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Digital page images are linked to the text file. l1lI Iirtttt jIJ t h i iitI d t c I l 1r ffI BLUE GRASS BLADE It r ParWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTHtiAk VOLUME XV NUMBER 43it lSt IaLEXINGTON KY FEBRUARY 3 1907 PUBLISHED WEEKLY rso A YEA R IN ADVANCE r CRAPSEY NOW FIGHTS BACK Declares the Church Is Not Moral an Plays FavoriteAlways Wants Everything For NothingHe Gives Sharp Retort EVEN THE THOUGHT OF GOD IS IMMORAL REPRODUCED Inspired apparently by his freedom to speak out his beliefs without trespassing on the clerical laws of church the Rev Dr Algernon Crapsey who was deposed as a clergy man in the Episcopal church for heresy made a remarkable attack on the dogmas of the Ciirlstlan churches in a lecture at a local theatre tonight That the Christian religion as pressed in presentday dogmas of the Christian churches is neither pure enough for the enlightened conscience of the present ago and that the doc trine of original sin is Immoral were the principal points in his address His theme was The Moral Breakdown in the Churches He began his lecture with a refer ence to a certain scene in Athens in the days of Alciblades When that brilliant politician and equally brit Rant debauchee of a certain banquet was discussing the religious conditions of his time certain young men who were present were deploring the de cay of religion in Greece but Alcl blades said not eo Having Just returned from Corinth he said Never before have there been so many women consecrated to the services of the Goddess of and never before have the young me of the country resorted more eagerly to the sacred groves The writer who records this evenLwas if I am not mistaken Crapsey the immortal Plato himself vhoBawithlng shocking In SU1 t that we call religion an what we c morality are not always In accord It is true that at the time of Alcl blades these religious observances which are to us so shameful expres- ed the current morality of his da But morality was then outgrowing that phase of religious observant the men were beginning to be ashamed of prostituting their women to the services of their gods and from that time on there was a growth of th moral sense that was in lncreasin- antagonism to the religion of the ple The antagonism began to grow until at last we heard the prophetic saying God hath not called us to uncleanliness but to holiness- It is a very common error which holds that religion is a guardian of morality Just the opposite is true Morality is a guardian of religion There are no emotions of men n even the sexual emotions which neea to be kept more sternly under the power of the conscience and guarded more exactly by the power of reason than the religious emotions Mans religious nature is In its sence unmoral If not immoral In th name of his gods he has committed the greatest atrocity has been guilt edofas we have already seen of sanctifl uncleanliness has sacrificed his so and his daughters to devils has mu dered the righteous thinking to do Go service and has robbed the poor 0 build temples to the deities Thoughts of God Immoral 1We readily acknowledge the im morality of the ancient forms of re llgion which were supplanted Chris tianity but wo fall to see that oven In our own religion there are conceptions which the enlightened conscience of today condemns the underlyi thought of God Inthe Christian is immoral in its nature It represen God as being in a perpetual state anger We are told that ever since the year 4000 B C God has been angry with man because of the sin of Ada Now anger is a debasing passion who indulges anger degrades himself and if this be true of man it must be equally true of God In whose likeness man is mode 4000 years of anger would be to change any God Into a fiend and the God of the Westminster Confession who is in this perpetual state of wrath Is as Dr Carter says not a God but a fiend Such a God cannot command t worship of a soul that has itself carded tho passion of anger Cruel is san attribute of God as Ho is 1 i L jjjjjjgTJra represented to man In the dogma of Church St Augustine devotes wo books of the City of God to prove that God can keep by His immortal power a body of flesh In eternal exist ence in order to torment that body in the everlasting flames Now a God certnlnlydRepresented As Having Favorites This whole notion of a God of geance has been outgrown and our conscience condemns Him God Is also represented in the dog ma as having His favorites among children of men giving to some and withholding from others without rhyme or reason except His own will and pleasure Such partiality ripe nhcaySin man we cannot allow In God Dr Crapsey then went on to say that not only was there Immoral caption In regard to the Deity con aired in the dogma of the Christian Churches but those Churches in their teachings held a false degrading and in a measure an immoral conception of man He continued The doctrine of original sin as Is usually expounded from the pulpitI Is insulting to human nature and tends to nourish impure conceptions of the nature of man Without his own fault man Is brought Into the world by a process which his religious teachers tell him is essentially un clean that because of this uncleanll ness ho is damned before he is born Continued on Page Four CRITIC MAKESle STRONG REPLY Answers Miss Laura Groh and Sets idntySomeaura Groh I think It was deplored the tendency othe Blade towards So kindredespirits of the ndslmplo of Freeth n e e are addressed There was a time when too labored under the llhsloD that pure aIdundeled competitive Freethought would reduce all hums closeyr wherefores of sppptesslon fully con vinced me that the root of the evil lies as deep as private ownership in the means of lifecThat pure and simple Freethought wllgchurch it no longer fnreaten any vest ed Interests it is now becoming quite respectable and when compared with the more serious movements such as Socialism Free Lowe or archy is looked upon as quite harm less This kind of Freethinkers are all right as far as they go but they theoft changed from religious to the economic field and continue to revolve like a dead mooc around an equally dead planet charm ed by their erstwhile enemy even in death All pure and simple Fm e scana a degradation and want In this re they are no better and no worse religionistras soon Urealdand butter voted out of my mouth by them as by the other More Free thought can never be anything but a hollow mockery so long as the condi ions under which we live are such that the great majority of our people must prostrate themselves before small possessing class in order to ob lain a livelihood This condition lrr reminds us that we arts not haltriiswithout works is dead s progreofmov us o the evolution of machinery In the evolution of the machine we see that It has not been only a question of In ofHa of the best available machinery to im prove perfect and manufacture new and more effective machines In like manner we should not bo satisfied with merely Increasing the number of butIdead selves as stepping stones to higher things Thought Is useful on t a lalyat t Continued on Page Four 1 i J yaA Ji i THE RELIGIOUS MAN IS DANCEROUS When the Crusaders Cut the Throats of Turks They Did Gods WorkWe Are All Too Cowardly To Be andnWomen God As An Old Gent Is Christian Idea BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAWtVery few people realize how many curious and trashy things they believe and really imagine that they are parts of their religion although they have nothing to do with religion They are only the Imagery of religion and re mains of It We not only believe In Imageries but we are all idolaters an 0 extent we hardly realize We have always believed that God was an Old Gentleman It you read your Bible you will find that there is place in It where in the old Hebrew gend God spoke out of the burning bush to Moses and said I am that I am but He didnt say it and yet strangely enough we are almost all brought up with that vague sort of ea that this is God and the perfectly opinion that this force which Is an overgrowing force If it Is to be pified at all must be typified as that a comparatively young man The thing comes to as as quite strange and many people would have the sen sation of blasphemy anybody should ae tug home to ye the extmu to rea an idolater because the Elderly Gentlemen with the beard is an Idol Let us try and get some idea of what a religious man Is It is not very easy to get such an Idea because you very seldom see a religious man There arc not many religious men or women will not say even In this country but there are not very many of them in the whole course of history 1and am not sure that It is not occa sionally a good thing will have to show you that al though tic religious man is a very wonderful person he is also a very dangerous person Let us see If we can get any definition of a religious man I will give you my definition If a man has a constant sense mounting on his part to a positive knowledge that he Is the natural strument of a Power which is n versal Power of the Power which broughtreated it into being and that he is not in the world for his own narrow purposes but that ho Is the instrument of that dPowerthatman is a religious man It does not matter whether he ieves in the religion of Jonah and the whale and the elephant standing on the tortoise If he has not got that belief he tray believe as much as he In nil the legends that ever Isted The Tragedy of Cowardice The real tragedy of human character Is human cowardice Although we all keep up a certain pretense that we are bravo men we all know perfectly mena A nation will allow