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Digital page images are linked to the text file. iMFt r WB t a 44v i sB r r URABS BLADEY bd key f i jjti WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH r VOLUME XVI NUMBER LEXINGTON KY APIL141907PUBLISHED WEEKLY Erse A YEAR IN ADVANCE SACREDthIFHGod ti and Far from an Allround Up= toate Star MakerOid the Best llelL4Id but Was Mt withMany Diffi Ities i III k MOORE SENT TO PEN FOR 4A CRIME HE DiafOT COMMIT lliy James Artt4ttvngJ As u creator of thing suns moot slurs pluhcis men animals plants ins cttl awl germs God notwithstund ing hu was wise was an expeiiucuter lie tehs us in his own book fu you remember Genesis says that tUe Lord got through making the world hu saw that it was good Then again after he had madu Adam hu saw that- it was not good for man to be alone in consequence of which lie ribbed up Eve to keep him company According to this and especially in view of the lact that God afterwards repented of having made the world surd drowned it out it looks like Je hovuh was only un amateur creator simply au apprentice learning his trades and was tar fro being un all roifnd up to date star mulcer iWSuch a view of the deity however jk Inot only horribly sacrilegious bu- is also thuoloical During tho et BSeViiity which elapsed before God began Ruff iiiako things there was nothing but lIp was all and since he sieves nd never thought aLs1t nt t Tinrfsfelff taTfrtMrtt yftg him to thi k about it inc lt y ollovs that ho was all wise liv a stupid little atheist three or four hundred billions of years and he would certainly learn enough to say the alp habet of self knowledge cud with eter nity to go to school in he could no keep from graduating if he tried God therfore say was allwise just before he begun to carry the cosmic hod I have no desire to bo irreverent in speaking of God as a hodcarrier fact do it piously and in accord ance with Holy Writ us you remem bar it was in the begining that God began to make tho heavens surd earth and of course commencing at the bot tom and working up to the top God curtainly had send enough to avail himself of so simple a contrivance as a hod hi refutation of this you stay say that God was a spirit and thus being without shoulders could not have used a hod if ho hail had one Hut you overlook tho fact that God made man in his own image and hence not only must have hail shoulders but must have been able to spit on his hauls to keep tho handle of the Ilea from ping And what a pair of hands tho Lord must have lied with which to round out the Constellation Hercules not to mention tho making of the tail for the Dog star and growl for the Greater and Lesser Hear Hut o k what infinite suffering if hid had gut sal ivntcd while ranking Mercury The probability of Gods having been a hodcarrier is strengthened by theI fact that hu was a tailor for you know hu suede clothes for Adam anti Eve out of the skins of animals In order to do this ho must have had knives to kill the animals and fashion tho skins into gaeuta to say noth ing of threat needles and thimblo to sew them together Possessing all these laborsaving devices thorn is no reason to believe ho packed such a sim plo thing as a hod But I am getting away from the sub ject Wo wero talking about the seem ing impossibility ofnn all wiee God making tho world and then getting sorry for having so My a guI meat is that God was omniscient not withstanding he made mistake If he had not made mistakes haw could mistakes exist As tho creator al Ithinga God knew ho had to make blunders jus well as the stars Ho douubt less foresaw the wants of liV Christian church antic t i hits needs of mistakes and error 3Ylcarious atonement four cornt red I i lr r earth infallibhY s resurrection of the body iTnilriQ Ba being God kne llclfrcluftdomuipresent of making that j somethingiwuir no reason why he shouldnt make mistakes if ho wanted alllasylums penitentiaries audtcliurclics wo are for ced to the conclusion that he certainly made as flue a 16frof mistakes as one jjLIngcrsoll God because he made n worM whore mouth was a slaughter l imlndeery stomach was a tomb as one of Jehovahs mistakes but then inn dell always old thjnk they kney more than God almighty Besides this In gersoll thought that the cnlCof the leg ought to cover nle shin and health ought to be catching instead of eases all of vhlott7l3 foolish to who leatbedtaken into Gods confidence I know that d ulil vfteii lluCJI f if you want see iWIIS laboring under when he made tho stars also fill a bathtub level full of water and then try to get in it without making tho tub run over The againsttas you know is or rather was everwhere ho filled space just like a nine foot tills a six shoe and when you think of squecrfor the world is it any wonder things went wrong Thus I think it was a shame for Ingcrsoll to talk about God tho way he did and if the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob wasnt suchI n kind and loving old God Ingersoll would be sizzling in hell right now ahng with Tom Paine and Charley my dearly beloved just before taking up tho collection wish to say that God is all right He knows his business and if he made mistakes hu hada right to make them WhI inlidels themselves tho smartest pea plo god ever static make mistakes llllI certainly it would be finny if God couldnt do anything they do There is nothing impossible with God and since there is nothing so easy to snake as a mistake you would have it appear that the Lorll could do nothing hutI difficult things raise the dead shadow virgins et cetera Why look what a wise anti difllcult thing Jehovah did when hu turned gardener and planted Eden lIe made knowledge and lifo everlasting grow on trees such was the virtue ofl tho fruit they bore that Lord to drive Adam and Eve out of Eden to keep them from becoming gods them selves God did not intend for man to be anything more than n naked ignor amus ignorant even to his nakedness wonderful fruit that not only opened and certainly it must have been a Adams eyes hue also enabled him to hide from tho allseeing eye of God himself as he walked in tlingarden in tho cool of tho day Anti now the lest ho put forth 1m hand partake of tho tree of life eat and live forever that is lest Adam and Evo through a vegetarian diet be comu Gods themselves and blossom forth as rival star maker s and planet builders tho Lord drove them out of garden and placed a flaming sword at the gate to keep them front coming hack Talk about doing hard things lion about making knowledge and immortality grow on trees to saying nothing of making a flaming sword without a gasoline attachment in the o tr J handle Hard things Why that s tho Lords specialty Look what a hard lot his chosen people were especially such fellows as David having men killed off so as to get possession of their wives Look at the Perpetrators of the Bartholomew massacres and tho keepers of inquisitions burning a hund red thousand people a year because they were not wise enough to see the beauties of Christian theology Look at John Calvin making a bonfire out of Servetus and the Roman church roasting the astronomy philosophy and humanity out of Bruno to say nothing of those hard Kentuckians who sent Moore to the penitentiary foru crime ho didnt commit Yes Brethren the good Lord can a hard things as well as easy ones The only time he ever failed was when he met the chariots of iron and couldnt drive them out even that wasnt a failure because God made tho iron and he did the job so well that the people who used iron as a weapon were inviire ible even before God himself Just other case of Gods making a rock so he couldnt lift it or walking around op posite corners at the stoma time to shake hands with himself hi the middle of the next block The ironyof fate thats nlll FACTS STUBBORN THINGS Just a Few Points From The Secular Press Occasioned by Attending Church in Oklohoma THE BEAUTIFUL DOCTRINE OF HELL From Justice 101 4 orated mm tiiucij article iujijijur1 in the lllllS of Justice a new publication of Duncan Ind Terr and was sant to this office by J P James It is well worth reading and strikes a severe blow at orthodox doctrine A FEW COLD FACTS Wo attended services kit Sunday at Methodist church llo pamn 11I have forgotten his name preached very liuppy tfimon in i unl c I te advantages of llu iIflWt Miiifs that the riii wn inten sely sincere in what he said for he seems to have actually fattened on the lif He didnt say whether ho was ever hungry and happy at the ethic lime or not probably ho never was hungry 11r Lave seen sonio dtvouc Christians our time that were ex trcmcly disgusted and mclancholly over the crime degradation want awl misery open saloons licensed d houses in a laud whoiv Christian voters hold the balance of power but perhaps they never received the witness of tlo spirit bile in the sume poMition the parson which to use hiown words was tin the piii at oclock at night with his foot above Lis lnvl The parson he preached several years before ho ever received the Holy Ghost possibly ho never had got his feet high enough If that method gets very popular it will sauso a revolu tion in tile making of the church scats Imagine an evangelist sowing his well written eloquence into a of upturn ed shoo soles We fail to see any excuse for morn on the part of the followers of the carpenter of Nazareth in n loud whore Per cent of the infants bornI die and sink into a relentless