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Digital page images are linked to the text file. l 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE SiWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH I11III MAY 12 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOLUME XVI NUMBER 4 LEXINGTON KY THEOLOGY FRUITiNG AGAINST FATET- he I Christian System is Essentially a Pro duct of the East and is Not Adapted to the Demands of West ernLife DEMAND FOR A CREED REVISION IN SCOTLAND By C Cohen What may bo regarded as a valuable contribution to tho current Freothouglit liienuuriM is the following article from the pen of C Cohen published in the London Freethinker Eighteen Scotch clergymen seventeen ot ilieni 1reabytariumislutvo combined in the production of a reeontlyissued book on Creed llovisiun in Scotland lieso eighteen gentlemen who doubtless represent a large number of others cierio nod lay assert that the West minster Confession is no longer possible to educate believers and that tho time has coma when restatement in terms of present Knowledge and feeling id necessary those who properly appreci ate the nature of the Westminster Con lessiou of Faith and to whom are known the men who were responsible for its production and who know also the hlitory of religion in Scotltrnd will likewise appreciate the significance of tile result It is at once fresh evidence of the breakup of Christianity and of tho power with which modem civilize iou is pressing on all religious beliefs It is indeed ofte that tlio subject is ofinter cst to outsiders the mere revision of u creed is important only to those who for various reasons feel bound to per petuate a dogmatic creed of sonic kind and who arc therefore faced with the problem of finding out what is tho max imum of reason that will make the maximum of faith acceptable to the general public To those who take u wider lId a store human view its iu terest lies in its being symptomatic of tho revolt of reason against super naturalism in general What is it that is responsible for this revolt tigainst the Westminster Confession t As a creed it is a fairly logical production and it cites numerous portions of tae Bible in its support Tho men who compiled it were among the keenest theologians of their day and were certainly far superior tothe horde of mediocrities who now man the Christ inn churches The knowledge possessed by thin men of the seventeenth century of the subject matter of tho creed was precisely much as that possessed by the eighteen Scotch clerics No more and no lessNo thing has been added it was impossible to tako anything away What then is responsible for tho change t The contributors to the volume would probably reply Christian feeling lint Christian feeling was there nil along and was indeed respon sible for tho perpetuation of Con fewion Christian feeling could hardly bo the instructed as well as the in structor Christian training tradition education have ill heels in one cction that of preventing any depart ure fur stereotyped tunes The force really responsible for this call for revision in the same that is making for the disintegration of nil religious beliefs nod that is in n word the increasing prowure of civilize know ledge and feeling upon uncivilized liefs An oillciul chango of belief is never initiated from withinit is forced from without and tho liberalising tend encies within the churches is in exact proportion to tho effective pressure from outside The proof of this is seen in the fact that even educated Christ inns have for years rejected all that is now objected to in the Confession while outside these is much larger public to whom it is all meaningless babble or stupid savagery What the clergy realize in such eases is that they are too fur behind tho times and that beneath their modern dress the public perceive the mediaeval miracleworker eves beyond that tho primitive medicinomun The creeds in such cases play the part of rudimentary organs and remind the public of their origin an origin the clergy are only too nnx ious too hide It ii not then Christ inn feeling thnt makes for a humanis ing of religious formulas but non I abreast tho best thought of the day Tho most advanced theologian in Brit Christian civilized humanity that opera ales upon Christian belief Humanity advances in spite of tho creeds and the wholo effort of religious reformers to bring their religion up to the temporary standard of civiiization which it never quite succeeds in react ing This not only gives us tho real rea son of these revisions it also supplies us with tho key to many of tho here of the Christian Church and pearl all tho modifications of Christian doct rives that have occurred Properly Christianity belongs to the East Its wholo spirit and temper is Eastern am but for a combination of accidcnta circumstances would never have secured o dominant influcnc over tho Wes ern world But its influence has ncvci been complete that is to say it has never dominated the Western intelli genre nnd spirit of Buddhism as tin Eastern or oven an Mohammcdanisn has dominated its blowers Forcci upon an alien population its subject have been generally more or less in volt against it and even though out idly airdeveu consctously submissive have changed and modified its teaching much as the millions of China have sized and assimilated its conquerors Thus w at are called tho corruptions of Christian teaching nro more often that not tho modifications necessary for ih existence in a Western environment Genuine Christianity never has existed and never could exist out of the East and the proof of this is that every Church in Europe represents a promise between what the East hat given anti what tho West demands Ro man Catholic and Evangelical Disscntci nre alike in this each is corrupting Christianity so as to bring it into a closer working agreement with tho Western temper The New Theology cursndo is only another illustration of the sane truth Living atII time when theological questions arc losing interest for the mass of the people and when social problems are assuming increasing importance the promoters of this move ment proclaim that doctrines are of no importance whatever and that the truest Christianity Is that exhibited in u life wisely spent in social service It is one moro added to the liit of Christ inn corruptions which are nothing more thou Iho modifications necessary to secure survival The curious thing Is that it is not more generally recognized how hopeless these devices are In very nature of the case none of them can be permanent To bring Christianity into a working harmony with modern opinion at no matter what sacrifice of honesty may be a very important task for those whose interests arc locked up with its perpetuation but what of those who are not in this position One would expert a recoiignition hero that it is impossible for Christian theology to be ever anything more than a drag upon modern thought By its very nature it belongs to the past and is bound to fight against chango as long as it is possible to do so It is no mere acci dent that historically Christianity has been antagonistic to reform and has allied itself with tho narrowest conser vation in both Church and State It was a simple expression of the instinct ol selfpreservation powerful with both organisms and corporations New de velopmcnts demanded new modiUcatons as a condition of adaptations but these adaption never have represented nnd never will represent moro than the smallest possible concessions to con temporary life Something is surrend ered but much is retained and what is retained is a guarantee that ere long there will bo substantially tho same light all over again The revisions and modifications in religious teachings never therefore represent anything in advance of the age are never even air is only echoing in npologcMc tones much that has been commonplace witb really important questions have not or more and which educated peoplo have been conversant with for a couple of generations And even now the really irnportnntt questions have not been touched For these arc not tions ns to the nature of Christ or tha relation of God to man but whether or not the matter has been settled by what wo know of the development of the God idea from tlie fancies of the primitive savage and what is the place of tho Christian myth in the history of comparative mythology All the rest is n purely domestic quarrel among Christ ians interesting enough to them but of no importance to anyone else In a famous passage Gibbon specui atcs ns to what might have happens Charles Martcl instead of beating Lack tho Mohammedan forces in tho eighteen century been beaten by them Hnd this happened St Pauls might have been a Mohammcaan Mosque and the worship of Allah would have been dominant at Oxford and Cambridge All this anil more might have happened but it by no means follows that ropean nations would now resemble is supreme Mohammedanism would hay been subjected to exactly the same ces that have been brought to bear on Christianity and with much the same result Beliefs like organism nre subject to the operation of Natura Selection and any belief that is de structive of the welfare of a race is either modified or crushed out A race in short operates on any institution that is introduced much as our organ ism does with food It selects assimil ates and rejects And this ia deter minded by force quite beyond tho cqn trol of any individual or combinatioi of individuals And where beliefs or institutions are not injurious enough to give scope the play of Natural Selection Sonia Selection operates Beliefs are then modified not solely on account of them survival value but because they fal 1CrtLgf ccjtain 8ociajjitpal8 Itii gradually rcnlizcthat certain beliefs an not only destitute of social value but tend to obstruct useful work in others system that has no principle of its own that can bo applied to social life and can only at best follow where others lead and reecho their opinions is doomed to lose its hold in the public favor Whether it will lose its hold quickely or slowly will be determined by the complexity of its ramifications society and by the intelligence of the general public But when a religion finds itself compelled to place in the background its distinctively religious teaching and rest its claims upon social gospel that did not orignate with it nnd which is tolerably common to ill its disappearance is only a question if time DENIEDU- SE OF COLUMNS In Making Reply to a Priviously Pub dished Article on The Subject of Religious Instruments In The Public Schools by a Flor ida Paper ENT TO BLADE FOR PUBLICATION By N I Clarke The following article was written in nswer to ono previously appearing in tho Bradciutown Herald Florida and vas denied publication by the editor on the ground as ho alleged that the numbers of different denominations did not wish any further controversy on tho subject So far as wo know the iriginal