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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r J rI t i t BLUE GRASS BLADEh1n 1rfand asstIc l WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH VOLUME XVINUMBER 18 LEXINGTON KY AUGUST 25 1907 Published Weekly160 per Year in advance WORLDS CRISIS IS UPON US Must Begin In the IReform the Bible can Only be Saved by New Con struction NONE CAN LOVE REVERE BIBLE GOD Contributed By Rev A R Heath A fellowship of the spirit in tho bonds of peace not a fellowship In theology that is as Romish as Rome Jesus commands yo shall know them by their fruitsthe nine fruits of tho splrltlove Joy peace gentleness longsuffering faith goodness meekness temperance Fellow hip till who boar those fruits In ill churches and societies Fellowship Is not partnership in our Imperfect theology and life God will not damn you for my errors in thaolvry or my modes of olodloito Each person gives account to UJ for himself Churches and preachers of today would damn them if they had one persons name on their church re cord whoso theology Is Imperfect I e differs from their own In this they profess perfection as does the reject all who differ from their creed discipline r confession of faith The session of the preacher carefully examines the applicant The poor heartbroken repentant sinner coming to Join and to get help to resist tho devil Is met at the altar by a theological Inquisition Ho Is asked Do you believe our creed Ho never saw your creed and never knew that f you had a manwritten creed Ho not know whether or not he 4can believe it but he hastens to falsify saying yes I believe your creed lest he bo rejected and driv- lshnme riu lmfi iiii 141 to take the Jeers of his wicked com Enspanlons and the devils protection is the man of sin revealed as the devil sitting In the temple of God showing him self that he is God Such Is causing and repelling the best minds from joining any church especially of man who feel that they will not play th hyi they will not he In ordf to get In ampng a body of falsifiers all living with those falsehoods In their mouths which they hold In order to get into the church and they compel all who come In later on to be as wicked as themselves Thus the saltness of the church is lost and Is to be trodden under foot Rejected by tho ohurchcu many iiicit turn lo tho club to the saloon to the gamb ling den and to tho bawdyhouses on Sabbath days Thus men are drivoa from the church by the protestant preachers who act as Romish as the Catholics as recently reported Ity a committee sent from Italy to the TJnltd States to Investigate ur llglous liberty hoping to find our fellowship desirable to pattern after They reportel inai our fellow nip was based on theological dogmas the same basis of fellowship as of Rome lies the protestnrr btlflsh be istly tliirch that rose out of the eath America Is giving all Its power and authority to tho first beast with seven heads mid ten horns Roman Catholic that rose out of the pca the Archipelago Tho four beasty ro Iigloiut ih world lnj bowed th tho twelve patriarchs and twelve apes ties of the Lamb before his thvne long enough They deserve to to driven out of tho temple with a scourge of nine cordsthe curfew bell tho kindergarten physical cul ture Y W C A Y M C A Y P S C W C T U The Worlds Christian Reliance and The World Religious Congress bringing together for burning tho curious art creed hooks of all the manorganized churches In tho world Acts 19 10 Let us holy the Lord build his churl on u fellowship of the spirit I heard an Episcopal minister In a hundred thousanddollar church In Toledo preach The time is coming is now at tho door when we shall have no more churchbooks or list of names lint all who have Christ formed In their hearts will meet at tho church house nearest to where they live and there worship together without dis tinction or distraction Amen cried Tho audience looked to see what green countryman spoke right 4kM out In meeting Again ho uttered other words as good end I exclaimed Amen but when ho gavo a free full Invitation to commune I did not go God forglvo me I had not the cour age of my convictions was not as much for fellowshlpplng all Christians as thought I was went back on achjcursed names and creeds keep us apart and keep tho world sinking Into destruction The converted members of all church fellowship all Christians but the preachers are pledged to keep them apart by keeping up our church and our religion and our doc have worlds crisis upon tin now Vc preachers must cease fight- Ing against God who is making all things new Judgment reformation should begin In the house of God thei church Let Its light of unltd fel lowship in love appear to all menDIs card tho authority of creeds let each I umber til wider stands it to say holding a Christlike lIfo and spirit as tho only test ot Christian and church fellowship Let us post over our chapel doors and pulpits tho Worlds Religious Con gross resolutions viz Henceforth In this congregation and elsewhere we will recognize the Godgiven right of reading Interpreting and obeying the Bible as each individual under stands bel g responsible only to God A prayerful Christlike life and tho fruits of the spirit shall bo our only tests of church and Christian fellow- shIp Then the Lords word and spirit so long dead In the street will come to life mid rise to heavenly ac tivity In tl minds of millions of peo ple Christs kingdom will come and his wll be done on earth as In hea ven in answer to the prayer which he taught us and which ho is will- Ing and ready to answer if only we will let him do that for which we have prayed for nineteen hundred years but we have persistently refused to let God answer our prayers Pass Ing strnnse Blindness In sgrt Is hnppenedVto the protestant rt and Romlph puiOh for lowshlp ot love ii tend of lowshlp od theology No man he ology Is perfect as God Is p rfect No council or creed Is Infallibly per fect as God is perfect Then why substitute mans interpretation for a basis of union when wo have Gods own word and God himself to whom we all have free access No truly converted man Is unworthy of tho name Christian yet with his most earnest efforts ho can never attain to Its full measure Nevertheless ho daro not guide his life by a weaker standard It is Indeed the only name among men which Is uni versally applicable and adaptable to all ages and classes of those born anew into the citizenship of Christs Bible nowhero speaks of Methodists Baptists Presbyterians or any other of the hundreds of sect names now used to separate Chris tines and to perpetuate divisions In tho church The apostle commands Mark those persons names or preachers who cause divisions and avoid them Romans 17 They shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name Ihalah and tho disciples wero called Christians first In Anti ochActs il 26 It Is a derivative name given by divine appointment and announced 700 years before by Isaiah Named I e denominated Christians by the Lord who only has the right to name his children and no man has a right to call the children by any other name than that given him by his Father above No Christian has any right to call him self Jones That would be a crime against the State and also If Heath a should abandon his family name for that of Jonei ho should look to Jones for his estate njnd Release his right to any part of Heath they who prefer Luthers namo Calvins mime Baptists name or any unblblcal name and traitorously leave the family name disgraced should look to those whose names I they take and labor for to give them their heaven If It is treason to plot and work against republic of these United States and talk and In t ir to establish a kingly or mon archlal government In like manner establishing of unblblcal ungodly names and laws for tho church and causing division and strlfo In the lly of the living God will receive a Continued on Page I- l SNOWKE- EPING AT WORK Takes in a Chautauqua at Leon Iowa and Does Good by Distributing Freethought Literature WORKs UP A DEBATE By A A Snow It was anounccd In the Spring that u Chnutauqua would bo held at Leon Iowa August Cth to 10 of this year Aly friend John W Long a Freethinker of this Decatur county used Ills Influence to have a debate between Christian and a Freethinker at the same should have been glad to have seen this brought about but I no Lopes of its success I knew the Christians would not have it An as I expected Mr Long failed in the attempt In one of the programs we noticed that a preacher was to speak on the subject What Is the cause of tho empty pews In OLr churches Now wo determined to attend that day and circulate my tracts among tne people fhls Is the tract that was published In the Blade some weeks ago It Is headed Hear the Other Side and It gives our reasons why the churches are so poorly attended and so wo hoped to both sides before the prolgramthe day Hlllls spoke and I quote from my report to the Linevillo Tribune concerning this speech as follows Wo attended the Leon Chautauqua Friday The largo tent was well tilled We learned but one speaker not arriving in time for the forneen session the Rev Hillls of the Plymouth Churcji N Y Spoke on the subject Oliver Cromwell We think as an orator he surpasses Rev Sam Small whom the State Capital denomlnAtcd the greatest orator o- fAmeriio did not over estimate the greatest of Cromwell In his re ference to Cromwells efforts in the emancipation of man yet some un acquainted with history might never know how much we are In like man ner Indebted to scores of others who at the defiance of death used all their powers to save mankind from tyrrany born of savagery and nursed by the dark ages Now my friend Long was present and aided In circulating tracts but we soon separated and I know no more of what he did also saw my old friend Bobbin who now lives at Osceola I believe He bought one of my debates of me He used to be a Blade readermay be yet- I arrive at the Chautauqua grounds about noon They were the