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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVI Number 47 LEXINGTON KYt MARCH 15 1908 u Published eeklY1 DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT If IiGIORDANQ BRUNO It a Roman holidayY t 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE H + GIORDANO BRUNO wx Butchered to make a Roman holiday Put to death for opinions sake without the shedding of blood The history of Freethought contains no more sublime character than that of Giordano Bruno who was burnt alive on the Campo do Fiori in the City of Home 1000 by an edict of the Inquisition because of his alleged heretical teachings To such heroes to such martyrs Freethought owes a debt of gratitude their martyrdom being necessary to establish tho living and eternal truths of the physical universe Ills funeral pyre was built within plain view of the Vatican and on that sacred spot there now stands a marble monu ment to his memory erected by tho Freethinkers of Europe and America a menace to Popery and Superstition a threat of what will probably occur should such conduct ever be attempted again Giordano Itrunol What glory is contained in that namelTho pages of history arc enriched by his heroism He was born at Nola near Naples in the year 1548 and ho became an open advocate of the Copurnician system which brought him into conflict with the ecclesiastical authorities Copernicus had been dead ten years when Bruno was born but the later promulgated the teachings of that great scholar When but fifteen years of age he became a novice in the monastery of San Domenico Maggiore later taking tho monastic vows Ills studies led him into heresy and a charge was drawn up against him although but sixteen years of age Still another accusation followed and a third when he was compelled Itoseek safety in flight After an experience in continental Europe finally went to London where he became reader at the Oxford University and was drawn into a discussion upon the Copernican astronomy with the orthodox professors of that historical institu tion lie Went back to Paris and later taught at Wittenburg in Germany for two years when a professing nobleman lured him into Venice when he was betrayed to the Inquisition Ho was trans ferred by his accusers to Rome and languished for seven years In a I foul dungeon with Innumerable tortures being imposed upon him to compel a recantation and an acceptance of the true faith He rremained steadfast in his right and on February 10th in the year 1000 ho was led forth to the Holy church of Santa Maria and there received sentence to bo burned alive the Inquisitorial judge was about to pass sentence upon him Bruno interrupted him saying You arc more afraid to pronounce my sentence than I to receive it Another Robert Emmett and a forerunner of that sterling patriot to his execution Bruno was allowed one week in which 1Jrish upon his punishment with a view to obtaining a recanta lie indignantly refused Just ono week from Ida sentence or accurately speaking on the 17th day of February 1600 Bruno led from his dungeon again and publicly burned alive or butchered to make a Homan holiday As the flames began to lick r his lifo away the assembled priests presented the crucifix for to kiss but the noble martyr contemptuously pushed it aside andP i died without the slightest complaint and his stoic resolve forbid him to even utter a groan in his great agony i Contrast this superb character with that of Jesus The lacer 7criod out in agony when he was on the cross My god my god why hast thou forsaken me Bruno uttered not a word but met t doom with tho leonine courage that has stamped him a hero intsecular history f 4 ti F3 lg ii b ii ib l n Ill r toIIt i Bruno is described as being short of stature agile in frame of meager body a thin and pallid face a thoughtful expression a glance both piercing and melancholy brown hair and beard a manner courteous and gentle The reproduction on the first page of this issue of tho Blade is the best available picture we could get of him and it is given showing that ho was still a young man when the horrible Inquisition put him to death in such a cruel manner Knowing what his fate would be should he ever venture to return to his native land he carefully kept out of harms way On Friday May 22 102 one Mocenigo a former pupil and patron now became his betrayer The latter forcibly entered the bedroom at Padua where Bruno was asleep and on a pretext of wishing to talk with him led him to a garret where the unsuspecting hero willingly went and once there his former friend locked him in and held him until the officers of the Inquisition arrived and took him to prison Never did human destiny furnish an end so fearful and so heartrending as that which befel Giordano Bruno Ho died for tho rights of man for freedom of conscience His only warfare was against theological darkness and ho sought to pierce the gloom with the light of science Although ho disappeared from earth in a flame of fire he was given a new birth as it were and from the smoldering ashes of his human frame there rose a new Bruno a Bruno of history a Bruno of immortal name and fame a Bruno who suffered death for all mankind Believing that the human mind was destined for knowledge and freedom he labored for that end alone Ills doctrines his beliefs were really the foundations of mental freedom afterwards realized to a greater or less degree for among other things ho taught Our opinions do not depend upon ourselves evidence the force of circumstance reason impel them upon us If no man therefore thinks what ho wishes nor as ho wishes no one has tho right of compelling another to think as ho docs Every man ought to tolerate with patience nay with indulgence the beliefs of his neighbor Toleration that natural faith graven upon all wellborn hearts the fruit of the enlightened reason is an indispensable requirement of logic as well as a precept of morality From the foregoing quotation the character of Bruno can welly be judged and this was the man whom tIle Christian priests con Shelleyhadincorporated these words was an infant when my mother went To see an Atheist burned She took mo there pileTheAnd as the culprit passed with dautless mien Tempered disdain in his unaltering eye Mixed with a quiet smile shone calmly forth The thirsty tire crept round his manly limbs Ills resolute eyes were scorched to blindness soon mobia cry mph and I wept thatfhere is no god 1Groanjtj r a f 0c fiftJJ rfJJftJ hJJ4S jY Jt twte 7 BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 + HNNH HNNN H HNN NNHNNNNHNNM I tuu Another Revision of the Holy Bible jRecent Orders From the Vatican Suggests That Even Roman Catholics Have Out grown the Vulgate Edition By Josephine K Henry A dispatch from Rome says that the Pope has ordered a now revision of the Vulgate or Latin version of the Bible The Pope has placed the work in the hands of Abott Gaspuet the head of the Order of Benedictines the Abbot to selecet his learned associates to revise and correct Gods word which has been proclaimed the inerrant and infallible word of God since tho last doctoring it had at the hands of the clergy I do not know whether the laity will be pun ished for believing and living up to the takes in the version now to be revised It really seems it would not be just to punish them but tithe ways of Providence are past finding out Bible revision has been going on for ages and Doctors of Divinity have had a trust on the business It always seemed to mo sacrcligious to be a Doctor of God Surely the Almighty Allwise Allpowerful and Perfect God does not need tho doctoring of puny men and it seems to me to perilous presumption to be a D 1a Doctor of God Every prayer offered is an attempt to revise and direct Gods methods of dealing with his creatures and such dictation exaggerates the ego of the dictator and rcvisor until it seems to annul the will and word of the Father Son and Holy Ghost Why should Gods word over havo been revised Surely God knew what ho wanted to say to the human race and how to say it When an ordinary mortal writes a book it is against the law for others to quote without credit correct revise eliminate and add to the contents if they do they are held accountable by the author and the world condems them as literary purloiners and meddlers But when God wrote a book the whole Christian world proceeded to tear the 1l literary production into shreds throw out whole nooks revising and interpolat ing chapters and sentences declaring that God wrote this but he did not write that The inspired word they keep in Gods Book and tho uninspired word they throw out and nil this time while such liberties with the Bible are being taken the Divine Author enters not a word of protest against the presumption of worms of the dust for production Itrf some men do nob reflect great credit on TTTT their make and cannot certainly be an im proved edition of their heavenly Father But certain it is whether men resemble their heavenly parent or not they must write perplexingly like God for the religious world has never been able to agree as to how much of the Holy Scriptures were written by God and how much uy his creatures mere The Bible says if you sin against the Holy Ghost you cannot forgiven in this world or the world to come Surely the Bible revisionists put themselves in jeopardy since God writes so alarmingly like man the world has never decided which was which and now tho Pope Gods representative on earth finds it necessary to make another trial to find out what God did or did not write Does it not seem strange that God should afflict his representative on earth with the gout f Surely uo can not represent Divinity as ably or effectually with the gout as with out it but we are taught that God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform- It is claimed that Jehovah the God of the Jews wrote tre Old Testament this was be fore tho Son and tho Holy Ghost became parts of the God head the Trinity three Gods in one yet only one God If Jehovah was the exclusive author of the Old Testa ment ho certainly proves himself not only a writer of the ages before whom all the war riors of the ages appear like tin soldiers From the murder of Abel with which God begins his Book to the murmurings of Mnlachi where Thus saith the Lord yet loved Jacob and I hated Esau and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of tho wilderness Whereas Edom saith wo are impoverished but he will re turn and build the desolate places Thus saith the Lord of hosts They shall build aria I will throw dower the people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever One has but to read Jehovah Book to find out that the sacred author was in a towering rage from Genesis