article was the only ono pub shed on tho subject It was two col ims in length and signed by ono John n Jones It would appear that tho editor a W Lightfoot nmgincd himself to be the pea llo and constructed his own ion to be that of the entire immunity Keligious articles are all ight when written from some editors iowpoint but try to respond in behalf of secular liberty and tho open sesame to the coining of tho public press is kliied you The article reads Open letter to MrL K Jones article in tho Uradenstown Herald ilr Jones Dear sir I have rend your article in the Herald I oust say so far as it relates to the schools remaining Secular anti should over to bo keept so meet my approval to a T and will say that them am my sentiments And I am with you when it comes to appealing to Courts hut my duar sir when tho courts rule against us they did Chicago wherein tho American Secular Union and Frecthought Fedei ation of which I am a member in juiced the school Board of Cooke to prevent the public school buildings frum being used for public worship In tho name of justice ask what are wo to do Tho evidence was that thin teacher was a Catholic and that she was having religious exercises in public sehoi building What that exercise Wus do not know but gutter it was the exhibition of the crucifix and the Count ingof heads before tho mother of God am now chipping in to pay thc cxpens of carrying tho case up to the Supreme Court where wo expect to get a heuriu dome sweet day some sweet day Say wont you lend your purse and legal talent to aid us in getting a hear ing from the unjust courts in tho land That court which your Murk Hanni looks to for tho protection of gov ernment and thin church referred to by him stands charged with tho crimi you bitterly condemn in Bradcnstown Say judge wont you help us t Do help us Now is the time to show your self by your works Will you kindly tell the readers of tho Herald what denomination was holding the religious exercises in out public schools t I congratulate you on the manner in which you handled the professor and say hit cm agin and I will over hold you in high esteem and assure you that you have my everlast ing gratitude but you shoud have stopped at that and not try ant holdup to the public farce tho Roman Cath olic Church and its immoral priests Now my friend dont fly oil tin handle for I mean what I say and I will submit the proof so you can ceed with libelous proceedings against the guilty party or parties Firstywitnessis J Scott Carr in hit book titled The Sins of lho PriesToJ Robes of the Devil where in he says there is a listen Florida town where a score or more of priests went and warned up on Wine and Whiskey and then passed under an arch way andspent tho remainder of the night with Ladies in a drunken revelry Now if this is not so I want thin Rev Scott Carr brought to justice Second is ExPriestBernardFresenborg in his Book titled Thirty Years Hell where in he makes his cliargc4 almost wholesale against tho unmoral ity of the Priest and he goes still fur titer than that aril lays the Assassination of A Lincoln at the foot of tho Pope jf Rome and even charges the Catholic Church and its Priests in communing with Pat Crow in the abduction of Cudahays son I have often wondered why Pat Crow come clear when tried not long ago Now Mr Jones there is a ease in which you may try your legal talent on Tho author of the book makes the Marge Ho offered 1000 for anyone to provo an untruth told in its pages The Rev Frescnborg is responsible at least his Dank says ho is Last though not the least I ask all the Readers of the Herald to send and get senate documents No 100 2nd section 50th Congress and read report of tho Committee appointed by Wm McKinnley suffice it to say in the report you will find hundreds of witnesses nil jf one account reporting the immorality if tho Priests and friars in the Philip ine Islands Please turn to page200 if the report and see what witnesses tit their signatures to and if you can then in the taco of such defend the norality of the priest I must confess pat sense of shame has left the me that does it Last though not least I call your iltention to what Brig General R P layo says before the same committee when asked to morality see page I quote to speak plain judge hero is no mortality in them not a article hey gamble in their convents hoy send for members of their con relation to gamble with There is no Morality How cnn wo look for Morality with iuch reports before us Prove them also and then wo will liner and not til then These reports must not given the lo until proven to be untrue ind it is up to you Mr Jones to do so hen I too nm ready to ruu the crim nnls I ask you friend Jones why you lid not while on the subject of taxation you did not call the renders attention to trillions upon Millions of church property oing untaxed nnd tho millions of dollars Continued on Page HEAR THE OTHER SIDE Christians Want Only One Picture of Hu man Life While Infidelity Demands that All Sides be Heard = Bible Had Nothing to TheIDo with Moral POWERFUL ProgressIf f Ity A A bnowJ rrove an tumKsttuht fast that iucti w goouraUI ue uurcj nut leasuu is a slave mtleon The wise man SfltlullpelJll judg ment until have thoroughly investi paled boui sides the looiish say won nut side und tney turn Meai ear an teat tiny said on itjj uuvurso aiuu iNot omy have they no iliii Out for a thousand years they io iroiured impmioned and put toI iifiuii even by burning at the stake iiiousuims uiobu luiue heroes of hu inanity wno iiuvu hand lo turn on the at urea lights uraig lu view all sides ot questions ihuso wno have madu now discoveries anil blessed tiio world by giving then now truths which utter ages lava been proved to so grandly aid mankind in advance rent the say have uteri rewarded r iliuir jjeLcrosity by being roasted over sow urea uy closing tutor eyes to Oi me and bidding loved onus uiuinul luruweil it e should have Mlau one important lesson tunic tins uiicriiig the lesson that we should gijjjj nil questions u lair uud impartial Ii 1rl1IlAllprplaiajtuf vil t untortunatly thus lesson after so long u iaiij today as intolerant as those oi tiio oar ugus They know that they iiiumsoivcs navo u right to think as uj and to express such thoughts t uioy think those who beiifve din orent iruiit what they do are really uianmbio it and they think it their duty to do all in their power to prevent their lellowmen from hearing the other hey can uo more punish their icllowmcn by tire imprisonment ami oilier torture as they did during the uuiit ages but they jtill can mid do ostracize boycott and slight them in various ways Now this is all wrong nd cruel and 1 will say immoral us o results for first this method tends to mud dishonest and a hypocrite hint one is liable to sulfer for his opin iou is there not u strung temptation for ilim to make out a ialse in place of his hottest opinion Second If the word oat free to give honest thoughts tlien is not its power of progress crippled t We progress only by taking advantage uf new thoughts He who would confine us wholly to the views of the past would told us in perpetual stagnation Free Join of speech is freedom to progress Reader do you believe tho Bible is a true revelation from God t Ifso why ilo you believe it Have you investi gated all that might be said on both tides on that subject or do you believe it is because you lave listened to but ate side and have been educated up from nildhood that way The Roman alholiu says give me the rearingof child until it is ten year old and M assure him a believer for lift ive abandon reason our opinions de upon our surroundings they are then the offspring of chance while roe son concerns itself with truth Do you ut und reject reason t Vure you born in India would you note a lluilliist If in Turkey would you ot be a Mohaiumediau t Or if born mil reared in Utah by a polygamist would you nut probably be a Mormon t you not see that without you are tree to iJlcsti ate chances are a Kiusand to ono that you are in tin ivorng Perhaps you feel very certain hint you nro right so certain indeed hat you reject reason you refuse to nvestigate But the votaries of hund eds of religious bat contradict yours ire jut as certain as being right us fou are and you admit they are alt wrong Those who feel the most cer nun of being right and reject reason ire nearly always in the wrong It has teen claimed that because the Bible has continued to cfdst for thousands of ears it therefore must be from God Hut sores of other religious can make thu same claim and yet they contradict air Bible But it has been saillIOllr Jl iiirt survived among intelligent Jand nut tact proves it inspired out wiuu u stt is intelligence in fields where it is not permitted to bo used t jour barns are furl plows will they iccp weeds trom Holds where thuy are i tut permitted to be used t Talmugo ntvised his hearers never to hear tho toted side He admitted that ho him t ttgivingOur Bible has thc self perpetuating j quality of intimidating thought by i iiuaiuiiiug damnation to the unbctHover wut be iroin a just god that uiiuiiipis to tune ignorant to re u ignorant lan wo wonder at tho undo tmloe ors opposing free speech rtiun thou liibio urns paves the way lor sucn opponuiou t here not the j lulu toiiowur right in principle who tortured and put to death millions for their helot uuriiig lute dark ages if ougiu damned bur his bur Uctr It i should be damned fur my nut then should have saute other beeiei iimn my rent buiief Vluit Hliunid tiicu but a hypocrite Shoud wo what wo tluuK is u lie in order- to bo saved J It tub there are good tvuclungs iiiiu ult more are Utter things us we clcuny see cuiild have omy been wrttemiiy ignorant barbarians naiiy uuiit lohuwirs to uut littie of wiuu tic mbiu ready CI out niuy ease been lohowiifg j whoio business it has utuu dauw out one slue und keep the other sine lint Iho lnbie u dirccuy respuiii iblu toe the dark ages Lau i ibu cuiu iu the people to put to death their ieiU titan ns billet in IAIII ill 0U we ate tod siiuiiut u suit IJULivac tiaiigiutr or menu pursiuti u u Ldmip unother god it wouid bo our j to stone that persuader to serlinn the pasugn und read it See ex J a1 In Kings 1840 wo t t 1UIImufiKr telhodists while worsinp t iig their churuh they would bu foi uisvigout hula prueepis Uuriiig toecdart ages of IuUU years the darkest period of In lory thrisiianiiy had all solute eontrot of ulhurs millions were put to death fur their buliet Tinre nin absolutely no udvauueinent iiut oat Christians often say that it was not Chrntiuiiity that thus lyraiiiz world they arc aomeumeH oud elllJlIgh to pruuounei tllC1I hut Bible rvquivH us to Obey im power that bo as they urn ordanud of tiod it sayamid the king and pnu tt who were viceregauts of God on earth were carrying out elm bimo prwupin Mictiy The fact of tho case is the fs of today ore infidel in p und that is the best future about them Take all thuir infidelity from them