school grounds the large speakers tent In the rear There were but few people on the grounds when I arlved I distributed the tracts as the people came giving away many hundreds As a person passed I would say will you read one of my tracts if I give It to you holding It In my hand so he could so it If ho said yes I handed It to him without further comment If ho said maybe or I will If I have would reply Excuse me but my friend we can only give them away where they promise sure to read them Cannot you reconsider and say for certain you will read It Of course there are cases where In wo can afford to break over this rule where we know the person Is well educated and a thinker wo can afford to take the risk Some times they want an explanation of what the tract is about when I give it in way to waste as little time as pos sible Many persons will take my tract on learning It Is from a Free thinker when other wise they would not They want some thing new About eighty per cent of the people take them About halt of those who will not refuse on account of prejudice The remainder for the want of time or of any Interest in the matter When get Into a discussion as I often do and gather a crowd around mo find a great per cent take them than at other times Tho discussion awakens nit Interest oven tho ear lousily of bigoted Christians often get tho betterof them precaution that I used Save tracts from being thrown away unused It also gives Impression of the worth of the message If you go over the ground after handing out tracts while you can qnly outs and then find them so destroyed when circulated with precaution I take I think we thinkers should have u tract mud a tract fund They published by millions There told millions who aro ready and bo glad to read Freothought If It does not cost them any They have been schooled for tlons Into tho notion that that thing pertaining to religion free until theyaro captured hard to do anything for through oral lectures The will beat you out of a place to or they will boycott those who listen to you or otherwise thorn against coming out received a bundle of tracts II mall which purported to from Dr Wilsons book are tine Indeed being full of Ins flea brief perfectly plain tho point easily remembered tho greatest Interest I will thandSoon after entering the grounds I ran across four young who were connected with the qua which is run by a company of them was usher and think others belonged to tho Jubilee I gavo each of them a tract started up a debate forthwith I thgy lied a better education that ordinary run of people Probably had attended some high school long enough to give them the big I did not find them courteous In talk as I find In broad minded They even used insolence towards Said I was not abreast of tho as touching scientific research that the Darwinian theory as far enough toaccount for the has been proven an absurdity that tho Idea there was or an intelligent maker In an absurdity One of them back my tract said he would not any thing written by one fool to assert there was Intelligence tree though different from yet a to that In man He denied that Intelligent In a dog was any like that In man claimed that t ery of BelcntstB var of cant t Iz That mind Is the real thing in existence and nonenlty One said yonder Prof McQueen it wont take him minutes to make this fellow feel ten cents Another said Snow wish he never wrote his tract The Professor came up courteously saluted the boys one of them asked him what the f1edern scientific views were the evolution theory He replied tho opinion of our deepest scholars of today is that should and all the animals and plants destroyed from the globe and left but a handful of mould due course of time tho earth again be repeopled and even the man race would develop from This was a Waterloo to thus their own witness turn on them one asked Yes but could all take place without a God Oh suppose not said the professor scientists take position that cant prove there is nor can we there is not a God Aud he from Spencer But says one fellow referlng to me says telligence suffcient to evoluto the matter Well says tho perhaps it does The evidence strongly to point that way The Boston Quartette didnt do more debating with me was amused at their defeat at their game but I did no crowing my sion being to bring out the truth of them afterwards tried to stop from circulating tracts on tho tnnqua grounds Possibly he was stlgated by the Christians who Indignant over It told that ho and were not far apart this while on the street tracts one tapped me on the and told mo that a gentleman to see me In tho hotel I was the Professor McQueen who nearly agreed with mo on He asked me for a tract I said are the gentleman saw at the He said Yes said I am have met again havo forgotten naino and I also want to get thing of your history Ho said name Is Peter McQueen I am Boston I am one of the spealt will speak here to night And said Walt and I will give you a talog follows Prom this catalog I quote Peter McQueen as War dent Ono of the most WI 1 story tellers around Boston is Peter McQueen The genial Ti traveler and war correspondent friend of Pros Roosvelt Rev Peter McQueen My dear Mr McQueen I thank y very much for your book Campal ing In the Philippines and I pate reading It wth much profit always remember wth pleasure your association with the Rough Riders be fore Santiago and I trust to have an opportunity of renewing my ac quaintance with you soon- Sincerely yours Theodore Roosevelt I will not tako space to give the details of a debate I got Into with n lawyer on the street and how the people nearly blockaded the street whilelistenlng and how the attorn crawled away while the people Interested enough to remain I told them if they saw the lawyer again to tell him I send him my thanks if th tell him I send him my thanks helping bring them together as th nearly all took my tracts I wish could get them Interested enough to help pay for literature and take t Blade But will have to wait hope PRIEST WANTS TO CURED BY FAITH KALAMAZOO Mich Aug 31 in belief that he will receive a cur o through the miracle working waters the grotto of Lourdes the nevI Father Theodore Lochbller a priest St Augustines Parish left Kala mazoo and will sail from New York France Father Lochbiler has for several years suffered from progres impairment of his eyesight which one time approached total blind CommentThe Blade entertains little doubt concerning the result of expected miracle It will work out all right and we expect to see the priest back to Kalamazoo cured of his Impaired vision The miraculous cure can then be exploited among his followers as an eMsw evidence of divine ginci and parish will go Into spasms of ligious fever Doubtless this priest as ben under treatment In America has selected an opportune time make his visit to Lourdes When priest really needs a miracle and needs It real bad the miracle can readily be had Miracles are dead if yu only know the combination course none of his people will see operation of the miracle They only see results The results will exhibited In due time Great is mystery of holiness METHODIST HOSPITAL MUST SEE THE COIN Refused a Poor Patient Whose juries Needed Immediate Atten tionReal Christian Charity A dispatch from Mattoon Ill goin rounds of the press say An act of inhumanity scarcely ex petted in this day on the part of the management of the Methodist hie fithospital In this city has institution many contributions in city and elsewhere William Clarke a farm hand atof was brought to the hospital thl gof afternoon In a horrible multllated condition as n result of a runaway One leg was broken with a compound fracture and the bones proturding from the flesh An was broken and the mans bed almost a mass of cuts and bruse- The accident happened near Gay there being no place there t for him tho unfortunate man placed in a buggy and driven to city to n supposed charitable stitution The superintendent refused to al the Injured man to be brought the hospital because ho had n money and it was necessary to driv 0of him to the Moultrle County poor house near Sullivan to have his In dressed The injured mans sufferings were intense and his pleadings for relic ifare imitable but It all had no effect the management of tho local stitution which is supposed to hay for its object the amelioration of distress When the facts became known in city there was much indignation expressed and it is probable the board of trustees will be called upon take some action in the matter PEACE owTHERE IS NO PEACE The Way to End War Lies In Educa tlon Cease to Glorify War Be fore Children and Teach Them Truth In The Light of Wisdom THOUGHTS SUGGESTED eyBY PEACE CONFERENCE By M Mahan metaey justelby the people on the plea that God has given to us the power and that H Is before His throne that Wo shall answer for the destinies of the State of Russia What Is to be expected of a Peace Conference Inspired by such obsolete uncivilized and arm gant Ignorance and presided over by Its nfflclal representative A conference conducted In this spirit with one set of delegates boy cottlng one class of topics and another set another class of questions can not be a shining success The situation Is palpably absurd There can be little consequences to the proceedings and the exalted delegates who participate In them may be excused If that become bored Tho public Is justified In failing to be stirred by the prospects of such liberations and on the contrary In concluding that the whole Hague business is farcical Failing the pur pose to take up the one supremoItopic the programme proposed reads like a list of subjects for the exercise of a college debating club Hid the conference devoted Jt311fIto considering ways of checking the greed of unscrupulous money grabbers and the ambition of statesmen and Ingenuityto patrioticdirected its zeal to the establishment of honest and sensible historical teachings In the schools then we might have begun to believe In the affable old gentlemens