anything to be said about It except that it has no courage The reason of that is that the nation 1I1nds that It has no courage and no men with any sort of courage at all It Is n very necessary thing because without fear you would not live a gle day If you were not afraid of being run over you would be run over oeforo you got home wordId n re prepared to run very considerable risks for some purpose that Is outside themselves and what really will nerve a man as history shows what will mant is an of a larger and higher power than self And he will not only do very wonderful things In the direction that are selfsacrificing and great but he will do other things Ho will cut your throat without hating you and In the v same way you can attack him without injuring his feelings In say case he is a dangerous man and what use he will make at this conviction and powe depends a great deal on his brain an conscience There Is nothing that appeals to him more than the number of people who go about in the world and apologize for everything and say did my best and acted according to my Conscience It a man asks me Shall I act according to my con science say to him For good ness sake dont unless you have n very good conscience Theone thing you will never be able to get In this life is any simple rule of conduct which will guide you through life The Golden Rule is that there is no Golden Rule The Pharl sees Imagined that they did everything when they obeyed the Ten Command ments Almost all the Commandments with perhaps the exception of two are Commandments which we all very fre quentl a slm le matter as It has any value is that It is a definition of religion on which think you could unite the British Empire I know by experience that it is perfectly possible to get members of different sects Into a room and liberately set them talking of religion although they are persons of the most violent sectarian differences If you could once get them on the highest plane of religion they will begin to talk about It net only with extraordi nary enthusiasm but with t agreement One of the difficulties the all really earnest ministers otreligion have is that they cannot get their congregations to understand how little difference here Is between them other d persons who belong io other sects and other congregations You congregation almost always expects you to hate everybody who is not very much religion in them and the writers have no idea of what reo Igion means You will also find th there Is a very wide feeling In country that any man who makes an attempt to believe religion as an over day force Is a man who ought to b suppressed A man knows that he has religious autles and that those duties conflict very seriously with his daily work business He says I cannot alway be bothered with religion and therefore I want a particular day set apa to keep it holy You set that apart and I will go and be religio as far as can on that day and InI order to avoid any practical quences I shall also agree not to any business on that day I must d all my business an the six days or all my religion on the seventh at then they will never come Into tact and If you will come down han some for your churches pay your stipends and put coins In the collec lion box I am a perfectly reckless Sabbath breaker I phiy the piano I do nil manner of things The reason that break Monday always like to ha e a little religion on every day of my life I may not sanctify Sunday by keeping It holy In the ordinary w that the man in the financial dlatr does but in the ordinary way I do n secularize the other days I find I on better when I get my religion spread over the week When you uold of tile really religious essence religious life religious life is a hap life People have the Idea that because I dont eat meat or drink whisky I am I an ascetic I am a voluptlon I avoid eating meat because it Is a nasty thingi to do I avoid drinking e cause it gives me unpleasant sensa tions I always live the pleasantest sort of life I possibly can and get as much pleasure out of It as I can What I like Is life itself and that of course is tile genuinely religious view to take Life Is a very worthy thing It Is a force outside yourselves- want to show you that there Is something to be said for the mnn who Is religious only on Sundays For stance all the chivalry of Europe went over and made the crusade and attacked the Mohammedans in order to rescue the Holy Sepulchre That showed that the Crusaders were really religious men and believed that they were doing Gods work but they did not do It very Intelligently There was no necessity to cut the throats of all the Turks If they had been more genu inely religiousif the Turks had been more genuinely religious they would have found that they had practically the same religion wfth the exception of points on which they might very readily have agreed to differ and that there was a great deal of work for each to do together You must not suppose that because religioushedan Instrument in the hands of the Larger Power you must not forgo- atth all the time he is an instrument In the hands of that Larger Power Continued on Pace Four SAMPLEO- F BIBLE DEFENSE Would Undertake To Protect the Holy Book From Assault and At tempt An Answer To the 47 Nuts To Be Cracked GIVEN PROMINENCE FOR THE o s fade ujtfcu gg edl1 and correct all communications sent for publication but in the present in stance we have declined the task al though giving publication to tne fol lowing By giving It In Its original orthography we do not Intend to humiliate the author but simply to draw attention to the fact that the more enlightened advocates of Chris tianity refuse to defend their faith leaving that to such whose enthusiasm leads them astray Ed Dladne r Christians to crack tnen you say the challenge Is to orthodox Which do you mean to attack orthodox or curl s lions Bible sludence if you mean to anrr ous to defend it that it Is a harmon- Ious whale and that Its author is god powerttul loving and Just creator of all things concernea9d a you say you to cut down error and establish truth if so meet doeanswer your questions I will say that they are not put In proper form take queestlon do you mean as orthodox do eternal nothings of but does a setarid death Rev 218 for the wilful wicked hertectlaon snuse6 questions and no yes god loves tid0e t man at porfdect r every yede twill be Justice to both the rtghttea nOljhateteachers nothing of the kind diet doIyou punish your own children for c rection 13 ans god has saved all m but not eternal ans attar man IsI perfectman a thetlife or death ans yes he wlllth alltyespYteach that they will be 19 aria he did Continued on Page r4 f ii Iii THE WIND OF COD Torreys Attempted Definition of theJHoly Ghost Comes In For a Castigation at the Hands of a K Competent Critic BLADE SHOULD HAVE A CORRESPONDENT IN CHICAGO BY JOHN F CLARKE Dear Editor Thomu Hugher of Wood and Drawer r of Water and Cutter of Ice Greetings ifriendCity Iowa sent me the following clip ping and requested me to preach to the faithful anent the wonderful tld Ings contained therein Defines Holy Spirit Dr Torrcy spoke upon Names of j 1rlouswhich the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost has been known since the dawn ofIChristianity He took the position that trio Holy Spirit might well be call ed the the wind of God a great wind of purity and holiness sweeping upon thetopentheirtakes a wind to catch a wind The excerpt is from the Chicago Journal Dr Torrey Is one of those fellows who knows a lot about things that they are In abject Ignorance upon One his inspired forerunners said poetical ly the wind bloweth where it Hsteth and no man knoweth whence it cometh nor whither it goeth but his beautiful poetic faculties did not re HolyGhostnicely Dr Torrey has by his lucid reasoning explained a matter of mo cJ ment to the great world of doubters Some of us balked at the Holxj worce hat the wlhH of God If the wind is of such could pay Mary a visit sub rosa and she be none the wiser but how it could reveal It to an angel in a dream still puz zles us If the angel had but stepped out of the Josephean dream and and spoken his piece we would have stood by that angel until Gabriel blows The Wind of God says Tor rey and he speaks as one with the weight of discovery In his makeup Morse Farraday Newton Franklin and oven our every day friends Edl son and Marconi go bag your heads Of what avail are your little monfcey ing with unseen elements besides the great Torrey Gentlemen I appeal to you living and dead do not claim any prior rights in this momentous diacov err You lost your chance and the superior mind of the great Torrey came along and picked up this tningYand no man nor woman had ever thought of putting this psychologic and 2 together and making out of It When we come to think of it the symbols H and the cardinal 1 point N E W S fit together chem lenity like a horses hoot in the mud It is as simple as A C when it is revealed under Inspiration by the Great Torrey Alexander can no J longer hear the prefix Great nor the affix The Great Both the divine right of discovery TorreyfIs the greatest evangelist of all ages He has converts enough to his credit to give him all the stars of the firmament not otherwise appropriated to stud his celestial clown Who more fitting than he to have the heavenly hot air reveal itself to Dear Jim It Is no use of your get ting Jealous of Torrey There Is no himIsaw It first Torrey has got one in pridelodfscovinspectacles did not show her this thing glnssesnbinoculars wll not oven hint that onlyntoIceprecipiceII 4Ardr me Of course Jim you know how I Continued on Page Three D t i t- d THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up