hell before they are ten days old according to their teachings on uecount of conditions that the church voters have the un disputed power to abolish We aflirm that when a prospective mother is forced by competition in labor to work at limlI labor to help support a family when by all laws of nature she should be enjoying healthful atmosphere beautiful scenery and rest anti by so working life of the baby is sacrificed and tho voters of this land Kato the blood ofI that baby on their halulstNow dont understand us to say that the Methodists are trying to preach the babies into hell for we were sprinkled ourselves before wo got our eyes open good but do not think a Chinaman s just as much cxcuscablo on account of ignorance as the Stephens county baby and wo can see no excuse for theI Methodists sending millions of dollar out of this country where hundreds of thousands of Christian girls are for 1 sea to sell virtue to buy bread this moneybe spent in showing the chinaman tho light that 00 Percent of thorny have the glorious privilege of taking a neverending bath in a lake pure anu unadulterated tiro and brime stone tl S inspected by net of tong ress oaf itum What has the poor Chinaman ever done tofus that wo should send our hired hands over there to show him road twSiellT We have enough hypoe rites o W hire to fill hell so full that there vSnt bo room for a Chinaman there imBi couplo of billion years any lion aet the yaller devil smoke his hop inJSlace Wo ar icartily in sympathy with any the uplifting and betterment mooIH man family but we positive to get hilariously jubilant and same time as long as 00 per cent of he people are writhing under the ty t heel of the other percent nil nccop t of the stupid ignorance and slubLorr prejudice and unparalleled hy if the church voter Wo are not t Yh1to bawl out all the church nhcutbe hut we do know that 00 per cent alhu sanctimonious Christians for n m niiin pass to heaven only will upp6ftnhj rottenest thug that can bo hrough lilt if he can bo made to be livee l t it will further his financial interes and when he hears one thesohnlerfeit nothings who would foreclose a mortgage on a blind woman get upMn meeting mill whimper about a child of God it gives us an appetite for brouto seltzer e some noble people who arc preach a the go pcl lit they are preach t Ilia tbe content rot that has been direct Como of all he oppress ion n ages Discontent among the masses is been the nightmare of ty iiughaiit the history of the hu man ily Show us k despotism that tease overthrown by tho people pwce and contented One rtiiig shot before wo close We llcur d Duncan preacher who by tin a holiness preacher say that 9iekm his mother was suffering the tortu yetLu knowledge that li was going to Jewelw with Jews forcveiniorc We dont cart about Jewelling witth anyone who would bo instrumental in the ndminist cring of unthinkable torture to our mother throughout tho endless ages ofu eternity simply because sho had no tgod seen fit to ask an orthodox God for forgiveness for doing what she thought to ho right We dont believe that Ger onimo were placed on the throne of Golla he would be a thousandth part the fiend that the majority of the preachers present God to be Wo have simply made these remarks that a few people to nay bo set to thinking and not through any ill will to anyone Our space ip aalwaysvoriiig to unlift downtrodden human ity CURSE to THEIR VERY BIRTH ed in to And Drives Themselves And Others Insane Because of Being Ignorant Upon the Important Subject- of Sex Psychology STORY TOLD OF THEI us DYING SOLDIER Front Clinical Jonmal The followjng extract from an antic which appeared iu the May number of the American Journal of Clinical Medi published in New York has been stnt to us with the suggestion that It would furnish a good text for quota tout and editorial comment Xo doubt that tins auggiMtion j3 trust the Blade oven with tho physical and moral courage necessary to undertake such a discussion frankly fesses to its inability to properly cope an fiwithis any profession in the world capable ofal intelligently explaining the mighty and to important truths that are contained in istle here mentioned it is pro fession ot medicine Upon this hypoth tits our renders may appreciate the fact that tho author of the following knows even moro than he has dared to tell Tho article roads We do not approve of making feature of discussion tad investjgat ion of the sexual relations Wo fully grant their importance and tho need of their study Men and women are cursing the day they wero born are Continued from Page four a CRITICISM FOR- CAPTAIN CLARK Wants to Know When Gabriel Will Toot and the Millennium Begin to Dawn 1 Contributed An article ingeniously headed Cub Ideas for yc ir brains to work on which appeared in the Blade of March written by our dear brother Capt F Clark 72 years of age who for more than fifty years served in armyof Frcethought in all parts of the world including till of the fir continents and is the solo survivor of eelsscriber to the Blade which ho boll criticises and complements He is a professional instructor a scholar of high rank and relined linguist evedentlV tainted with spiritualism or quakcrisai as he says the spirit moves me to ex press my ideas upon the matters dis cussed the past year in the blade He denounces freethought organization by calling it advocates an infernal lot of pigmy minded chickenbrained galoots of cluck and gall to create a large good natiircd dog to catch crows chip niunk jackdaws tommycods woodchucks and polecats but no eagles lions or whales The galoots are to wag the dogs tail causing an explosion of all but the tail which is to bo re tamed as evidence of the dogs existence Ho the advises the disorganization of the tail organization with a bit club until Gabriels horn cries wake up boys change cars for Gehenna where you belong Ito timesreLules Dr Wilson forud e hirather dark savors too fetrongly of ianity and socialism which he hates be cause they chew the rag over the blasted rot of the fatherhood of god the brotherhood of man Ho tells to throw the old jew overboard and Otto Wettstcin is judged to be after the Captains heart He next speaks of free love lust etc and compares socialism with it and that the normal minded eagles lions and whales abstain from such dangerous galoots and then threatens that if nay determined effort be made establish ideal social commonwealth hell will bo to ltails and socialists of Germany have united and common cause in their nefarious scheme which fact alone ought to sound tho death knell of soc ialism among freethinkers He then closes his argument by vehemently ex claiming God damn socialism The writer hereof does not pretend comment on or criticise the learned captains arguments being an unqualifi illiterate of but five weeks schooling a poor little country school then had shuck dads corn Being now about tho ago of the manned captain I simply beg to ask him n few questions hop ing hu will kindly instruct me as II dont want to be au infernal pigmy chickenbrained galoot or bo exploded a chip inn nk in a big dog because I have iguorantly favored freethought orI ganization nor do I want to be clubbed hack untill Gabriel horn says wake up GehennaeNow captain how soon will Gabriel take his horn You say socialism is like the coming of Christ neither will ever get here How about Gabriel get ling hero on tine to defeat socialism Wont he have to come quick as you admit that clericals of Germany added 240000 to the socialist vote in the last election forcing all other parties to fuse keep the socialists from establishing ideal infidel commonwealth Ninety ve per cent of the infidels in America socialists I was foolish enough be one until I read your article cause Paine Franklin Jefferson Lin coIn and all other great good men who have proved themselves benefact ors and inspired the world witty liberty taught socialism Now captain if you will please tell mo when Gabriel will toot his horn I will tell you the day Gabariel gets here first I will quit free thought organization and socialism and join the Republicans and Democratic grafts of crime and plunder butif Gabriel is slow socialism gets lucre first I think I hall better remain a IjI iIf God damned socialist What do you think about it Please advise me And say captain as crime under publicanism and democracy has increased 000 per cent since the death of Lincoln as govcrment reports show that iniI41800 the producing class got 43 per cent of what they produced while in centeHow long will it take your eagles lions and whales to lead us prodigals back If we all join you will wo all become nag leg lions or whales I believe I would rather be an eagle then they could not kidnap me and imprison me or deprive me of navigat ing the air or sitting on my perch in the mountain without trial because I was true and loyal to my kind lath now captain you have lived 72 years Why didnt you tell us long ago that it was wrong to organize And why dont you destroy the dis cipline of the nrmy goverments and churches that oppress us like priest ridden nations do the jews because they save no national protection r I thought freethought had thin samot t right to organize against the church that the church has to organize again st us Imum told that wise men have said system is heavens first law In union there is strength United we stand divided we fall A house divided against itself