and they wouldnt lave a member six mouths lle tire sometimes told that tho New fustamciit dues nut sanction such hoc rid doctrines as are taught in the Old putting man to death for belief And that the Now does away with the Old glut the now claims to rest on tho Old us u foundation claims till gild of tho Old is the identical god of this Now Testament So ifono falls so fulls other And again while the Old Testament kills a man for hU belief tho Now damns him to all eternity for it while 1uul is in favor of proving all things When the proof carne his way when ono preached a different gospel from what he preacher ho said Let him be accursed that is be burnt a live in tho valley of llinnom Gill 18 If tho early Christians put none to death it was from luck of power we have shown they had the will to do Continued on Toga 4 C a i l I BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilian Moore up to his death February 7 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and PubUsher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall 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Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome THE BLADE is entered at the 3ostofflce at Lexni Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUHCATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky numbers or numbers omitted will be sent It asked for upon reneval In case of discontinuance address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back Always be ready Now is the time for action a r Keep your head up and above waters Be sure never to slight opportunity r a r a The only sure way to get ahead is to try Men cannot obtain aii education through being lucky If you want to succeed always follow along fixed line o Religion can be depended on to separate a fool from his money i 6 Heaven will soon be assigned as a pound in which to keep yellow dogs Ambiguity is only the foil used by mCl and wo men who have no confidence in themsel esICourage brother Better be a beggar wthoa cent than a trust magnate preyng upon your lowincn t Why clamor for wealth and power Nations peoplegold aye and the world itself will perish and fade away in the mist of centuries The Christian god is a forlorn hope and only called on when human agencies fail At this stage the end is mighty nigh at hand for god can only help those who help themselvves 4 t Dignity is but the stockintrade of fools for the man with the greatest amount of knowledge is ever the most humble and true genius is always modest Dignity and folly go hand in hand Whatever may be said qf the government ownership of railroads they could not be worse managed in the interests of the public by Uncle Sam than they are now Transportation of coinmoi ties is yet an unsolved problem While pointing with pride to the age in whic we live and proclaim it to be the greatest in aU the mighty cycles of time because of the machinery we have produced we must not forget to look at the men Progress should be measured by men instead of machines It is a long way from Caesa to Cleveland from Paine to Parkhurst The good and saintly dames of Omaha have uttered a vehement protest agaust the models displayed in the store windows upon which to showoff the new combinations of hosiery Evil lies ir everything to an evil mind and this does not argue good for the orthodox nom u of Omaha The pastors ought to put them in a straight jacket 01 havo them scientifically tapped for the simples r It would be worth much to the Blade if an effort could only be made to send our subscrip tion list sailing to a higher point Do you enjoy reading it Then do you not tihnk a friend would also enjoy it1 When you have read your copy put in your pocket Then take a walk On the journey you will meet a friend Hand it to him Ask him to read it and in this way the Blade is helped to a missionary effort on its own part and we are willing to assume such a risk r One of the Christian arguments nowadays is that true religion and true science do not conflict The chief difficulty we are met with is to deter mine which is the true religion Any religion no matter its name that is built upon a superstition called a divine revelation is essentially and ab solutely false Science has proven this much If there is no conflict between science and religion why should the clergy deem science important enough to combat and failing in that to I1dopt it and claim it as worthy consideration r Train up a child in the way he should go and ho will not depart therefrom So sings the prophet Give your boy a cat and a croquet mlll1et tell him to be careful of his complexion and he will become a cad with a taste for decadent art and Parisian literature Give him a pair of boxing gloves anti a bullpup for companions imuco him to tickle the garden with a hoe and he will force his way to the front It all depends on how you start out with him a e God is all powerful but he could not make two hills without an intervening valley God is all powerful but he cannot change the simple nlles of the multiplication table God is all powerful but he cannot compel free and independent mun to worship him God is all powerful but he cannot make the Christian pulpit honest God is all powerful but he could not make Parkhurst decent or give Comstock a good name God is all powerful but he cannot run his churches without plent of cash r o HE KEPT HIS RESOLUTION Never break a good resolution Some resolutions are node for the sake of being brokenLA man may promise his wife to be home bj a certain hour and he may resolve to keep his word but he breaks it more times than he keeps it A man may resolve to drink or smoke no more nod after a short attempt in that direction ho yields to the tempatiou of the cup and the wecd and back he goes again It is said that Judas resolved to punish himself for the crime of betrayal and now word cOllies from Oxford Pa that Frank Hodgson kept a noble resolve to abstain from the use of tobacco forever He did tit His trial was a success but for our part we JJ not court success that way lie con mitted suicide so as not to break his resolution He blew his head off with a shotgun and lien the Dorcas Society the Old Ladies llale Quartette and the Buds of Promise are eulogizing his memory and telling about his phenomcr will power And surely no better lecture upon the evils of intemperances was ever furnished than this Mr lodgson had been intemperately fond of tobacco for more than scores of years and he might have persisted in his evil ways to a green old age but the good folk got around him and persuaded him to swear off He did also he got nervous and rritable and morbid In all the town of Oxford which seems to be exemplary in its habits there was not one worldy minded individual to lead him astray Everybody told him he was the greatest ever and that the more he suffered the biger would be his reward He suffered all the time he was awake and thell the tobacco habitsome as any person addicted to can testify So rather than diseppoiut the Dor cases the Quartette and tile Buds of Promise he loaded a shotgun and put an cud to it all There is a moral to this simple recital from the news of the day Had Sir Hodgson never learn to smoke or chew had he joined the ranks of Robert Heeds early in life and stuck to his resolution against the filthy weed he might have bcen alive today and we are inclind to think from what we have heard of him which is scant he would have have been a better citizen than the gang that sees vice in a vegetable product of the eurth and classifies tile use of tobacco with the use of whiskey morphine and other inventions of chemists It is worth while to state that the suicide ady was found by his grandfather Ol years old who has been a devotee of tobacco since his early youth r SOCIALISM AND EVOLUTION Misled by the idea that evolution is the result of evitable cosmic unfoldment in certain direction its adherents try to make it appear that socialist is bound to come whether we will it or not Tha is to say in time the cooperative mode of life- will appear just as language art told science havei appeared This is what socialists mean whet they speak of economic determinism Detqrniinism in philosophy language signifies timt things take place naturally It is a dircc contradiction of the religious idea of a Godcreat ed and Goddirected world and it is also a direct utradiction of the secular idea that civilization is the creature of human will Tims the man wh- osas a prayer to slake it rain is not a Determinist for he believes that nature is subject to a wH- Iculled God neither is the man who costs a ballet n Determinist for he thinks that the operation oJ tho tremendous forces which result in social happiness or disaster may be directed by the will oi manhat the human will plays a port in social progress is not to be denied but never the part which it intends to play There was a time when all- men were savages and if the coning of civilhm- Lion had depended upon their wills it never would- hnve come So far as the individual welfare concerned the savage like the child wills nearly ever thing that he should not will and so when we examine progress carefully we see that human- will is simply one of the myriad tools with which- Nature works to perform her miracles 1here was a time when millions of manJdlld- willed that Science should perish and yet in spite of the utmost opposition Science exists And- now let it not be forgotten that Science came into- existence unscientifically Experience over which he had no control developed the mind of man and us it developed it could not Iwcp front seeint things in their right relations any more that mirror can keep from reflecting light CivilizlI tiou therefore is a cosine process with which will of man has no more to do than with tides and seasons Evolution hns made nitii social because it has made them scientific enough to appreciate the nJ vantages of collective effort But let it be reme1l1 bored that it made them social only in a busiucss sense social in the sense that a salesman treats a prospective customer Monkeys and savnges arc evise enough to go in crowds and thus socialism is an old existence itself But there is a vastI difference between being social and being sociable between good to another for goodness and being good to him for what you can get out of him Socialism therefore in its best sense 1 think will never be solved Socialism as o political machine indeed muy collie and live its life the unite as counticss other tyrannies have done It nay come even as eceles iasticism came as the Roman empire came as Russian despotism came for evolution creatcs slavery with the same facility that is creatcs freedom Tho cancer grows us wonderfully IUld as hcautously as the rose mid so I think that if socialism must come it will not therefore be good except in the sense that a cancer is goodgood for the surgeon who gets a fee for cutting it out Thus we may easily believe that socialism will be goQd