to his death February 7 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial subscription cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per year Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per uonth unless by special contract when other and bet 11cIr rates will be quoted upon application The pftb li hers have the right to reject any advertise 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minority right is better than a mojority wrong To jump at conclusions is a poor way saving the brains There is no more ignoble slavery than conviction surrenedered to policy In every work of genius we may recognize bur own rejected thoughts Paine memorial issue is in pan lhlet form which can be had for ten cents leads to the inquiry as to which oemuwife intends to givna Chicago boasts of a miij who supports a wife and fifteen children on sixty cents a day but he doesnt own an automobile or an opera box That Philadelphia preacher who concocted plan for making the world good in twentyfive years is already putting in a great deal ofover tiuc a New Yorker who proved he could live on I tiirty cents a day and left 200000 to his heirs ought to see how they have improved on his expcri scent by making the 200000 look like thirty cents a rDccapitation is said to be remarkably successful in China in the matter of preventing financial losses by failing bankers It may not be tails they win but it is certainly loads they lose xb Finale of the RooseveltStorer farce comedy proves that the American people do not yet approve t of mixing religion with politics This was also demonstrated a few years ago when the A P A was kicked into kingdom come A truth of the Christian system of religion is dependent upon the inner conscience of its sub jects but its falsity is amply demonstrated by the outward facts admitted by reasoning men and women and its failure to produce that for which it was originating t Christian worshippers mistake belief for positive knowledge miracle for reason Take away the miraculous the superstitious the false and Chris tianity would have nothing left Some people think they know but in truth and in fact they merely believe and are unable to discern the difference Rich and poor meet on equal terms at the portals of the tomb For one as for the other Apollo hangs the evening sky with banners of burnished gold Nine centuries hence the dust of the mendi cant will have mingled with that of the millionaire and the posterity of present monarchs may have to creep through life as paupers Most pitiful failure in the world is the man who succeeds only in mak ing money picturebows intended to deceive painted by the devils own artist that the cash may be extracted from then to keep some preacher in idleness and luxury what a difference there would be in the morning 4 yetbeeni lieS i solution of lifes problems is not to be found in the pulpit of the amen corner According to the latest religious outbreak the world is rapidly dancing to the devil Gmntinc this to be true it must prove that God Almighty F dreadfully slow to permit Lucifer to become lord paramount of all the gleaming worlds by persuad ing some poor miserable little son of Adam to work his toes on Sunday to dance with the girls and play euchre for a fivecent cigar Would it not be well could all the blabsters and bobblywocks be induced to play Judas after the betrayal JUST ONE YEAR AGO One year ago last Thursday by the day of the month February 7 Charles Chilton Moore the founder and editor of the Blade passed over the dark river into that great ocean of eternity oer which no travelers bark has eer been seen returning and where they who have crossed are forbidden by backward look or sign to divulge the Secrets of the coffin and the shroud One year ago at about this time or a few days following Mr Moores sad death we assumed the editorial control of the Blade and how well we have managed it during that period our readers alone must be left to judge Renders of every periodical know that their cdi tors arc but human possessing only a limited hu man knowledge and that more or less perfect Un der such circumstances it is natural that some errors should creep into the columns and some times things may be said words spoken that might have been better left unsaid unspoken None the less we have tried to do the best we could the very best of which we are capable to the end that the Blade might be perpetuated as an ever living monument to the memory of him who first gave it life and force Can this be done our effort will not have been in vain Well friends this is the first year of our steward ship Have you been pleased satisfied with our effort We have striven to make the Blade a fo rum for the people upon which to ventilate their ideas and give free expression to their freethoughts that stake for progress and happiness At times ideas will be ventilated with which the editor in person does not agree but to keep the Blade free this should not prevent their publication When a man or woman has a good thing they ought to be able to tell it and the columns of the Blade have been thrown open to all shades of opinion whether political religious or social Passing over the past twelve months in retrospect we cannot say that the Blade has advanced very far financially True we have secured a number of new subscribers and our circulation has increased to a slight extent but we have also u st some Names were upon our mailing list of some who took it just through their personal regard for the late Mr Moore and the majority of those fell away Some felt that under its new management lode tch loner vulU- ing convinced that the Blade is destined o keep hammering at superstitions doors their uty is plain and further explanations are unnecessary During the year a number have died others have refused to subscribe to the paper because of the greater freedom we have thrown into its pages majorityanoveour warmest was new undertaking for us Frankly we did not know whether we would succeed or not It was in the nature of an experiment with us We were determined however not to give up without an nfrort und that effort has been successful What we desire to impress upon the minds of our friends now is the fact that the Blade must have a still larger circulation We continue to publish it at a personal loss in the hope that sooner or later it can be brought to a paying basis as it should be Could one and all discern the importance of this to our cause the Blade would not long remain with out a proper patronage If you approve of our policies and believe that our efforts are deserving strive to make the circula tion of the Blade during the present year double what is was last year and our success is more than this we extend our learty thanks to those who so generously contributed their talents and genius to its columns and to the many warm friends who have stood by us in this year of doubt and struggle a a According to the recently expressed views of Bishop E n llendricks of New York the scrip tural character known as Jesus of Nazareth was the legendary forerunner of our Cliaunccy Depew In other words we are asked to believe that this Jesus was the first to indulge in what is termed talk at the dinner table and we know to a dead moral certainty that our Chauncey was the last Judea soy be able to claim the originator of the habit but America caps the climax The Blade makes this assertion in spite of the declaration of Bishop llendricks that II Christ was the greatest of table should such a distinction be conferred upon the Nazarene and our Chauncey not even mention ed in the list If history speaketh true and by this the Blade means religious history Christ only talked once while eating and that in a life of 33 years while our Chauncey talks more than 33 times in due month To eat in Silence while seated at a well filled table is not in strict accordwith the makeup of Chauucey He is so gifted with the arts of eloquence that he could give Christ cards and spades and then beat him out on natural points Cliaunccy would rather talkthan eat and it is said that his loquaciousness has led him to get up front the table only halffed Digestion wouldbe almost ft i impossible to him unless speech Went with the grub Some Christians not very many however are known to mumble incantations over their food both before and after taking but medical science has not yet been able to determine its precise effects on the process of digestion An imprecation might have equally as good effects upon boarding house hash as a prayer and in our judgment the boarding house biscuit has sent many a man out with a string of cuss words that wouldreach clear across the continent Bishop llendricks uses as an illustration the fact that savage man ate in savage silence then refers to Christ at the supper table as showing the first introduction of the custom of talking while eating The Bishop is not very familiar with his Bible for we are told that when the angels of the Lord visited Lot he took them in and fed them and that while eating they discussed the Lords intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah It is true that when man begins to talk while he eats he is advanced in civilization but it must largely depend upon the subject of his conversation In modern Christian homes they seldom discuss religion and in this we find strong evidences of human prog ress The more intelligent the eater the more im portant will be his table talk Mother Grundy likes to discuss the latest scandal in her neighbors family and lay bare the secrets of the hearth with such coloring matter as may suit her tastes and Mrs Grundy is nothing if she is not religious