cannot stand Is not dicipline strengths of sunny and church Could free mn njrykicklalruTter and bible out of tho lodge andiFrench nation and thus stimulate the repudiation of popish idolatry without national disiplino If you are a mason you know they possess the eagle lion whale and freethought brains of earth and that their modest meekness de prives world of even n vague idea of their useful actions to liberty made possible by organized disipline Can an undisisciplincd mob cope with disciplin ed soldiers Why do you object to Dr Wilson call ing you dear brother and then permit Mr Hughes to stick the nasty little pigtail of capt to your name That wells of blood carnage and might vs right t Can you realy staste Christianity awl socialism in Dear brother Why is Otto Wettstein after your own heart r Do you realy hink he has uso for it t Why do you hate Christianity socialism they been diametrically the opposite of each other Parasitic Christianity could no more live under socialism than a deb bug could live in the fumes of burning sulphur Do you heaven and hell also if they exist ns discribcd ifso why You advise throwing the old jew God over board What would be gain IT by doing it Would he just walk off as ho did on sea of Galilee Why- is it that 9i per cent of our freethought people lose their normal minds by fav oringorganization anti socialism r I used to think freethought people were alleagles lions and whales and now you tell mo they are crows pole cats and chip niunks and you threaten the ideal commonwealth with hell to pay with hot pitch Is hot pitch a legal tender in hell r Germany being an del nation and socialism being anti fusion they would now fuss with father 1 1thedo it either So why do y ju blame the socialist for the clericals surreUlleringIto them in 210000 lots unconditionally Christ dined among republicans and democratic sinners because its the sick that needs a physician After reading your article last night I dreamed that you was John Calvin returned to earth preaching his doct rine and that I went to hear you and that after you sling the following hymn I woke up took my gun and went hunt ing eagles lions and whales Have faith tho same In the Captains claimrIn all tho human race For hell is crammed With socialists damned Without a day of grace Toot the horn for Gabe 4 rPlI P r I BLUE GRASS BLADE i Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday 1Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chllton Moore up to his death February 7 1906 JAMES a HUGHES EJltor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year In advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 10 per year each Trial subscription 16 cents per month All orelgn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac cepted will be published at the rate of 100 per Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon applica lion The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the sub scription has been paid up In advance The address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent If asked for upon reneval In case of discontinuance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks eotc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address t advise this office giving both old and new and the Blade will be sent to the new address as desired TilE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 126128 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome THE BLADE is entered at the Postofflce at Lexington Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMTJIICATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky Cheer up Dont grow rusty 41 The strong die in harness Short sermons make popular preaches f Many a mans first mistake was in the selection- of his parents Men and women find salvation free until they hose joined church An easy by another name would always be ju as foolish It is usually poverty that takes a hard fallout of Ieal ambition tN Easy lies the head of a railroad syndicate befor L interstate commerce commission it is impossible to love a mtodern preacher fo Lfr11itlie oinciiieslie 1iaS niade if you are1 cnTthe list When the devil plays his fiddle every body wants to dance but they skip out when the fiddler starts to take up a collection t I Poverty or a meager salary is the best medium r through which to bring the fat plump sleeklook parson to his knees Infidelity cOllies from a bad state from the heart suggests a religions paper and the Blade retorts that belief conies from an inactive liver which mistakes bible for bile 1 Nearly every body knows that the bible is full Sacred Bosh lint it requires a James Armstrong Yr to explain it in a readable manner Blade renders may now pcrcieve what his Autonomist is like CONCERNING MR KERR AND HIS CHURCH OF HUMANITY In another column of this issue will be found a r con lllnniclltion from W IF Kerr of Great Bend Kansas who is the official head of the church of r Humanity editor of its official organ known MI The Truth About God and who is more or less known to nrtuiy Freethinkers in America His commiunication is one of protest Not of protest against the Blade so much as concerns himself in that we permit communications to he published of which he does not approve and while thanking us for the reproduction of his writings he requests that we refrain from assailing him and his method of propaganda Reference is made therein to what other Free whinrr e form leaving other papers to follow the course they had selected and at the same timeto abstain from any conunent upon the subject As fill the Blade is concerned it must be ac corded the privilege of giving publication to any communication it chooses so long as that com munication is couched in proper and chaste lung uage The Blade is a forum of the people Its columns are open to all so long as they have some thing of real importance to offer and told in mod est language Its editor is onlyhuman and there fore subject to error His judgment may not as sound ns that of other mien and his opinions will naturally differ from some and mlay agree with hut few It docs not follow however that he has all truth all morality all goodness on his side or contained in his arguments but fdr all that he is not willing to deny the right of free express ions to one who tines not agree with him and for that reason many articles have been published in the Blade with which the personal opinions of the editor are at variance Wehaye been informed 1 f f i I4 that it demands considerable courage to do thinT in that fashion but we have never laid any serious claim of being of the extremely courageous kind From the mass of correspondence we receive much has to be culled and weeded out not because the author lochs seriousness of thought but because of the editors judgment that its publication could not do good lint might possibly do marni 673eatnSe of the reasons htirciii expressed the Blade has permitted articles upon socialism to appear in its colunuis yet we are not socialist For the same reason the Blade has reproduced same of Mr Kerrs writings good in themselves and willing to help although we could never under stand or appreciate the value of the institution sought to be bolstered On the assumption that every little helps the Blade felt that even if the Church of Humanity could hut win one poor heart to freedom s cause it hod done that much good and should receive encouragement to that extent Some of lUll Freethought periodicals ap pear to take a vastly different view but Jk Kerr need entertain no apprehension as concerns tIll Blade for it has troubles of its own and it is nut willing to elate new troubles for any other work er in the cause The Blade does not presume to know whether Mr Kerr be capable or the best to undertake such a movement or what may be his motive and prefers to judge by results rather than by inference Upon the principle we have announced publi cation is given to Mr Kerrs letter of protest and for the sumac of Mr Clarks letter was published On the same grounds we have published articles on socialism and never thought for a moment of any particular financial support that might come from socialists by reasons thereof or whetJlIl they would throw us down or not As a general rule socialists come from the rank of the workers whether socialism be the proper caper or otherwise as a remedy for mar industrial or social ills the Blade is on the side of the workers For simi lag reasons we can over look much that conIes from Mr Kerr If he is willing to work and does work he is hound to do some good The Blade has found by experience that we should strive to forgive each other the faults w may have rather than condemn CHRISTIAN POWER AND ITS ESSENTIAL TRUTH Sooner or biter they will awake to the fac dissnppenrqtial truth that the world has ever dreamed of is being mjade by those who are not only not men hers of Christian societies but do not even call theniKclvcs by the Christian name The foregoing and somewhat remarkable state rent is attributed to one Rev A A Bcrlc a Ger nun protestant preacher In the articlQ from which it is taken he soundly berates the church- r tor tmi jiiDinli offioinnsnosH lillt thAi doe not concern us here We are stntplygnintp discuss the portion referred to in the foregoing guct ation that we might be able to demonstrate as far as possible what is uppermost in the Christ ian mind and laying bare the trend of the mod ern churchman We are