for the political leaders who direct the co operative commonwealth Evoluitno is indeed uufoldment but in no cert slit known direction Tell me the next thought you lire going to have and 1 will tell you the kind ofsocial system that is to succeed the present What is it that determines your thought Not your will but circumstances You think it is possible indeed probable that you may be killed today riot however because you will so to think but because you must think This is mental deter ininisni mid it means that you have no control over your thoughts And just as your thoughts come iota go in the brain so do social systems come and go in the world Not indeed by chance but in the absolutely orderly sequence of causo uut effect a sequence which not only takes place independently of the will but controls the will itseU u What assumption therefore on the part of the socialist to say that socialism is inevitable He who Hoes not know what his next thought ma jo knows that not a little of the system will old I am reminded not a little of the preach who while he knows scarcely anything of man md the earth yet knows all about the angels aud icavcu Hence I think socialism is political superstit and as much in the way of true progress as ecch iisticisin is in the way of real religion It is a neansof the cunning few to cxplot the uiiwarymai n scheme of happiness as unscientific as the Chris an religion but with all a scheme which on iccount of its very absurdity may yet over shadow the earth like the medieval church Jor Socialism like religion offers Hypocrisy one of its fairest fields and that which was happened so often before play happen again eiislavemei ofnUIll through supcrsttious abuse of his hopes lIud fears J AI r MAXIM GORKY IN LITERATURE Whatever may have been said or whatever mt ereafter be said of old concerning Maxim Gorky the Russian revolutionist it must be admittc that in the world of letters he shines as a bright nnd lustrous star a meteor of unusual brillanc in the firmament of modern literary art He is aster of the realistic short story and the somber iama of the social depths ubt he is not a novel ist His art and still more the reiterated mcsI ouge with which it is charged demands the short irrativc and nothing else would suit it or comport with it This munch is made manifest in his more recoil work on Mother and it is n this that the char iter of the man is portrayed In form the story is lacking in that taste which results from study of English prose but in substance it is lver thing for slowly and laboriously it trace- tho awakening of a human being her gradual- rise from a loggish submission to a resentment of injustice acquiring a full consciousness of her own rights and what is still more important the rights of all her people To the end she nmius an ignorant woman unable to understanc tho thtcorics of the Russian revolutionaries hut she grasps the heart of their preaching re placiug understanding by pity love and enthusi asmhe heroine is portrayed liS The widow of a brutish factory laborer in snUlll Russian town stupified by suffering and- blows she begins to know her soul when her only- son instead of following in his fathers footsteps talecs to reading with the result that he begins treat her with gentle consideration to accept the- tinud outward manifestations of her deep affoc- tiou hitherto dumb and repressed and to return- them The woman has in middle ages a glimpse of what life may be made what it should be for all Her figure links together the episodes of the hook growing in stature and strength from the ntcd creature fearful of the authorities to the Jeffault enthusiast continuing to scatter forbidden literature among the people even while the police- are dragging her off to prison Her lovo has broadened in tho course of the story she has extended it from the only son gladly sacrificed to the cause to all the oppressed of Russia whom he and she- woulll serve Hie story is a panorama of the irrcsprcssible life of the propaganda emancipation in Russia suppressed by force only to spring up agian in the same spot how none knows A center of con s1 Lacy is found nIl its members are seized but oven before there is time to try and condemn them another group is formed with the same organiza tion tho same resources tho snub mysterious methods of publicity no elite to the new camp being ever obtainable in the old Gorky does not betray the secrets of the system he merely shows us its outward results Tho workingmau that new orce of the Russian revolutionary movement a militant socialist the emeiiy of all capitalistic society abroad as well as at home comes first in this picture then the peasant whom it is still so easy to mislead with specious iirgumouts Emissaries come and go sus pets are seized tried and condemned daughters of the aristocracy go down tto the abyss to serve and uplift leaving everything behind them we have had pictures of all this before but it is recorded here with a realism that scorns all ro mance all trickery of the novelist The only ro inuncu is that of devotion to human cause- D Appleton Co a r r NO NEED FOR ANY RELIGIOUS FAITH The world is soon to experiucc a new faith The announcement comes from Cornell Univer sity and Cornell ought to know for the above utter ince is accredited to the Professor or oriental and LJibical history But what is meant by a new faith Does it menu a practical timid complete abandonment of the Christian doctrine and an entirely new arrange unit Or does it mean simply the old childish ibsltr pity dressed up in a new garb the better to attract and interest the people The Blade would ask again if it means a dissolution of Christianity why the necessity for any eligious faith ut uIl1 Prom such a source the uiiumnccmiejit would demand both careful und serious consideration but every reading und thinking person knows that there is scarcely a day that passes that does bring to sonic portion of the hu man family in sonic part of the world a new with Faiths if such they may be called are mult plying in numbers like flies in summer time The variety is multifarious and extensive There are uuplo opportunities for exercising the privilege of choice They all come front that spirit of restlessness that effects and afllicts man from which no portion of the civilized world is exempt This cstlcssncss brings a new faithIL new religion new form of worship every day Many of them are feeble many are foolish but they all find a following otherwise they would not exist No forms of religious worship was over formulated but its founder or founders built it upon tho rock of selfservice This is as true of the Jhristian religion as of any other Service to self i Stlio bed rock of them nil Even Christ made himself the central figure aroiuid which all worship should be based and he has been imitated by every founder of every religion since Take any of them Christ to Dowie to Mrs Baker Eddy or the lato Madame Blavatsky and these founders all uilded with self as the one rock the basic prin iplc of all Each began to revolt against preexisting religious forms and each ultimately developed into iinaticism Putting aside the munifest fraud and iickery in all religious faiths it will be found by cry little probing that some mans dissatisfaction with his surroundings or personal associa ions led to the rupture the break with the old religious forms These are steps to Preethought 1ho assertion appear strange but it is none the less truth The majority do not live long heir existence is as ephemeral as their growth is sudden Naturally they all contain the god idea a crucified savior and a parson or preacher muting between them and humanity No coin iiinication between the creature and his creator be indulged in save by and through the priests ami it require solid cash to get in on the telephone Hincctions Man can only commune with God hr proxy and the proxy generally wants his pay in advance Could mankind be taught to know itself religion would rapidly disappear front the earth It is a 311esscntittl in human life The race would be ia thousand years or more in advance of where it is today had there been no religion to curse it A and hold it back If we are to have a new faith let it come by all incansy Every new faith is an improvement upon and adeparture from the old Every new faith means a weakening of the orginal Americans may livo in hope that what the Cornell Bible professors says may come true for in this constant reform IlLion lies the great lope of the worlds progress a r Tho Holy Bible is the only publication in Ameri that is known to be obscene and is accorded ull the privileges of Uncle Sams omits Piuiny as olle considers its unimportance 4 Romish priests declaim against the Salvation llImy sending pro rain taxes out of the country to a foriegncr and the Salvationist points with cn vious finger at Peters Pence as another splendid illustration of the power of religion to draw- coin Because some church communicants are hypo- CllCH t does not argue that religion is necessarily a uiiiibug but it does prove its inefficacy to leep- thcm on the straight and narrow path Because God if there is a Godfails to reveal himself t does- not follow that he is a fake but time argument points very strongly in that direction Time ono- pLoves itself in the practice the other by theory T Jt a 1 4 IFALSE JESUS CRUCIFIED Outline Of The Birth And Life Of The Lowly Nazarene As Seen By The Eye Of a Critic TIlE HISTORY OF RELIGION Uy Susan J Peck After tho crucifixion of thu false j and thu two thieves according to th e iSew Testament they found Ihcmscivc in the hell which they had prepared f for Ihomselves whore thu enemies whom they had made met them to punisl tlhem and in the Psalms and Lumen lions anti some passages in the 1booksItovulation wo read of his suffering told piers of his having been reachei hono who was his friend and acquaint once whom ho at first regarded ns enemy and his welcome in the heart o his father which liu had denied to hjlll on earth in the words Thou arl my sou this day havu begotten thee in my heart I After n season spent in study we read that he worked to save others a s i ho had been saved preaching to the spirits in prison in hell when he told them that fools because of their in iuities arc alllictcd and he also told them that he had been the chief fuel addamong other things he told them how mortals are made to do wrong tho passage for we wrestle not flesh and Lloodour own flush of our t own bodies but against principalities against tltmdarkness of this world the world after death in which tho rulers and princes I acted as tempters giving tho idea that the devils are but wicked men spiritual wickedness in high A wiclced sentiment in r AYutrcad that ho taught them the ways if ace 3j51iowiiig that ono false Jesus followim the law of the world often death will now begin the truestory of the only begot ell Sou of God son of a king and hero lot mo remind my readers that i