nay orthodox The sewing circle afforded excellent opportunities in that direction but they grew so scandalous that the community became shocked and they have largely gone out of fashion Seriously and in all possible consideration we are unable to understand why it is that any man possessing a smattering of knowledge should ever hold up Christ as the kingpin of table talkers Had he uttered words of wisdom of deep thought of great intellectuality even admitting the story re lated of him to be true there might have been some ground for the assertion to be accepted as being partially true but not a solitary truth fell from his lips and the escapade at the supper table is the only instance on record where he ever ate with any other person while we are assured that he once went forty days and forty nights in the solitude of the wilderness without any food at all The life of Christ was the very opposite of hospitality As a rule he was sullen and morose He was never known to indulge in a good hearty laugh Think of Chauncey Depcw and some of his jokes and it is impossible not to laugh There may be found more genuine hospitality and cultivation in one of Chl1unce s stale jokes than in all the life and ca reer of Christ put together We are forced to the conclusion however that Christianity is in dire need of some new feature to make it pan out long enough to raise a few more dollars and doughnuts when grave and reverend bishops can indulge in such intellectual tommyrot Verily the professional preacher is hard pressed and this latest from Hendricks indicate that the 1ei R WORD TO THE WISE We have frequently urged upon our friends that to get the Blade into more American homes a trial subscription to a number of intimate friends and acquaintances is one of the most useful and most important methods of carrying it into practical effect In this connection permit us to direct atten tion to the communication quoted below as being pertinent and timely Sioux Falls S D Jas E Hughes Enclosed please find 150 and please send the Blade to addresses en closed for one month very truly W A LORD We have preferred to use the letter here rather than in the letter box because of its deep import and real missionary value It contains an argument for genuine propaganda that cannot be answered It shows an appreciation of merit and an abiding cqnfidcnce in the Blades supreme ability to plow its own way through the fields of ignorance and superstition Of course we cannot at this writing estimate the value of the experiment but it is is a safe presumption that one or more of the friends to whom the Blade is to be sent on this request will after reading four issues desire to continue and if only one new reader is addded to the Blade family it has done that much good and won another human heart to freedoms glorious cause This is the plan the Blade has sought to impress upon the minds of its friend All of our readers cannot imitate this laudable example Some are excluded through poverty but there are enough Freethinkers in the land possessing wealth suffici ent to have the Blade sent to hundreds on such a proposition Did we have the means at our com mand we would would send out a thousand extra copies each week to new names but such an expcri ment is entirely beyond our resources What we wish to suggest is how many are there and who will be the next to emulate the example of our correspondent from Sioux Falls a CHRISTIAN FIGURES NEED REVISING Years nay centuries if you please of Christian teaching and preaching have resulted in an utter and signal failure The world has not yet been won to Christ and it is making no serious effort to climb Jacobs ladder in the hope of taking a snooxe in Abrahams bbsom In spite of a strongly organ izcd plan of missionary campaigning the race drifting further and further from the miracle work ing God of the Christian faith and in the years to come our near posterity will be able to gaze upon its wrecked altars andmined fanes When properly given figures may be made ex tremely interesting Some philosopher has said that figures do not lie but we presume that largely depends upon the nature of the example given As J ffl f1r AIiEo h I rntheirhgious statistics must always be taken cum granoijsalis but we accept for the time being some of the figures furnished by the Christian World In round numbers the population of the globe may be set down at 1600000000 This includes all races all people and all religions The total number of Christians claimed is given at 500000 p 1tionous gain when we consider the fact that these Christians have been made in 2000 years but the figures claimed are subject to an almost intermin able division and subtraction that after all the show is not so big as it is made to appear By re ducing the figures given to their proper ratio the number of Christian adherents become mighty small potatoes Take first the United States Here we have 80 000000 and only about 30000000 as shown by theIdifferent denominations really claim to be Christians This is only about onethird of the popula exaggeratedSundayschool well as people who have no faith in Christianity at nIlare counted in the total given Properly sift cd the figures would show much less than one third of our population England is less than half Christian and the same may be snid of Italy GermanySpain Switzerland Norway Swecdeu and all the Scandinavian coun tries France is wholly out with Christianity and yet her population is counted in the total Even in Russia the church is losing ground and there are today multiplied thousands of Freethinkers in the Muscovite Empire In the newer countries Freethought has made enormous strides Free thought societies abound in them everywhere Regular meetings are held and Rationalist doctrines openly proclaimed Despite this fact the Free thinkers are all included in the general claim of 500000000 The world knows that the church has absolutely no power in France mighty little in Germany and it is rapidly going to the wall in England Recent events have shown that the antiChristian sentiment is growing more and more bytheirnests Simplythisthut stupenduousfalsehood the total number given by four subtract the ans wer from the dividend and the quotient would be much nearer to the truthJNo intelligent accept or reject any theory proposition until he or glue has fully examined into and investigated both hides This is such a selfevident proposition that uf lR ny lrj uWIII It ieabovosequ ly app ieable to Free Blinkers as to Christians As every orthodox bet theflliththe Bible and God should be able to give an intel ligent reason for lips mental attitude upon them thingsintoconviction It impels a more intelligent conception of the matter inquired into The man who will not nvestigate is a moral coward and he who will not reason is a slave to bigotry- It has doubtless been observed by many of our readers that we have commented quite frequently givenfreesubject is of such vast importance that we have risked criticism upon the frequency with whichiwe have discussed it Such an issue as this is too important to be lightly treated in that it points conclusively to the trend of modern intellectual thought as drifting further away from the church and church influences with each suceeding decade Naturally the Blade has discussed this issue from the viewpoint of Freethought This is the only in tcrcst we can have in it publishediFrench clergy in which he advises thesis not to sub mit to the edicts of the government The Blade gives it space that its readers might know both sides and not after studying it taking it for all it is worth they will be bound to admit that after all the French government was absolutely right inIthe step it has taken There is nothing in the Popes letter to justify even the slightest modification of the law On the contrary its tone of defiance is such that the gov ernment of France is more to be commended for its action The Blade refrains from further criticism in the hope and belief that our readers will analyze the letter and we know that their conclusions must be r FRANCE ABANDONS RELIGIOUS MOTTO ON HER COINS La Belle France has manifested its determination not to yield to the blandishments of the Vatican anti in answer to the arguments advanced for atSeparationlawbe eradicated all references to the deity from the mightfindscription In God wo trust it is a lying declara tion 1 American Freethinkers can rejoice in the knowl droppedfrom i which the influence of the clerics hosplaced there and the burning living moving andQreathingI T6 r J l 3 TT = 7 i i t p 1 r J 1 Iit th Jf i 1 motto of Revolutonary times Liberty Equality and Fraternity is to be substituted for the former orders having been given to the directors of the French mints to so govern themselves accordingly This is as it should be and when Americans can p cease to yield homage to a gross superstition by dropping the Anno Domini and thoClIn God we trust notions they can breathe the same air of freedom our French brothers and sisters enjoy The New York World in an editorial on this subject declares that it is an evidence of the wave of irreligion in France and assert that it is the most radical antiChristian innovation it is par excellence Having gone this far not let the French f government abandon the Christian calendar and commence a new system of dating or chronicling events as they did a century ago and begin once to date from theClyenr of the Republic It is new era that the French people has inaugurated and while the eyes of the world of orthodoxy will watch for signs of weakness and despair the in telligence of all nations will welcome the step taken and know that only political treachery