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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1i + h4ii 1 BLtJE GR SSBLADEVolume XVII Number 23 KY SEPTEMBERLEXINGTON 27 1908 Published Weekly DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHTijI GEORGE MARION OAL II AdvITexas Pioneer and a Sturdy Freethought f1J iW t wyrIff Ilir 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE GEORGE MARION CALVERT I outfllTlying Spanish province almost unknown to the civilized world In the due course of time hardy America pioneers were transforming her Into what was to be ope of the greatest States of the American Union All honor and glory to such men as Travis Bowie Austin Houston Crockett and De Zavala The scarred visage of the Alamo the bloody plains of Gollad and patriotPtAmong these early pioneers there were many skeptics and some avowed freethinkers History falls to record a single In stance where religious services were held at the Alamo when Travis and his loyal band of one hundred and twentyfive men were completely surrounded and beselged by more than two thou sand Mexican Catholics though the Texans knew for many days beforehand that death was inevitable When on April 21 1893 Houston marshaled his little army to attack the Imperial army o- Mexico no priest chanted a hymn or preacher offered prayer to an imaginary god After the tide of Revolution had swept by and Texas became t a Republic and afterward a State of the Union the same liberal spirit has been manifest down to the present time and many of her native sons as well as many emigrants from other States have 1 been avowed Infidels To be found among the latter is George Marion Calvert who was firr born near Vienna Johnson county Ill on the 5tb day of January r 1835 His father John N Calvert was a Cumberland Presbyterian preacher The Calverts were of ScotchIrish and Welsh descent Y Georges father being away from home so much neglecting his family to attend to the Lords business caused a maternal Im pression upon the unborn child that a man should provide for his own instead of running about to serve an imaginary God tthereby causing him to be a born atheist When he was only w years old he began to notice the Inconsistencies of religious teachings and by the time he was nine frequently asked his father and other preachers questions that caused them to look at NNNNNNNNNNNN unxuule uuu tLeJr pesos InUOUDt Al rue age oI seventeen fie was an outspoken atheist and has been so ever since When sixteen he began the battle of life for himself Came to Texas in 1859 Served in the Confederate army two years Has lived for the past quarter of a century on his farm near Sulphur Springs Texas Geprge M Calvert has always been honest and outspoken In his views on all subjects and as all freethinkers know this means persecution and ostracism either directly or Indirectly yet his life has been as an open book and his many dealings with his fellow man such that the severest orthodox critic could not pick a flaw He has for many years been a regular subscriber and frequently a contributor to the Blade Contributed to the de fense fund of Charles C Moore and helped bear his expenses to Jerusalem also contributed to defray Dr J B Wilsons expenses to Rome He has always stood ready and willing to help dis seminate light and truth wherever and whenever he could and never hesitates to distribute freethought literature or express his views on religion Though G M Calvert is well preserved for a man 73 years old he has done a great amount of manual labor and suffered untold agonies from bodily pain He was one of the first to see the great possibilities of his section for fruit and truck growing and Is a pioneer of this now great industry For many years he had the largest vineyard and truck farm In the county and was ever urging by word etc the promotion of this industry until It Is now one of the most Important factors of his town and couty Now In lifes evening shadows death has no horrors for him He has no fears of hell no hopes of heaven God to him Is a myth Life truth Justice and virtue living realities To his pfoilosoplcal mind death is but a link In the endless chain of Nature To him it is a consolation to know when life is extinct and the body has returned to the elements of Nature that the world was made brighter and better by having lived in It 1 1 i WHEN WESTMINSTER ABBEY IS FORGOT SB iBy Lannio Haynes Martin l blownj t AWhen een the Abbey is forgot and all it held remembered not t When Englands very name is heardin vague traditions bnt a word Like mythic eponyms that stand as symbols for some fabled land tThe name of Spencer shall be known in every continent and zone j one who sought for God and Cause deeming the stars but windblown straws t- t flamej t ej And to him bar the Abbey gate As well might Greeks investigate If Plato sacrificed to Zens or prayed to Pan of like excuse Before they let him rank among the great who from their soil have sprung j tOan they his axioms refute who called his God the Absolute spanj t completejReligion means a binding back of man to God and did he lack Religion who has sought to find laws that Creator and His creatures bind tFromOverland Monthly tIt Q N NNVN4N NV VN H NVN N0 N4NN4J K r i1iijii 