Ilmolll any page of tho New Testament InWhieh thu word of Jesus occurs wrcail not of one who bore that title of sevcral as tho son of man and th SQnfoflGod are mentioned often on satuo page In Luko 20au we read Aud in the sixth month of the year the un ci Gabriel nn earthly mcssen tor n d Gabriel was sent from go longxyuntt feitraFGalileemine d Jozone to u virgin espoused betroth etl to n mun Uauted Joseph of the f house of David and the virgins pam Will Mary And Angel who was ono of Marys relatives tunic in unto her entered her presence and sad Hail thou that art highly favored tho Lord is with theo bossed art thou anioli GeorgewVale call tho baron had decided to favor her And when she saw him she sast in her mind what manner of sol utation this should be for Gabriel her relative had not then made known his errend which was to inform her that she had been selected to marry the king and thus fulfill the poitical ambi tion of the lord the Jewish baron and some others which would necessitate the annulling of her engagement with Joiephj and Gabriel continued Fear not Mary for thou Last found favor with God the king And behold if thou shall bring forth a sonho shall bo great and shall ho called tho son of the Highest the king In other words she was told that her sttishould sho become the mother of a son would bo a prince and the Lord calledSand whoso vesture because ho is a man of war the baron again shall has promised to give unto him tho throne of his father luvid as the kung was also a descend nut of David for Davids sons were many And he skull reign over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there shall bo no end All this ho said in his efforts to reconcile her to the prospect of her nun ruigo with the king Later Mary married the king who was n young man whoso ascent to the throne had been proceeded by two or three regents who had all been ill treated or killed and soon after coming to tho throne tho young king himself was assassinated and tho throne seized by another while Mary fled into exile where sho soon marries tin man of her choice that other descendant of David whoso betrothed she had once been and who was named Joseph and in that book all tho fathers of all tho Jesuses are called Joseph all their mothers Mary and all tho judges Pilate and tho betrayers Judas In Mutt 1825 we read of Marys wedding with tho second husband Joseph who was assured by an angel messenger of the Lord tho dead who sauce to him in a dream thief 1king unborn child was thu child of the Holy Ghost or Holy Guest which hmo means dead king whose wife sho had been And her second husbands mind to put her awny privily was iof remove with her to nnothtr place thero acquaintance illicit net know thai the child nut his owii for on count of the political iMtiblcs in country from which Mnty had fled it was of the greatest imiiurtnnco from a political I1Hillt of view to her child should it prove to ho a that his paternity should bo kept secret from hit enemies of which fuel also he was told in n dream and warned to flee into Egypt by thin messenger of tho dead king In second chapter of Matt we rend that this Jesus was born in Ilclhlchcin anti that all this took in days of Herod tin king which shows that other Josusej were horn in the days of other nilnri anti ir the same paisagu we real of the coming of the wise men to Miivii who asked Where is he that is born Iviiij of Jews As have before written tho guiding star said by tho prophets to ho his star which was said to guide those who were capable of borne best rulers and given tho titlo Christwas then visible ih tho east sand in dispito of all preduitions his paternity became known they asked for him who horn a ping which he ward not hero been lad ho not been the legitimate son of another king who must of necessity bo dead as otherwise ho would been borne prince In further proof that his father was dead prior to his birth I quote from Itev 5 And from Jesus Christ who is tho faithful witness and tho first begotten of dead and the prince of the kings of the earth Under tho supposition that he was the of his mothers second husband the 6time child grew to manhood when Joseph him of his father telling hint And call no man your fiither upon the earth for one is your Father which is in heaven See Mark XXIII 9 Having learned truth concerning his dead father tho young king resolved atttempt to regain his fathers usurped throne anti ho is the Josns who so often spoke of his Falherand his Father in heaven and who taught his followers to say Our Father but 1that was oat intended for you nor me That he had some diflleiilly in con corning his father people of his identity wo nary understand by reading those amtcomo in my fathers name and ye re iiithis name him ye will receive re efcrriug to tho nsurphcr Wo find him when ho had entered the towns of Cowren Phillippi asking those of his fathers people whom ho convinced thedthrone 1Iii1 n say that ami And sajr ChrisansweredThou are tho for believing him best fitted to rule they in their loyalty hail given that title And he charged them that they should tell no man of him adding for there is no name that doclh anything in so knowndopenly hat the compilers of placed this lat passage elsewhere Tho young king understood that in the world after death are to be found political and social conditions similar to those on earth and also that those in that world most interested in the welfare of mortals aro the ancestors of those mortals and so it was that he so often affirmed that his falhcr had sent him and that ho was doing will of his father- Understanding as ho did that his father because ho had been a kingon earth was then a king in heaven t this view of the other world was by no means pecular to the Jews he taught his people to pray to his or heir father in heaven which prayer wits called tho Lords kings prayer time burden of his prayer was that his fathers kingdom might come on earth to himself his fathers will be lone in tho earthly kingdom even an it in his kingdom in heaven for he gave to his father tho credit of possess ig tho power to fulfill his will on earth as surely as in heaven to which ho one lint often those who doubted quired signs from heaven or in other words thor asked for what modem Spiritualists call tests which ho was nut always able to give that he uimclimes did so we learn in pas sages And lie that scckcth him thou send me I and my father aro one whichshows that ho was able to pro duce tho phenomenon known as trans llguralion in which his face assumed likeness of his fathers Elsewhere wo rend of Philip saying Lord show us tho Father and it suftlccth us When he or his father through his voice answered Have I been so long a title with you and yet hast thou not known mo Philips And to others before he said of lea father and from hence forth yo know him and have seen him Awl wo read of the trans figuration having first taken place on the mountain when those who accompanied him thither were told by his Father This my beloved son hear yo him To those who not seen tho face of his father through his own he said have neither heard his voice at anytime nor seen htt shape And in St John iL 3150 wo read of his attempt to eonvinco some of them that his father tho dead king should bu accepted by tr them an their god accusing tho usurper1 whom ho rolled their father tho devil u liar and a murderer from th e beginning therein referring to tho ass assiimtion of his father and the regents who reigned before him in tho sum chapter wo read of hU talks with sum of those who had acknowledged his father us their god or king for ho it is my Father that honorclh mo of whom ye say that he is your god In tho following passages we seo that not his father but ono older than Abraham was controlling his voice for tho young king said Your father Abraham joined to see my day then said the Jews unto him thou art not yet fifty years old anti hast thou seen Abraham t Jesus said unto them Verily verily I say unto you lleforo Abraham was am And ho taught Ihcm It is nut ye that speak but the spirit of your Father my father that spcakclh in you and No man can cone to mo lo my support except the father draw him At times ho sought to secure them by promise telling them And whatsoever yo shall ask in my name that will do and that whatsoever yo shall ask of the Father in my name he may give it you and ho also promised Ihcm that ho who should desert usurpers and be slain by his own come a member of his army ever though he should leave house land mother wife etc to do so he should receive a hundredfold in houses lands wives mothers etc with persecutions by persecuting tho supporters of the usuper of his fathers throne and in world to come eternal life for told then that his Father would love them because they had loved him and the protection from hellalso called death living death which his Father would extend to them while at other limes ho used threats to secure his end for ho warned them to fear not them who kill body meaning soldiers of usupcrs but fear him who after lie hath killed hath power to cast both body and soul into lienamid here he meant that should they remain with tho usuphers and bo slain by his own soldiers that his Father would deny to them his protection and would punish or persecute them in hellI1nd other awful threat that ho made was that although he and his Father would forgive all manner of sins of tho sons of men common men blasphemy against Holy Ghost his Ilea father should never bo forgiven and tho blasphemer was to be in danger of eternal damnation or cot demnation Because Ihey saidof his Father Ho hath an unclean spirit After spending some years in secur ing followers by promises threats and unlstio manifestation ha consider edthoir numbers sufficient 1o warrant him hi attacking the usurper but bo fore he could issue his decrees as their commandcrin chief they needs must crown him which seremony they re paired to their secret meeting place n t forest to perform and meeting place was to bo surrounded by guards men who would bo in their places after supper But they had unknowingly admitted among them an agent am spy of the Lord god tho baron who drugged their wino and after supper went with them to their place watching and remained until ho was as sured that they all slept when ho led the usurpers army through their lines and surprised the remainder of his fol lowers listening to new kings speech in which ho told his officers that he no longer called them servants but friends telling them all too that lime tonne when thuy must openly support him repeating both his threats and promise saying Whoso ever therefore shall confess me king before men him will I also deny etc And ho assured them that for his sake many of them would bo persecuted im prisoned and ever put to death but told them the no man could show greater love for a friend than to tile for him but he encouraged them with the assurance that in terrible war which ho was about to