to JIalachi whose last words are Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse nearly every page of the Old Testament is drenched in blood and if all the murders recorded therein were counted in comparison the warfare of nations would pear insignificant It is to be hoped that the Popes Bible revisionists will give careful statistics regarding murder theft debauch ery female commodity lying deceit hypo taughtInof in realistic style throughout the entire book A Bible student will observe what the divino author considered his finest chapter for ho gives it twice over word for word These identical chapters are 10th chapter of Kings and With chapter of Isaiah God must have considered this the most import l ant part of His Book to have repeated it twice over It is up to the revisionists to interpret this repeated chapter for it is high time it was explained so the world may know what bearing it lips on the salvation of the human race We are told to search the Scriptures to find eternal life All who de sire eternal life would do so if could only find out what the Scriptures are and what they mean Certainly the only twice repeated chapter in the Holy Book must be genuine A volume could be written on this one chapter and the Popes revisionists should concentrate their learning on It For the life of me I cannot see what bearing it has on eternal life How liezekiah Eliakim Shebna Tlabshaken Yirhakah Gozan Haran Ilezeph IIamath Sennacherib Andraiiimclecli and Sharzer from the cities of Sepharvaim Hena and Ivan lead to eternal life cannot be found out uy careful reading Who these celebrities were or where these cities were the Lord in heaven only knows for no one tae earth knows or over will know unless the Popos revisionists dig up this knowledge Two verses of the chapter need special at tention The iiSth verso says Because thy rage against me ant thy tumult is come up s into mine ears therefore I will put my hook in thy nose and my bridle in thy lips and will turn thee back by the way by which thou earnest Now this hook in the nose business would scare the ordinary y mortal away from the search for eternal life and if one is to be turned back hook in tho nose and a bridle in the lips it would save tho pain and humiliation to let tho revisionists line the path But the most startling thing in literature is tho 35th verse of this wonderful cHapter It says and itJcame to pass that night the angel of the Lord went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and live thousand and when they arose early in the morning behold they were au deadcorpses Now what do you think of that One angel slew 185000 Assyrians in one night This exceeds tiny warlike demonstra tion from tho time War in iicaven when Satan was thrown over the battlements to the battle of Mukden One angel like that would have been invaluable in our civil war or to Kussia in its late unpleasantness with Japan But think of 185000 soldiers being slain in one night and waking up early in corpsesOf r corpses the fate and fame of that angel would have been different If military ensures a clear title to angelhood this angelfcould Read his title clear to mansions in the skies i1 1 i rMr yyre t e f t 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE The 24th verse of this chapter that needs the attention of the revisionists says I have digged and drunk strange waters and with the sole of my feet have dried up all the rivers of beseiged places It does not say who these feet belonged to but whoever possessed them certainly deserved their name recorded in rloly Writ Paul says a pertinent thing in 2 Thes salonians 211 which may have some bear ing on this wonderful diopter God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie The responsibility of Bible revisionists is fearful for the Bible says they shall incur tho penalty of having their names taken out of the Lambs Book Life if they add one pot or tittle to the Holy Book so many well meaning searches of the Scriptures have lost their passport to Heaven adding to and taking away from the Word of the Law un til but little is left but jots and tittles But two members of this Trinity were authors God the Father is claimed wrote the Old Testament and the Holy Ghost wrote tho New Testament God the Son wrote no books He leit not a line or a word of His composition It is recorded by the Holy Ghost that on one occasion God the eon wrote on the sand St Jerome and St CJirysostom who are accepted authority by the rope both say God the Son could not write or rca either When God wrote the Bible He gave jt in keeping to the Jews They were not to read Ittie commanded them to Jake the Book of Law and put i into the side of the Ark of the covenant of the Lord your God that it may bo there for a witness against thee Deut 3120 The ark was to be kept in the holiest recess of tho temple and tho high priest was orderc in Leviticus lff2 Not to come at all times into the holy puce within the veil before the mercyseat which is upon the ark thaw he die not In Sam arktread and the golden mice according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the ve lords both of fenced cities and of country villages even unto the great stone of Abel where on tnoy set down the ark of iiie Lord which stone rcnmincth unto this day iii the field of Joshua the Bethsliemite1 instead of placing his Book f in the Ark one would suppose if God really wanted to guide sis children to eternal life k would have seen to it that it had a wide circulation but uc did not and nstead be cause some of the men of Bethshcmcsh peeped into tho box that helu Gods Book in Samuel 010 we lire told God smote the men of Jicllishemesh because they had looked into Lie ark of tho Lord even ho smote of the people of fifty thousand and threescore and ten men and the account seems to indicate tat the people of Kirjatn Pr jearim were scared nearly to death and no wonder when 50 or 70 me were killed be j io f caused two of their neighbors had looked into the box that held Gods book No one knew a word that was in the Book but in Exodus 2522 we are told God said to Moses There I will meet thee and I will com mune with thee from above the mercyseat from between the two cherubims which aro upon the Ark of the testimony of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel Moses is considered a model of meekness but he should also have been famous for his bravery to meet God at the mercy seat in the ark after the divine author had killed 50070 men for merely look ing in the box that iielu this Book What the people were doing for spiritual guidance all this time I do not know but it is wp to the Popes revisionists to find out It is recorded that the Ark containing the Book of the Law was not opened until in the reign of Solomon And when the Ark was openedthink of the terror of the discovery Gods Book was not there The Ark is never heard of again except an intimation that Jeremiah hid it in a cave on Mount Pisgah Jeremiah was lucky to have escaped with his life hutlie seems to have spent the remnant of his days writing the lamentations of Jeremiah Three hundred and fifty years after Solomons I one thousand widows had worn deep mourning for their lord builded monuments and planted flowers at his grave a high priest found the Hook tho Law 2nd Kings 228 says Ililkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe I have found the seek of the Law in the house of the Lord It is up to the Popes revisionists to prove the authentl city of Holkiahs find Reviewing what the book has cost the world in fear blood tears and treasure it seems a pity that it ever was found The immortal Saladin who wielded the strongest pen on the planet and who shook the temple of superstition from foundation stone to steeple says of the Book of the Law Every leaf has proved the parent of division schism and hate Every lino has been a row of dragons teeth from which have sprung a crop of armed men Every word has been au anvil upon which have been hammered ten thousands swords Every letter has evolved tho fire the scaffold the dungeon and the rack All the ink that has been shed in producing its mil long of millions of copies is a mere drop in the bucket to the merciless deluge of blood with which it has drenched the fire blackened plains and ruined cities of the world And the fetters of iron which it has riveted upon the limbs of the most valiant of our race are as nothing to tie shackles of intellectual bondage which worn for long ages have made Humanity an aggregation of credulous para sites crushed by a superstition under the weight of which all creation groans The church of Home must bo in the throes of Evolution for tno Pope to order are vision of tho Bibfd for Rome has always t 2tS t f r i- Id Uill t lHI opposed its translation out of the original tongues If the revisionists are siezed with violent attacks of inspiration they may bring more light to the world than the votes and revisions of Church Councils and tine The Catholics say the Books of Yobit and Judith Wisdom Eccleciacticus Banish the Judith Wisdom Ecclcsiactius Baruch the Epistle of Jeremiah the song of the Three Children Susanna Bel and Dragon and Maccabees are all genuine and include them in the Catholic Bible The protcstants do clare all these Books are spurious and have thrown them out of the Protestant DibleIIf God slid write these books in the Catho lie Bible the Protestants have much to answer for and if God did not write these Books the Catholics should never neglect go ing to confession for they have grievous sins to bo forgiven God does not seem to want his children to understand his book perhaps for the reason the less they understand it the more they believe it Thousands have spent their lives reading and repeating like parrots a jargon about every thing under the sun moon and stars except common sense wading through cruelty brutality obscenity and conglomerate nonsense to find eternal life Think of a human the letters in the Bible and finding 3507180 hunting for the middle chapter and finding it to be Job 20th and that the word Jehovah occurs 0855 times Think of wasting time and vitality with such things with the idea that it was serving God and securing Eternal life Did you aver try to find anything in the Bible it is much easier to find tho lost Tribes of Israel Melchiscdek the Lost Chord or the man that struck Billy Patterson The preachers and the Pope himself cant do it without a concordance and aside from a few thread bare texts not one person in a mil lion can quote 0 verses correctly and tell where they can no found You can tell the most devout Bible students of a hundred imprintablo things in the Bible and they will vow they are not there and when you show them they devoutly say wo are not allowed