25 d ji fdJ tqr i 0 N T lj f t 1 rTtff1l d f i1tBLUE GRASS BLADE 3 The Basis of Our Hojfes is The Law of Progress 1Addess Delivered Before the Buckeye Secular Union at Canal Dover Ohio Sunday September 6 1908 By Dr Tr Bowles Mr President Ladles and Gentlemen It does me a great deal of good and affords me a great deal of pleasure to look Into the faces of this magnificent assembly of free men and women Men and women who believe In freedom of thought freedom of speech and freedom of the press men and women who dare to think and who also dare to express their thoughts men and women who believe In equal rights for all and special privileges for none men and women who believe that happiness Is the only good and that science is our pnly saviour Your faces Illuminated with thought and radiant with the love of humanity Inspire me with hope and confidence In the future greatness and goodness of the human race It inspires me with hope and confidence that the heroes and heroines of history who have died for liberty have not lived and died In vain Every day and every hour for sixteen hundred years brave men and grand women like you have toiled and labored against fear ful odds to free the mind and to free the body of the toiling mil lions from the heartless tyranny of the priests of Jehovah Every day and every hour since Constantine mounted the throne of the Caesars the votaries of science and the lovers of humanity have been burned and tortured persecuted and Imprisoned by these enemies of the human race and they are still seek fng to fastep their fiendish clutch upon the throat of liberty in this great republic- If the citizens of the United States could be made to realize that the vicars of Christ and the priests of Jehovah are the chief enemies of the human race our country would soon be a happy home for men women and children and here would be seen the grandest civilization that has ever appeared In the history of the world This glorious epoch In history will come when societies like this are organized in all the towns cities and villages of our country and this will occur at no distant day because we know that the law of progress Is eternal and universal In every department of Nature and In every department of his tory Its refining and ennobling effects are apparent to the keen and thoughtful observer from the most cruel barbarism the law of progress has already developed on the earth many partially civilized nations From thesanguinarystate of universal war It is fast encircling the earth with a golden cestus of peace and from the degrading and horrid relation of master and slave It Is fast elevating all races of men to the high and sacred plane of universal brother a state of profound Ignorance In which the mightiest kings and monarchs of the world could not sign their names to the bloody decree which they Issued the law of progress Is filling the world with books and knowledge and Is fast Illuminating the whole earth with the sacred light of science Slowly and painfully and sorrowfully man has overspread the earth by long converse with Nature he ascended from savagery to barbarism through long ages of toll and struggle and blood he ascended from barbarism to the semicivilized state and from universal war monarchy and servitude to popes and priests and kings he has finally emerged In a few favored spots of earth and under the universal naturalas a partially civilized being law of progress he still goes on from conquest to conquest and to doubt his final triumph over popes and kings and rants after such a long series of battles and victories would be folly and madness Man under the operation of the naturaf law of progress has already nearly subdued the earth and filled it with millions of happy homes he has crossed every sea and tunnelled nearly every range of mountains he has harnessed steam and taught electricity to carry his messages of love he has nearly exorcised warhe Is ridding the world of mental and physical slavery he will soon emancipate woman from the terrible power of thekpriesthood which will be the grandest of all his victories who can doubt that In the near future he will drive from our beautiful earth the cruel Gods and malicious devils and make this world a happy home for all the children of men The law of progress Is as universal as gravity It is inherent in in the cosmos and Is Interwoven In the economy of Nature and through Its beneficlent operation we are standing today on the jhighest plane that has ever been reached In the history of the tworldvirtue Is Increasingtemperance will soon wave Its ban ner over the sober worldjustice enlarging her dominion charity and brotherhood and fellowship are gradually melting down the J Icy barriers of separationthe grand Caucasian AngloSaxon man Is slowly but surely spreading the light of science over the entire earth and we are entering upon a career of greatness and happiness hitherto undreamed of in the history of the worldateAll Intelligent men and educated women now know that all socalled revealed religions are myths and legends ignorance of natural law was the soil In which they were generated grejV and flourished and as ignorance of natural law was universal among f primitive men a belief In supernatural