wage with tho other king that his father would be with them and that the victory would be their In Col we rend of his leaving been made the head of the church as well as ruler of tho state And he is the lured of body church who is tho beginning beginning of the rule promised by Jewish Lord God tho firstborn from the dead that in all things ho might have the pre miiienco for it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell And in instructing officers in both state and church said see Matt XXV 34 then shall tho king say unto them on his right hand como yo blessed of my father inherit tho kingdom prepared for you from tho foundation of world the lords whom he had install ed in the offices of thin state were told that their should inherit the titles and wealth with this offices which always since the foundation of political world been prepared for Ihem Then shall ho say also unto them on the left hand depart from me ye cursed tutu everlasting fire prepared for the devil his allgels head of tho church ho was but instructed its officers to condemn to hell those whlli opposed him and rejected him as king referring to the usurper as IOiIlfor in Ids hatred of him he night of all other devils upon the promise of blessings from his Ilea father for those who should receive n as king anti of revenge from sans sorco for those who should deny him n their sovvereign tho church now caller Christian has built Ihcreeds am sought to apply universally the systen 1of rewards and punishments which orignalcd with and so far as concern tho originators was confined to tin members of tho two parties who wcr but participants in a feud instituted for personal revenge When tho new king knew that could not ccapo from his enemies he said Think yo that I cannot even now pray to my father nail he shall send mt more than twelve legions of angels t hoping that his fathers spirit army would bo sent to inspire his own and give him even then the victory nut ho WI tried proven to be lawful heir condemned and crucified mid tor lured on cross and it was whit there lhat we rend of him And being in an agony ho prayed more earnestly for he was praying for death and his sweat was as it were great drops ofI blood falling down to tho ground for the blood from the many small wounds mingled with perspiration giving it all the appearance of blood When ho knew that his last moments were come ho exclaimed Father into thy hands I commend my spiritnm of hl lit was said that he ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand of his father was received into a princes place and there too he was said to themer friends and enemies And his friends and enemies on earth Raid of him that although he was the Son of a king ho learned by what suffered and the chief lesson that ho learned was that no de pendence was to bo placed in ise of the Lord God ruler of kings or in other words tho barn which word had been given to his mother Mary while sho wo yet n virgin for baron at the last moment kept his promise to the usurper instead OUT OF SEEMING EVIL COMETHd Where a Biblical Quotation Serves Its Purse For a Good Argument j On Freethought By George Leeson ail exist or are tho things nouly or gp itlycalled evil tlupro winuifheltlleTmotors of good without could exist longer than animal and vegetable life would exist without the use of male nnd female powers of prop agation The bible says out of seeming evil good cometh hence evil is tho creator of good is not evil but seeming oil y t bible advocates are ungallant enough to blame our dear little eurley headed grand mam Miss lava as the originator of the first sin in starting the Cgleaf fashion which necessitates their future practice to moue for their share in her sin in transgressing the immutable law of her creator Why blame her for changing his ori ginal plan of keeping her eternally caged in that little garden in n torpor of worse than beastly ignorance destitute of all understanding of herself in obed ience to such an inconsistent command to remain igilorant and yet tempt her with a tree of knowledge in frontt of her doorway which caused her curiosity to examine tho tree and fruit of bidden knowledge during her examina tion sho spied a snake which was also looking wishfully at the forbidden fruit the snake had a very intelligent and well developed on it with which snake she had some kind of a consultation what ever the communi cations was that paused hetweemt theta was resulted in Miss Eves refusing to longer indure the misery of seeing those delicious hells flour apples go to waste- ho could consistently blame her for using a couple of them occasionally lib entry dividing same with cowardly Adam for a change that gave her sense enough to know she was naked anti how to utilize figlcavos and thus became the first invrntrcss of fashionable clothing rod the manufacture thereof The funny part of the story about grandma Eve is how she out wilted her old boss nUll defeated his original plan of keeping her ctcrnaly kooped in ignorance in trust little garden so fooled him One day ho came to see how iris cur ruled pits win gelling along ho found hit favorite old snake which Will vate property which he had left there to crawl on its bellyend disappeared having found a hiding place and crawled in during which operation he discovered that some of his privvate apples been used and lull away covered up with figleaves Whereupon ho flew into a terrible rage cursed snake man mid the world he had created he cursed Ihem nil gcncralions to eomo innocent of the crime committed by their fore fathers at this time he win a god of vcngcnce and wrath d After tormenting a few bllliOMJ eternal hell and seeing that Miss J right in outwitting him ho beJy n god of loco nut to reconcile s nal and divine leva with his eternal divine anger ho sent into tho world an expiator his only son that ho hUg bu killed by man Then ho admits that amtkeJlj Miss Eve was not devolved oh ing knowledge and lifcerty by here obedience because liB says BeW man is become A ono of usgj to know good and evil Prevent therefore from eating of tho fruit eternal life lest ho becomes setae like ourselves Can wo consistently deny that out Miss Eves seeming evil good comet mel sue not ingenuously and heralds emancipate man from a cage of woi than beastly ignorance by her litt scientific rebellion scheme which il developed into victory and forced indorccmcnts and adoption by former master who says 0 K ply and replenish the earth Didisl not accomplish moro than all the in or cowardly Adamites that have sin lived and did a braver act wiiich foaled to us all great book jknowledge that made Simi Godsj mansjIs it not time for some man as bra ns she to reveal the also forbiddc fruit of eternal life anti become i mortal liberated from class and Wthatwill all become gods like RockefeljJ Harriman etc etc Would our forefathers migratcdJto America and established n government of free speech frccpress religiousm olitical without a in their haillotheencountry from which lhoyflcdt Is not tho pending revolution t out growth of class arrogance aristocracy autocracy and plutocracy like of the war of tho rebellion hcncelis not seeming evil tho inspiring mother of good t How long would churches be il exist once if their skypilot hallnoseem ing evil Devil soul roaster to scar cownrlly small brained suckers into rentable pews with t Who are in no danger of hell being constantly rejected therefrom because they are all too green to burn JEWS rt SHAMEFULlYjTBEftTED No Other Race Has Been Made Such Victims of Christian Peresecution Through Ignorance And Creed Prejudice WEEKLY PAPER REPORTS TELL FEARFUL TALES- F Underwood One of ourr most welcome exchanges Secular thought of Toronto Canada n recent Moue printed tho following from the pet of B F Underwood Probably in no other country do the Jews suiter from such general and cruel persecution as that of which they are today victime in Kussia Popular per secucion and bigotry race hatred and religious intolerance with the hostility jot the government backed by the hier archof tho Greek church combine to make the lot of Russian Jews one of great hardship and during the frequent outbreaks one of the loss and peril Their shops are looted their property taken from them their women assulted anti men women and children ruthlessly slaughtered the authorities often en couraging rather than trying to stop tho cartage Every week some reports of excitement in souse community of the empire and accaunls of tho wreacking of vengeance bo tho attire of the riot what it may upon the innocent victims of combined race hatred and religious intolerance These manifestations of intolerance and cruel wrong in treatment of tillIJew iu ltussia bring to mind injustice out sutlering they have exper ienced in European eountritM in the pt During he Miildu Ages theylucre objects of the most bitter and cruel pir sedition They were separated from their fellow men compelled to live in curtain quarters and to wear a peculiar dress They could not eat with Christ ians and Christians could employ them as physicians our could he purchase drugs of thew- hutenuarriage with them was a tor riblo crime Queen Joanna IL in in a statute regulating houses of ill fame in Avignon after providing fully nod with great particularity for the ae commodation of Christians enacted that no Jew should be admitted under severe tho were executed Jews IIndllwortwards j oelealioll ty the Jews possessed could taken from them and they people to plunder nnd rob ey were banished from Eng ward II and from Franco by light refuge in Spain and con y their genius and learning to nags of that country But Lecky says in an illomened cross supplanted the creccnt on solitaryastho Jews was determined on rfgy were tireless in their efforts ro their repulsion and when i issued celebrated decree of ment she arricd out the wishes priests and tho people ilous estimates have been made of umber of sews whom tho inquisi 1m that ngo drove from Spain tho est being 100001 and the highest 500 Among tho number were Lord iconfields ancestors who fled to Ven i the sufferings of Spanish Jews used by these measures are represent by an old historian as being ns ter bleas those of their ancestors during jio destruction of Jerusalem by Ro ian The decree required that all Jews Should leave Spanish soil in three months vllicy were forbidden to carry gold or silver from that country The wealth which thor accumulated by trade says Gibbon and the management of the finances invited pious avarice of their masters and they might bo op pressed without danger as they had lost the and remembrance of arms The pirates that infest the coast rob bed multitudes of their goods and then made them slaves Tens of thousands died of famine and pestilence at tho hands of the Bedouins Eighty thou sands took refuge in Portugal having received from tho king promise of pro tection But the Spanish priests stirred up the Portuguese for which purpose n mission was