to infer that by the term they th writer rotes to the people Not to any class o section of the people to all the people relig ious or irreligious Christian or antiChristian What they seem to desire most is to impress upon their minds the fact that Christianity is not to any of its power so that another arises that Christianity demands power insists upon power and needs power for its propagation Power presupposes friction for the powerful must exercise some force over the less powerful or thus lacking power This means friction It would appear then that friction is necessary to Christian- it and only by force can it thrive There trot be no doubt that Christianity has largely triumphed because of the exercise of power and this powC- has emanated from an unholy coalition between the priest and those in authority Through the ex ercise of this power the cross of Christ has been forced into many lords and a trail of blood follow ed in his wake Now we are to note that one o its professors insist that Christianity is not to lose that power which entries with it the presumption that the condition is to be continued wherever post siblc so the next best thing is that the world shall make an effort to lose Christianity The next point to be noticed is time reference made to its Essential truth This is a dcclarat ion that some truth is actually essential to the Christian cult and that all truth is not to be found in it Whenever the admission is mode that any thing could be essential to the Christina rcl- Tgion it is prima facie evidence that it cannot stand alone and upon its own merits rand this is ono good reason why force and power must be relied on for its dissemination Truth needs no help from icily quarter Truth puny be rejected misundurstood and misapplied but in time it will make itself sufliciently manifest This the Christian religion has failed to do Where many years ago all the people were practically religious and members of the church actually com nuni cants now the vast majority have no religious pretensions whatever arc indifferent concerning this or that cult which is a self evident fact that with nil its excerise of power Christianity has failed to so impress the public mind with its essential truth that thousands arc now posit ively antagonistic The climax is reached however in the assert ion that all this application is to como from other than Christian sources which can only bo taken to mean that Christianity to derive mid and strength from its foes even mtoro than from its friends The Blade is an admitted foe to christ ianity and all it implies This does not mcan an st k 7 enmity towards right conduct and moral living These are not synonymous with Christianity If we could believe for one monent that aught we might say or do could redound to the beneifit of that degrading faith the Blade would cease its publication rather than accept the responsibility of causing one poor soul to suffer the agony of an endless hell It is but a begging of the question It is an assertion node simply for the effect not that any good reason can be giving for making it It is cheap claptrap amidtt fair sample of the Christian arguments We have heard of lawyers securing the conviction of their own clients by the weakness of the defense they made Tint here is a good example of a preacher destroying Ins own faith by the imbecility of what ho offers in its behalf As a matter of fact Christianity is destined to perish and fade away in that it is incapable of ever again wiehling the power it once enjoyed The day has long since passed when men could be impelled to an acceptance of religious faith or confession real or pretended by the operation of force which means power and the friction that must attach thereto Reason now holds dominant sway in the public mind and all things must be tested by that crucible That which opposes rear son opposes progress and iiuist die or be swept aside into the rubbish heap of time The beacon light is at the end of the road of development the church is at the other end the end we left behind never to tread again Some will linger about its portals fearful to step out and tread alone but a little more light a little more reason the day of an absolute freedom shall cast its roseate dawn over the hills of human progress SCHOOLBOYS REFUSE TO PRAY 1if there is any truth in the assertion that can push a good timing too far then orthodoxy cannot lay any claim to recognition as being good None clue doubt that orthodoxy has been pushed Every force moral or immoral legal or illegal good or had all have been employed as a movie I agency and power to push it along but the lily curviedand is entering upon the stage of collopse For many years we have been compelled to pay tom chaplains in the congress in the state legis attires in the army and navy in the prisons and in expensetpublic schools have long been a fertile field fo orothodox action Here the children have been mrule the prey of a designing priesthood They have been made the unwilling and innocent vie tims of sectarian desire Every agency could be brought to bear upon schools nave been employed to inject religion into them at any cost under the notion that to get n child started 011time orthodox train it would invariably remain s ul subso pjoedswind of childhood with ortlioc ox an praying and reciting creeds In a majority of cases prayers have been made compulsory and it now appears that eight male pupils of High School at Chester West Virginia have revolted against the berCron a revolutionists being suspended from the schools notwithstanding the fact their parents pay time re poled taxes towards its siipport and these boys constitutioneto worship god according to the dictates of their own conscience But this is not all Because the boys have been suspended nearly all girls attending the same school threaten to revolt also and quit the school unless the boys are reinstated Bully for the girls hut hold is not this an indication that orthodoxy findrcourage s to peat an article of confession of religious faith is it not a sure sign that the end of orthodoxy tyranny and power is about here If the girls winfer of suspension and will not have to repeat the Lords prayer or any part of it Just imagine what would happen to the churches if thin women should rise up against it This is precisely what would and will happen to the West Virginia school if the gills only stand by their resolution playerisinsist that any of the pupils shall do so If any of them wish in the act then becomes voluntary and no one hillY the right to complain The right to trolshipgodameeording to the dictates of ones own conscience also implies the right not to worship god if ones own conscience insist upon not doing so Time exercise of that right does not privilegeOrthodoxyauthority to insist upon it hut it is not a right conferred upon tlufliL The West Virginia superintendent should be classed with Dogberry of Shakespearian fame and his pupils have demonstrated that theypos sess a better practical knowledge of human affairs have displayed a better judgment by simply stand ing out for their rights The world will grow to respect them for it while deriding their teacher That superintendent ought to be given a kick with a number ten hoot on his western elevation as he stoops over to tie his shoes with his head toward the rising sun THAT ETERNAL SLEEP The doctrine of immortality is one of strong cst supports of the Christian forma of faith 1ndI f that of inniiliilntioii keeps iniuiy from active co operation wifh the freethought movement This is simply the result of an inability to understand appreciateBecause men and women desire another life beyond the grave docs not prove that such life will be Desire docs not imply a fnct Desire mnjf arise from inference and a naglcctcd appetite Time clergy profess to find an argument for innnfortality front the existence of desire but and who desire even more mundane thousIwithout the slightest gratification If every wador could be gratified ever entertained perienced by man there might he sonic force in argument lint as the whole of life is composed theImenu pain than pleasure more than gratification the argument is all on the side and the Blade is forced to the belief otherIChristinns are simply shaping themselves gigumtic fooling If pain and care and woe ends with the grave if mmi must lie down like a piece of broken moch aniKin is it not better tints What do we Jcnow ofpnin during sleep Could we wake no amore what would we then know of pain There is no despoliation of the mind by religious prejudices and the fairytales of old women used with good effect in nursery Men are not l content forever with nursery tales As experience conies new thoughts aro created anti substance must take the place of shadow reason instead of blind faith The majority of men and women are weak in some respects and the priest knows how to play upon these weaknesses to his personal advantage with remarkably good effect Of what use or benefit is a future life unless it cnn he shown that it will better than this one and what guarantee can bo given that it will he half Ii1offight for to strive f1I1 On the other land if rest in sleep temporary daily sleep is beneficial and balmy kl wing neither pain or care what mat fees it if we never wake again In the eternal sleep that sleep from which no waking has been known there lies tClnnlrlst with neither pain or sorrow Life