killed by other superstitious Jews beI a great Infidel reformerIBro McCormick says that Christ said I came not to bring peace but a sword and to put father against son In order to cut away the potic superstition of the Jews HowI does Mro McCormick know that was what Christ meant Christ made no such mention as that That Is plainly Bro McCormicks interpretationhis apology for the saying which he made up at some desperate and plexed moment The only interpretaI tion any of us can Justly put on thatI saying must be founded on the reoI sults of the sayingand what areI they Why their literal meaningthe application of the sword to estalilisn his own doctrines and his own fame as one of the deities of the worldtoj crush all other religions that his ownI might rise to supreme power That asI Bro McCormick knows was the re suIt of that saying and no other terpretation can be put upon it And this Is one of the items which Jefferson includes as a part of itheI finest system of morals In the WO11djand this is the Man whom Rosseau and Paine had pro IrersoliThe first thing that we know will be the of the suc1eedtheAnd why should either the God Cbrist1mebraying Why should he want to turn the sword even upon his own pe plo even to cut away their supersti m as Bro McCormick says W snt there any better way Why didnt this God Christ or Man Christ try in olli gent argument first Why dlfi he i l J I L want to kill people either to down an other religion or to establish his own Why should ho want any man brought before him and stoned to death who might deny him appearItry to overthrow their customs and religion and got killed for it What would all of you say of me Tho durned fool ought to have had better sense some of you would say and others would say Ho ought to have been killed Any man who advocates the use of tho sword in set thug religious disputes ought to fall by tho sword Jesus got his deserts That is Just what Bro McCorrnlck k and all the rest of you would say of me Then why only all this profound respect and tears and Inlldel twad die about Christ being an Infidel re former or any other kind of a re former when we Infidels all ought to know by this time that for 1600 years mankind has had to wade through rivers of blood to reform his reform and we are still wading What does liberty and peace In Russia mean but the bloody struggle to get away from this God Christ or Man Christ or whatever you may please to call it I do not tithe a back seat in my rev erence for any wan who has died for man or who has died for a principle which tended to the betterment of mankind aim to be in the front row to do him honor But I fall to see where Christ died for men or for a principle which tended to the betterment and happiness of men tail to see hero ho died for liberty of thought and speech and education and progressive liberal government- I fall to see wherein he died except to introduce a sword to knock out one superstition for the purpose of estab lishing another which proved the most degrading and cruel of all that ever exsted and which every lover of Justice and progress even at this late day is compelled to contend against i am not going to make a martyr out of a man who falsely pretended to be a god and who died as the result of contending over some superstitious schisms and trying to make a divinity of himself and I am going to rap every Infidel on the pate who tries to matte an Infidel reformer out of him We dont want him Ho was a mira cle worker Let the believers In mir acles have him We dont want to chase after either a God Christ or timeyexplaining the laws of the universe- I think it ought to be plain to all byuthlttimo that it wasnt upon the good things that Christ said that his thensive the equivocal the dictatorial and imperiousIf religion had been influenced by the good and true things he said we would never have had the wars massacres murders inquisitions tor tures hates and other cruelties that havo existed and been committed in his name As Bro McCormick says Wo must Judge him GENERALLY by his sayings and doings dud thats just what Im doing There is no other way to Judge him but to Judge him generally Christians want you to see all the good anil none tho bad in him and even some Inv fidels would apologize for his worst teachingsIf McCormick would apologize- for Christs relations to Mary Magdalene wouldnt find the least fault I would say wo are all human and all weak and but few of us have any right to throw stones in such a case But when he deliberately apologizes for Christs cold heartless advocacy of the use of the sword whether it be destroy another superstition or to advance his own then I must hold his bad Judgment up where he and all can see it and be ashamed of it But I am not writing this alone for Bro McCormicks benefit I am taping a rap at Paine Rosseau Jefferson In gersoll Moore and thousands of oth whoso profound respect and tears fool apologies and lick splitting over this Man Christ make me sick- I deny that he was either a good God or a good man f I charge this God Christ or Man Christ or whatever he was with the greatest of all crimesthat of pretending to be a Godot deceiving the wise by a plagiarized philosophy of deceiving the ignorant by legerdemain of exalting fault and belief over rea son of advocating the use of the sword in order to destroy other beliefs and to establish his own of promul gating the doctrines of the divine right of kings of eternal damnation and of tho subjection and degradation of woman all of which general dev- Iltry had tho result of fitting tho world with war massacre murder hate revenge Ignorance brutality and gen oral retrodegradation Of all crimes this was the one great crime against huamnlty Unfortunately the Jews killed this vain bigoted and conceited pretender this conjurer of the goodI and bad otherwise the world would never have been cursed either with him or with his teachings 3ftfi o n Both at his trial and crucifixion Christ had the chance to square him sef but he went to his death still maintaining that he was God and without retracting any of his decep tions It Is not Improbable that he saw that if he told the truth they would kill him anyhow for his false pretension of being tho Messiah and so died as ho has lived Ho must have known that tho Jewish people were in a bad fix politically under Uio Romans and they were not in a mood to stand any trifling from pro GAL SIX WILSON tenders moral spiritual or temporal to the throne To have confessed that ho was not what ho had pretended to be would havo meant death to him anyhow Those old Jewish rulers were no fools They could come as near telling a God when they saw him as you or I The most charitable thing that can be said of Christ is that he was sane One very common species of Insanity is that which seeks and cov ets martyrdom especially when the governing Impulse is religion I be love that today Dowio would be pinned to the cross for the notoriety it would gain him in the future and with his last dying gasp he would say Father forgive them they know not what they do they know not that I am Libe Bro McCormick advises me to let up on calling priestcraft or in other words the Roman Catholic religion ChristianityI it If the Catholic relig ion is not Christianity there is no Christianity If I wanted to be a Chris tian I would be a Catholic