organized and the king soon isued a decree more cruel than that of the Spanish Queen All adult Jews were included in the decree Their children under fourteen years of age were taken from them to bo educated venteinto wildest paroxysms of despair Some mothers flung children into wells rather than give them up to Christians Ships were purposely detained beyond the al tlotted time for their departure and then the Jews were reduced to slavery anllIand baptized by force Rome inter and most of the Jews regained their liberty but their children were t never restored to them shrieks of anguish that filled the land at length ceased and a peal of rejocing proclaimedjltytho triumph of Spanish From time here referred to down ilV to present tho treatment of the Jews by the people of Christian nations has steadily improved though it has not by nay means been generous or just In ninnyof the uropean countries civil dis abilities have been removed and in England but a few years ngo world witnessed tho elevation of a member of the despised race to the highest position to which a British subject can attain In Germany and France as well as intRussia there have been of late years manifestations of prejudice and hostility against Jews sadly at variance with the principles of justice liberality and rreligious liberty It is not strange that they have re ceived but tattle protection from Russia for that is not a laud ofenlightened ideas or religious tolerance and tho czar himself lives in daily fear of his life there is something anomalous and painful to contcmplalc in unreason j able perseculion of this people in coun tries like Germany anti France It is an important part of work of enlightened and liberal minds to dis courage and condemn every effort to 4 revive or strengthen prejudices and hat reds which had their origin in ages of of fanitical superstition on account of race or religion 150 CINCINNATI 1 AND RETURN VIA SUNDAV JUNE 2 diSPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 730 f lff Ti1Ilb1 t 17 E HEAR THE OTHER SIDEI Continued From Pago One t it Wherever the Christian religion hu absolute power she has proved a tJIlnt punishmentIself expects to escape If Christian it more tolerant today than Cormerly it is for the two reasons viz Iirst She has broken up into hundreds warring sects which have keenly felt the tyrany each other and this se cular experience has taught her les t sons that she would newer learn from the Bible It has thus been the j tion and not stability of hristimity which is the mother of our IJresent liberties Second Frocthought is the enemy of tymuy and the moro infidel ity in the churches the more liberal they become Slavery which is taught hy the Bible see Ixjvit 254o40 and Ex 12021 was abolished by the French Jnlidcls but reinstated by Christian when it again came in power 1ho abolitionists were either lree 1ealliest such as Garrison or very lih such us the Unitarians or Universalists while the orthodox were the last to embrace it Alexander Campbell wrote There is not one verso in the Bible prohibit slavery lint many regulating it It is not then we conclude immoral Rev Miles Stewart of Massachusct said What now have wo here Iaul sending back a Christian Lcrvunt who had run away from his Christian mustor Pauls conscience then like his doctrine was very different from that of the abolitionists Christians often boast that the llihle is the cause of our great moral progrci but history proves that every important step forward has been through fidelity to Bible teachings Then is the Bible to be praised because man has im proved by departing from its teaching t The Bible teaches that woman shall be u slave to than because as it allirni she was the first in transgression Gen 310 Paul in Cur 143435 and where treats woman as a mental slavi denying her a right to speak in church states that if she wants to know any thing she can ask her husband A father could sell her to whom he chose could even sacfricc his daughter to n mob i could even murder her It teaches that divorce is the privilege of the hu band alone It teaches that mat emit In the fourth century say IGUllible holy men gravely argued as to whether women Were human beings Helen II Gardner says When the ps gun law recognizes her the wife as the equal of her husband the churc discards the law It was not till 1817 t that the public whipping of wives was abolished in Kngluud Elizabeth Cady Stanton the great emancipator of her sex and a Free thinker found laws in our statute book every where in direct conflict with the rights of woman laws enacted by Chris inn legislatures Through her influence scores of these laws were repeated Whet she took the field she found that wo men were nut allowed the possession of the property her own hands had pro diicedShc everywhere found opposition to her noble work and all of it basei on the Bible Yet the poor ignorant women are the stain pillars of tin church kissing the hands that enthral them Polygamy is sanctioned by the Bibles Abraham Issac Jacob Solomon and David the man after Gods own heart all practiced it God shows his getter osity to David in giving him his masters wives 2 Sam 123 God thus sane tioned polygamy Polygamy has been practiced by Bible followers on American soil But infidelity both in andoutside of the church is rapidly stamping out this debasing practice Any one who has eyes can sec what folly it is to make any book infallible much more one written by semisavages Th Bible sanctions the use of toxicating drinks as a beverage But experience and sound reason has taught that the most logical solution of the liquor nurse is total nsslinancc The Sum of Man rune eating und drinking which he got this reputation of being a wine lubber The Bible states 1LbitJesus drank wine and gave to his to drink That he made wine to be drank at a wedding feast and that too after they lad already become well drunken Hut our Christian friend who is also infidel to such practices insists that this might leave been only sweet juice of grape But if the writer meant different by the term wine front what it means everywhere else why didnt There is not a single statement in all the Blithe to warrant such a construction It was denominated the best of wine and Jesus himself is made to say that old wine was the best See Lk 03J und we know that any good quality so culled brought to wine by age must bo its fermented or intoxicat ing quality The 1tee1lrtV Thompson S IL Calhoun Uev C U A Van Dyke and outer able lIehrew and Sanscrit scholars of western Asia who have made the history and customs of its people both ancient and modern a life study nirm that such n thing as non intoxicatingwine was unknown that the unfermented juice of the grape was rJ never recognized as wine Dr Philip Schaff the foremost Bible scholar this country affirms the snmonem burgs Bible p 308 That the scrimentil wine did toxicate see Cor 2034 Comnic ingon this the Christian Regis ter says We deplore intemperance and wel come every truthful argument ngainst it hut the argument founded on the nonintoxicating character of Bible wille n weak and diluted falacy To he continued DENIED USE OF COLUMS Continued from Page Ono that are being used to pay Chaplains in the Army nod Navy to say nothing hose that occupy the positions as lains in the various states I think it is time for us to speak out in carne Wont you help tits f Those lines you have quoted arc beautiful and there ismorc truth lImll potery I answer I will say yes the grcat church of Rome Stands nnchangeabi and me thinks I cut hoar thegnilloti ax falling nut hear tint cries ofnil uish and see the flames leaping high into the American nil ns once nround Rome when once she fit herself IJlantcd on this American soil Then oh then we too will have a touch of her ragnetie spell Yes think I rte see her risin above the tears of Russia Spain nil near by Cnha vhose tears are not y et done flowing N L Cl- arkTINKERS WITH HUMAN SOUL Boston Fakers Addres a Communication To One Of The Blade Writers About Their Recent Experiment With Men and Dogs AN ECHO FROM A RECENT DEBATE By A A Snow Some welts ago I sent you a etter regarding one hud sent to the toile doctors concerning the weight of the human soul Well suppose thuse doctors have made a more thorough in vcitigalion of that subject than had thought havo since got a reply to letter as follows Harverhill Muss May 5 100 Mr A Snow Dear sir Your letter was ovcrlookc Experiments were tried with over a dozen dogs Results negative No loss of weight unaccounted for by viiown channels of Sincerely yoursDr for one believe that these exper nents havo fairly heel conducted and Linwilliiignnd uiixiousto accept till the trove From them it looks to me Iluite lrolmhle that at the time of death the esbution of the mind from some un mown must leberalts or turns from u olid or fluid state to an invisible vapoi ertuin portions of the brain And the easel they could not be detected in the dog is simply because they are so iiucli lass in the latter that thescalc were not delicate enough to mcasur them believe these experiments ought to be encouraged that they should ho tlild with men having different brute lower from the savage up to the lightest mat and the slime cxperi tents should be tried with dilferen initials including apes and monkeys IInd with subjects dying trout differ ellt causes Whatever the true cxpanation is wunt it as soon as obtainable Am shouhl the truth knock my theory into 1 cocked hat say let her go Thrust ing truth into a dungeon to save aI icory belong to the dark ages ant none of it in mine In U Wilkinsan4 Infidelity gainsl Itself page we read He Moore leas repeatedly stated hoth in print cad orally that he would pnhliBh both sides of the queslon prof to publish anything that would write concerning our debate then Cused to publish even ono letter from- lIIe and in quotations from articles from me and from a letter of mine from- one A A Snow ho so garbled all the lolntions to give his readers not- the remotest idea of what I actually did y and ul the same time making nppll1r that hu publshcd all had to on the subject- must take a part of this fight msclC anti rehavo the dead Willkin letter referred to contained 1500 or 2000 words I wanted to send it to u friend al the same time I copied out Portions of it that hit Moore the- Illmllt nod senl them to him and he lilishcd them The ivason I IIPy the whole thingwas because wlluM have been too big n job E Fletcher a party who I am not aCIuuinlet with has written Wilkinson th following letter Levita Texas May 281D07 Rev U G Wilkinson Comanche Indian Ter Dear sir I have teat with much care and fit the joint debate between ourselC nnd Mr A A Snow on tho Bible is that both sides of the ion were very able represent but that the Christian claims of the divine origin of the Bible was had wrecked trod defeated Your biographer states that you hao tubule the subject of infidelity a lpec iality That being true nnd melting with such a