religion necessarly nat furally and Inevitably became universal We know now to a positive certainty that this was the natural d beginning of the belief in supernaturalism we know now to a positive certainty that this was the germ from which all the sup t ernatural relglons which have cursed the human race had thelrrorigin with the dawn and growth and development of reason and with constantly Increasing knowledge of natural causation supernaturalism has gradually faded from thehuman mind un der the beneflclent operation of the law of progress and In the highest variety of men and women known as Rationalists it Is now positively known that the universe embodies all causes and f all effects and that all forms of supernatural religion are pure superstitions and now flourish only In brain of Ignorance r IGo with me Welt into the eternal and beglnnlngless past a few k thousand millions of years and we find no llvlug things upon the earth but In die tlniP under the operation of the universal cos mic law of progress the primeval seas are filled with tangled forests and swarming with lovely forms of animal life after the lapse of Inconceivable ages the warm primeval seas were filled with fishes and the dry land was covered with luxuriant ferns again after the lapse of many more millions of years under the t cosmic law of progress the surface of the earth swarmed with hideous reptiles and forests of pine now clothed the earth with beauty tireless and persistent the law of progress continued Its beneflclent work and after the lapse of many more millions of years the monstrous reptiles that crawled upon the earth and swarmed In the air were replaced with beautiful birds and ani mals and the whole surface of the earth was clothed with leafy the cosmic law offorests of transcendent beauty ceasing and eternal In Its work In a few more millions of yearst brought savage man upon the scene and he began Ills wonderful 4 BLIIE GRASS BLADE 0 fh career upon the earth now made ready by the universal law ot progress for his home and habitation universal history tlie history of man and nations now begins which carries us back through the corridors of time many hundreds of thousands of years in the long ago eiThe biological history of our beautiful earth is simply a record of the beneflcient working of the universal law of progress which rfirst transformed chaos into cosmos and finally after the lapse of millions of years covered the earth with all its infinite wealth 1 of form and beauty These same laws of transformation evolution and development jI which constitute the law of progress peopled all the great conti I vents and all the Isles of the sea with savage and speechless men and these same laws tireless and ceaseless In their opera tlon in process of time transformed the savage peoples of the fJ earth into barbarians and these barbarians in turn after the lapse of many ages have been transformed in a few favore I spots of earth into partially clvlllxcd men among whom may be found n jonstiinlly increas ing number of Rationalists t This highest variety of the human species rhas been produced by the cosmic law of 3 progress under superior environments and is destined to replace all lower varieties of men because the lower varieties are put t of harmony With the light of science which now illuminates tho world r r Knowing that the law of progress inheres ffIn the cosmos and that it is interwoven Rationalf highest form of human beings will spread net of their dominion over the entire and that all inferior varieties of men 1the have not evolved out of the mental of the distant past and who still iJ continues to worship the cruel Gods and rmalicious devils of our savage ancestors will in due time disappear from the earth I forever Early Rationalists like a star In the dark ness of the night Iso luminous center and from him Indue time the whole human day happy of Commendation From Grandaugater Late Col Ingeraoll 14th To the the Grass to delight the of those my beloved you well the of the debt of for your laurels love upon the sacred memory of change however read with the the Correspondence School for EVXlNGERSOLL theunifairest flower that ever bloomed the human heart From the beglnningiess past the law of progress can traced the inorganic world until organic Nature was evolved and these same laws will reign forever supreme over all by little over immense periods of time improved forms jJ1 and animal life made their appearance upon the earth and brutish and savage man came upon the scene these savage men who first the earth but a single remove above their animal them reason had scarcely dawned having knowledge natural laW natural causation all phenomena of the world around about them were be due beings like themselves but rargreat and more powerful From this ignorance natural law the brain of primitive man became the fertile soil which innumerable Gods and devils and ghosts rank luxuriance and from dark and dismal period In the of mans sad his tory was born the all the devils that havo cursed t e earth and blasted the hopes and happiness of the tolling millions This knowledge now possessed by all persons of enlightened l i 7 Jt tJU I4 reason israpldly spreading throughout the world and must at no distant