earnestness For there Is only one way to kill war and that Is to teach the people what war means and to Impress them with the plait moral truth tlmtrburglary is neither an honorable no- reen a profitable profession whether carried on under the direction of a Napolean or of a Fagln the Jew Men will cease to rob when they realize that robbery Is against their scarcelylikely schoolsgconsist In glorification of war Every American boy Is carefully stuffed wJth glowing ac counts of battles from the war of tho Revolution to the Civil war mid later the Spanish war The war heroes are landed and magnified but how many them are made to realize the value the work of Latimer Bacon Now ton Johnson BurlTe Watt Stephenson and Darwin Begin by teaching the children the truth and some wisdom may be ex petted front the men and women Ther knowswinostrata of society to the highest there is n mad appetite for vastness of em pire for military bunkum und display and an idiotic neglect of and con tempt for nearly all that goes to make up sum of happiness To correct othis mania due to the false teachings the peoples lenders in the past should be one of tho first purposes of a Peace Conference It should proclaim to the world that tho greatest State Is not that whose battalions the largest or whoso empire Is the widest but that whose citizens posses the fullest opportunities of free life eAmid it should teach that the greatest State in this sense Is the most likely fto conquer and endure But who could expect such teach Ings from a conference that opens by respectfully Invoking the august tronage of the butcher of Kltschleneff and Riga Jt 3 f I r r b- III BLUE GRASS BLADE Founded 1884 and edited by Charle Chilton Moore up to hla death February t 1906 cm lie JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail 150 ytnr in advance at 100 ofremittance Five new subscribers sent with one 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will be a hearty welcome of THE BLADE ia entered at the Vostoflice at Lexington r Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky a Courage and truth The motto of Freethought Victory follows earnest effort Work is an exceeding great institution Few photographers take people for what they are worth It is sweet to work when we work for those we love Wise is that man who can profit by the foolish ness of others Prayer was never known to carry much dead weight or win a fight r The true believes always carries along face as if his religion was hurting him When the Blade gets made Archbishop of the diocese we will run a New Jerusalem train of our own- r If Harry Orchard should happen to remember a few more at the next trial it would surprise nobody It has been well said that Te deums and Jubliates are but asses bray set to popular music Bibles and booze constitute the main t I of a missionarys wardrobe as he goes to carry gospel to the heathen Trust may be defined as confidence but the people lave little confidence in the trusts for they have been playing the confidence game to long p When the evidence is all in and the arguments made the judgment of the people will be against orthodox Christianity as a force moving in the direction of human happiness and progress r Pope Pius seems to he up a stump in the middle of a swift running stream with never a plank with in forty miles and no boat at hand to help him escape the tortures of his friends When Justice sits up all night and Liberty lightens us with a continuous performance the IJ orthodox faith might stand some chance of pulling through the higher criticism even if it gets rough usage in the struggle The race is moving forward with remarkable speed and leaving orthodox so far in the rear that its adherents are endeavoring to have broken jgg strewed along the path that the pneumatic of thought might get seriously punctured If the publication of the Crimes of had been made continuous the list would rather volume by this time Accurately and complied the world would stand against at the display made of the doings of these men who walk in the ways of their dear Lord Every church spire points a curse in the etheral vault surmonts a cruelty that has wrested heartaches and groans from humanity for Its black shadow cast upon the floor is an omen for muchinever been known to mankind CHURCH FIRED OUT OF SWITZERLAND to Considerable satisfaction will be felt by Amcri bcr Freethinkers over the fact that the little repub other of Switzerland has followed the example of France and has taken a decisive popular vote in the favor of separation of church and state for What seems to be the most incredible feature this action is the fact that while the Roman with Catholic church was the most bitter opponent ofall cause of separation in France were among the said most active advocates of disestablishment in the and Swiss cantons This may be better understood ing however when one realizes that the established the church in Switzerland was Protestant so that while Vatican resented any interference with its alleged authority in matters of human government it wall readily take sides with the disestab lishment party when a Protestant church is affected In this Vatican and its adherents simply the cloven foot and all thinking people will the animus that the Catholics to vote the separationcoWith a complete separation of two of the most important republics in tho and world why should the American republic linger the threshold of doubt and hesitation Both France and Switzerland have had years of experience few over the United States and after all the cen tunes of church influence in matters political they have thrown off the yoke while America goes on still enacting laws based professedly on the Christian bible and at the behest of the representatives- of the Christian church It is probably strange that in Geneva the home Calvinism and the Canton that sheltered Vol taire the disestablishmnct proposition won its first out victory Tile records show that 7G55 votes 1or favor of the separation and 6822 against it giving the reform party a majority of 833 It is recorded that fully 10000 refused to vote at all showing an utter indifference concerning the subject But the church element still remains disestablished The adherents of the church confidently expected to win the day and the press reports state that they are inconsolable over the decisive result of the vote taken Thus it comes about that the theocratic Civitas Dei which dater back to the days of the murderer John Calvin has been voted out of existence swept away by the popular will of the Swiss a people Ample time is given the church to pre pare for the change as the law does not go into by effect until January 1 1909 or nearly sixteen the Swiss law is not so radical as it effects the church as that recently put in operation in France yet it is n step forward and has taught- a valuable and important lesson to the whole Christian world It is practically another declaration of independence and one that is boundd to exercise unimportant influence UPO rest pf Europe Because this action is aimed at the Protestant church iunteuitof tie Catholic it is chataed Imtt the latter joined issues Freetllinl ers and social democrats which Protestant organs denounce as an unholy alliance The saco denun elation would have been made concerning any other political combinations that might have been effected to bring about the same result The Protestant world stood silent while the Catholics were being thrown out of France now the Catholics sist in putting the Protestants down and out proving that these Christians insist upon hating sach other and are jealous of each others power While this spirit prevails there is no danger of unity between the opposing elements of Christianity heNEW ENGLAD SUPERSTITIONS The appearance of a new cult of theosophists on the Pacific slope under the autocratic leadership- of Mrs Katherine Tingley has brought forth a world of comment from the religious press as stancing another strange belief that is decidedly antiChristian although within the scope of the superstitious element Up to the present the west has been singularly free from the influences of socalled occultism but with the advent of the new brotherhood at Point Loma its work has begun While it will not dound much to the benefit of mental liberty it is a decided step against the orthodox faith Christian church is as much opposed to theosophy as it is opposed to Freethought and Freethought opposes both theosophy and the church It is a strange fact perhaps but none the less a truth that very little if anything happens today in the alleged development of the race collectively and individually that has not happened before No form of superstition can possibly arise that will not catch some of the people and no matter how- grossly inferior it may be it will find some herents some followers In the early days Christianity went through the same process but coming to power and influence in an ignorant and turbulent age with autocracies on almost every eehand encompassed by fraud and imposition it ac quired a stronger power than it would have done had its origiual inception been postponed to later and more intellectual age raConcerning the advent of theosophy in a noteworthy fact that the new leader llyhails from Massachusetts This state has been ro from more superstitions than any perhaps others in the Union combined From the day of Cotton lather and the burning of woolen as witches superstition has flourished in Massachusetts as nowhere else in the country except among the primitive Indians Spiritualism uetook root in its soil Shakerism grew and flourished there like a green bay tree Millerism resand Mormonism ran through the State like a csto fire with a strong breeze behind it In other words Massachusetts the soil upon which the puritans landed in America has been the most prolific field for the cultivation and growth of every concievable jJHrrla- d tid in physical social niul sexual matters Even on this day the Boston papers contain