emanating from conspiracy and treason can ever sub vert the French nation from its accepted course Contrast this with the effort of the National Re form Association seeking under the guise ofClRe form to force God into our constitution It simply argues that as God is incapable of taking care of himself he must needs depend upon hu manityto take care of him Even in the present use of the Christian system chronology socalled the nation is but taking a calendar invented bj Dionysius while the letters A D now meaning Anno Domini or in the year of our Lord were invented by a German emperor in the sixth century to denote the successive number of years that he had reigned Our in God we trust is a delusion a mockery and it is false Even the very Christian world trusts more in the dollar than withoutImarket In America the dollar is more powerful than God for the dollar can buy legislation while God cant oven get his name in the constitution- On this subject we feel like reproducing what the world had to say as furnishing some food for thought by comparison Commenting upon the I religious customs of the days gone by it says Most Christsian nations preserve some reference to God on their coinage whether in the form GodofWe Trust It has become a religious convention a survival from the time when the protection o the Deity was invoked for private no less than for public enterprises Did not the old Dutch binder Jan Boschaert bind his b oksto the greater glory of God British bills of lading of less than a century ago contained the invariable formula Shipped by the grace of God and concluded Andso may God send the good ship to her port in safety Every enptJuo 1l cfte s es rllnder poll for th rtn t lTho pions oMphraseology isjnow cut out tis irrelevant Similar motives hove prompted liie French to expunge the name of the Deity from their coins r r r r SPOOK HUNTER WANTS A MILLION Prof Jas Hyslop an Eastern spook doctor has made the very modest request that he be given one million dollars The Blade is of the opinion that he ought to have it Any man having the courage to ask for it should get it If the Bible b true he will get it for therein we are told tha we have but to ask and we shall receive I In this era of abundance plenty and prosperi- tI with so much loose change lying around Prof IJy slop should exercise little difficulty in raising the wind especially when he declares that with thi sum he can easly open up communication wit the other world As he does not say which other world he leads us to infer that there can be only one He speaks of the other as fixed and definite In a mild way he intimates that he does not refer to liars which is well for there would b e little to gain by getting a message from Mars when Nicola Tesla has already began a correspondence with that planet j The Blade has no way of knowing just how Prof Hyslop proposes to accomplish with merely S one million dollars what investigators have failed to accomplish in one million years It does seem t us that if the ghosts are really willing to comp on of their hiding places and be counted at the time give us a few reminiscences of their exp riences since they left this particular sphere of action are they not just as likely to do it for love as they are for money Besides in what way does the Professor intend to use the million dollars provided he gets it Can he buy the spooks to exhibit What good reason have we to believe that the Mental Anguish plasters of our Uucle Samuel would pass current in transStygian realms Will e spirits accept American money Have they need for money at all7 Can they spend it if they do get it What could they buy with it Or perish the thought is it the Professor who really wants the long green and to do the spending t We are informed that the particular institution of which Prof Hyslop is the head already hits a nucelus of 25000 paid in to bo used at his discretion If this be true why does he not use it as a sort of bait If the ghosts can be bought out and Ifo would let them know that there would be a other 975000 for them upon the first pos- tive information they would impart they would quit hanging back and come into the light The expenditure of what he has would be evidence of good faith and convince the spirits that he meant business Further he would be perfectly safe in making them such a promise for once a sure line of communication is established our millionaires would tumble all over each other in an effort to f 1 t 51 iJL r J jk L f t4 help along the cause and get in on the ground floorSome profess to believe that spirits possess the power of what the profession term secondsight The public liar long been sought to encourage the game by n liberal donation to push it along Sec ondsight is never used and the revelations never made except for spot cash If the scheme were true and could Prof Hyslop prove it to the satisfaction of Wall Street a syndicate would be orga nized instanter with a billion of capital instead of a million and then Hyslop would be sure enough power in the land Of course the syndicate would demand that an advance ticket service would be established as a quid pro quo Such a scheme would beat advance cotton and sugar reports from Gov ernment Bureaus hollow and the game would be played out to the end As matters now stand we are compelled to wait in order to see what the public will do in regard to the professors demand and then we must wait to see what the professor can do if the cash asked forever reaches his hnndIWhen the world has adopted higher ideals than those taught by the professors of the religion of Christ when success is no longer a synonym for vain show when the man of millions who toils and wails for more is considered mad when we realize that all the worlds wealth cannot equal the splendor of the sunset sky that even omnipotence cannot recall one wasted hour why then there will be no church no Christian religion for the spirit of humanity will have permeated the race and the brotherhood of man without any socalled fatherhood of god will be upon us r r r r Some wise philosopher once remarked that there was nothing so cheap in this land as intellect and his conclusion is eminently correct Even at the butcher shops brains are cheaper than liver And yet how often have we been told that in the battle of life brains arc more powerful than bullets Of course a man may possess brains but not know how to use them But few brains are required to suc cessfully run a gospel mill and this will account for the cheap sort of skypilots that infest the country these days Brains founded this republic and i will require brains to keep it from going to hell in n handbasket if the Blade can read the signs iright It takes the preacher to explain the Bible but he Jofcommentaries that have been written on this book are more exasperating than the prophecies of th Pythoness After all it is a serious question wit many as to which of the two evils they should trive to avoid the orthodox heaven or the orthodox hell The answer given is that the Lord made and said sonic things which he did not intend we should in standwhich being true wo must ask how the devil can they understand them and why should w fL m in nttlm n t n f 14h1t1- meant plrH k Believing that our Paine Memorial issue was one of exceptional merit and qualified to be used as a means of distribution that the American people may be permitted to learn the truth concerning that champion of human rights we have printed 1200 extra copies which can be had for five cents or six copies for 25 cents We also desire to announce that we have putt t copieYs Both the Blade and the pamphlet should be freely distributed Were we financially able to give them ivhe a sent in for either will be promptly filled We ar now publishing two thousand copies of the pamph Walwjmanens they should find a wide distribution all over the country to say nothing of the production of John F Clarke In regard to both the Paine Memorial issue and the pamphlet the first to send for them will be tlu first to be served heavertt s happirteses instead of waiting for it in some life to come Di allmen and women feel this way our old earth would now be a paradise which they would never want to change or swap for any other Heaven and hell are of our own building and we live in them according to our conduct and what we do r r r What n noise is made when the pentup force of a stick of dynamite exploded by a shock Then how much more should we rejoice when the religious bound mind is set free by n process of hcnlth- ful resounding The way to begin is to first g ridof the divine crutch and go it alone This gives confidence and with that much gained the other will speedily follow Only the free pre toler nand the tolerant must bo free One implies the other e gooid d time means of living and dress It seems th progress and improvement is demanded in every department of human activity save in that of religion Any old religion scrod and yellow with age sanctioned by alleged miracles and ontaining n bill of indemnity will suit the fas lions tastes of orthodox believers today If it must live even relgion must progress or it will die ty jfTIi st t THE POPES LETTER TO FRENCH CLERGY Stung By the Separation Law He Advises Resistance and Awaits the Verdict of History Advices from Rome say that the Observntoro Romano official organ o tho Vatican today published tho text of a most important encyclical ad dressed by the Popo to the French Catholics In this document which was addressed to Our Venerable Brothers the Cardinals Bishops and Clergy and the French people the Pontiff said that his chief object In addressing the faithful In France was to comfort them In their