to understand such mysteries it docs not mean what it says Bible quotcrs gen erally make muddle it 1old man know who carries a Bible in his pocket cently said to me that this winter had beenihard on him Ho said I am out of work my cow died and now my folks are down with tho pneumonia but I always trust in the Lord The Bible says whom the Lord loveth ho cliiiRcth and it looks like the Lord has been chasing mo up hill and down dale for the past sixty years The Popes Bible revisionists should make it plain why for the souls salvation it i8Inecessary to know that Shorn begat Arphaxad Eber begat peleg and Haran begat Lot and to keep up with the progeny of a few thousand more Bible gentlemen it seems to mo such Bible students are en titled to a longer eternal life than usua- lmap idQ g i BLUE GRASS BLADE 5tIt ought to be explained how the 28th and 2Jth verses of the sixth chapter of Kings can promote good morals It says And the king said unto her what aileth thee and she answered This woman said unto me Give thy son that we may eat him today and we will eat thy son tomorrow So we boiled my son and did cat him and I said unto her on the next nay Give thyson that wo may cat him and she hid her son How in the name of common sense can that help peo ple to get to heaven Those women should not only have their names taken from the church books but trom the Lambs Book of Life also I hope for tho sake of good morals that tho Popes revisionists will find out that God did not write the Songs of Solomon and the Book of Ruth They seem entirely unworthy a Divine author Tho revisionists should settle once for all whether the Hebrew chronology or that of tho Septuagint is correct The Hebrew count say1 Abraham was born 2083 years after God created tho world and tho Septuagint says it was 3549 years after God created the heavens and the earth A little difference of 1400 years is slight dis crepancy but tho world should know tho correct date of the birth of Abraham for nil tho saints expect to rest in his bosom The Bible revisionists have a fearful responsi bility as millions have placed their destiny in Bible truth There are a few thousand other discrepancies mysteries and contradictions in the Holy Book that should be submitted to the revisionists but tho Blade readers cannot hear them all now so I must calla halt on this voluminous subject From the Mouth of a Babe Ono morning a Sundayschool was about to ha dismissed and tho youngsters were al crnmpedIIttloon straightbacked chairs and benches when tho superintendent arose and instead of tho usual dismissal announced And now chil dren let mo introduce Mr Smith who will give us a short talk Mr Smith smilingly arose and after gaz ing Impressively around tho classroom gan with I hardly know what to say when the whole school was convulsed to hear a small thin voce nack in tho rear lisp Thay amen nnd that down Hard to Digest Im afraid Ill disagree with you remarked Jonah as tile whale swallowed him Perhaps replied tho whale but it wont bo a circumstance to tho way tho theology inns will disagree when they come to discuss this incident 1 isy yar PROHIBITION AND FREETHOUGHT II By A A Snow A week or so ago I saw the question was sprung in your journal and discussed between you and others Can a Freethinker con sistently bo a Prohibitionist t Though it was conceded that there were a number of Freethinkers who were Prohibitionists the conclusion was drawn that Prohibition was a should go down in history as the Antis If Christian movement and thb Freethinkers my name should be fortunate enough to have a place in history I want it said that I have stood on tho Prohibition platform as long its have been n Freethinker and I am will ing to run my chances as to the judgment of the world during a future age when the race will be older and moro capable of judg ing on this subject than they are now lint first Can a Christina be a consistent Prohibitionist I say he cannot Prohibi tion fundamentally contradicts original OJhristinnity which represents Jesus as n wino manufacturer and a wine drinker A Freethinker can consistently change when he finds he was wrong but a Christian cannot No messago from God can be improved upon Now while Prohibition is an infidel movement infidel to original Christianity it also might not be a Freethought movement I grant Hut suppose that it finally turns out that Prohibition after many falls defeats and failures proves like tho Abolition of slavery to bo the proper thing and one of greatest emancipations ever offered the race and suppose tho Christians all along espoused it and waded through bloody seas in defense of it whilo Freethinkers were nlll along pull ing back and lighting it and the whisky ring and tho Freethinkers were patting each other on tho back and saying You and I are rowing the same boat Then after that would it not be a little late for us Free thinkers to get into thil band wagon and say that Prohibition is an infidel movement notwithstanding it is And would not this success all Christians give them a new of power The world would never know that it was a case of the Devil rid ing into power in tine liveryof heaven Hut would give them the right hand of lowship and would bo willing to swallow every thing they offer their miracles forged gospels tyrannical Sunday laws and intolerance in general Now there are two distinct though related questions to settle First Is Prohibition right And Second Will Prohibition pro habit believe in Jaw I am no Anarchist No Prohibitionist can be I believe in organiza tion to protect the innocent from tho inroads of tho imposers Of course when laws go farther than that they are tyrannical Now in as much as liquor is the cause of more imposition more interfering with the rights of the innocent than all else being the cause of threefourths of the crime is affirmed byour best judges in self defense so ciety has a right and it is the proper thing for it to suppress the traffic of the same So far as the right is concerted I do not see that tiny kind of regulation of the liquor business could right if Prohibition be not right It it be wrong to suppress our liber ties regarding the useof intoxicants as a beverage would it not be wrong to in anyway to interfere with them t Then so far as concerned we should have either a7olutel free wnisky or Prohibition But even tho liquor dealers themselves do not dare to advocate so radical a measure They once did but do not dare do it now NowfBro Hughes do you really believe the liquor dealers aro houndeu down to such an ex tent that they do not dare to advocate and ask for the riglltor justice As to the seconu objection to Prohibition viz That it will not prohibit I would sayfthat liquor men are mighty afraid to risk it and would much rather risk being robbed of thousands of dollars in the wayof high license which indeed is but a heavy bribq for the privilege of debauchery And I have lately read of breweries costing thousandsIof dollars being closed on account of course admit that it does not always prohibit neither does tho law against mur der always prevent murder Further we must make allowances for tho growth of sentiment find perfecting of laws enforcing prohibition in the future Reforming a Parrot A Pittsburger who spent a part of last summer in Engmnd tells an incident which parlsninA maiden lady of that town owned a par disagreeablehabitI wish the old lady would die This annoyed the birds owner who spoke to her curate about it think we can rectify the matter re plied the good man I also have a parrot anti he is a righteous bird having been brought up in the way lie should go I will lend you my parrot and I trust his influence will form that depraved bird of yours The curates parrot was placed in the same room with the wicked one and ns soon as they had become accustomed to each other the bad bird remarked I wish tho old lady would die Whereupon tho clergymans bird rolled up his eyes and in a solemn accent addedJWo beseech theo to hear us Tho story got out in the parish and for several Sundays it was necessary to omit the litany at tho church senices Pittsburg Chronicle f 6 BLUEGRASS BLADE + 1NNH eH11111 NNHNHN + HNNHNNHHHN Current Comment on Public Events it HHNNNNNH HNNHHNH H N H HHyit cGOING A TRIFLE TOO FAR Love knows no law Religious restraints cannot be successfully imposed against marriage r Spiritual authority by whatever name it bS called or known may succeed in producing temporary cheek but when two hearts have 5a been touched by the flame of Hymens torch and a union is desired priests and prayers church or creed are futile to prevent Quito a tempest in a teapot has been created in the Jewish Temple EmanuEl of New York by reason of the marriage of u Jewish girl with a male Roman Catholic the marriage being denounced by Rabbi Magnet as inimical to the best interests of the Jewish r race and prejudicial to the racial preservation Love knows no law How cynically and solemnly true Cupid stops not to inquire into or concern predilections but strikes ing the religious alike with unerring aim Parental objection where restraint might appear of greater force has been hiugned to scorn but for a preacher of any denomination to rail at interdenomi national marriages or intermarriages be is futile as tween races or congregations as the fabled command of King Canute to the waterp of old ocean Hut a short time ago it will be recalled Miss May Stern daughter of Louis Stern was married to Baron do Graffenricd The lady in the case was a Jewess Her husband is a Roman Catholic Rabbi Magnes in a Sunday sermon denounced the marriage and tho girls father promptly resigned as president of the Hoard of Trustees preferring charges against the Rabbi The latter was upheld by the church and Louis Sterns quit it altogether Since that time the incident has been discussed by Jew and Gentile press and various comments have been made The Jewish press complains that inter marriages tends towards the disintegration I of Jewish communities as such The Gentile press insists upon the right of expatriation Persons who are indifferent to all religions can well afford to look with pity upon both F History proves that exclusive race marriages t tends to a rapid decay New blood puts new life into the being and this is as truer of nations as it is of individuals Tile tellectual f development of the American re public and its rapid growth as a world has been largely if not almost altogether i dud to the cosmopolitan character of our people tile commingly of the different races with intermarriage On the other hand the j l if A national decadence of the Orient has come from its exclusion In the present case the Jewish claim is that it has lost a member in that a woman loses her nationality by marriage with one of