implies pain and this is as true of any other life as it is of this beforerChrist an aged retainer of Edwine s court said unto him Sntman from time darkness tat rieth awhile in tho light and thereafter fiicth out again into the darkness Vat b ontlcpf it The subject has been and is now favorite theme for preachers Philosophers have tried to ofsIs pass extremity there hangs an inrniinotrnhle curtain which no human hand has ever drawn aside Up paintershaveng they have sought to give it the appearance of life but it is all guess work all speculation Christians may to meet death and they should do so because of the fearful hell they have Constructed for the great majority of the race The Freethinkers need not experience these tre pidations and the knowledge of a human duty done and a human work achieved gives the future wliatevcr it may contain a more glorious tinting than can be derived from the laud of Christian reams LET US BE LIBERAL peopleThisesp eiially not to cvcry one in general Are we really willing to accord to every other person the same rights and privileges we so con stantly claim for ourselves For years the advocates of Frccthought as well as the great mass of rank and file who support it have mode loud and bitter complaints at the intolerance of the Christian world because it has persistently denied the right of free thought and free expression of those flee thoughts We are stronger to lily timid a generation ago The orth olox element him lost its power to terrify Its throats and curses lie impotent In a measure we have grown beyond tliiMiipand above them We see hero and there like a hush of lightning in a distant storm cloud hut they are incapable of noise or power Under sucfi conditions it is strange indeed that say render of the Blade for Blade readers must of a necessity be liberal ill theirviews should take the Blade to task for allowing the publication of articles in advocacy of socialism in its columns Vet such is the ease and the Blade is informed that a continuation thereof will mean a loss in lolhirs mid cents and lead to business failure Advice is tendered to drop the privilege accorded for discussion upon these topics and keep the Bhile strictly an antireligious or orthodox paper Time Blades editor is only a man life is just like other men Ho has faults like other men His judgments mny be as faulty as the judgment of other IJClk 6n the other hand he is liberal and tolerant of the rights the privileges and opinions of others lie has been on the rack for having publisJiQd his opinions and knows the virulence of orthodox venom It does not follow that be cI11oJI c editor of the Bladc admits discussions I tl aof socialistic topics in its columns that ho endorses the views and sentiments expressed by the several writers His liberality in affording an opportunity for such discussion may he inferred if not proven fronil the fact that he is not a socialist or an an archist The editor of this paper is responsible forI no expression of opinion save that Which is found to exist in the editoral column If the same principles should be applied towards Freethinkers as some Freethinkers would have other Freethinkers apply towards those with whom they do not agree I we would he in a mighty poor way in this day und generation are many socialists who are not Free 11here These enjoy rending discussions upon If by accident or design one of he induced to rend the Blade and take a little Frecthought along with his own hobby by und by to convinced that all religions are but sham a great gain has been made and this wa one of the principal motives that led to the opening of our columns to a discussions of those topics Even under such conditions no great harm should result Those who do not like socialism are not compelled to read what is said in its behalf The Blade gives all the Freethought argument it can mill gives news that is believed to IIP of interest to the Free thought people with whom it comes in contact One thing may lie said hero however viamely that the Blade is not moved nor can be mnved by mere consideration of dollars and cents and if there is any good in socialism its advocates can bring it out and convince others of that fact If there is nothing of value in the system our read ers will soon discover it Let us be liberal We must not full into the same errors that have marked path of the op posing religious sects Practice toleratioivof narrowmindedness of others I PREACHERS ARE LIKE UNTO CHILDREN J- SPOIL3D Preachers are just like spoiled children They have been pampered petted made over and allow cd to have their own way in almost every thing until they gnnr to look on such things as a lightI somethings belonging to them We have frequently heard it said that such a child is spoiled As a rule their parents are to blame It is the parents who suffer most from the child being spoiled Jn after years it reacts upon the child mid as it reaches mnturity it looks back upon the past with regret and disfavor During the perion of its groth it is others who have to bear the injustices and inequalities Now apply the same line of thought to the prea chers Professing to be possessed of a superior power and of a higher order than the common peo pie they have succeeded in inducing the pconle to yield io that belief In the course of time people caAitT tirifcg1iirtlsmflJip7tRffilIft iJ1meld direct converse with god and coui1a measure induce the deity to palliate their sins reserve for them a front sent in paradise Mov 1nndby such fancies the people believe that what pleased the preacher most pleased god most and the preacher was continually bribed with ful some flattery and praise deserving or otherwise in order to curry favor with the celestial powes Naturally time preachers at first recognized the humbuggerj about it and secretly laughed at the dainplioolishncsH of those who flattered and prais ed Time wore on It was a case of constant dropping of water on a rock What was at first intended as a most gracious favor from an fnferjor to a superior being came to he demanded and in sisted upon under threatened pains and penalties in the hereafter and both by custom mill heredity the preachers grew to regard the whole demon stration as a personal right and where it was not ollcred it was forced by legislation Who can he charged with the responsibility for such condition of mutinies Time people It was the people who gave and it is up to people to take away Let the preachers know that a mother can impart a Wore holy baptism with her tears and kisses than any preacher can with his jug of holy slush and you hun weakened his prerogatives to 4that extent Let the preachers know that more lessons are taught and imbibed at a S mothers knee than in time Sunday school or from the pulpit and the Inst remaining vestige of cleri cal power disappears While preacher can exact from the people that homage and obeisance demanded by spoiled children they will remain spoiled children and the people will continue to suffer at their hands When time people learn to stand alone refuse to reeognixe the power of the preacher to issue the heavenly pnssports then comes time reaction and the preachers suffer just like spoiled child They can look back upon the past with regret hut not with disfavor Time regret comes because the good old times for them lowe pURsed awnyBvery day the rank and file of the people thanks to education und science look upon the preacher as nothing nijorc than an ordinary man gifted with the power of oratory perhaps or possessing a more cnrcfully trained miind in religious limttcrs and authorized to take up a collection hut noth jug more If there be a god we are all his children Not one of us stands any higher in his estimation than another Nogobctwecns are necessary and every dollar spent in hireing trained preachers is so much waste so much wrung from till substance of time people without time slightest gain or compen sating returns In a great measure the pews ex orcise a greater power over time pulpit than time pulpit exercises over time pews The pew holders tan fire the occupant of the pulpit at will mid tho occupant knowing this will strive to plcnso time pew holders instead of trying to please gods In t7 cj 1i j1 fact they are his god or rather coin in theirI pocket hooks is the object of worship pews refuse to cough up when the times comes for passing the hat and time man in the pulpit will soon quit his job Let time pennies quit and the preaching stojjs Time penny controls the thoughts of the preacher and the curiosity underlying tIll whole farce is that pews appear willing to pay for sonic nina to preach to them about hell and worm that never dies Few of thom be lieve it hut they hue a wholsome dread of such things and they like to hear it told over and over again how they are able to lodge the punishment eternal Spoiled children are nijnde by allowing them to have their own way too injiich before they reach the years of discretion and good judgment When halt is called they suffer fromi the shock It is a trying and a terrible cxpericnco So the preachers must suffer mind they are suffering in time slime proportion to which they have been spoiled Spoiled children are undesirable in any place and a spoiled preacher is worse lie is made till huff of intellectual society and he knows it nell he is made to feel his inferiority und he makes up for it by talking hell into his ignorant church nil ers- Train