sufferings which be felt deeply There was however great consolation In the fact that the Catholics of France were united The French governments declaration of war was not only against the Christian faith but against all spiritual ideas The French Cath olics must be prepared for all sorts of trials but they were certain of final victory This meant the maluteen once of tacit union with the Holy See which was of tho greatest Importance as shown by the efforts of tho ene mica of the church to dissolve this un ion Contrary to the statements made on the subject the church did not sire a religious war involving violent persecutions Being a messenger of peace and carrying out her mission loyally the church did not willingly expose herself to war and persecu bona as she did not desire to see h children suffering Regarding the ecclesiastical proper ties the encyclical said the Pope ha not abandoned them The French government had imposed on the Cath ours of France an organization which the church was absolutely unable to accept without imperilling her exist Thte spollalon in progress As for the proposed cultural associations they were contrary to the ecclesiastical hleara to the church by the dlvlndounder himself the Pope con demo d them in spite of the material injury Involved at the hands of thi government Besides the law conferred on these hothh n and a mlnlstratlOn of church property whlch ppertaln alone to ecclesiastical authority Finally the associations aro n only withdrawn from ecclesl astlcaaurlsdlctlon but are placed der jOonJiging the Pope said We ncohfclstency It has been said that we refused to approve in France what we have already approved in Germany But this reproach is unjust and um founded for while the German law is ndemnable on many points and was only accepted In order to avoid great dlfreit expllclty recognize tdbe As to the annual declaration quIred for public worship It did not offer the legal guaranty that the church lied the right to expect Nevertheless to obviate worse evils the church might have tolerated mak- Ing declarations but laying down thatathe clergy shall bo only occupants of legealup right to perform any administrative act in the e erclse of their ministry placed them In such a vague and humiliating posi lion that the making of declarations could not be accepted- It remains to examine the law recently voted by tile chambers From the point of view of church property the law is a law of spoliation and con fiscation and has consummated the pillage of the church Although her divine founder was born poor stable a and died poor on the cross and although she knows poverty from tho cradle the property she was possessed tlof none the less belonged to her and no one had the right to deprive her of it This ownership Indisputably hers from every point of view has been officially sanctioned by the state The statement that tho government disposed of tho abandoned proper ties of the church Is adding derision to spoliation From the point of view of the ex ercise of relation the new law has organized patchy It Installs a regime etof uncertainty and arbitration There Is uncertainty and as to whether the churches which are always liable to disaffection shall or shall not In the meanwhile be at the disposal of the municipality with the consequent possibility of conflicts in all parts the country In addition tho clergy are under an obligation to meet the ccatare est limitations The new law aggravated the law separating church and state Wo can only condemn it with precision and without ambiguity Certain articles of the law throw new light on the real elm ut our enemies They wish to destroy the church and t 4 ill1 i4 dochrlstlanlzo Frare without attract- Ing too closely the attention of the people If their coarse was really popular as they pretend It is they would pursue it openly and take all the responsibilities Instead of against tho rising tide of popular reprobation the government attempts to throw the responsi billy on the church its victims butt the object will not succeed As for us we have done our duty as any other Roman pontiff would have done it The high office with which Heaven Invested us as well as our faith in Christ determined our line of conduct and we could not have acted other wise without betraying our conscience or breaking the oath we took when i we mounted the throne of St Peter Therefore we await fearlessly the verdict of history which must be that with our eyes fixed unceasingly on the transcendent rights of God we did not I Intend to humiliate the civil power nor combat a form of government but only to safegruard the spiritual tem- pe of Christ- What I we demanded and demand for the church of which France is the eldest daughter is respect for her hierarchy the inviolability of herD property and liberty If that had granted the religious peace would not have been disturbed and the day our demand is heeded the longed for peace will be restoredMAssured In advance of your magnanimous generosity wo did not hesi tate to tell you that the hour for sac rifice had struck and to recal to tho in the name of of paerhave a goal above tho perishable tiodpreme joyIThe as follows In full confidence that the Virgin Immaculate daughter of Our Father mother of the world spoiso of the tictbetter days from the bottom of our hears we give you venerable brothers and the wnolo people our apostolic wished to remind theIworld that man must concern anealthanand that the supreme Inviolable Joy of the human soul on earth Is to ac complish its spiritual duty at all costs brlTHE WIND OF COrk Continued From Pago OnoI reel over such a loss of dlscove y Jim you sped a Blade correspondent to Chicago right off and obtain ali in tervlew with the Great Discoverer and namer of the Holy Ghost Why I ex pect that that Wind has come in co tact with millions of damsels and vii gins in its time and perhaps there are millions of Saviors running loose Perhaps all these preachers are little Jesuses trying to save somebody and like the one of Gallllee do not know how Perhaps Torreys saved are not assured Torrey while In London last year got off some stale flat and unprofitable slanders upon the characters of Paine and In gersoll Wm T Stead of London and Christian called Torrey to show his hand and told him to put up or IhutI As he could not put up ho left England and some spicy derision an dU hixpaper showed that Torroy had bee retailing refuted lies but he has got the Truth now the Whole Truth andI Nothing but the Truth Who can deny that the Holy Ghost Gods Wind As long as Tor ray has superseded mo on the find I will turn the tables and that God Is the Holy Ghosts Wine Pudding bag string and all even to the cat that ran away with it know you will want to know how pat on to that Jim Well I wHl tefl you quletIOI let me whisper It was told to me by a Dream AngelAu revoIr Jim From a Woman Freethinker Penryon CalI write you these few lines to tell you now that I am a Free- thInker from start to finish I have been a reader of tho Blue Grass Blat for a number of years and like the paper very much and only wish Wattar there were lots more just such papers printed for it tells the truth and It Is truth we need not superstition and re ligions humbuggery Religion is sim ply Ignorance and Christian fanstl clam Or as D M Bennett called it insanityI reading what DrJ B Wilson writes for ho knows just how show up the humbuggery of things Ho Is a smart man and is nearer Col R Ingersoll than any one I know of I wish there were more J B Wilsons and Ingersollsj For they are the kind of men that can show up the humbuggcry of the world Of course there are many other Freethinkers who write good articles and do good work for a be- nIghted humanity But in my estimation R Inger t 4dd soil was the greatest Infidel or Agnos tic that ever lived I like to read tho editorials In the Blue Grass Blade They are just splendid The article the Reign of King Humbug by J B Wilson is one of the best articles readI ever It i rywTripa money order for one dollar and fifteen cents for said Yours for liberty and Freethougt MRS HEN RY KAISER rr r + ++ ++++ ++ ++ IOUR LETTER BOX I r+ orIzI Ll drI H1ot Yi The Ring of Truth and FreedomaRockvlllo Idaho Find enclosed please place to my DoG account think the paper more than worth Rshouldmay Send down a sheriff after me and will not kick for you would be doing right You can get no fuss with me unless you stop my paper for I think It the strongest and most ration advocate of freethought justice and humanity of any paper in the United r States or elsewhere Yes please put the down for one of the memorial jMooreman slavery who spent the best of 4tIntelleotuallyfreedom What a noble undaunted 1Roall such men notwlth standing who are so noble that manity forbids detraction of one sin gle petal from their laureled browsladmitted their period their igood for the human racercqulred some Ifs while Moore accepted none t verydeath r Ho faced the common from every steeple the iron bound grasp cells of the loathsome penitenti 1y never faultered charge him with his faults and yet we have left one tho loftiest men of all ages Can Fkanynot 1brIghtensleep tll white his noble and faithful agesPleaseeras of yourself and pap crF P BALL S Letter From An ExCatholic cI lIIlnisterPrIest Iifncan me In what organ of man the soul Is located and averttacit church In andlaoerwilllocatesize or If he will tell me what Is an angel If they are both males and fe males what do angels feed on If ma angelsbewhere what good are they any how what do they eat If they do not how do they exist and what foreat any of the above questions are reasonablenn convert to any church asked toDr L S STOLL exCatholic Words