another nation assuming that of her band The complaint however has been made on religious grounds only but it is barely possible that Miss Stern being edu cated to womanhood in Jewish thought will ever become u sincere Roman Catholic She may for the sakeof domestic peace profess an outward toleration of Catholicism but in her heart she will have nothing better than a contemptuous indifference for it On the other hand it is true that her husband will never be inclined to celebrate any of the Jewish festivals xov that same domestic peace if ho loves his wife more than hfa wifes money he may profess some regard for the rights of religions othcrl than his own but he will never turn Jew Then what will be the result t This religious indifference will in all probability pass by inheritance to their progeny and reaching maturity assert an independence of all religious faith Both Jew and Gentile may continue to rave at such marriages but the business will flourish in spite of them WHAT NEXT Christian Socialism or social Christianity Which is it to bet gen at its best the modern orthodox Christian church presents no clear notion or arrangement of ideas save in a few non essential fundamentals and for the most part is a mere hetcrogenie body formed by its precepts from the pagan nations bywhich its founders were sur rounded and assimilating social and political customs wherever it went the Christian church from the very dayof its inception down to the present has been but an cclcfctia faith one mado upof many older faiths and parts of new faiths that were calculated to aid in its propaganda livery Christian sect is a propagandic sect Each sect will as readily proselyte among the members of other sects as they will work upon and against the advancing intelligence The aptitude the church has ever played for assimilation has been the cause of its undoing the most potent factor in its present deterioration and ultimate decay Its readiness to pounce upon and oieze and take possession of different movements within organized society producing one anachron a1 ii i4 lUl r nlill ism after another has led to another later movement having for its ultimate the absorption of socialism as a means of strengthening its hold upon the people According a modem English writer ard Whiteing There must ultimately come what he terms a religion of socialism and he proceeds to argue that socialism will never bo able to realize much of a success until it develops a religion of its own In a further discussion he declares that in order to get its full driving force Socialism must have a faith of its own The Blade is not an advocate of socialism because it docs not assume to know that it t offers the best remedy for existing social evils The Blade does know however that many good and well meaning men and wo of socialism andmen are open advocates whether it is capable of proving a remedy or not these advocates are earnest in their be lief that it will and their honesty of pur pose is sufficient to inspire one with the elementary justice of their cause On the other hand the Blade does oppose the Chris tian church It opposes the church because it has been given abundant opportunities to and it has itprove its capabilities proven self a failure a fatal error Its priests are paid to keep people quiet to olldy the feel ing of public unrest to keep the multitude in subjection to no ruling classes or those in authority As wo understand socialism it is a protest against such conditions and as such protest it cannot be in harmony with the church if the church ever expects and hopes to appeal to the masses again it must lay aside its jewels its splendor its wealth its symbolism and hie back to the crown of thorns The abortive message of charity which the church carries to mankind fails to attract Men clamor for justice and when justice reigns charity will disappear for lack of cause or need there is however one view of the situation that contains much of promise If the church should embrace and absorb tho socialist move ment there is a strong probability that socialism would ere long become the whole religion Socialistic ideals are not in accord with any of the principles of tho orthodox religion Were such the case Socialism would have found birth in the church instead of outside The movement contains more Free thinkers more infidels than believers and to them the principles of Socialism have become a religious faith stronger than any built on theological platform There is little danger that Socialism will fall under the dominion of the priesthood As Socialists are given to too much thoughtJever to retrace their steps and move back wards into tho grasp of the orthodox church The churchs first concern is for the glory of god The only concern of Socialism we take it is the happiness of man The church strives for a show of piety and holi ness Socialism as wo understand it aims ll Mjljl t foYe 1a BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 at a moral manhood as the dynamics of a restoration of social order out of theological chaos A HOT TIP rROM THE WIRE Wisconsin or a least a portion of it desig nated as l a Crosse has got the religious jimjams and in a seeming spirit of preventing childlabor or infantile cruelty they the Christians have resolved to put a stop to the preaching of Oscar Vliele a boy preacher The only trouble with the orthodox fa natics of La Crosse is that they do not carry the inhibition far enough for of what earthly use can it be to stop young boys from preaching and allowing grown men to keep it up1 Did not the New Testament tell them that out of the mouths of babes shall come wisdom Is there anything in youth that is repulsive Suffer tho little chil dren to come unto me and torbid them not is attributed to the Nazarene carpenter but the pious of Wisconsin can see neither wisdom or opportunity in the personality of Oscar Vicle Tho Human society agent S L Burdick backed by tho preacher Rev J J Clemens who probably felt his office slipping away protested against the lad preaching in their city and he has been compelled to desist The Humane agent contended that his preaching was in opposition to tho child labor law of tho state and that the lad should bo sent to school rite parson insisted that to quire the lad to preach was tho worst kind of a crime as he considers preaching the hardest kind of work for a child It is probable that both of them forget that Jesus disputed with tho doctors in the temple or is said to have done so at the age of years and he did not consider it any kind boytogrown men to preach it Age cannot alter that fact Murder is murder whether com twitted by youth or old age although tho 1law does not hold a child accountable unless be able to distinguish right from wrong and realize the full consequences of his acts If it is a crime for a child to preach it is also a crime for preachers to instil the perstitious poison m his cars and fill his in fantile mind with tho senseless rubbish and theological fables of the church If the child had been taught it ho has both a legal and taughtTherenever havo raised tho slightest objection had tho boy preached in his church alone and per mitted tho entire proceeds of the collection to go into his church treasury It was natural for the parson to object Ho is unablo to brook a rival in one so young It was a business proposition with him There may be something in the suggestion that the boy overshadowed tho man and made him LJtBi I look like the proverbial thirty cents when it came to preaching Another LaCrosse preacher Rev J b Lowe also joined in the crusade and urged a prosecution ot the parents if the lad con tinued to preach The principal claim is that the lad ought to be at school and they con tend that ho had not been given any of the advantages of the public schools This is their solo plea and we now wonder if these preachers are able to realize what a large sized hole they are in Look square at the facts The boy HAS been preaching He has conducted religious services at the City Mission and at the y M A Reports state that he has been preeminently successful This success roused tine ire and brought on the opposition of the preachers Withal the boy has had no vantages of the public school which being literally interpreted means that he is alto gether uneducated The lesson to be learned is that it does not require education to preach and if this is true every preacher who is under contract to preach the gospel is receiving money under false pretenses for a child minus education can do equally as well as they BEWARE OF THE PRESS Whether the press is really entitled to the honorable distinction of being regarded as that Archimedean lever that id capable of raising mankind is to many yet an open DayCJmncellorYork has a strong feeling of suspicion towards tho purveyors of public news and political recent address before a convention of Methodist preachers held in Philadelphia ho warned his hearers against the attitude of the press urging them not to bo too hasty publishedthereinnewspaper Is endeavoring to usurp the functions of the pulpit Chancellor Day not yet know the preachers If ho had been given but one half of tho experiences of a really first class newspaper reporter to say nothing of the editor ho would have perceived that preachers court notoriety above all else and actually makes a business to spend an hour or so in the newspaper office each Sunday night after leaving church where ho up a report of his sermon for tho sole as especial purpose of getting it into public print Of course these reports invariably state that tho church was packed that every member of tho congregation literally hung upon every word uttered and listened with rapt attention and that many were convinced Ask any reports- who has been in the business for a year o any editor and he will bo able to furnish Chancellor Day information that would h itJif f ith make the hair on his wig curl One truth did Chancellor Day utter when he told the prcuchersI believe the newspapers ti have us in contempt and I believe that the papers have power over us because we come down out of the pulpit while they make pictures of us The papers of this day are trying to substitute for the pulpit They assume teach righteousness They assume to dilute our sermons It is time to say you are not going to substitute your camera and sensational headlines for Jesus Christ It is time for absolute independence of that crowd Whoever would accuse a modern newspaper fof assuming righteousness must have a con science or a mind cut bias It is true that many papers do hold the clergy in contempt but it is because they know them as no other business can Know them The newspapers know their weakness their faults and pee cadilloes The