become in all civilized When this period arrives certainly will under the cosmic law of progress all religions will forever pass away and be remembered only products of ignorance fear fraud and natural only age of savagery and for every plant and every animal every belief and every institution i out of harmony with the environment must perish the human race has now entered period of enlightened reason we may confldenly predict the early extinction of every species of socalled revealed religion and annihilation of every God and every devil that were generated the savage brain of our primitive ancestors These are not the prophecies of hope nor the fragrant fruitsiof a mental vision but they scientific deductions based that upon has WELCOMED AND Letter a of Be loved September Editor of Blue Blade Dear SlrIwish to give expression the Intense numbers your magazine give me containing touching and eloquent tributes to grandfather I feel that I owe as authors glowing eulogies a gratitude placing of and praise that matchless man To the subject I Interest notice of and should be obliged to you particulars in re gardto it Very sincerely yours BROWN r In be in little J of vegetable lastly primitive peopled were ancestors and in no of or the and liqved to be to invisible er universal of in flourshed in this early morning all Godsand 1 lI universal countries as It supernatural as and to an barbarism and as the in are TREASURED the as the universal law of progress worked unceasingly through a beginninglea past and will continue Its transforming and ennobling through all the ages of an endless futureiGood men and good women have nothing to fear concerning the final triumph of Reason over superstition of Rationalism over holy books and divine revelations of love and devotion to humanity over fear and worship of cruel Gods and malicious devils inberent in the very nature of thingsInter woven in the economy and in the constitu tion of nature it Is clearlyapparent that the right shall triumph over the wrong that temperance that physical and moral beautyrshall triumph over physical and moral de formity That love for the good the beautiful andvthe true shall extinguish the superstitious adoration of thefather the son and the holy ghostRationalism now rapidly spreading throughout all civilized countries Is destined during the twentiethcentury to rid thecaIthIof the ravages and horrors of war and fill the world with the joys and the blessings of peace the law of progress is eternal and universal and long before now Gods and wnll1ddevilshave disappeared from all civilized nations had it not been for the powerful force of heredity and the mighty power of vested Interests but the law of progress is stronger than heredity stronger than tradition and vested interests and wo canallrer Jolce In the positive and certain knowledge that natural selection will extinguish all the phantoms of the skies and fill the hearts of all men with the sublime and rational love for man woman and child t I rejoice to tell this learned assembly of grand men and noble women that supernaturalism Is rapidly dying and that we are now in the bright morning of the blessed and glorious era of rationalism The civilized world will soon bid farewell forever to all so called revealed religions which have so long cursed the human race and that had their origin in the dens and caves of savagery that this Is not an idle dream 1 need only remind you that the laws of transmutation evolution and development and the law of progress Inherent In the cosmos are eternal and unbreakable It was these laws working through a beglnnlnglesa past that laid down the stony foundation of the earth and In duo timeFclothed with an Infinite diversity of charming scenery it was 0 StZ f f5BLUEr7 these laws that stocked the earth with an endless variety of trees and plants and flowers and with myriads Of animal forms It was the working of these tireless laws that peopled the earth and all the Isles of the sea with numerous races of wild ferocious and- savage men and it was the operation of these same laws that transformed our savage ancestors Into barbarians and these in turn into partially civilized men and now after the lapse of tens of thousands of years cultured men and cultured women have earthI nt which constitute the law of progress and that have diversified the surface of the earth with mountains rivers and seas and clothed It with plants with forests and t flowers and peopled It workIand as sure as the law of progress is an eternal process just so sure will Gods and devils and the priests of superstition disappear from all civilized nations and be remembered only as relics savagery and barbarism When the sun of this glorious day reaches the zenith our little planet now groaning under mountains of sorrow will become a happy home for all the children of men and the whole human race will sing songs of gladness far sweeter than Beethoyens symphonies the pagodas and josshouses and cathedrals that are now used for the worship of heartless Gods and malicious devils will be replaced with rockbuilt temples dedicated to justice to liberty to science to humanity and to the good the beau tiful and the true and In the midst of this most marvelous tlvl lizatlon