of Wisdom rHagorstawn IdYour favor of December 15 duly arrived and I nattily thank you for the compliment nd meant to write the article request dnail put off writing you for that reason hoping to find lima to do it rut hays boon kept so very very busy that I now see it is impossible to do it and have it come in time for pub lication so I ho9 you will excuse my delay and Inability to comply with your request this time which I ex eedtagly regret toHaving heavy business responsibili ties routing on me my time Is thus from being entirely my own and consequently much Id like to do Is left undone You and Dr Wilson are writing many excellent articles only bo sure to omit denunciation of the honest industrious economical provident foreslghted class who accumulate and lay up a little something for old age termed capital and thus become capl talists as but for them everything would bo wasted and we would live like wild Indians yet Denounce the unjust monopolistic laws that through special privilege unduly enrich some at others expense but denounce no ono for taking advantage of existing conditions Monopoly not capital is 3 lour enemy With best wishes for you and your familys welfare and the the Blade sincerely I am very truly oursD WEBSTER GROH J tJtr r ape 7Jc I tJIrMs 1 Jtif iktt i n OtJ THE RELICIOUS MAN Continued From Page One t The mere fact that he does not know It does not alter the situation YouI need not Imagine that I want to try and make you think uncharitably of all the people who are not quite creligious as you are I can well under stand how any lady or gentleman would say when I described the Irre ligious man Ah thats Jones I I dont want you to be uncharitable to Jones who might be an agricultural mightImight be doing It In a more efficient 3way than the man conscious of It who i his own mind on It while the 1fiIrate man might be doing some r to defeat the Power that Is try r Ing o drive him iiIam now going to say one or two with regard to my own particu lar belief You might call It fantastic swallowItne cnurcncs and I have studied al the religions I want to ieK you where I came out think on the whole need to changE our opinion a little What want people to tur over in their minds is this Many them call this great force in the uni verse God I am not very fond of the term myself because it is a little too personal It Is a little too close to the idea of the Ederly Gentleman with a beard It Is more or less an element of idolatry to me There Is something larger there than personal ti force But even people who would agree with you there I find very largely still cling to the Idea that it is an Almighty force that it is a very powerful attracting force that it Is a force which can directly and Imme diately do what it likes I want to put this question If that force which most people call God and which I will call God for the purpose of this lecture If God can do what He wants immediately by the mere exer cise of His volition and will then why In the name of common sense did He make such creatures as you and me If He want His will fulfilled on earth why did He put Himself In the post lion of having to have that will ful filled by our action You know that there is to be done by us in this world We know that the world is a very miserable world we know that what is called civilization has landed us In horrible Iniquities and injustices we know that even our most conservative Btatcsicaii without sBffstel efste ism about him is compelled to tell you that the condition of the masses is enough to justify a revolution You have got to get rid of that Injustic- and of that iniquity and to turn the country into a great happy and noble country That Is not going to be done by anybody but yourselves There Is the dilemma It has got to be done by our hands why was it not done by God The Will of God aIwill tell you my belief on the sub ject I believe God in the acceptance of the word to be actually and completely powerless I do not believe that God had tiny hands o that He had any brains What know he had was a will But there is no use having a will unless you have got hands and unless you have got brains Then there came the proces sion which we call evolution Under stand that I do not mean natural sl lee tion as popularized by Charles Darwin You know the general doctrine of evolution shows you how it is that out of a perfectly amorphous form of life something which we always pic ture to ourselves as a little speck of protoplasm in a pond striving after higher and higher forms of life has evolved naturally and you have a thing so wonderful as men and women That wonderful process Is God It Is this wonderful will of the universe desperately struggling malt ing hands and brains for Himself Hay ing this will He must have mateial arms to grapple with that will That is the reason we have come late in existence That is the reason brains and hands have been evolved but they have only been evolved in order to do His work If you dont do do His worK It wont be done If you sit down and say Thy will be done you might be the most Irrellgous per son on earth If you stand by y lur God and say My business Is U do your business my hands are your hands my brain is your brain and I am here to do the work for you and I will do It you will get rid of that igion which is made an excuse and a cloak for doing nothlnc and you learr also to have a fellow feeling YoU learn also to have pity If had tc choose between those two conceptions the common conception of looking on a God who might have made a happy world and who deliberately did not d- oitif I had to choose between that conception and the conception of look Ing back on the ages having to struggle on constantly making all manner of experiments sometimes producing t r L things mischievous and obstructive bringing out all sorts of forms of life and power still getting to a form of man making his brain move mighty his hand move steady working toward the end which must be the realization- of God In man having a man completely equipped with a genuinely Godlike brain and Godlike hands so that the thing will be no metaphysical thing without brain but will be a thing ing with the world and becoming flesh then I think that conception is some thing to look forward to and having that conception of myseif I am thor oughly satisfied with myself although not satisfied with the limitations that here are to my power nor with the great Imperfections of my brain How To Do Gods Work It gives me a certain selfrespect that am doing what I believe is Gods work have got that conception behind them In one form or another If you are to adopt this you will have to cast off a great many prejudices and a great many forms of thought You must remember that what makes the conception of the powerful God who is Independent of you is the desire of responsibilitiesl I do not want my religion to be a comfort I want my religion to be a selfrespect and courage I do not pleasurerhero come to this that you can de light In your own belief which Is really the carrying out of the universal purpose until you come to understand that your barln is Gods brain and your hands Gods hands and unless when your brain and hands are worn out you are perfectly ready to say Scrap that old brain and all the lot and let the life that Is In hem go on o a young brain and young hands until you have come to this I do not think that you have solved the final mystery of religion I have just been trying to show you one or two landmarks ahead and if you say sincerely what you have to say your audience Is never shocked can think whether the world will be the better or the worse If It approxl maed to my convictions I think you will even admit that leaving out a de tail or two the spirit of them is really the spirit in which perhaps all the men in heempire and all the really effective men In the world are working together at the present time and It Is In all of hem working togeher ha gives us some real hope of the future of humanity C TIC MAKES jfhC REPL Y Continued From Page One we can only become free o act out free deependent upon someone else for a chance to make a living Private property in the things that all must have access to In order to maintain life Is utterly indefensible alike from the standpoint of vulgar necessity and from the standpoint of Justice If I am in a position through my owner ship to trade on an other mans necesi gorcan want to then to all Intents and purposes I own that man body and soul thoughtImen and tote for Socialism which propose to give each individual an equal oppor tunity to supply his wants from the common heritage Under Socialism every mothers child will get all the education that it is capable of assimi lating instead of having to servo as grist for the capitalist mill as so many of tile children young women and most young men are of necessity do ing today First when every individual Is part owner in the means of production and distribution can each one think and act like a free human being There will then be no ques tion of free thought when you no longer have to bend the knee to the possessors of the earth there will be no occasion for suppression In fact the only reason why thought and more particularly action is not free today is because vested interests are threaten ed Under Socialism there will be no object In censoring new thoughts and Ideas It Is no argument against Socialism to say that the people are better off today than ever before Let us grant that this is true but isnt it also true that the producer gets an even dimin ishing per cent of the wealth he creates Will any pure and simple Freethinker or any otter defender of the present order maintain that we