newspapers meet with cleri cal experiences that the public never know or dream of Many an item of news is sup pressed at the preachers behest and if the newspapers told onehalf they knew of the preachers the public would have less confl dence in them than the newspapers have When the preachers taboo newspaper adver tising they will quit preaching This fact is evinced by the conduct of a Lexington preacher who dissatisfied with the spice ac corded him in the local newspapers resorted to billboard advertising and had threesheet stands pasted up about the city to attract preachersfallof newspaper purrs and the publication of ser mons it will ben sorry day for the cloth PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED Literary Digest New York City FKHolcombeWngo Slave Hancock Mich Weekly People New York City Ingersoll Mem Beacon Chicago Ill Truthseeker New York City eJournal of Man Chicago Ill The 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necessity of furnishing an abundant supply of teachers to nuiintain an efficient propaganda flhe one question and perhaps the most difficult is how to secure those teachers Several methods have been tried several suggested but acting in I accord with modern ideas Ind ideals the Blade now proposes a Correspond ence School firmly believing that it furnishes a solution to the problem we are now facing Freelmaintain a college or an institution i f r t Iit tIon tit 1ij1lJ1 iWr ft nmn for purposes of such instruction The expense of pupils attending the same keeps many from attending who would dearly love to do so and without pu pils such a college would represent an empty vessel If the student cannot come to the school the school can go to the student and by placing before them the means and methods of acquiring the desired and necessary knowledge dur ing their leisure hours at their own homes without any expense other than to buy the necessary textbooks the problem is more than half solved Any college no matter how centrally located will be too far away for many to attend The distances in this country is so great and travelling and board so expensive that thousands would be unable to attend Those thousands if furnished with the means of home culture or studying in their own rooms would gladly avail themselves of the opportunity and en able them in after years to give an intelligent and satisfactory reason for the Freethought faith that is in them Further the correspondence school would be less expensive in every way It would cost less to manage it and it would be ninety per cent cheaper to the student without interfering with his daily routine of labor The studies could be made at night when the days work is done and if some can find time to study during the day so much the better for them and the more rapid their advancement At the end of three years we could boast a well equipped amity of young men and wo men ready to take the fieltl and teach to others the knowledge they have thus gained The plan of operation is simple It is nono the less suggestive of spine expense This could bo met by students tuition fees and part by general contribution Good management is boundto produce good results and in the course of two or three years there is a probability that the school would assume enormous proportions It is the start that is most needed Following the Blade offers an outline of the course of study that could he put in operation Any student to start in ought to be possessed of a fair elementary education or the un dertaking would be useless The pub lic schools turn out pupils every day who arc capable of taking up this branch of instruction an by reason of the education they have already received they are in a better position to grasp and understand what they read in the subjects offered In the first place some knowledge of the i iJlf 1 vrfjIUiIi UT1l l natural sciences is absolutely neces sary and the studies should be made comparative No student should be gin with a definite object of finding a given result but the studies should be prosecuted independent of what the result may be These studies could be enchanced and the student encouraged by frequent correspondence between pupil and instructor and the latter by abundant communication could out particularfeatures studies by a series of examinations to that end This would furnish abund ant help td the student and permit him to retain what he has learned Let us now give an example in or der to be more clearly understood Geology being a study of the earth Astronomy being a study of the plan etary systems and Zoology being a study of animal life affords a foundation for a good scientific understand ing of things Let these constitute the first years course with a little science as a stimulant to the mind The course with textbooks would then appear as follows First Years Course GeologyText books Sir Charles Lyell and Prof Gieke Astronomy TText books Prof Ball Zoology Text book James Qrton GeneralTyndals light Science for Liesure Hours With a comparative study of these branches the student will get a foun dation for additional work in exten sion thereof and in the second year he could take more advanced subjects covering history literature theology and biblical commentaries The knowl edge he has acquired during the firstIyears work will enable him to understand much of the next succeeding studies and in a vastly different light from that afforded by many of our colleges and educational institutions wherein there exists a defined purpose of teaching science only in harmony with religious thought Freed from these influences the pupil proceeds in his own fashion and is able to place his own construction upon what he last year could be devoted to the finishing touches as it were The student could now take up logic rules of evidence which with kindred top ics would fit him for debate oral or written while numerous examples in composition with a thorough study of acquirelanguagethoughts The new syllabus for each fi 13 ii 1S If r J BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 particularIn regard to the method of instruction but little need be saidas the progress of the pupil would depend altogether upon the earnestness with which lie pursued his studies To read to inquire to investigate for a day or two days and then leave them for a week or more would do but lit tle good Close and continuous study could accomplish wonderfulresults Kcause the mind would be kept in the Channel of thought and as the study proceeds the mind develops becomes strengthened and is prepared to as presentedOfmaterial assistance This could be fur nished by the instructor through cor respondence and frequent examina tion Let these examinations be held once a month The examination pa pers could ask a number cf questions which the pupil ought to answer in writing without reference to the text books If the pupil finds that such reference is necessary ho should not copy the answer from the book ver batim but study it closely and learn it so that he knows henceforth what the answer would be should a like question be put to him in the future The form of the monthly examination could be in such a shape as would be of material assistance It wouldmore clearly define the particular points of study and although it would touch the subject in high places the student could mentally fill in by rending As an example let us take Geology The first examination could be held in that subject The examination paper could contain a series of questions like the following 1 Definition of termi itsmeaning 2 Name the two principal classi fications of strata as to origin and formation 3 What is strata 4 What is conformable strata 5 What is nonconformable strata Draw an example What is metamorphosed strata 7 What is conglomerate 8 Describe igneous from acqeous formations 9 In what strata do the fossilifera appear 10 What is fossil fauna 11 What is fossil flora 12WhYt are not fossils found in igneous strata 13 Name the principal divisions of periods in geological formation 14 NamJe trio subdivisions of each formation a Eozoic b Mesozoic cPalezoic 15 What is the oldest known sedi mentary strata How is its age de termined 16 What is a fault Explain the principalcause of faults 17 What is an outcrop 18 To what geological formation docs granite belong 9 Name its principal constituent minerals 20 How is limestone formed As we proceed the examinations are to be extended until the subject has either been exhausted on thoroughly covered as far as the student can go The other scientific subjects could be treated in the same way and by the end of the first year the mind of the student has been given that solid foundation necessary to a further prosecution of his inquiries The second year would find a further ad vancement and by the end cf the third year the student could be given a subject for treatment in whichscience and religion are brought in sharp con trast and special papers prepared which will test composition natural ability and demonstrate the fitness and capability of the student for platform work Those showing the highest qualification should be placed at points of the most stratagetic importance the others could be located as teachers ol local organizations to aid in pre paring others for the same kind of work or in any event bringing about a thorough and general education of the growing boys and girls of the country Withsuch an educative force at work there can be no doubt of the re sult That result must be beneficial It will make them better citizens and more desirable neighbors than Chris tianity has been able to produce It will eliminate strife and contention because of religious differences and by curtailing the field of its operations the church would be seriously crippled in its propaganda It would be futile for priestcraft to attempt proselyting among such people and future genera tions will bless the day that Free thought undertook such a work It is not to be expected however that the work can be carried on without financial aid The students can pay a reasonable tuition fee and when they have bought their textbooks no more can be expected of them The tuition fee however will hardly pay all the necessary expense entailed by such a work and dependence must be had upon outside sources This feature should not prove a deterrent upon the plan There are enough Liberals of means in America desirous of bettering the prospects cf our prop aganda capable willing earnest and ready to aid in any movement when they are convinced that it points to good results With a fund of one thousand dollars to start on in order to prepare the ground with a sufficient quantity of literature circulars ad vertising prospectus and syllabus the necessary stationery for correspond ence