up a child in the way he should go is the old maxim aJUlwe can say precisely the same thing of the preachers Sometimes a shingle hoard is used with splendid effect So it is with the preachers If to spare rod spoils the child so to spare proper restraints upon JLln preach lS causes them to grow spoiled In otir words the best way to make the preachers behmv them selves is to spank them often and well Time people nwist do this or th iii1w sorry iI it in long run 0 THINKINQAND TALKING Mow to tiilk is a valuable asset to any man How to think is an emnnation of genius We hue too ninny men who capable of talk ing too few who are capable of thinking Good lawyers have been known to lose a worthy cause in court because of an inability to properly present his case before the judge and jury while a poorer und inferior member of the profession has won his contention because of his ability to talk more forcibly if not half so logical in tho case as his more able and more learned opponent Such a result comes from the fact that the mal ority of mankind are yet swayed by talk eloqu ence logic set on fire mt it were and not by simple process of thinking Did men think more there would he less need for talk Talk is depend ed upon to sway multitude in a political con test and it is sail that this or that politician is aI splendid campaigner whcji simply means that he jir f gall hut we seldom hear it said that tatimM lcer8 riTthe samc I1yhl religion ns it is in law or politics Not one half of people ever pause to think or reflect and mentally digest wliat they have heard in a sermon They remember the witticisms and remarks upon their pertness and appropriateness to illustration They remem her time tales of woe put forth because of time narrative attaching to them limit for downright men tality there are too few prepared or willing to ex ercise it lIe is a lazy fellow who allows another- to do his work for him and then accept time credo it or pay So too he is a lazy fellow who is will ing to let another to do his thinking for him and makes no effort at thought upon his own account Did half of the present Christian world but aHem pt a little thought for themselves the entire struct ure of theology would be rudely shaken Time clerical porfession arc given more to talk than to genuine mental effort thought and this is the source of their growing weakness The vast ma jority have not the ability to prepare a really first elass sermon Most of the sormjons delivered in the present day orthodox churches are written by hired sermon writers printed then syndicated und sold1mm some instances a brief outline of a sermon is furnished with appropriate scriptural quotations maul the preacher is supposed to fill in with his own language his own thoughts and supply illustrations to make the point sought toll established This is why so many of them fall short and contain so many glaring innacunicic and inappropriate matter As a general rule the most popular preacher is he who can get up a ser mon upon municipal matters and take the author tits to task for alleged graft inaugurate political contentions local option fights maid other methods of public strife The congergation is then inclined to the opinion that their preacher is actually earning his salary and doing something worth while A few successes by one preacher in this direction gave encouragement to others and so it is that the church has fallen into the political to the detri ment and injury of both Politcal religious are a curse to any people Religious politics are an abomination to the earth Give both an extremely wide berth We can get along better withouteither Tho parson in polities is a distinct danger to community in which he lives and presumes to work The re former in religion and orthodoxy is equally as undesirable Did both think more and talk less they would throw up their jobs The world wants men who think It wants men who are willing 1o express their thoughts nrtikiiig their speech rich ami truth that can and will enlighten the world Think more Talk less- Oratory is not thought Thought may enrich eloquence by the value of what has been thought limit it is th6 thinking me who arc to become the true saviors of the race f 4 sri tit COMES BACK AT VALE Western Biblislogist Undertakes to Defend His Position on The New Test ament Genealogies From Further Criticism FACTS AND FIGURES TO BACK UP ARGUMENT IJy Lewis In till l1Iuhof Mnrcli Mr ueuige Vule undertake to misrepresent my two Inst lotion nn the genealogies of Jesus cnllod the Christ as given in Matthew first chapter find Luke third chapter in the now testament Matthew anti Iuko are the only hist orians of Jesti cnllod Christ either in or outside of the bible S14nre compelled to accept of reject ings Mr Vnlo written a long and laboured letter which shows that hU theological craft was loaded down to tho water lino with material he could nut unload hence nis long letter with out touching ono point in controversy I quote from the learned theologian Mr Vnlo says Mr Lewis attempted to show us that by beginning fatand tracing the line backward to his ancestors ho could prove that the said Jesus ia myth and this ho as mires us is his natural mode of proced nrcvito use the myth called to provo that his ancestors lived at times other then those that history records- made no such statement The kitrur theologian is incorrect Matthew and Luke being the only historians of Jesus took Matthews twcntyeigtht gener ations which cover ninethumlrcd and thirtythree and onethird years and traced back in history mill landed in the midst of Ahahs Reigh yearf short of reaching the historical the death of Saul which was the begin ing of the Reign of David the King of whom Jesus said to be a descendent Then took Lukes 15 generations which cover 145313 years and traced hack and that reached ypars beyond whcr history places King David and to within eight years of the death of Moses So much for the inspired word of God by his historians I derive my hates from Joscphuss antiquities So my historical dates are right tlim in my Inllt printed letter In IJWde of Febimry I tako Vnttlunvs 2i generation cowering 033 13 years nmimlstart nt the death of Saul which is beginlng of Davids Rcibn where it is supposed to rightfully long and trace it down this vay in history anti find that it ends in the Reign of Alexander the heat and fall short years of rcachting to the death of Herod the King the time Matthev Bays Jesus the Christ the son of Joseph and Mary or Mary and the Holy Ghost was horn in Bethlehem of Judenthcn I took Lukes 43 generation whichcover 1433 13 years and traced it from the death of Saul or the begin ing of Davids lleign mill find that it trachea 321 years this side in history of the date of the death of Herod the King when Luke says Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea whom Luke says was the scon of the Holy Ghost and Mary Matthew starts his genealogy nt Ab raham and traces this way in history and has 42 generations from Abraham to Christ or the death of Herod Hut 28 generations from David to Christ or the death of Herod Luke starts genology at death of Herod or the supposed birth of Christ and has 43 generations in tnicing short years in time Luke fell long years in time yet the pulpit tills us that these two historians of Jesus were divinely in spired of God to tell the truth Matt hew says it was 033 13 years from David to birth of Jesus the Christ while Luke says it is 1433 13 years from David to Christ while actual historical time is 1112 years according to rllngni7ltlIIntn Now know of no Vaymf accounting for the discrepancy Itt to charge it to in utter Ignorance of fact in hist orical data or dishonesty Luke in his gospel shows in the ver commencement that he knew nothing nltout the fact only hearsay Forasmuch ns many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which lire most surely believed among Kven as they delivered them unto which from the bogining were eye witnisscs and ininistoc of the worM It seemed good to mo also having had perfect understanding of nil timing from very first to write unto the in order most excellent thoophilus There is an old saying that it h a poor rule that wontwork both ways So I have tried the nIle and it worke to perfection I applied the rule from death of Saul back history to yards Adam and got n result David and following down this way in history j 1 and got exactly thi same result so rule in perfect and want the Irtmied theologians to refute my conclusion or he man enough to own up that it can not bo done It is actually necessary for Mr Vale to provo to the readers ofI Blade that Joseph and Mary and Pilate aand Elizabeth and Jesus lived at a period of 170 years before the death of Herod and then lived again at a per iod of years after the death of He order to sustain his contention for the geneologies of tho two Jesus or own up that the two goneologics are frauds will not require the learned theologian to furnish evidence that Holy Ghost sparked Mary nt these tyoI periods for I do not know his capacity The learned theologian says I have shown those genera logics to Christians who wore able to accept them at once Sure there are millions of ignorant pro tossing Christians who would accept 1Idozen Jesus rather then to be deprived of the ono myth they have been ImgI ging from infancy There nothing in the world so dear to ignorance as thoir Jesus especially at campmoctings