made possible by the death of superstition will break forth a universal anthem that will reverberate around the whole circumference of the globe like the chimes of ten thousand mighty bells hung in the blue canopy above us The glorious work which the Freethinkers of the world are now doing to hasten the oncoming of this happy day in the worlds history Is infinitely grander than any victory that was ever won on the bloody fields of war The heroes who died at Marathon and Thermopylae at Lexing toll and Concord at Yorktown and Gettysburg deserve to be com memorated in poetry In history and in song but they cannot be compared with the heroes of Rationalism who with no weapon but the bloodless battleax of Reason are now driving from our beautiful earth mans first and last and only enemies the Gods and devils and the heartless priests of superstition Your organization was not an accident but owes its origin to the operation of the beneficent universal law of progress which has worked unceasingly through beginnlngless past and will continue its ennobling work through all the ages of an endless future slowly it may be but surely in the end our duty then under the beneflclent law of progress is to learn to labor and learn to wait to be patient and constantto be faithful and hope fulthese are the lessons we learn from the study of Nature and history the beautiful earth on which we live covered with an Infinite diversity of lovely forms with oceans and lakes with mountains and valleys with myriads of floral and animal forms was once covered for millions of years with the trackless and desolate waters of a primeval sea but In due time the earth was heaved from Its ocean bed and dry land Appeared for mil lions of years again it was the1nlversal scene of steaming trop leal forests made hideous by the universal howl of wild beasts progresssidrama of life previous to his appearance all were fish and birds a and reptiles insects eastsand quadrupeds during the last few hundreds of thousands of years the law of progress has trans formed the savage man Into the dignified and lofty stature of a great philosopher it has changed cannibals and devil worshipers f ij into disciples of peace and philanthropy It has dethroned the heartless Jewish Jehovah and completely extinguished the fires of his eternal hellit is rapidly filling the mind of man with loverand justice and mercy The universal cosmic law of progress enfolds all Nature in Its mighty arms and forever bears all things onward and upward and it will continue its ennobling and transforming work until the whole world blossoms as the rose and it will in due time lift all races of men into a state of happiness so beautifully portrayed by all the great apostles of mental liberty who have lived and died for humanity The roots of the cosmic law of progress are deeply embedded In the bosom of matter and as matter Is both infinite In space and time the foundation of our hopes is absolutely Gure and we can already clearly discern the white winged angel of peace and happiness spreading her lovely wings over our beautiful earth Had it not been for the law of progress the fiery mists that once filled universal space could never have been transformed into the magnificent sun and his royal family of shining planets and chaos could never have been evolved into the wondrous cos It not been for the law of progress which ever bears allrthings onward and upward the whole earth today would still be involved In a mantle of darkness and the whole human race would still be living in the dens and caves of savagery the rail road the steamship the telegraph the telephone the phonograph the sewing machine the reaper and mower the trolley car the electric light and all the multitudinous arts and industries thatvnow fill the world with comfort joy and happiness would still be locked up in the womb of the future r Had It not been for the law of progress every philosopher and every scientist in the world today would be seen swinging at the end of a rope or they would be slowly put to death in the foulr rc air of filthy dungeons our homes would still be filled with ghosts r and imps and devils the awful shrieks and cries of agony of witches and wizards would still fill the air as the serpents of iIfiery flame crept round their bodies in obedience to the com mands of Jehovah the fires that reduced to ashes the bodies of Huss and Jerome and Wyckllffe and Savanarola would be rekindled tand this magnificent assembly of grand men and noble women would soon be reduced to ashes by game and fagot at the hands of the priests of superstition Had it not been for the cosmic law of progress that inheres in every atom of matter the priest and the prophet the sooth sayer and the exorcist the miraclemonger and the pulpiteer would still usurp the dominion of the earth and the whole human race would still be hopeless and helpless In the loathsome and slimy coils of the serpents of superstition Had it not been for the cosmic law of progress Copernicus and 4Golllleo Servetus and Bruno Hypatia and Spinoza Voltaire and J Paine Jefferson Franklin and Ingersollthe real saviours and redeemers of the human racewould never have spent all their days and sacrificed their lives fighting the Gods