enough pupils would soon appeal to make the plan selfsustaining W hut is needed first is the extraneous independent help If this could be guaranteed the rest of the work wouldibe easy There should be no difficulty in ge ting to work on such a plan as is here suggested The Blade is not adJvocating this with a view to gain Even should the Blade assume the management of tile enterprise and the sum of one thousand dollars con tributed therefor come into its hands and assuming if need be that it was t to be used by the Blade for its own benefit the sum would not be enough to justify such a course because the punishment that would follow would mean the death of the Blade and we J would rather see the Blade live than to start any correspondence school j Moreover every contributor would be entitled to a full accounting of every ij dollar spent and the list of contributors j would appear in the columns of the Blade so that its readers would ojWI1The school question is now open for discussion We would bo to hear from the Freethinkers all overtthe country as to their opinions concerning the merits of the plan If the majority condemn it can be dropped and no harm is done If the 1takevided the proper support is given to it If the majority believe that the management should be given into other hands let them frankly so state and the Blade will gladly render all ttoWhile the actual cost or expense may be nict it will require a great deal of labor for which love will be the only recompense Someone will have to prepare the plan and keep it up WeIhave the facilities but we have not the friends It irt up to you What do you think of the correspond once school Are you willing to help Let us hear from you lii irk Vs TIM ic i 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE WHAT A KIND WORD CAN DO Many a heart has failed in lifes work for the need of a little cucour agement a few kind words to strength r en and cheer and humanity will never t be able to fully know what the world has lost from this cause alone i The inquisitive child is frequtnely discouraged from asking questions by its parents Annoying perhaps and it may be true but the inquisitiveness suggests originality and above nil a desire to learn something to know As a rule the orthodox Christian believer is not inquisitive The spirit of in quiry was probably crushed out in its infancy Orthodoxy accepts on faith It does not want to know and seeks not he why and wherefore of things When a child asks a question trivial as it may seems to its parents it is entitled to h respectful and consider ate answer If the parent is unable to impart the information sought franwly admit it and be honest with the child Dont assume that you know but that it is not meet to make the child acquainted with the fact Ofcourse there are things children may inquire about that cannot be ex plained and in this relation only should care be exercised Tn another column of this issue will be found an article by Miss Dora Buckholz of Iowa This is her first literary effort and those who persue it will be compelled to admit that it is an excellent start Our advice had been previously sought upon the sub ject the young lady expressing a de sire to work for the cause of Liberal ism and Humanity not in the anticipation of emolument or profit other than to be of some benefit some use to the cause In her communication she admitted that she had never ventured into journalistic work but WAS NOT AFRAID TO TRY The entire situation is summed up in those few words whioh we have capi talize l How much lalint has been dimmed for lack of just a little en couragement What pages have Been t lost to history by hesitation and tit r lay f Who being cast into deep water torbrivet4ofencouragement to keep moving be of both strength and cheer Then the same rule applies to human life an1 I whenever we perceive a human being strugglin to keep up impressed with a desire to be something to do some thing extend a helping hand and add i 1 t a few words of encouragement to stimulate them in the effort Taking the case we referred to the Blade after giving such personal ad vice deemed essential under the cir cumstances suggested to the young lady that as she wished to enter the ranks of Freethought writers to make an effort a start and that no time was better than now The result of this may be found in these columns and through it another volunteed soldier in the ranks of Liberalism goes marching under our banner The circumstances arc both signifi cant and suggestive Wo know not how many may be longing for a similar oppo tunity If you have talents use them Ill you have a mind capable of thought give it room to expand an opportunity to develop Opportunities do not go on a hunt for persons but men and women must search for the opportunitiesThe welcomes its young and brilliant thinker to its columns and as experience increases knowledge and ability we have every reason to be lieve that Freetliought will profit largely by her debut as a writer and worker in our cause POLITIOALCHRISTIANITY The sole hope of the Christian church in America lies in special legislation designed for its own protection and furtherance Some of the legislation may be use ful and beneficial to others than Christians although it is a well recognized fact that much of it is harmful the bulk being signally aimed at those who oppose the church and intended to stifle critic smi complaint and more progressive movements To that extent wherein the intended legislation be known to be cap able of conferringa boon upon some people and of no direct or remote injury to others Freethinkers can well afford to pass it up with indifference but in every direction where proposed legislation is known to be for the sole benefit of the church and church peo ple to the detriment Or injury of those who do not favor the church or its teachings then it is our bounden duty a duty we owe ourselves and our neighbors a duty we owe to our chil dren and to all underneath posterity to oppose that legislation to the fullest extent of our capabilities Incapable and incompetent as a moral teacher the church grows evermore militant and assuming By working upon time religious prejudices and passions of the politicians who ever seek popular favor they plot and i personal interests and feelings irre spectative of the rights and privileges of others From such a cause comes the Sunday laws sabbath observance laws bible reading in public schools exemption of church property from taxation the support of chaplains in the army and navy appropriations for this or that scheme in which the church alone is interested and all prohibition laws These are essentially religious enactments Their promulgation is intended and specially designed to secur legal recognition of their own rights and privileges on the mere ground that they are Christians and the clergy strive to keep up the interest by political sermons instead of preach ing the gospel pure and simple Whenever a parson openly and knowingly gets into politics he will presumptionof purification he gets down to ward heeling wireworking tapping and pulling arguing and debating stand ing guard at the polls all for the al leged glory of god when he is simply after a personal notoriety and ag grandizement We all know that water and oil will not mix You may shake them up until there is an ap parent mixture but they will adjust themselves if left alone each to their kind So it is with religion and poli tics They are incapable of an ad thingbyit is mixed with modern American politics If religion is a bad thing to begin with then it becomes worse after making a political combination But modern Christianity is a political re ligion There is no such thing as religious politics Religion should be made a tie to bind society whereas politics is too well know for its sep arative proclivities Political parspns are a curse to any community It is but a seeking after temporal power needed as a sort of compensation for the loss ofall spiritual power over the people Parsons naturally love power as a duck loves the water It comes natural to the profession No power poor parson Much power bet ter parson Loss of power in one di rection compels them to turn to seek it in another and realizing the pas sions of the people are easy to trade upon they turn to politics as a medium of exchange cityLoxingtoit I J Spencer of the Campbellite per purposesto purification ft iii i t tif t BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 the best elements of society seldom take part in political fights and the worst elements may always be found yetiter could make the conditions any bet ter by mixing in while he is liable to get smirched by the contest Just what particular political duty he pro poses to undertake Mr Spencer does not say The first thing political parties require is a poll Are we to perambulatein hand marking down the political affiliations of the soveriegn voters If he does he will find out what fearful prevaricators some men can be while many others will acquaint him with the fact that it is none of his business The next thing is get a convention packed and we can imagine the keen delight of Mr Spencer in calling upon the male members of his congregation and Sunday school to go into that convention and take part in the pro ceedings Watch him all through the nominations the adoption of resolu tions appointment of committees and tho usual program of such gatherings and it will require but one experience to convince sir Spencer that his pulpit is a far safer refuge from which to hurl his thunderbolts But what does he expect to accomplish Will he attempt to buy votes in blocks of five and emulate the Indiana system Will lip strive to keep some from voting and encourage others to go in and vote Will he favor one political party as against the other Will ho take sides If he does then watch him and it is a safe venture for the populace to take the opposite side for we know of no event in history where any or preacher ever operated in politics with good judgment that is with a judgment that tended for the public good GOD PRAYER OR WHISKEY Prayer has triumphed Great is the power of prayer As result of prayer Kentucky has secured a United States Senator and almighty god has put the stamp of his disapproval upon local option and prohibitionIt overt Former Governor William OConnell Bradley goes to Washington with the consent of the people of Kentucky and the State Senate will when the question comes before them for final action kill the pending County Unit Bill In a recent issue of the Blade com ment was made upon the invocation for divine guidance by a Covington preacher that legislative harmony might fall upon the members of the General Assembly That effort failed The