a large num tiness of advertisements of alleged mysticisms than son papers to the inch counted by pages The introduction of slavery into America came from of people of that same state and the movement its abolition was born there These facts are suggestive of something being radically wrong ner the spinal column of that New England state the fact that a high order of intelligence is son to abound there with opportunities for open the free discussion the strict and uncompromis attitude of the orthodox church has impelled is people to seek for something new leaving the Christian religion with a mighty small hold upon- their and feelingstwis SATURATED WITH CRIME Could it be made possible that the ignorant and the uneducated worshipers of the Nazarene they who been the very backbone of the Christian were made aware of the mass of corruption vice in which their religion had claimed to power they would be compelled to hesitate about accepting its pretended divine authority while the intelligent that may be still found among its If adherents would abandon it altogether has Such arguments are frequently made by Free thinkers with little or no effect As a rule an or thodox Christian refuses nto reason or discuss his belief or the Freethinkers belief in the alleged religion of Christ This attitude is deplorable for whenever a man or woman will give away to Reason their faith loses its grip and invariably dies of mind No intelligent person would assert even contend that such arguments were made without authority History is enough to justify the them Writers of this and other ages testify to the facts without regard to their effect on the prevailing religions Religion can alter a fact Its miracles are but fanciful chimerical and imaginary That our readers may be fortified in the positions here taken we quote the following from Drapers intellectual Development On page 229 Vol 1 he saysIt was none too soon that Jerome introduced the monastic system at Romethere was need of change to austerity None too soon that legacy hunting on the part of the clergy was prohibited to lawit had become a public scandal None too soon that Jerome struggled for the patronage of the rich Roman women none too soon that this stern fanatic denounced the immorality of the Roman clerggy when even the Bishop Damasus himself it was involved in a charge of adultery Whatever may have ben its origin it is evident that Christianity came down through a vile and impure channel For the most part the common clergy were unlettered and ignorant Jftven the bishops were not above mediocrity i Hngence Thu rivalries of the amps plaetorpower heightened the degradation m ting all times a reckless scramble for iiiliuei an unscrupulous resort to bribery clerical intrigue and i murder The history of the Christian church teems with incidents of a truly shocking nature From the day of its admission to power it has been the aim of every royal snob to make theology a branch of his politics and in conjunction therewith it has been the aim of every priest and preacher of whatsoever denomination to make politics a branch of theology By the aid of his superstition the priest wielded a greater power over the igorant multitude than the king could possible wield hence a liason was formed in which the church materially profited in return for monarchical services rendered In this manner came time original union of church and state which becomes the stern and un relentingduty of every Freethinl erin unite the knot that binds them together Conceived in iniquity propagated by sword bloodshed and famine the Christian religion has been the greatest curse ever inflicted upon man In proof of this we but refer the doubter to the work we have quoted from above a a r a reLOVE CHRIST AND BE HAPPY heOne of the questions that seems to be demanding serious attention among the people is to what extent a devout Christian and church member can de rive innocent anmsement without appearing to pro yoke a conflict between the individual and the church authorities And so it has come to pass in the twentiethcentury with all our boasted freedom liberality and progress with such mighty questions of public import yet to be solved and evolved from a condition of chaos that the church Ildmust occupy itself with such paltry idiotic andfriv issues from which no good can come and which will be enacted in spite of church decree or ultimatum The particular phase of tine issue under discus sions as shown by the church writings is of degree rather titan kind It amounts to either a total prohibition of certain forms of amusement or suffer penalization by loss of church membership and a alimoderate enjoyment One churchman propossed a Jnn upon the wearing of gold ornaments or costly apparel in church the use of intoxicating hover leIages dancing cardplaying attendance upon a the or circus and above all indulgence in a Sunday excursion ofany kind All this in an assumption by the church of an authority over the in dividual which is neither conferred by the Scrip lure of early church canon If the church continues to attempt an ironclad application or enforcement of such invasions it is more than likely to ycrPass all reasonable bounds to show itself pro vmc provoke a reaction A century ago or more the church undertook to regulate dress prohibiting ribbons or artificial flowers to be worn by women and buttons could not be worn by men i iLl the back of their coat This was extreme pet and invoked by the parson for no other rca than to assume an authority over the individual altogether unwarranted andnhstl1rlhe cause it all lies in the fact that the people are drifting further away from theological restraints and undertake to regulate their daily social life in a man that is pleasing and satisfactory to themselves without regard to church or church rules The par is not blind to this tendency and recognizing loss of spiritual prestige the effort to restrain individual action by the plea or religious authority the last desperate chance the church is taking to retain its fast dying influence ovcrthe public heart mind this may be discerned the real difference be Christianity and Freethought The former a religion of pessimism pure and simple the latter is optimistic through and through Tune latter wouldcreate joy in every human heart and implant capabilities of enjoyment while the former has productive only of the greatest sorrows and heartburnings Time latter is a religion if it maybe called of laughter and sunshine the former a creed of great sorrow and gloom In other words Freethought mill philosophy of light and life while Christianity stands for darkness and death there is a God which we do not believe and he feelings like unto our own arid we can con cieve of no other form of consciousness or sensation then he must recognize the fact that there is more true worship in a happy joyful heart if engaged in a ten pin alley than in a cathedral full of splenetic individuals repeating the catechism No greater truth ills ever brought before a free people tuna the declaration that as regards moral action there is a multitude of questions that can only be determined and must be determined by individual With these state and church have nothing to do Admitting and allowing the tendency of physical government to interfere with hu man action as concerns merely moral issues the church has approached the same path and would fasten laws and rules upon the individual as measures of restraint to prevent them getting away from or from under church control Only bigotry born of ignorance will presume to dictate to an American citizen what he shall or shall not do so long as he keeps strictly within the law of the land But this is not enough for the church It proposes go still further and prohibit certain acts not offenses against the law in order to exercise what authority it can over the individual In this the church is inconsistent It may argue condemn enjoin and appeal to men and women but when attempts to use force and exert an authority not conferred upon it an invasion of the region of personal conviction must follow To be consistent with this sort of thing the church should cease its festivals and fuirs its games of chance its kissing bees and old maids auctions its leg shows and raffles But it wjlinever do this so long as it is calculated extra dollar iiittf elrarJjlitretiSiUy And church stills remains the personifiica tion nJrPun the avatar of evil It is the of human perversity It would transform the race into a grand army of mental invalids There is no possible excuse for the church trying- to cram nonessential religious formulas dowm the throats of men and women with a bludgeon Only Puritanical intolerance would strive for such an end Puritism is dead and its heirs at law are rapidly reaehig time sumo fateful end a a JEW AND CHRISTIAN The Blade has previously written upon the in justice of Christians towards the Jew Time worship of a dead Jew and the villification and des poliation of time living Jew constitutes the prin cipal occupation of the Christian world It now happens that this injustice is to be portrayed to the Christian people through the medium of a drama But why the necessity of such a policy Do we lack the courage to solve our social problems Shall we always fear to face the issue adopting a Fabian policy until we are shamed by a great thinker into action on time big questions that arc ever before us It would seem that it needed the sharp lightning of an Ibsen the lancet of a Shaw or the sneers of a Strindberg to force us into rectifying social abuses The problem of the Jew and his classification has been before the Christian world since its be ginning Many have been the halfhearted attempts to find a solution but always it lapses back into the unfaced issue docket always to come up again a factor of keen annoyance Max Nordau is the latest to try his hand at righting the wrong His splendid philosophy his breezi ness of style his saute judgment and his magnificent humauitarianisin