learned theologian speaks of onoI Rosers who seems to not have Genesis and ami to provo hillI two Jesilscs he says Irecthought editors should only publish contribut ions from persons who are at least willm to acknowledge facts that fal fable to nil and this the learned the ologian calls Freethotight 1To close up every avenue for the dill tribution of freothought that was just what the church done all through theI the twelve centuries of the inquisit ion known as the dark ages when tho torch racks gibbet thumhI screw wheel St Andrew Cross the ill ry the iron basket and the spiked ruler all of those hellish Christ ian instruments have seen in their original make which had done service in the days when Christianity transfer ed their hell to earth and The Sacred soil of Kurope and Asia was deluged with the blood of victims who wore not willing to think through the brain of a tyrant distance between mental and physical torture is hilt a step and the learned theologian places himself just one stop from Rack and hot and rails himself n freethinker and would shut down on all persons who would not accept his two Jo usos with out one word of evidence to prove his contention He would hope to convert the few who have not the time pdispos ition or ability to study out the prolc Inns in that much befogged hook called the New Testament have no information to the effect that there has been any changes made in tin St James translation since it was published in Iflli up to tie time the new version was made in tho year tWent fIe years ago copied tho following from the of two versions in one this volume are printed parallel column the authorized version of and the revised version of which last tho old testament appears in and the new testament in Paul did not preach of any Jesus hut the one Jesus of Nazareth the Christ First Corinth hits chapter 171810 For if the dead rise not then is Christ not risen And if Christ be not risen your faith is vain ye are yet in your sins Then the also which are fallen asleep in Chri4tnr perished If in this life only wo have hope in Christ we are of all men most erable In New Testament there are four gospels 21 Kpistles and RevelationsI Not one of which treats hut Jesus the Christ born of Mary till espoused wife of Joseph the Carpenter 4IInill to Ie got ln of holy ntlll Matthew 24 chapter 2324 2521 verso Jesus Christ is made to say then if anw mm shall say unto you In here is Christ or there believe him not For there shrill arise false Christ and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders in so much that if it were possible they shall deceive very object Wherefore have told you before wherefore if timeysimail say unto you behold ho is in the desert go not forth behold he is in Secret Chamber lie lieve it not Mark chaPterl verso For the law was given bymIosts hut God and truth came by Jesus Christ 1Xu other Jesus spoken of by any of of the Now Testament writings Luke 828 Ami when he said Jesus he cried out anil fell down before him and with a loud voice nM what have I to do with tiioc Jesus thou son of God most high I beseach the torment me 3lark 57 And he cried with a loud voice and said what have I to do with Jesus thou son of tho most high God Revelation 11 Revelation of JCSIH Christ which God gave unto him to show unto his servants the thing which must shortly come to pass and Iihe sent out Signified it by angel to his servant John learned theologian ought to und orstand by tho time that even tho leg ion devils know that it was Jesus the Christ tlll1emIr son of God whom if 0 J 1iis f i glnlolllgirolIin their calculations through utter ig noranoc of subject in question Tho roomier of tho Blade were un doiibtcdly surprised at the valuable in formatiiVi grtituously bestowed upon them by the learned theologian George Vnlo when they read in his last letter after reciting many changes made in the Bible from time ti time until in now version good gcneologios have been omitted lest the people de tort tho fraud practied on them by Church No doubt many careless bible reader likij myself had not missed them for one somewhat of n biblo read er had never miscd them and I have no doubt that thousands of intell igent ought to uso learncu theolo gians cant phrase Highly intellectual readers of bible were caught in same 1imis myself How thankful we ought to feel towards Air George Vale for his gratuitous information had read considerable of the now version of Xow Testament print ed in the newspapers on being telegrah from Kngland to United States immediate hyon its completion by tho commission in Kngland then after old testament was translated seciired a cmpyof two versions in one vol and made myself acquainted with them by comparative reading then my friend IL II Dow whom Hlado reader will remember at author of a strong utter on the end of the world as taught by Jesus Christ and the apos ties gave mo a eoiyof two versions bound in ono book have been peeking into it occasionally lor many months earnestly seeking together th substance there in tore for all who will avail of the privilege and yet had not Isiigimtest knowledge of the absence of two genealogies and till only earthly reason thtl con give is that they were not and never had been omitted from the writings of Matthew and Iuko and learned the ologians statement that they wore om itted cannot bo true Xow want to say to the readers of Blade that havo dealt honotly with Mr Vale and that appears to be moru than ho has done with mo when quoted his statement quoted them verbatim not misroprusentiSr him in one instance hilt he has mill quoted my language and meaning in two of his lotion Compelling me to re imirse IIIl1lhIIf letter ill order that readers of Blade might mi GRADUATION GIFTS An n final and lasting token of affec tion anti n precious souvenir of parental and 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Shall a negro servant woman be allowed to carry home cold victuals in a basket with which to feed the man she is living with is a question that seems destined to break up the Negro Bap tist Church of this city The custom is an old one and white people of all denominations in the South have been compel victualsand pie left over from a given meal but fres hot coffee is made new biscuits are made potatoes cooked in excess of the familys demands a jar of preserves and a few eggs all go to make up the provender furnished the man at home by th I negro woman who cooks for you and for which a draft is made upon the white mans larder Oc casionally a petition is presented for an old pair of shoes a pair of pantaloons or some other art icles of clothing which Massa don erzackly want and in this way the man at home is fed housed and clothed and he has neither work or looking for work as the womans wages will ally pay the rent of the one room in which the live and sleep and furnish him with a few dimes for terbacccr and a chanst ter shoot de bonesAccording to all reports the Baptist Church membership colored mind you has been before the Courts owing to a split a factional break cau sed by the preacher a Rev S E Smith declaiming against the practice mentioned above on the that it fostered laziness among the negro male population Another negro Clay Estill pro bably felt the shoe pinching when the preacher delivered this remark raised a row in the church and the shepherd of the senegambian flock promp- tlyr had him arrested for disturbing religious wor ship Now the Blade is in a devil of a fix for it hardlj knows with which side to sympathize There is no doubt about the practice fostering laziness and to this extent the Blade agrees with the preacher On the other hand we have gon through the experience and have filed serious jections against the cold victuals cure for hun ger but fearful that we would lose our help w have had to submit In other words we had t work and labor to keep both negro woman and t her men Too vigorous a kick would have driv l en the woman away and the Lawd only knows t when and where another would have been forthcoming Again it is our belief that a man has got a kick coming when he sees a soft snap slipping from him just because the preacher in his church shoots off his mouth The negro is actually super stitious and the women especialy so If this preacher can succeed in demonstrating to the male members of his congregation that the cold victual racket is dead wrong they many quit 1 If they do it will simply drive the man to thl white mans chicken coop and it would be t case of frying pan and fire The case attracted considerable attention an the court upheld the negro mans right to kick by turning him looser The white man simply waits for results s EVOLUTION AND THE CHURCH Since the law of evolution has become an accept ed fact in the considerations of all the scientific and learned savants of the present generation it perhaps is worth while to examine into its workings in connection with the Christian religion Since evolution is a fact its principles must apply to the ethical and sociological as well as the material side ofthingsWe freethinkers who have studied the growth and development of Christianity side by side with the development of other religions know that the teachings and doctrines of that religion have un dergone a vast change during the last five or six centuries a change which was enormously accele rated by the Lutheran reformation and since ithen carried on by other of the broader