arc relatively speaking even one third as well off today as we were say a hundred years ago Are we keeping step with the procession are we re ceiving a just share of the benefits accruing from the great industrial vancement of the last and the preced ing centuries that is the question It ware not receiving a proportionate shareand it must be plain fo every one who gives the subject a moments thought that the producers are not then there must certainly be a screw loose somewhere Take the railroads as an example though it Is equally true of other Industries Were the owners of the railroads satisfied with the small cars short trains and slow travel of years as01 Were they con tent with being as well oft as ever before It Is quite a step from the twelve and fifteen ton cars of 25 years or so ago to the 40 and 50 ton cars of the present day What Is true of the capacity of the cars is also true as to the number of cars in a train Now without counting the greater speed and better systematization it must be apparent that the productive capacity of the railroader has increased at least per cent cent during the period mentioned above yet we are told to hug ourselves over the fact that we are no worse but actually better off than we were 50 or 100 years ago Great Is the doctrine of contentmentThe progressivist is like the scientific agriculturist He Is not con tent with merely scattering good seed at random among thorns and stony places and leave it to Its fate to ger minate or not as the case may be Nay nay he will first prepare the soil the best way he knows how then sow with a reasonable assurance of receiving a good yield Socialism will clear the economic field of tho rocks thorns and thistles that to a great ex tent prevents the seed of Freehought from germinating or If It does pass safely through the initial stage it is only too liable to be strangled later on We may tak Freethought until we die from lockjaw It will never bear tho fruit It should so long as we leave the source of suppression intact which Is private ownership of the means whereby all of us must live A free access to and an equal opportun ity to supply our warns from natures storehouse will make freethought and free action a verity but Just as long as economic classantagonisms exist mere Freethought Is bound to be prac tically only a dead lette- rSAMPLE Continued from Page One know20 ans he did not 21 ans ho was the first man that shed 22 ans yes 23 ans yes Christ will have all men to be saved and brought to the knowledge of the truth 20 ans yes they was all lost until chrlst redeamed them 27 ans being saved from the adamlc curse which was death and eternal salvation Is two separate and distinct things 28 tins no 29 ans yes if you area good honest man and doing what Is rigilt god loves you and your ut1f you turn and do wrong hehites your brays Irates Ito ho to souhe proved that In redeeming all 30 ans this has been ans 31 ans no 32 airs yes 33 ans no ans yes but this kind of punisnment is in the present life sickness pain sorrow and death of which was permitted for a lesson that mankind will never forget and which in due time groove to be a blessing 35 ans no questions 37 38 39 40 are all ans In the above answers 41 there is a personal devil god made him for the purpose of learnlncy man kind a valuable leson of which was nescessary 42 and 43 ans yes there has ben sin in the heaven mentioned in Rev 127 all during this present age but this heaven signifies the church which is represented as what growing up among tares until the harvest of this age while now the tarers are being gathered and bound in bundles deperat organizations while the church or what is being gathered out therefore the war has been going on for some time and Saten will soon be cast out of the true church or new heaven those that have the truth mlchael Christ and his messengers are fighting gainst the dragoon and the dragoon fighting against them but the dragoon shall not prevail there he turn to the inhabitants of the earth political powers and will work up the greatest time of trouble that the world has ever witnessed Rev 13 11 to Daniel 121 because he knoweth that he hath but a short time for he will seen be brained and the truth and Justice shall prosper for a thousand years and forever 45 46 and 47 will ans at once and will say that Saten was once the brightest greatest and grandest of all the angels he was not tempted by sinful surondlngs heav en was a holly place and is yet he was a holy angel at one time the reason he fell was because of his greatness and power it is a natural consiquence that cannot be avoided except by actual experience that every creature of intelligence loves to rule and con trol so ho became eo puffed up with pride that he began to believe within Himself as some children In do that he was more capable of running the business than his father and finally openly rebelled against him although there was no surounding evil of and kinde so the father Just let him go for an apolnted time for the purpose of learning mankind a valuable lesson while ho rested from all his labors that he had done after Christ who is now present the second time who bought the world with his own blood Binder Saten and restores all things that Saten has pulled dawn he then 11 turnes it over to the father and ho himself will become subject to the father then god the father of all will again precede with his work of which eye hath not seen nor ear heard neither hath it entered into the heart of man the good things that he hath in reservation for those that love him If you have any more nuts to oracle just send another package and I will sure send you the curnals or If you have any champions In this part of the world I would be glad to meet them In joint debate for the time hot come to put to silence forever ignorant and foolish men that say In their heart that there is no god if you print this reply pleas send me some copies und if you do the square thing I will subscribe for your paper CRAPSEY Continued on Page Four Now one does not object seriously to being damned after ho Is born for then he may have done something to deserve It but to be damned before he Is born breeds in him a sense of in justice for he knows he has done nothing to warrant such condemna lion Now that there is In man a tendency to evil Is evident to us all It is the drag backward the tendency to return to a lower estate of moral life tiian that which man has In his pres ent life attained This is Indeed the consequence of his birth as a man It is the price he pays for being a man but to assert that this natural fact produces wrath In a supernatural God and the curse of God rests upon man because of It has no warrant in the nature of things The conception of the bird Is a pure conception and why not that of the man The child of a pure wedded love Is a pure child from the instant of its beginning in the secret places of na ture and the Church should dwell upon that fact rather than upon the otherShould Be Born Right First It should insist upon the privilege of every one to be born right the first time and not claim to overcome the deficiencies of d first birth which Is natural by the magical effects of the second birth which it claims to be lies at the base of our failure to achieve any great good from men through the forms of our Churches We claim that baptism Is the antidote for original sin but today we see no difference between bap tised rind the unbaptlzed and wo can haTflff er baptism Vs anything nor want of baptism but that mans salvation lies ill his power to love and to love purely The greatest symbol of joy given to us In the Holy Scripture Is the Joy of the bridegroom with the bride and where such pure joy Is there is no sin Another immoral conception which is Imbedded in our dogma is the doc trine of exclusive salvation The say ing out of the Church Is no salvation Is arrogant and false At no period In Its history has the Church included in its pale all the moral worth of mankind There have been as many good people outside as Inside and it is not church membership but essential gooddness that saves Dr Crapsey then went on to speak at length of tile immorality which Is exhibited In the methods of salvation as they are taught in the Churches both Catholic and Protestant He said that while on the Continent of Europe he had seen alms boxes over which were signs reading For Your Friends In Purgatory and In these boxes he say poor women putting their alms to purchase the release of their beloved ones from the pains of purgatory He continued Such a scheme of salvation is so immoral that we would not for a gle moment tolerate it on earth Salvation For So Much If a man deserves his fate he should remain in purgatory until ho has accomplished his punishment If he does not deserve his fate to keep in purgatory for a moment is the grossest injustice This whole scheme of salvation for so much has always been the schem by whlcn the practical Roman mind has sought to gain the favor of God So many prayers so many masses so many Journeys to this and that shrine will gain for man the pardon of his sin Walter Pater said of the old Roman religion that it was something to be done in such a place at such a time in such a way A salva tion so purchased would be worthless because it would be the gift of a worthless Deity On the other hand the evangelical doctrine of the merits of Christ as this doctrine is so often preseented bjvtlie evangelists is utterly destruc tive of any moral conception of the universe According to that teaching God leaves all of the guilt of the sin ner upon Jesus and tho sufferings of Jesus 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