should commend his words to the student the thinker and above all the re former as he phescnts his latest work A ques tion of Honor a tragedy in four acts Taken as a drama something to be played before a nightly audience it is fairly close to a failure The action is slowpainful solong speeches clouding what little incident there isrlllCre is too much analysis too much preachment for the modern stagein short it lacks the technique of a master play wright But its value lies in courageous handling of tho relations between the Jew and time Christian Julius Moser a Jew has candidly renounced the religion of his forefathers and turned Christian owing to tho advancement in the German government in any other way He has brought up his sons and his daughter Christine to be ashamed of their Jew ish blood Christine falls in love with Leo Kohn a Jew proud of his faith and the two approach Moser for his consent to their nuptials Moser is horrified and offers to compromise on the basis of Kohn becoming a Christian Kohn refuses and Moser relents but Christines brother feeling that J wJ J Ii 1 l f l ji 1 i the family lias boon insulted challenges Kohn to a duel Kolui fires into the air but is mortally wounded by Christines brother Moscr is cast out by his fnniily for having finally consented to the marriage and when Kohns father comes to bury his son he snubs Closer for his apostasy leaving Closer as though he were a pariah The problem is a twoedged one How long will the Christian treat the Jew as though he were a modern helot and how long will the Jew profane a glorious faith far older than the Christian and no less beautiful if both be shorn of their super liMsavors Jew and all in contravention of the teachings o the Nazarene and it would seen that in the atti tude of the Christian toward Judaism there has been a woeful lackof humanitarianism Bathe t other side of the question should not be over looked For centuries the Jew regarded the Chris tian as his legitimate prey Stroke and counterstroke there is however lit tIe gain The two camps are still militant stil undaunted But there are traitors in the Jewish camp There is lacking in many a JeW the splendid courage that should have made them masters in the world When the Christian sneers many a Jew instead of fighting and bodily maintain his Christiarinot a the majority a fear to stand with the minority Such apostasy to evil indeed It smacks of pro stitutionSo Nordau says the problem must be worked out on the basis of the human being Into th Jew must be instilled the courage of his faith al ways the sake of gain Both must remember that they are equal in body and in mind that their qualifications are alike andd that they cnn sooper ate to further the progress of the world Thus is the lesson of A Question of Honor But the progress can never be accomplished by Icivil or religious wars or by the assertion of the Inequality of human beings on a religious basisi Men of nil faiths must feel with Dr Nordau speak ing through Christine after the death of Kohn that the great mystery of society isWhy do human beings hurt one another i a a I HAD A FRIEND No correspondent has been able to bring us greater cheer than one who recently wrote us renewing his subscription and closed a rather long personal saying Sail on Oh ship of Freethought Happy and prosperous be thy voyage Thou are plowin through the troubled waves of orthodox with compass sot true and straight Keep to thy appointed course and certain will be thy port May the waves bear thee softly the winds toss thee gently and tl ails keepfil tvitlt a tic t breeze Through l Reading over thaisenfence made us feel goon Jy was so different from many we have received f gave us new energy and inspired us with a new hope for the future Such are the sentiments of a true friend and friends are silent partners Every friend is interested in that which interests the other friend each striving to help the other to succeed in lifeThe flag of Freethought is without one solitary stain Let us strive to keep it unsullied before the world We can do this by our united effort There is no sweeter sound in human vocabulary than to hear some one say I had a friend There something refreshing about it It comes from on with roses on his tongue and their rich perfume 1charms us all Such a man docs not heed the dirty takes mental notice of the bright eyes The shabby coat is forgotten in the light of rich endea vor When he pcrcicvcs our faults he is slow to blniiie but his tongue comes quick to praise Confronted by such a thought we forget our troubles as the ravens dismal croak is forgotten in the so of the mock bird trilling to its mate His voice full of music His handshake is an inspiration and his praise a denediction Friends Ah how ninny really are indeed is he who must at last lie down and never had the glorious privilege of saying I had a friend i a a a THE NEW PATRIOTISM There is a new patriotism nationality is asse ing itself says the Christian Republic but it mig have added that the new patriotism has long since asserted itself and it took on a strong determined life when the forces of rationalism organized against the church power for thepurpose of resist ing its advances upon the liberties of the peop When Freethought entered the arena the renais respectdawnedthe awakening of the public conscience and t world began to grow better The new patriotis- was minus Christian influence or orthodox ten dency It brought about an infusion of civic righteousness It brought a fraternalism stronger than the golden rule This fraternalism is the Da principle of the republic that which constitutes cohesive power and contains the elements of its further progress The freethinker is ever stationed at the top of Libertys watchtower Freethought occupied the trenches when under thejimple folds agaithepressor This is the new patriotism but it stands not for Christ not for the orthodox Christi church hut for Liberty- If you have joy share it Remember friends that he who smiles achieves donthesitate rl 1 tops If o will do this thousands will join you in the ehort If you have doubts about the phil osophy of Freethought either investigate or bury them If you find real joy in our cause be willing to share it with others Always strive to find the bright side of things and their help somebody else to get a sight of it also You can do this by get ting your friends to subscribe for the Blade f i a i BRAINS ARE TRUMPS LEAD THEM f Bruins are always ut a premium in the game of fe For ages men and women have been trying to food clothing and shelter without the aid and fuse of their brains They have not even been mod erately successful Here tool there once in a while some man has awaken to the realigation that know fug liow to do things and to get things is an element of tremendous power If it is worth while to live at all it is worthwhile to live well to live nobly and to live happily Man is not altogether a mere bundle of instincts and impluses lIe has the power- i of development with in him Man has intelligence and above all he has the capacity to think The majority of men do not use this capacity They to luck and pin their faith to the supposed muSic ofa rabbits foot n horse chcstut or some other alleged charm and turn their think tank into the cold storage room 3vov render what are you doing Have you overtaken an inventory of your own brain resources lave you ever taken an inventory of the world at large The call brains iscthe greatest of all the centuries since the dawn of time Do you want wealth do you want position or power If you have brains and two willing hands you can have whatever you want The worlds re sources are your resources the raw materials yet unused transformed by the creative hand of in teiligence Not one man in a thousand can ever discover the riches that lie buried in his own brains AlL people have brains hut most people never use them They have practically left their own brain farms and have gone out into the highways andby ways slaves to the intelligence of those whom they accept as their bosses the few owners of the earth On every cross road nod on every street the throifg of youth cry out that opportunity is for the spns and daughters of the rich and not for them They recount their disadvantages And yet as a rule the sons and daughters of the rich only men sure a cipher because of being pampered too much andspoiled Young man young woman this is the day the hour when the grout busy husting world calls for brains foi educated brains selfdirecting brains The school house calls to you and offers to you the key to the worlds greatest treasure Every ros bust Uoy or girl who hungers and thirsts f t1rnmYf Iffic and its et e human ttiopheealLrngipuo ati j i oifientvho sins and hands are trained for service Wne then and use your brains Quit working on shares and work for yourself You can never be too old to do something or to be some thing Work your own Klondike Count one in cipherlheof his own mental resources man master of tin possibilitiesman mission Be something Be somebody isBrains are trumps and be sure to lead trumps n gameIGREAT IS THE POWER OF PRAYER At a recent church meeting in Kentucky the power of prayer was given a practical ocular de itskneesgave way old fell to the floor with a mighty crash isThink of the volume of groans necessary to move the plaster Imagine the perfect volley that was being directed to Our heavenly Father and the teforce necessary to produce such a catastrophe efficaciou9Ifthings that be why not even a greater influence imagineAfter n must go through life with unshaken faith in what prayer can do Although the scriptures assure yoletit perience that prayer can remove plaster and make n big hole in the ceiling Could that volley have tellinglertbomt blowing the Walls of Jericho down with rams horns that is not a circumstance to the power of the prayers of this Kentucky con lion 110i a r i nnMake your work your hobby If you cannot real cheerfulLookglory comes rising every time your have a fall 91Ca a a