members were not ready for harmony because the deal necessary to bring it about had not been made Hence the first prayer test did no godd Now comes Bishop Lewis W Burton of the Episcopal diocese of Lexington and issues a pastoral letter to all clergymen under his bishopric jurisdiction coupled with a special prayer designed by himself in which special mention was made of the members of the Kentucky General As sembly and p petition that divine wisdom would enter their hearts to guide them aright in the mighty con flict Divine wisdom entered and they were guided but whether it was the result of the prayer or the result of an 80000 contribution from the liquor element cannot be ascertained The Blade has its private opinions but we do not care to express them on such an important subject Let it be known however that the pastoral letter and special prayer were issued on Thursday February 27 1908 It was used on that day in all the Episcopal churches of the diocese Doubtless the Lord felt the force of such an aggregation for the volume of prayer must have been sufficient to have undermined the chain of the Rocky Mountains The next day or more accurately speaking on Friday February 28 shortly after the hour of noon the vote for United States Senator was taken in the Joint Assembly and Bradley was declared to be elected byR bare majority of one vote It is now time to issue a bill or a cardclaiming credit for having brought harmony out of chaos and causing a democratic legislative body to elect a Republican to the Senate Chamber of the United States In any event it would be justifiable under the cir cumstances assuming that no know ledge was had of other deals and combinations that were made for the final mix up of the votes cast Aside from this it must also be known that at the inception ofl the present session of the General As sembly one G 0 Waggoner preach er and a member of the House of Rep resentatives from Owen county in troduced a bill at the behest of the prohibitionists providing for a county unit in all local option elections the ostensible purposes being to use the county or country sentiment against the cities Critics declare that Gov ernor Becklmm was the real author of the bill They declare that he had it xffr introduced in the Muse sent to the printer rushed back in hot haste and hurried from a committee room with a favorable report in order to use the measure as a club with which to whip the liquor democrats into line behind his candidacy for the United States jGovernorcal necessity though in personal oppo Idorsementwere backing the bill Its approval 1 and enactment was more to them than the Senatorship It was their by day and their bed at night was their very religion They meatIworked and labored so hard The atorial candidates had discussed fJJJheto the Senate It is before that body but the Senate will not pass it It will die in its swad Ming clothes The agreement was that should Bradley be elected senator the bill should perish and now the question is how much in fluence did the prayers of the Episco palians have upon result Assuming for the sake ofargument that the Lord heard their prayers that fie gave heed to their petition that he deigned to act and by subjective in fluences wrought a change in the minds of those members who finally went to Bradley then it would follow that while god favored the election of Brad ley he was down upon prohibition and used the pending bill as an instrument through which his influence could be felt The one important question is what caused Bradley election god or whiskey Tile improvement we have made in tho Blade is no longer an experiment and our friends ought to realize that by this time If you ore satisfied that the Blade has fulfilled all its promises of im provement it should be an incentive for a little assistance at your hands Many Christians accept the gospels i as being true not that they can coiniprehend them but because they ijthemJ L1i c i t4 dI l Illj ff J 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE THE POWER OF THE CHURCH When in its pristine glory and vigor when occupying the throne of power and practically rulgr of the world the violencekobedience and in a great measure it succeeded far better than it had ex A pected In tihese days of its declination and disintegration the church is unable to torture the body but it can and does play serious havoc with the mind Not until the last remaining vestige of even this power has been t destroyed must the Freethinkers re- laxc their efforts at resistance and we must continue to fight at every step Through the medium of a recent communication not sent for publication which would do no good as the writers name was concealed even to j ourselves the necessity for such labor t upon our part was deeply impressed j upon us and while prohibited from t using too much m to f that communication we have felt it worth while to give extracts therefrom with such comment as may suggest it- self as we go along After the few opening sentences of geon or Talmagc I am doing some to sayI withhold my name fearing that by some mistake it might get into print I am not quite ready to become a martyr Your acquaintance with re ligious intolerance mike further ex- planationV unnecessary While you may not commend my cowardice yet yourJrcases like my own I was once a min ister and a public schoolteacher A large percent of the preachers in the church to which I belonged appearedt- o to be as genuinely orthodox as Spurn or Talmadge I am doing some independent thinking however My views concerning a personal godand h future life may be expressed in a few words viz I have discovered neither theti thought periodical There wits more in the letter but t the foregoing portion which we have quoted is sufficient for our purpose Not ready to become a martyr and in this enlightened age because of the dread of orthodox persecution J Truth has ever demanded martyrs and they have ever been found when f martyrdom became necessary The emissaries of superstition delighted in making martyrs of men and women who could not accept their sectarian i shibboleth Even the cause of Chris t t t L tianity had its martyrs Freethought has had her martyrs and without them the liberty we enjoy in this day would still have been denied Upon the cross of Christian intolerance many a mind is crucified even today and the very fact that the dread of becoming a martyr impels a silence longed to be broken is prima facie evidence that the teeth of the serpent have not yet been dulled nor its fangs destroyed Were the adherents of Freethought alive to every emergency were they active and untiring in thir zeal for the cause martyrdom would not con front those who stand ready to throw off the yoke The Blade does not deem the atti tude taken as exhibiting cowardice The Blade realizes that while the Christian church cannot slay the man it can slay human character and destroy human aspirations The latter method is easier and no great risks are assumed Iti is not advisable that a man seeking to extract the right to live in a socalled Christian community should deliberately dash his head against a brick wall or place it in a lions mouth It is true the Blade realizes only too well the condi tions complained of but our complaint now is that such a condition can obtain in our country a country of boasted religious freedom and honest thought must be stifled for the mere sake of an existence Sonija would advise that our ear respondent boldly and manfully break Vile bonds that hold him Human ex perience is such that many dare not History furnishes too many examples of hearts broken homes ruined lives blasted all because of this very Chris tian intolerance of which our friend is in so much present dread It takes a brave man or a brave woman to deliberately antagonize orthodoxy where orthodoxy is supreme All men and women are not possessed of that de gree of mental courage that they would dive to assume the risk Many a bravo swimmer has been compelled to give up in the stream of life and while we admire heroism where truth is at stake we are not prone to con demn in such cases as the one be fore us- But let as go further The writer says he was II once a minister and making no present pretensions to wards religion he declares in a man ful way that his views concerning god and a future life arc that he has dis covered neither Thousands are in the same mental attitude and we might almost say millions All that is needed is a little O encouragement and if properly given at the proper time this multitude will have courage enough to step forward and make their positive convictions known How can we best accomplish such a result This is the question Finding such a mind and brain what gain be done with it The forces of- F ecthoughU are so widely scattered lid concrete body or force to assist the class to which our friend belongs knows not which way to face what step to take to whom he may turn to sustain and encourage him in the fight What we most need is an effective organ ization We need a compact body of brave men and woolen with cour age and means to cudgel the forces of superstition and to greet such people with smiles and sunshine They need our support our strength and unor ganized we lire tob weak to extend the slightest aid Here is evidently a man who discovered that he was preaching falsehood and voluntarily abandoned it He found truth but is unable to teach it because of the fear this hydraheaded monster has incul cated His letter indicates that he is a man with an intelligence above that of the average preacher and could be made a pillar of strength in Truths valiant army But how to get him there How best to remove the fear How can his talents be brought to bear good fruit Only by organization and so long as we are without it we are almost powerless in our fight against orthodox superstition Tint letter closes by a vsuggestfion that at some future date he might pre pare for publication an article de scriptive of his march through the wilderness of faith to the citadels of Freedom and Truth Let us hope ho will do so It would be instructive to many others If he is willing the Blade will gladly publish the article without divulging any name How religious opinions will differ To the Catholic world Mary is not only the mother of god but the queen of heaven while all Protestants simply llegard her as the wife of a carpenter and the mother of several children This sort of fanaticism is stimulated by religion and eradicated by phil osophy Through a scientific study of Nature Freethought has not only corrected in numerable evils but it has ennobled and enriched human conception and ameliorated mans physical suffering This study has enabled maul to make a considerable part of Nature