thinkers church until the Christianity of today is as much unlike that of six centuries ago as the low 1cstmember of the vertibrates in unlike the human of today This we take it is a fact patient to all who hav studied the subject a fact which can only poin- in one direction and that is that Christianity as represented by the churches has more to fear from the more liberal of its members inside than it has from all the onslaughts of its open and avowed opponents outside Fifty years ago they used to preach Hellre hot Hell has gone They used to preach a mater ial heaven where all the goody goodies would be gathered together unto Abrahams bosom and sit by the side of god with the angels for evermore but Abraham and the angels and all the worn out mon strosities of the apocalypse have gone the same way as hell The virgin birth and with it all the miricles and absurdities which used to make up the stock in trade of the early church have vanished But the churches still exist in name and we must admit is capable of asserting enormous power t But is the church of today the church of yester day and by the church we mean all gospel shops no matter of what demonination or creed they may belong to simply all those who profess and teach the Christian religion We venture to say that the teachings of these to day would be totally unrecognisable as Christian ity by those who profesed and taught is sixhun dred years ago For instance the Rev Dr Campbell of the City Temple London with Sir Oliver Lodge us his henchman has completly thrown the bible l rr 4t l overboard and practically stands in the same position as a freethinker with a leaning toward spiritualism In fact his teachings are so far re moved from Christianity that it is a moot point with his congregation whether he should be allowed to continue his ministry but he sticks there where the dollars are just the same and constitutes out more of those who are undermining the edifice from within If it is his aim to found a new a further advanced sectionof the church his throw ing overboard of the literality of the bible is to be understood But the position of Sir Oliver Lodge cannot be passed over so easilyrThere is something pathetic in the picture o ofhfame in the field of scientific discovery and analysis to prostrate his intellect to the bolstering up of a dying superstition The mighty mind that aned wrested secrets from the bosom of nature and given them to the world for its benefit and enlight eumeut could surely be better occupied than wast ing even a fraction of its powers in a vain endeavor to harmonise the inharmonious to make sense of the ridiculous to make a book mean that whit it does not say Yet Sir Oliver Lodge is only one of many faro why0 years d in further to the worldrBut we dont wish to pose as an apologist for the shortcomings of great thinkers as most all people have a kink somewhere or other though all eta rest satisfied that the amount of good they do i their lives will be remembered when their faults and failings have been forgotten nevertheless if is through such as these and such men as the Rev Dr Campbell that Christianity is evolving into a different phase altogether and we can quite imag ine the time will come when the church will stand in the same position that the party of freethought stands in today There is nothing extravagant is such an hypothesis We see in the history of our own times the conservative party in politics standing in the shoes aned vanced from their old ideas And the same pro aloeosame as one the old dogmas are going The ancient shiboleths and miracles no longer satisfy the in telligence of an educated people The followers of freethought have been auathemised for ages because they have taught morality apart from spcctaclelsame still retain the bible and are supposed to read it in their churches but as a literal book as it used to be considered is has into the realm of 1Theknowablert never oi uneducated d are ly it will be improved and will advance coequally with the advance of knowledge and scientific in vestigation but it will never require an apolo gist to explain that it means something different to what it teaches- Freethought will remain as such through all the ages always well on in advance of the socalled re igious thought of the times It will be the teacher which will pave the way with ideas ideas which will uutimately be adopted by churches and through its influence the religions will be leavened out of all semblance of what they originaly were And so the process of evolution will go on th freethought propaganda always in the van and the churches and through its influence the religions unwilling rearguard The best definition ofa true friend is that said to have been given by a Missouri schoolboy a friend is a person who knows all about you and likes you just the same There are doubtless many people who claim friends but the friends know little concerning their true character Th makeup of man is the best seen when he is at his own fireside not in public places At home he truetOnce freedom of thought and expression is accorded equal nrivilieges with orthodoxy the dream of peace and goodwill will become an estab indthe home brighten existence and make life worth living in any old place Existing inequalities are simply the products of ignorance put forth at the bidding of organized fanaticism a a a News BulletinWife led astray husband killed the other fellow but it never occured to the news factory that when a wife is led astray she is not invariable willing to be led and very often becomes the tempter and not the one tempted It always takes two to make- a contract of that character He who courts the wife as hard as he did his sweetheart need never fear a rival in his wifes affections a a a a The man in the moon must look upon the poor microbes of this old world with feeling of compassion and pity as he observes their several idolatries but the suggestion that this habitat is like unto green cheese is simply the color his face must as sume as he percieves the soft snaps enjoyed by our high toned parsons t CURSE THEIR VERY BIRTH Continued From Page One othersjknowIand untrammeled discussion of sexual physiology and pathology by those who arc competent Hut this is exactly what is not to be had under present conditions No such discussion is sible in any publication mat circul hencerany attempt in that direction is sure to be futile It is not that the at bringrmartyrdom holds out allurements not to be resisted it is because of certain failure and wasted efforts sadly ed in directions where success is pos sible Our objection is not prudent cowardice but calculating utilitarian ism There is this to be said about dis cessions of sexual matters us one goes viewpointIwhat is permissible in the discussion recede until tilings appear us a matter of course that at first he would un hesitatingly have denounced as obsI cene Then he is called to face a charge that in itself is a disgrace And we sympathize with n friend who prefereto a there was a soidier noted through lout his division for many heroic ex ploits Time and again ho braved and escaped dangers that daunted the bold cst but he seemed ever to hold a char med life At last he was tremendous ly kicked by a big mule and this time death was inevitable When informed of his fate to the amazement of all he burst into tears Seeing the con tempt on his comrades faces he ex plained Its not that boys not that I am afraid to die Its the high and mighty chance of dying Ive had to be kicked to death by an infernal long eand heehawing son of a jackass Same as to Comstock Am Journal of Clinical Medicine 1007d lARlIISTRONGS AUTONOMIST From The Pen of a Magazine Atlas Which Allows His Light to Shine Because it Refuses to go Out Armstrongs Autonomist is the name of a little magazine published spasm odically by a cosmic microbe of the genus hojmo yclept Armstrong tlc other of whose name is James The present habitat of aforesaid in tellectual skipper in the colossal cheese known as thy et rtkoaCliica moth aggregation of stee uud stone ana noise and and coal smoke and Christianity which those who infest it call a great city Instead of living in caves and dugouts tie citizens of Chi cago feed breed end kill time and await the undertaker in domiciliary eonholes known as flats Said flats arc numbered and at 080 East Fifty Seven th street may be found the saphropby tic thoughtsecreting bacillus which calls itself Autonomist and belongs to the photogenic group of mental bacteria producingdwhich they grow by a pecular phosphor csuncc As the intellectual phosphorus how ever the Autonomist does not claim to theethousands of literary lightning bugs to be seen glowing in the gloaming and swamps of Christian and Capitalistic civilization He does not mistake him self for a sun driving the worlds dark ness into the uttermost depths of space There are enough magazine Atlases car rying the yorld and its hopes about on their shoulders u plethora of world saviors with their copyrighted schemes patuutcdepanaceas for the redemption man The Autonomist therefore simply amuses itself and lets its light shine be cause it refuses to go out In initation of tho sun it attempts to shine freely and thus one of its monthly rays will visit you without cost Being liberal however as all freethought publications should be it premits you to help it shine 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