itsTime brand of the bigot and the empoisoned arrows of those who persecute in the name of Christ have recoiled with enfold force upon the church Those sword byTtlIngersoll have driven thousands to Infidelity i i a i Freethought denies the divine right of crow tc antool seeptcred vermin on the body politic to rule and rob and hits declared that all men and women shall be equal before the law in religion and poli tics irrespective of the black robcd fat heads tt1 toof disobethence j i7t BESANTI Leader of New Fangled Theory OnceI AmongBrilliant Advocates Materialism Brief Sketch t of He Life Sent Out by Nj Nesi Agencies From COMMENT jEngland THE SUBJECT BY BLADES EDITOR Ii rime has been given considerables prominence lu many ot the of tho country out from Londouthe value to tho cause OrlglllullyInt as It concerns one closely Identified with propaganda and or less Interested In the work ilthougll to a lesser de gree It roads Mrs Agl Besant recently elected president of tho The osophlcal oclety In succession to tho lute Henry Steel Olcott has ar toTeavo hero next week for the Unitedt States The purpose of her trip isjo presldo at the annual comontionoC tho American section of tho JThosophlcal Society which to bo held in Chicago While in Mrs Besant expects to Newliver lectures on theosophy In York Philadelphia Cincinnati Pitts burg and other cities Even ihdse who do not share her belief often speak of Mrs Besant as ono of thbfmost wonderful women of the age Her career at any rate has been a most extraordinary one Early In life she married n minister tho brother of Walter Desant the novelist who disliked her and who accented tho last syllable of his name because she accented tho first of hers I Mrs Besants married life was un happy In 1874 she was legally sep armed rout her husband at her own suit onthe ground of cruelty and was the custody of her chil dren on ground that she was an ailietstf The real cause of tho sep afatioPJas her complete defection e faith and her re fusal to stake the communion in com pliance with her husbands require ment i Her children however did not snare her husbands views and as soil has they reached their ma returned to her roof and con ilnuedjUp live with her lira nts fiUljllo career as t reformer iconoclast agitator and philanthropist bean with her sep aration from her liusband She was a born altruist jhnd was no sooner thrown on her one resources than she plunged Into the work of rellev ing tho wants and sorrows of tho poor In the East End of London Tho accounts given of her self deuy ing labors for tho poor women and match girls of that locality almost pass belief She was known among addresstcasions Sho was their organizer sympathizer and counselor and It Is solemnly asserted that at one time she denied herself necessary food to feed them It is said that so great was the attachment of the poor for her that she could visit localities lu London with safety into which the armed police would not venture anti that she could dispel a mob with her presence and voice that had defied the whole municipal force When she abandoned Christianity she becamo a materalllt But while writing a review of Mme Blavatskys Secret Doctrine for Wllllan Stead she was unexpectedly converted to tho system herself and becamo from that time Blavatskys apt and humble disciple to tshool the meat teacher when dying bequeathed the mysteri ous huger ring which she had re ceived from her own great teacher In tho East Mrs Bcsauts history may bo sum mad up as h inemncr f Ida Church of England atheist Pantheist social ist editor essayist educator labor organizer humanitarian and the osophlsL Ho character is aptly de muchaabused Mrs Besant as tho reader of the theosophists and tho successor to that tvorld reno vned fakir Madamo Blavatsky occupies a unique posi tion In the world of Intellect None can question the siucerelty of tho motives that actuate Mrs Desant but ht r iidmeut is open for discussion hvory veethlnker the world over will have occasion to remember liar toIth ko gratltmO and vsteeu 1 a Char1Nllwas a power In fin iause of inform aui argumentdistic philosophy camp from her hraln and pep Bravely and nobly she fought through all that long loppression lu England until Brad laugh had struck the shackles from the British press tnrough the me i fiJ I Ii dium of tho Knowitou pamphlei known as tho Fruits of Philosophy One prosecution followed another Mrs Besaiit and Bradlaugn stood shoulder to shoulder and fought the issues in the courts while who should have done so shruu from tho ordeal and allowed pleas of guilty to bo entered in their be half Tho conversion of Mrs Besant to theosophy is one of thoso ratiocina- tions of mind that seems almost in explicable While by no means lIne with Christian teaching it is fur siremovedother hand there was no better none moro ardent In the advocacy of Ma teriallsm than Mrs Beseut in the days that are gone by Many of her most intimate friends have sought to explain It through domestic ties Fo lowing tho restoration of her chi 1her dreu which tho British law had talon from her on tho ground that she was an atheist and therefore deemed to bo an inproper person to assumo care and custody of minor children it was said that he rat children n son and daughter did not sharp her beliefs anent religious mat ters and that it was In a measure to pacify them that sho accepted the doctrines of Blavatsky and becam- her close confidential friend and n accelltthIstheyChristIansOn the other hand Mrs Besants na tohera chlldrenmuml belIefsOne glance at her life history show that she was never been a au hasbeenmore suffered more and Inthocobwebs ShnOneda hPlan of battle against superstitions thethickestas a thooneas a leader she has been Incapable From tho wife of an English clergyman to an open advocate of Atheism Is long stride and tow women havo hadftho moral and mental courage to s undertake It Mrs Besant Is In the hkthought generally have moved thoudlsands and their minds have been set tree through her labor and her work In the forensic art she had few equals As an orator filled with an unsurpassed eloquence sho excelled those about her Her fire and logic moved all who heard her Her deep ncerity was never questioned by those who opposed her Gross wrongs were attributed to her by those who feared her tho usual argument of cowardice and in this tho English Rhclergy proved themselves to bo Iadopts Not ono would dare to meet In oral debate on the platform but they would secretly abuse and denounce her as an abandoned man 4iall because she denied the Christian faith unable to see and know that honesty and morality was a higher premium outside the church than in it Because of Mrs Besants nobility of character her impressionable mind her devotion to the cause she bellevdpresent work however much we may regret her departure from Materialism Whatever form of faith she may accept or whatever the na ture of the cacao in which she gages Mrs Besant will always find warm spot In the hearts of Free thinkers even if they believe her to acceptingand existence Freethought has lost through her acceptance of theosophy profcmay that a life of hardship a life of suf herdriLbIroven tho first water This is about the only sensible conclusion to be ived at especially by those who ave been at all familiar with her work THE PROCESSION PLANETS deterDtlpooltItshoRtlhetraemotlemolmutcrAddrns I The Free Speech League invites allwho t JOIN US BOOKSREADLiberty talks by Ingersoll Wakeman Walker Schroe der VanishingFree Speech totten cents and learn WHY YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speech League iao 4rTORGANIZATION t WANTEDAll readers of the Blue Grass Blade who know God is t forwardIt r 01Godand charter members of it AboutGodAPPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP In the Church of Humanity W H kERR Great Bond KanseftDell viug God to be a fabulous being I enclose one dollar forrLife Membership In the Church of Humanity Name Age Postofllce Co or S t t il State Sex Occupation Nationality Language 1Previous Church Iy wibe11 rw- r frk v3ct iil 1 WORLDS Continued from first page much sorer punishment for tho souls Interest Is eternal while the nations Interest Is only temporal Cut all traitors think their own treason just- Ifiable But Je Is your master even Christ and ail are brethren and his name Is that of whom the whole family In heaven and earth Is named Because some accept the name which the Lord gives others who reject It accuse them of evil for arrogating the family name to themselves They say that they by using only tile name Christian Imply that others are not Christians and In this way refuse to fellowship mlllons of the Lords followers Nothing can be further from tho truth than this ference for the real contention Is that we recognize as brethren all who have accepted Christs salvation therefore we refuse to use any cognomen of title that can possibly denom- Inate or recognize any party or divi sion among the Fathers children It Is delusion to believe that the church needs to be divided All persons may not be able to understand tho Bible r alike but separate denominations perpetuate error and can not cure It i preachetr Fatact with other preachers Is really the most effective method of leading theifrothers teach and in this way alone In the light of free loving and open discussions may men be brought to agree and to be united It appears however that divisions In the church are perpetuated some times for evil purposes and so that mercenary or bigoted preachers can continue to rule over tho church and to shear the flocks for their own gain These things prevent many from taking the family name and lead them prodigal like to join them selves to a citizen who has husky names and doctrines to feed on So If you are hungry come to Fathers house get the robe of righteousness Instead of theological rags and take the family name and fellowship Then 4we will hnve the worlds revival feast of Christianity If you will not como to Gods terms and family you will