and ghosts and priests of superstition they are the priceless fruits of the eter nal laws of evolution and development through all the centuries that are yet to come they will remain embalmed in the grateful hearts and affections of all the generations that are yet to be and their memory will be revered when the last man standington the distant shore of time shall sing the requiem of earth Until man appeared upon the scene hundreds of thousands of years ago the law of progress worked continuous and without ob struction and hindrance but when man came fraud ambition and tyranny were born and for the first time made their appearance in the long history of the world universal history now be gins with the organization of the priesthood mans first and last and only enemy To resist the cosmic law of progress and to make slaves of theo farrtoiling millions now became the supreme end and endeavor of i to J J1 r I Xffff = w tf r I It lJo wtntrh 11 7 W = IT ftL f 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE 0 every king and priest and tyrant In the world and I shudder when I look back through the long vista of the dismal past and r behold this beautiful world converted into a swimming Golgotha of blood t I shudder when I see in imagination the heartless priests of Athens administer the fatal dose of hemlock to the Immortal i Socrates because he worked in harmony with the law of progress i and taught that virtue and morality were infinitely better for the Grecian people than the silly oracles of Delphi I shudder when I remember that not long ago in this great republic the priests of superstition compelled our supreme court f to hand down a decision that men with black skins had no rights that white men were bound to respect and this decision was made because they found this superstition in an old book written i by barbarlans more than two thousand years ago These priestly enemies of the law of progress invented the iron boots and the iron collar for the grand men and the noble y women of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries they crowded t the dungeons of Europe for more than a thousand years with the rot good the merciful and the just they invented an everlasting t burning bell of endless torture for all honest men and women twho worship at the altar of the good the beautiful and the true killed five million men women and children In the wars ol the crusades to secure an empty hole in the ground where the r God of the universe was supposed to have been burled at the close of his life on earth as a carpenter in Palestine they killed tZ one million Arians because they refused to abandon their belief ij in one God and accept the absurd doctrine of the trinity Or three Gods in one they slaughtered with fiendish atrocity and malignity nearly all the great men and noble women as fast as they appear ed in the world and every book containing any useful Information has been consumed in relentless flames kindled by the bloody hand of the heartless devotees of supernaturalism They killed nine million innocent men women and children for the imaginary crime of witchcraft and with diabolical savagery they slaughtered twelve million innocent natives of the New World after Columbus discovered America every nation of the earth has been cursed by this frightful monster and its whole history down to the beginning of the nineteenth century is filled with unspeakable sorrow and agony for the human race if the people now living had to endure the agonies and horrors Inflicted jupon our ancestors by the vicars of Christ and the priests of Je- hovahf during the dark night of the starless past and down to the beginning of the nineteenth century it would be Infinitely bet ter for every man woman and child to commit suicide and find peace in the eternal sleep of earth But thanks to the universal law of progress which ever bears all things onward and upward these awful atrocities can never again occur on our beautiful earth history never did and never FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS IN THE HOUR OF GREAT NEED Following is a list of the names and ad dresses of Liberal speakers who are pre pared to conduct funeral services over the remains of deceased Freethinkers In all instances expenses must be paid and the person officiating entertained Some of them ask that a voluntary contribution be made to compensate for loss of time On account of probable delay it would be advisable to call them by telegram JosePhine K Henry Versailles Ky I fI i 0 rl JviI rw ll can repeat Itself no peasant girl will ever again become the mother of an infinite and eternal God bread will never again be changed into the flesh of a crucified saviour nor wine into his sacrificial blood the Gods will never again meet in council on Mt Olympus and the thunders of Sinai will soon dip away in the ambient air and never again fall upon the ears of civilized man the stone age and the bronze age in the history of man are gone forever the priests of Jehovah will never again have the power to tear out our tongues nor subject us to the tortures of the stake nor the flames of fagots the age of steel has been ushered in by the eternal law of progress and all the countries of the world will soon be