subservi ent to his own needs 0 i 71 tt 1 z It 47 BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 LAY SERMON By John F Clarke Since my picture has adorned the front cover of The Blade and I have had some of my deeds writ up I feel like a regu larly ordained pulpiteer Also I feel a call to preach and spread the gospel of good tidings Having announced my text And another of his disciples said unto him Lord suffer me first to go and bury my father But he said unto him Follow me and let the dead bury the dead Matt VHI2122 I reverently close the holy book as it has said enough Now my dearly beloved I have analyzed this text I have parsed every word I have made every conceivable anagram of the words and I confess I can find no key that will unlock the sense in the sentence as it stands I have reviewed the text with a long view a short view and a high view I think that distance leads enchantment to the view If I had a Savior that talked such fool talk I would have him sent to a lunatic asylum and try and save myself Perhaps a demigod was as likely to make a fool of himself as a real mortal Achilles it seems to me pouted too much for a man in the opening of The Iliad Besides he had a soft spot in his head and Christ had a soft spot in his In making these two demigods the head material of the one should have gone to the other theIr there would have been one with a good head and good feet and one with alt the defects Achilles was as Indifferent as to who buried the dead as Christ was as to who buried other peoples dead When he died he forgot to bury himself and lays himself open to the charge of inconsistency If he intended to work a miracle and have the dead rise up and do undertaking and grave digging work with out license he must have forgotten the opened somethings by saying Open sesame but Christ was not long enough In Egypt to learn all the blackart and he could not make the combination Wljen ho said to Mary Thou hast the one thing needful he refered to the pass word to the grave yard He called Lazh rus up after days of mortification and ho forgot to make him bury himself I think that Christ was In a nasty mood and wished to say something disagreeable to his disciple and he said Let the dead bury the dead It was not as hard as to say Let the living bury the living but it was fierce enough for the occasion- It shows us what a nice petulant Savior we have missed Jesus was slightly ec centric Anyone else being annoyed at circumstances that worked for delay of his schemes would have said 0 hell Jesus would not say anything so vulgar and unrefined he just said Follow me Let the dead bury the dead It meant the same thing but was expressed much more originally and Savior like Not one per son in a million would have said what he did and this proves that never man spoke as this man spoke Whether the dead that he refered to is still unburied or not we are left to conjecture Poor thing It met with tho contempt of Jesus As it could no longer put a nickel on the plate it was useless as a Salvation Intiger Dearly beloved mink over this sermon and get all the good out of It you can Do not undertake to bury yourselves until you know that you are dead- FLOODS By Ernest L Trifler Last Sunday a preacher read from the Bible Let the floods clap their hands he made a slight pause as if that reminded him of something but he didnt say what Notice that the waves make sounds of Joy sounds expressive of enthusiastic Joy It Is in the Bible and therefore true Some merchants In our beautiful valleys might forget sometimes while taking care of their goods but all have a chance to remember it while waiting for the time for sweeping outNowadays when men bid au revoir to the Joyous waves they turn again to their usual business in spare moments they consider the causes of the visits of the laughing rivers to their streets and talk apprehensively of the cutting away of the forests many tnlnking that clearing away draining and cultivating along the streams changes the climate and causes the bright waters to dry up in summer and get muddy In spring But this is talk In the olden time there were men of action They knew that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom They knew that when anything Interfered with their plans God was angry They knew their proper course was to please hint and acted on jjliolr knowledge They had been taught from their youth up Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live So without loss of time they said hang the witches They did not say It like Godless people who do not like to swear outright might They meant it literally and showed their honest ear nestness by acting upon it There are some matter of fact merchants hero who spend considerable of their time In making moneywe might as well ad mit It They metaphorically turn their backs on the applausive floods and actu ally face the problem of keeping their exuberant visitors away In moro Chris tian countries they humbly kneel before the advancing waves from rjvers and vol canoes and pray to Jesus and Mary to keep i iback the onrushing flood I do not member any accounts of floods so stayed but If the worshippers had sufficient fo to remain on their knees long enough thImade the objects of their fear the of taking them to himselfrIn the old days when men found them selves Interfered with by the forces of nature or other surroundings they rd membered their Christian duties I cant say Just now why they substituted burningY heretics to death for the Jewish mode of stoning but that detail is immaterial as far as I know never having suffered death In either measure Well there are heretics In Marietta But If this subject should be pursued any l further the heretics might answer acid say 0I there are Christians also 14 BIBLE WINS A POINT f Hurrah for tho simple life It hat triumphed over wealth the lust of tho world 4 and tho devil Ero this men hayo been re ported as on the ground that it was taintedReports from London now say that a young man by the name of Henry Baxcmlnlc belonging to a sect called iI the Bible Brothers has turned up his nose iat 150000 left him by hh father and nnrnounces his determination to stand by thoisimple life of tho sect to which he belongs Bo it known however that this Brotherhood 11 is a rather peculiar sect its members being of tho masculine gender who live on a farm in Kent try to conform their daily living to tho customs in vogue among the very earli Christian They aro reported as regarding all churches as institutions of the devil and i thoroughly detest evangelists They do no care for money but believe the bible to bT divinely inspired from kiver to kiver ant all tho rules and precepts for 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twentysix dollars and board and if he is a socialist ho knows I am robbing him ofa part of the fruits of his labor but since its itthowrain in time through the summer no early frost his labor will yield far more than if tho opposite happens but I dont think ho will take any chances on that He will want twentysix dollars per month and get it if I do not get ten dollars out of his labor because its none of his fault but if I sell live hundred dollars worth off that farm I certainly would like to know how much I have robbed him If I take sick at present I would have to hire somebody to feed my stock he would labor perhaps three hours per day I would have to pay full days wages am I robbing him and how muchr What would a social istic allow Professor Roentger for inventing the XHays Prof Koch for going to Africa to study sleeping sickness Pasteur for finding a cure for hydrophobia will that be deter mined by supply and demand or will the value of that be determined by a Professor of Mathematics or Socialism orwhat t If velt was at the head of a socialist state would he get a greater allowance for being director at large of the socialist common wealth than a hod carrier Robert Blatchford in his reply to the Popes Encyclical quotes Herbert Spencer All men have equal rights to the use of the earth and proceeded to stale the following as a fact So that he who possesses land possesses that to which he has no right and he who invests his savings in land becomes a purchaser of stolen property It took the sav ings of years of hard labor as wageslave on my part to buy a piece of wild land from the United States Government It took me years of hard labor to clear it and now I am formed that I am a purchaser of stolen prop erty What will the socialist state do with me as the case stands f Will the farmers of the United States that are guilty to the same extent get a pardon f I do know that any amount of 2 dollars per day wageslaves have made their living with less hard work until I became able to have a slave now I manage to live off his labor Rev Heath in his World Crisis revealed the fact that there are human beings that ually hate god they must be Christians that have some fault to find with a perfect crea anythingthey dont know anything about It would be quite interesting if Rev Heath or any of them that know as much about god and the explainto kfj jf 1 1j BLUEGRASS BLADE 13 schools dont tench their scholars gecology the same as their rule and guide of faith does If the earth is about six thousand years old and the whole shooting match was created in six days and we luneto keep Sunday on account of that six day feature it is evident to an ignorant Freethinker even that geology as taught in Christian schools must be a lie and very misleading and es determinedJaps would teach Geology the way it is taught in Christian schools I could ac count for it easy enough because they have t not accepted the rule and guide of faith consequently got on the wrong track Thats why they dont know anything about Sun day But in regard to the Christian schools it is a puzzle to me I have asked a number of church members but it seems to puzzle them just as mucii This faith does not seem competent to explain that Since tho Christian people have the power to enforce Sunday Laws are they unable to compel their own school teachers to stop teaching lies in Geology M E GALKE Some Sound Advice SHENANDOAH IOWA I am much pleased with tue last numbers of your per beginning with the Thomas Paine Me morial edition I too believe that some other name would be better for your valuable paper I also agree with C Amory Stevens that there is a possible good derived from a mild superstition in cases of thd mentally weak and consequently the liberals should be careful to whom they expound their solid facts us they may do some harm as well as a great deal of good but as a whole I believe in the spreading of a liberal creed En closed you will find a clipping from one of our 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