perish captured by the armies o Agemcnnon Gag and Magog are now overcoming the churches which have rejected the family name The father has forsaken them as he said ho i would If we deny or reject the name liepave us All denominations h are dying Tho Church at Rome Corinth and elsewhere as addressed In the epis 1 ties Is blblcally addressed as The Church e that part of The Church residing at Rome Corinth and that part of the one church of that Lord who said he would build his churchnot your church my church Methodist Baptist or any 0 other church organized gamed or built by men on this that or the other theological dogma or dogmas No such church did the Lord ever authorize any one to build but h positively forbade and prayed against say those divisive unblbllcal names designate their locality or their theology The street and house number in the city would designate location much better than a denominational title and the dogmatic the ology ought not to bo designated for Hast thou faith dogmatic have to thyself before GodHomans 22 Some say opposing churches anus e emulation and greater workfulness that competition Is the life of trade and business That may be true InI a limited sense yet such division Is death to the Christ spirit and the creation of a selfish sect spirit These great armies of the Lord Christian Endeavor Christian Alliance and one Just now forming the Conference of All Christians and the Worlds Re liglous Congress are rapidly coming to these great Godordained and Bible taught principles The church without dogmatic names of creeds and with the glorious erty of the children of God Christ head over all things to the the idea of infallibility and grasp the better thought that only an endeavor to be Christian to be Christ like Is all that we may do in this life It Is the trying that saves us rather than perfect belief doing All can try to be like Christ in purity of life but none can possibly attain to it in earth By grace are yo saved through alth end that not of ourselves It is the gift of God We can not convert the world with the church divided We can not vert the world to our denominations Jesus says Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte to your sect religions and when he Is made ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves Matthew 23 15 Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof from such turn awlII Timothy 3 Yet iJ In the gall of bitterness toward all other Christians and In the bond of sect Iniquity Tho great apostncy was caused by organizing churches based on head religion as tho test of fellowship In stead of helping the Lord build his one church on heart affection and the love of God shed abroad In our hearts by the Holy Ghost given unto us Is man more Just than God God ins not damned and will not damn ill who do not believe alike and yet believe Jesus Christ Is the son of God and try to know the best theI can and do the best they know Are manmade churches more pure thanI their Makers church The LordI looketh on tho heart man looks atI the head Whenever we are con verted to touch the Lords scepter ofI his kingdom and to be Christians only and all to worship together In tho church nearest to where we live without distinction and without dis traction each person obeying as he believes the Bible to say to his own conscience tho world will say See how those Christians love one an other The light of The church will shine and the world will b converted from sin to holiness tho heavenly state The time is promised when righteousness and peace shall cover the earth and all shall know the Lord We are taught to pray Then not one will bo left to advocate the cause of sin for the kingdoms of this world arc become the kingdom of our person shall give account t nod alone and for himself only and shall have Individual freedom to join the Lord by prayer confessing hl sins and risking for the spirit which Is fully given to those who rightly sale In this blessed time men shall have no creed nor book of discipline except the Bible Christ will be head of the church In all things Christian will be accepted ns the only name for his followers and church as the true biblical title for the assembly of Christian worshipers Christ so organized the church an we should restore It again to Its prim Itlvo simplicity In no other way can the mlllenlum ever come wherein Christs spiritual reign In earth shat- ho niltriumphant His victories t never come while Protestants are tOt Romish to preach or worship together or to receive ng fellow members others unless they promise to believe our own creeds or to WPfghlp ac cording to our chosen ritual We need the same forgiving spirit shown by Jesus who continued t worship with the JoWl even alto they rejected him from the synagogue and tried to cast him over the precipice At Nazareth even on to th last passover when ute Sanhedrln determined to billY him Preachers now tear bejng turned out of their denominational syna gogues Jf they fall to obey the orders of the high priests of their churches They still vainly try to unite by strictly keeping apart They try to convert the world to Christianity e converting and proselyting all to their own religions They plead for roll g lous tolerance while most intolerant and oppose Christian fellowship in all churches Flitch selfish religious tyr may can never Jjring personal Chris riots freedom This ftrkfiesa of the church will never show ft light to the world In this way preachers bishops and popes are choking Christ tlanlty out of the church The love of money salary lg the root of this and all evil and perpetuates Moons gamblingclubs and houses of sin throughout the nations and in the armlets The worship of the golden calfI gold and sliver Btiiijdnrds trusts monopolies and combines make the your poorer and tho rich richer debts mortgages bonds and Interest eat Ing up my people as they eat bread lead to bankruptcy tramping and sue clde The time of the Gentiles Is about fulfilled all faces gnthurlng blackness and the Jews ere long shell come into their own land by foreclosure of the mortgage bonds on Palestine as ielt by the Rothschild syndicate Already newly all tions are heavily obligated to them and these bonded loans Inevitably will be Increased in order to carry on kingly and despotic governmental yoke will be broken in order to give place to the new earth the new republics now so much desired by the bruised people of nil the earth The Jews are being rapidly verted to Christ seeing that he was the son of God whom they crucified saying Let his blood be upon u s and our children an it has beets In the slaughter of hundreds of thou sands of Jews In many nations of earth About the time when they shall own the earth by maturity of the bonds on each nation they will be converted to Christ and to the be met by the Lords great armies Bible Christianity Then they will of Y M C A Y W C A Y P S C E and W C T U These armies of tho Lord will say to the Jews Now wo all are brethren wars hav iLiy saloonshaBlnhouses nod political tyrants mvlng broken every yoke by killing the third part of men mid all creeds and religions of men holing abolished Ilnbylou Is fallen como out of her my people itevelatioi 18 Rejoice over her thou heavens Bellow one God the Father for whom are all things and we by him one Lord one falthone baptism ono body In Christ The Bible commands to divide the tools to the families by lo Thou shalt not take usury Interest of thy brethren Is Gods command re corded twelve times and he that will obey shall be destroyed from among the people Abolishing interest for money will grind the gold and silver calves to powder abolish- Ing the love and worship of money breaking down all moneyed monopolies syndicates trod trusts Money will only be n medium of exchange Homes of a few acres will be more prized than thousands of money that brings Interest The fire of God word and spirit of peace on earth and good will to men will burn up gamUeling cheating lying stealing decep tlon hatred selfishness and sins of nil kinds All will see the exceeding sinfulness of sin and will shun It In any form as a deadly poison to body soul and spirit for nil time and eter fifty All the universe will see that the crucified son of God has saved th world from the love practice sequence of sin All enemies b- eling destroyed a peaceful reign of ana thousand ears will follow righteousness and pence covering the earths not one advocating the cause of sin Alleluia for the Lord God Omnlpot out relgneth King of Kings and Lord of Lords Revelation 19 and And saw an angel with a great chain bind the devil and Satin a thousand ears and cast him Into the bottomless pit And I saw a tips heaven Christianity In stead of religions being the test ot fellowship and a new earth under a Worlds Congress as a republic In Istead of monarchial warring An John saw the Holy City the new Jerusalem coming down from Qod out of heaven God dwells In heaven 1yet God is With prep himself with them spiritually not literally For he sat upon the great white throne from whose lace the religious and monarchies of men nod away He said Behold I make all things new This Is the first or spiritual resur rectlon of the dry bones of the church andHie saints of earth See the reoI qtrKing year I saw the souls hot bodies a tho bclieftdPd wltnessjpf Jesus e and reign with TCfiIBr a thousand years It does earth Jesus The rest of the dejkd wicked lived not until the thousand year were finished Then Satan shall loosed for a little season when there shall be no more death Christ having destroyed death tho last enemy To be continued GNOSTICISM ANR AGNOSTICISM James Armstrong I know religion Is not true the same as you know that I cannot see the back of my head I know that pop Is a myth the same as you know that I cannot speak tw words at once or fall Into a rive without getting wet I kpojy philosophically there Is path Ing hl PJirlstlapIty Lust ns you knoll hyglenlcally there js nothing IJsflw dust biscuits and mud pies I know that Christ did