The Cath ode religion is the only consistent re ligion It is the only one that has interpreted Christ correctly It was the first to begin and will be the last to give up the use of the sword the divine right of kings the exercise of faith over reason and all the practice of the miraculous and sleight of hand and other hocus pocus Indulged in by Christ If Catholicism isnt coasts tent Christianity I dont know what is All the Protestant creeds are but expressions of mans struggling to get away from Christianity They are few bottom rungs In the long upright ladder of InfidelitytI have now dwelt at such great length on this part of Mr McCor micks letter that I will not have time to discuss the economic part but will speak briefly of one mention He says that Bill Bry nTom Watson and Doc Wjlson as well as nearly all the real ot t no rell 4day human animals are suffering delusion as to the municipal ownership of all the powers of common utility meaning I suppose public ownership of rail roads telegraphs mines lands etc Well animals have more sense than men in the things that most of beet them and in my opinion it is a good and growing sign of the time when the animals get aroused All the reforms that have come to the world have been wrought by the animals When have gods saviors kings priests nabobs landowners monopolists and aristocrats ever Inaugurated a reform or stood for common fair ness Justice and humanity- In Russia only two people In a hundred were allowed to be educated and oven these were limited In their stud ies All the rest were animals The animals now are aroused At this writing they are raising particular hell They are demanding the dlsen thronment of Czar and Pope and the establishment of a Democarcy As France Jumped suddenly from the ex treme of Catholicism to the extreme of Atheism end eventually became the most Liberal country In the worla likewise will the Russian animal change In twenty years Russia will be one of the greatest among the Liberal people of tho world Mark well what I say If the animals keep up their courage until they kill the Romanoffs and the nobility and great land owners clear out of the country thoy the animals will make Russia the most glorious country in the world Brother McCormick farther says All wealth is measured by work No such a thing Lots of people in herit millions who never worker a day in their lives Lots of people own land who would never have had it if their granddaddies hadnt worked for it and give it to them The people who work the hardest are generally the poorest so all wealth is not meas ured by work What he meant was that It takes work to produce wealth But there is a big difference between measur ing wealth by work and producing wealth by work You wouldnt measure Rockefell ers billion by his work would you No What then Why by his schem ing thieving and corrupting and by his cold cruel and unfeeling selfish ness Ho Js the kind who believes like Christ in using the sword Brother McCormick further asks this question Whoever has the financial graft Rockefeller and turn for acquisitiveness Morgan Gould Hill Sage sufficient to acquire and lay by store up hoard and keep atIhis or her control ready moneythat person has wealth and should such be taken from those who thus acquire It and turned over to the govern menU My reply to this is it is all accord Ing to what he means by financial graft If ho refers to the graft of monopoly and legislation I say that all such graft should be taken from the grafters and returned as far as possible to the rightful owners the government seize the rest and forever after stop grafting Of course the government should seize all the coal mines and oil fields The owners didnt put the oil there or the cool there They didnt make It It is a common public necessity Why should a few own it If the government would now seize all the Standard 011 wells I expect Rockefeller would have left enough to live on the rest of his life You wouldnt measure George Goulds wealth by his work would you Ho didnt make his railroads Ho didnt work on them They wore given to him by his father who was one of the biggest thieves criminals and rascals that ever lived and who like Rockefeller ought to have been sent to the penitentiary If tho government would take up all of Goulds railways I expect would have enough bonds propertyfand cash to live on I am sure he would have a great deal more wealth than equalled his work It is all a matter of how a man gets his money honestly or dishonestly whether his wealth is equal to the bor he performs or whether It Is measured by Injustice inhumanity and crime The man who honestly works for what ho gets and lays It up or hoards of course has the right to do so That is Just the kind of man that every man should be But the man who by the present system corruption lays up millions I say that man has no right to acquire and hoard his ill gotten gains Were I president and had It in my power to take It from them and turn it over to the government would Ido It You Just bet I would Men have no more right to hoard money in that way that they have to hoard thought What would you think of a man who had a genius for invention mathematics music poe yt try art or science and who would hoard it up and lay it by for hlifWn selfish saHsfactibn Every man who has the love of hu manity In his heart owes it to himself to give a large part of the best of uimself the best of his thought the best of his kindness and love and labor and cheer to those beneath him whom nature has not so bounti fully endowed and whose environ ments have placed them at unequal advantages in the race of life Money Is not tho only wealth of ficial position not the only aristocracy Yhattostarved half naked Russian sort like Maxim Gorky is worth more than all the crowned Idiots and noble brutes and thieving grafters in the world and dont want to see such good animals longer abused In each case of municipal ownership which has come under my ob servation tho government or munici pality has Invariably renumerated all property holders for the property conffiscated for the general good and the srenumeration has always been gener Ciis Thero Is no dlsposlica to take any mans lands or properv away front him without renumeration Consequently all the fear of the In habitants of remote parts like Groh Lou Lawrence Moore and McCormick is only night hoes None of them un derstand the general economic condl t tions or municipal ownership or the Standard oil questions They are all in now on the subject of Standard and If I ever get time I am going to reply and givo them all the squirm 1gltus This is a long article but Hughes xt is complaining that he has no copy t to fill the Blade and this will help him to fill his columns if It does no other gttd- Again to Bro McCormicn and to all Infidels who thoughtctsly try to make an Infidel reformer out of Christ I will say that it Is a waste of good time to try to renovate and disinfect a character whose general sayings and doings have produces such generally unhappy resultsthe plunging of tho world Into a thousand years of ignorance superstition cruelty and crime It is a character not worth defending The stench of superstition clings to It and It cannot be removed Christ is one of the mon strous mistakes of the 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