Waterloo as you have ex per tIIICI at the 11I1I1I1of Mr SnO infidelity certainly luis nothing to Car is surely based on n firm found tionI have occasion to know that Hrit minion says just what Mr Snow sa all along the line got Snowed With best wishes Yours very hut W Fletcher JjiiTHE SOURCE IT CAME By H II Dow Trammel not your reason in its swa Let natures God assist to clear the wa Natures books are open day nod night So man in search of truth unity go aright Shun vice tied crime ns through you plod Dont bend your knees to an imagina God If there he in mortal man n living There must be a life beyond thi earthly goal If there be a god who loves that soul full well Will he in anger send thai soul to hlJlt Hotter had God when the devil llid rebel To have chained him with his imps in hell And kept him there with all his hel1ih clan- Instead of dumping them on earth to torture man Say where did you get your idea of a t God From the heathen that once upon th earth has trod From men so full of superstitious zeal That fancy led to passions fiery whcc To appease the wrath of him their angry God On thistles thorns and briars sharp they trod With eyes fixed on the ethereal sky in prayer They knocked out their teeth and pulled their hair Such brainless fools taught you and me to pray And on our knees idolatrous prayers to sayIHut countless prayers have rent the sky- 1Vitltout receiving one solitary replyI letter they prayed to a deep in the ground For that would perhaps have echoed back the sound It Reminded Him Cincinnati Ohio The article in the last issue of the Hade Salvation anti Sausage reminds me of Hill BeaU whoojlcnell a missior here years ago when the lid was put on gambling and he was forced to dc omething or somebody else McLean mother slmre thing gamble went Into tho same gauze but was slick enough to get n very wealthy man interested who nloadcd piioiigh from the Camels back to allow it to go through the needles eo into paradise Brother Beatty not being so fortunate athercd together a large following of slimonialgivers by recognizing the that it was useless to talk religion to a man with an empty stomach Realty guaranteed a booze nnd a bowl of soup or Coffee to all who wouM come o Jesus and proclaim Hame in open meeting before his patrons Beatlys mission is the largest in the citn McLeans is long a thing of the pastlAS SHARP Have Used What We Could llImes K Hughes am sending you under another coer n part of he weekly Tampa l11ne in itis a moral article that seems to me is as full of tommy rot as egg is of meat- I have under scored that that I yonI spicey Commeots and Conlradic tlon if untrue and quote your author the Contradictons I have been of the opinion that Geo Washington was never a member the church and that Thos Jefferson never worshipped in any church but ditl at limes attend church Am I correct t Now dear Jim do your best on that Baptist Sky Pilot and if you do not hae the time turn him over to Mrs lien would just love to see her amihilte him Oh for a thousand like her I see a great deal in the papers thee days as well as in the Blade about the Peace Conference at Hague I hne been troubled a great deal here of late on the subject of Prayer ant I wrlle hoping some of the readers of the Hlnele run enlighten me sonic on the subject The subject is this you know nt this great assemblyof the Shinning lighfs of he world there will be all kinds of religion represented and y ou know that wo are taught that beCore engaging in any great undertaking it is necessary to invoke the aid of Deil What wish to know which God lire they going to agree upon to aid them Iin their lauilbile undertaking I as an American citizen wish representative there demand that the rise to a question of priviledge nnllnlkI this question be settled for it God I say serve him or if Budda hI nUll serve him If it is agreed that each shall np proach his throrc of grace in his own way I would bo pleased to sec an illustraitcd picture of the roads thnt each petitioner is supposed to travel to his own peculiar throne of grace In the event that no one will agree to give an illustrated picture I will trol myself with a pen picture Mrs Henry Jno F Clark Jas ArmI strong or Crier KidelerIYour for the Searchlight of truth to Ie N CLAR Keep ItGoingFt Juno E Hughes Enclose please finti a 125 to apply on what I owe you on the Blade I bao taken the Blade for several years anl will comencc again when able but will have to ask you to stop it for a while my heoth hasbccnpoor I leave been to Kansas City to the Hospital anti wife will have to go The Blade is fine and I have alwa enjoyed it anti I wish you success nnd as soon as I can I will subscribe again I only get a part of the Blade as they nearly all go to Cobb Indian Tcr in stead of Ft Cobb Oklahoma My best wishes for you anti the Blade G W SEARC sOration Wanted Plesant Run N J Tas E Iughes- Enclose find stamps for which please send mo the funeral oration over the remains of Capt William Henry lie livered by Dr J B WilsonDAVID COJE OBSCENITY AND- WITOtiORAFT Are But Twin Superstitions And Have Been Propayated Fanatical Men And Pious Judges Obscenity Can Only Exist In The Mind Dy Theodore Schroeder Has It ever occurred to you that the witchcraft superstition was most identical in its essence will thin present superstitious belief in the reality of the obscene as a thing outside of the mind Think It over Fanatical men and pious Judges otherwise Intelligent have afflrinci the reality of both and on tho as sumptlon of their Inerrancy in this have assumed to punish their fellowmen It is computed front hlstorlca records that 9000000 persons were put to deaths for witchcraft after 484 Tho opponents of wltchhcllcl were denounced just as tho dlsbe lovers in the obscene aro now do lounccd Yet witches ceased to be when men no longer believed In hem Think it over and see if the obscene will not also disappear when men cease to bcllcvo In It In 1601 learned Sir Mathew lain a person than whom no ono vas more backward to condemn a rltch without full evidence used this language That there are such ngels as witches It Is without convlnclIngdded It Is also confirmed to by dally experience of tho power and energy of these evil spirits In witches and by thou See Annals of Witch craft by Drake preface page XL A century later the learned Sir William Blackstone since then tho mentor of every English nod Amerl cnn lawyer joined with the witch burners In bearing testimony to tho lstenco of theso spookhumans just as our own courts today Join with tho obscenityburners to affirm that obscenity Is hi n book and not In tho reading minds and that there w fore tho publisher and not tho reader shall go o jail for being scene Blackstono said To deny the pus stbillty nay actual existence witch cralt sorcery is at otter flatly to contradict the revealed won of God in various passages of boll the old and new Testament and tin thing Itself is a truth to which ever nation In tho world hath in its tun born testimony either by example seemingly well tested or by prohibit cry laws which at least suppose tin possibility of commerce with ovl spirits Ulnckstonos Continent arles page Edition of 1S50 And yet when men cease to believe In witches they cease to bo nnds when men shrill cease to believe In the obscene they will also cease to find that Obscenity and witches exist only In the minds and emot Ions of those who believe In then nod neIther dogmatic judicial dlctun nor righteous vituperation can over glvo to either of them any objective existence z In the good old days when a fow wiser than the rest doubted tho real Ity of witches If not themselves kill ed as being bewitched they were cowed Into silence by an avalanche of vituperation such as Infidel atheist or emissary of Satan tho emeny of Cod tho antiChrist and some witchfinder would get on his trail to discover evidence of this heretics compact with tho devil How this Is duplicated In thin attitude of Iho uastyinliitled porton of the public toward those who dlsbe lleve in the objectivity of obscenity Whether obscenity is a sense senso perceived quality of a hook or resides exclusively In tho reading mind is a question of science and as such a legitimate matter of debate Try to prove its nonexistence by tho scientific method and the literary scavengers Instead of answering your arguments by showing the fallacy- of Its logic or error of fact show their want of culture Just as did the witch bunners They tell you that you are either an Ignoramus or so ethereal that there Is no suitable place on earth for you except In jail They further hurl at you such lllu iilnatlug epithetic arguments as Im moral smutneallng moral can erplanter etc etc It is a regret table fact that thin miscalled moral majority Is still too Ignorant to know that such questionbegging epithets when unsupported are not arguments tact its members are too obsessed with sensual Images to bo open to any proof against their resultant obscene superstition Think It over aim see If when you tense to believe In tho existence of obscenity you must not also cease to find It If that bo true then It exists only In tho minds ant tho emotions of those who believe In tho superstition Connect your mInd with a sower and empty therein all the Ideational and emotional associa Ions which tho miscalled pure people havo forced Into your thoughts Having dono this you may be prepared to believe that un to tho pure all things are pure but unto them tint are defiled and un believing is nothing pure but even thler mind mid conscienco Is defiled Titus 115 not till thus cleansed can you Join In these words I know and am persuaded by tho Lord Jesus that there Is nothing unclean of Itself but to him who estccineth anything to bo unclean to him It Is unclean Romans 14 When you have cleansed your own mind of thin obscene superstition proclaim a real purity on tho high ways and byways until other minds are likewise cleansed aitd then our obscenity laws will soon dlo a nat ural death and heallliymliidedness will have a chance to control the formal functioning of a healthy body Once let the public become suffi ciently cleanminded to allow every adult access to all that is to bo known about tho physiology psychology hygleno and ethics of sex and In two generations wo will havo new humanity with moro health and Joy fewer wrecked nerves and almost no divorces All morbid curiosity will then be dispelled and thus the dealer In bawdy art and literature will bo bankrupted Our sanitariums and hospitals and Insane asylums In that day will be uninhabited by those hundreds of thousands of Inmates who are now there because of compulsory Ignorance of their own sex nature All these present evils are tho outgrowth of that enforced sex ual Ignorance resulting from our leg illzed prudery brought about by our general acquiescence In thin obscene superstition forced upon us by the vehement Insistence of our oversexed 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