not rise from the dead just as you know n clock oapnot wlpd itself up or the two hands run In opposite djrecions I know that agnosticism Is fQolIshC because If you ask an agnostic If his creed Is true to be consistent li0out must say he does not know and agai that lip does not know that he does not know know that the doctrine of and hell is a dream the same as you know that trees do not run toot races I know that tho soul or spirit of man cannot exist apart from his body just as you that a headache cannot exist spurt from a head I know that science is right anti ro llglon wrong Just its you know that money does pot grow op trees apd that houses are built pet pot born Conclusion Agnosticism as a mat tre of polite respect for the opinions of others Is well enough but as a matter of fact If is utterly worthless SnowWilkinson Debate Tho Snow Wllhlnsop debate and otjr Tracts will be sent for 15 cents Sell Ing elsewhere at 25 cents Lewis writes us I started to underscore Important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of ourTracts for dlstrlbu tlon for 15 cents A A SNOW Llnevllle Iowa J a SACRED7 BOSH OF HOLY BIBLE Moses but a Fountain Pen In theI WritingTheWere Not Possible With God the Bjble Would be an GOD MIGHT CHEW TOBACCO AND SPIT ON THE STARS TO HEAR THEM SIZZLE By James Armstrong It Is well that all thtiigs aro pos Bible with God for It nut the bible would be an impossible book No human brain perverted as all human brains are by the sacrilegious no tlons of cause and effect the result doubtless of mans eating the forbidden fruit could have written Genesis as a serious effort to set forth the aortalsn therefore that Moses was nothing more than a fountain pet In the hand of divinity and had no snore of an Idea of what he was doing than a hog has of smoked meat When Moses was at himself ho being1Vheusense enough to hide the body In tho sand and whets ho started for tho Promised Land he was wise enough to steal everything ho could from the wayegeoIlet the spirit of the Lord do the rest can criticise the bible nil you wish to my friends but you are at last compelled to accept It as an Inspirational deliverance of God to man for no one but the God himself who undo something out of noth tfhappenedsal to nccammodate themselves to the narrow limits of a human skull and so when God got ready to write wdictatehim to write thatIosesthe effect of which was to make hit see things that ho couldnt see sober saydItIsif Moses were both his head qt tho highlyInot elite Into Mgseg by way of tho ear This Idea Is not only suggested by whichliterallyalso sustained by the fact that Go AdamThismight have broken the eardrums of tlolhgre IInto his ear for It must not be t 1gotten the breath of the Lord n wopderfijl thing when yoij consider 1that blew Into being full thenIbeaddenscontract It oozed out of him In the shape of the Mosaic cosmogny whntheseemsthostance it Is evident that Adam and theyhindthatforWljdep woeAndgardenlesteverlasting and become Gods them Adamdid fellarname all the animals which the Lord brought before him a thing he did notwithstanding he was too blind to see his own nakedness This however does not prove tint the blljlo con tradicts Itself but merely that Moses was tie original trance medium As the work of God it does not make any difference If the bible does contradicts itself Who Is Cod Al mighty that he cannot make himself a liar If he wishes roof Alas infidelnmap selfconstituted critic of tho In finite Jlodcarrier Omnipotent Star outnthirty inlllloiis of suns In n Jiffy but also the first suit of clothing that our In first parents wore how dare you call Onmjsciepco to account for the mia takes It has made or the lies it has told What in tho heavena does God care f things go wrong The very idea that God Is bound to tell tho houndGgdHe could chew tobacco If he wanted to amuse himself spitting on stars to hear them sizzle thin same as ho built the Presbyterian hell for the damnation of ujibaptlzed babies ithoof of splice to the other and if it made him Infinitely sick ho could lean up against the constellation Hercules and dirtydeuce hishandnotion to play ten plus and bowl with howllug zftl tliiUJJ with comets tails us for pins and th planets for balls and tho Trinity amusing thcmsclvcsltself at cocke hats Perhaps you say God Is to dignified to play grosses but dignity Is a limitation and God Is to unlinked hence If he doesnt play games lid no good that is no God for God is good For my part I nm certain that God not only plays games but that he Is also something of a humorist It was he who supplied us with funny bones and It was quite a joke ho played on Adam when ho ribbed up Eve to mako him eat tho forbidden fruit and lose his happy home In the garden of Eden It Is the rankest Impiety to think of God as limited is any sense and so I devoutly affirm that he Is not only a Joker but also a joke Ho is an infinite gag an eternal play upon words an overlast Ing pun at which all sensible people laugh as soon as Its sprung In fact God wants man to laugh else he would have made him like tho rest of animals none of which can even smile Laugh therefore we must and since God Is all wo must laugh at pOd But of course you roust laugh reverently laugh like a man and not give God tho horselaugh like Infidels do God Is not a horse but a spirit and so you must she him the sanctl monlous smile or better still the Rely Gee giggle Suppose a little ant should crawl up an Infidels leg and finally reach his ear nylng Look here Mr Man Your way of doing things suit me at all Why the man wool pay no attention to the ant and how much less should God pay any tention to man Of course if God takes a notion as he once did to die goington Inasmuch as some of us make living preaching about the scheme 0 salvation The poor clergyman has to livedthemselves instead congregations for Hentheir criticisms than with them Theres no use for God to try to please infidels Of course he could ho wanted too but ho would have to remodel his whole work He let then make the earth round after he had made fiat and was good enough- to readjust the solar system entirely and yet miserable Freethinkers not satisfied with all the changes God has todnow Use nervo to ask God to make an assignment and ut of business altogether or all aUlttllemr notIcare whether he suits anybody or not and moreover he Is too busy watching toecritics PARSON DESERTS PARAMOUR Left Wife and Children to Elope with Wealthy Heiress and as She Is About to Become a Mother He Leavers Her DESERVES WORSE FATE IF HE IS CAUGHT The following trite news Item taken from the dally papers concerning the power and Influence of religion upon tho heart and mind of man swede no comment If however wo night add Christianity cap produce such from among Its professors and teachers what can bo expected from the rank and file of the fanatics who still wor ship at tho same old shrine It reads Deserted and about to become a mother Is the terrible situation of Floretta Whale the 17year old heiress who eloped last April from Hempstead L with tho Rev Jere Kenode Cooke then rector of the exclusive St George church to which August Bolmont and other flab New Yorkers belonK Former church friends have received word that the young girl was left a sanitarium In Canada by her shameless recreant lover who since the elopement has been unfrocked by the Indignant Bishop Burgess Ills whereabouts aro now unknown Mrs Ilezeklah Whaley the girls grandmother Is slow to bollovo the story of the grandchilds abandon moot Things are pitiful enough be foro she thlnkH So many stories lawn comp to her mill proven false that she Is trying not to credit this one Floretta Whaley was left loft by her dying father under the spiritual care Cooke The priests affection flamed up Into Infatuation and late last April he disappeared with his young charged having borrowed 800 from August Belmont one of tho pillars or the church Tho couple were tracked up the Hudson but evaded pursuit The broken wire of tho clerical fraud sought refuge with her parents at Hartford Conn 1S it elOPTIMISM no faith but this ono fact f find That love Is growing better day by day What we call sin Is what It loaves behind What we call good atraots It on Its way I have no hope with Gods lovo In my heart What Is a selfish loss to caro about If in the world Ive played my little part Let him who lit the candle put It out- I have no fear and so tis day by day In sunshine or In stormIn weal or woe As best can I 50 along Lifes way To that Vast Future where all men must go I have no creed but love Is there a hell- Where some poor tortured thing cries out in pain Then let me take his hand sips wish him well And wait until ho finds his heaver again By Frank Cnester lease wvrutggtThis world of men inndThe stars and then Struck swltt shatrlng through iro dark tthe light From distant sun And gave each Infinite call the start the might PITS race to runt Who set Eternity its never ending task Of aimless lIfef Who set the brutal elements stead fast In futile strife Against this course Inexorable anal makes l Construction Of tho same source from which Itv takes- Destruction jWhowrought tThis subtle planziWho througu eocene Jias This broughtifoolish manh i3Tocimttmtas lHimself without jiAnd jIngncssIn awful doubt vi Calls The Turn Mr James E Hughes After so long a time I wrlto you and send another dollar am 73 years old and take the liberty to say you need a Proof Reader We have just had a County Fair here at Howard and the Directors owed book makers to operate ands tho preachers raised a great howl The Gamblers come out on the open and braves the world puts up Ills money on his judgment and nis tracks But the preachers sneaks around and by deception deludes the children out of their pennies the women out ot their dollars ant Ignorant men out of their hundreds and holds up busi ness men for all they can Now which Is the most honorable 1000 BOOK for 100 mall on neepi of 5120 BLUE GRASS BLADE Pnblishers Box LexiiiZtoa TIJE PLANETSIsfirs ollnllshies