bound together and a golden cestus of clasped hands will soon encircle our beautiful earth The huge and hideous reptiles that once had undisputed pos session of the earth and the monstrous flying dragons that once swarmed in the air are gone forever and our beautiful earth is now peopled with noble men and lovely women and birds of iridescent plumage now thrill the esthetic sense in man It is an infinite distance from the fiery mists that once filled uni versal space down to the lovely morning of the twentieth cen tury but the beneficent law of progress tireless and unceasing in its work wrought our magnlficlent solar system out of chaos and freighted it with all the forms of life on the banks of the Ganges the Euphrates the Tigris and the Nile long ages ago thousands of monstrous Gods and malicious devils lived in the Savage brain of our hairy ancestors but the law of progress has finally driven this menagerie of wild beasts out of the brain of man and in their stead has enthroned the lovely angel of Science anu the beautiful Goddess of Reason It has required hundreds of thousands of years to free the mind and to free the body of the suffering and sorrowing millions from the heartless tyranny of kings and priests and popesIt Is a long distance from John Calvin the murderer to Herbert Spencer the philosopherIt Isa long road from Johnathan Edwards the as sassin of happiness to Robert G Ingersoll who flooded tho world with light and hope and love but these long distances have been traveled that stretch from the savagery of the dismal and distant past to the civilization of today and wo are now on Plsgahs heights and with enraptured vision we behold the dyingt struggles of Gods and devils and priests and the dawn of that bright and glorious era when the lovely angel of Science and the beautiful Goddess of Reason shall rule the world and fill the earth with shouts of joy and songs of gladness The conquest of the priesthood by human reason has at last been achieved the dungeon the rack and the stake for philoso phers and scientists are gone forever the shrieks of the victims of the inquisition will never again be heard and the rivers of the earth will never again run red with lood at the command of theIpriests of Jehovah Dr J B Wilson 206 East Fourth Street Cincinnati Ohio Parker H Sercombo Editor Tomorrow East 56th Street Chicago Ill John R Charlesworth Lexington Ky Marion W Marley Bucklin Kan A J Clausen St Ansgar Iowa John P lhor dyke 441 Central Street Manchester N H H H Lane 292 N Front Street New Haven Conn Dr Perry Engle Newton Iowa Stanbery Alderman McConnelsvlllo Ohio 0 1 ft r ritM JJA The Procession of Planets Is a book that should be in every household Do you know why the earth and other planets move If not you ought to read this book For information address IFRANKLIN H HEALD t Sta AI Los Angeles Cal t 1t f i= rII AUl 001 wr 1 1J ff1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 7t I Forgiveness of Sin If Christianity be Right God Is Willing to Forgive All Sin But His Own By John F Clarke- A lot of fellows are in the business of forgiving sins An Immunity from remorse is given ligiously to those who have wronged other persons by a priest as agent of Jesus made man and gave Jesus Christ His Son the power to atone for all the wrongs done by man Jesus Christ to check the sinsewage from all passing through His system Imposes a toll upon mankind First the test of belief checks the windy tide and then the gate receipts per rents dues and collections masses and marriage and funeral rites and rates tend to check still further until only a modicum of sin Is atoned for A wrongs BA stones C A and C are satisfied but where the devil does B come in C says make an endless chain and all do wrong and all shift your burdens up on me and I will make it all right i Some refuse to believe or to unload their vices upon CD says I am man enough to stand for my own wrongdoing He goes to E and says I took a mean advantage of you but I am ready to make amends itpgetter and looks it A goes to C and says I did wrong I got the best of B and I want the peace of God In my heart I believe I receive He says that he feels better but he doubts It himself Jacob was for given by Esau and felt relieved of his fear He did not express any sorrow for his meanness He had the spoil of Laban upon him when he made peace with Esau God forgave Jacob for both robberies and Jacob was grateful to God for His mercy Bosh David acted treacherously to Uriah but did he ask Uriah to overlook his mean ness Not much He asked God to forgive him If he had treated God as he treated Uriah and then asked Uriah to smooth it over God would have raised hell So should have Uriah He should have killed the one and cursed the other No one asks me to forgive them trespasses against others I have just as much power to forgive sins as the priests have and God has as much power and right as I and the priests have I could swing a gluepot and chant and mumble a little Latin I had an offer made me to become an Arch Bishop under Pope Schraeder A fellow named Sheridan went with Schraeder and sent back his picture with his holy robes on him He asked a friend of mine 7 6010 RWAN W to either take the Arch Bishop or persaude me to take It We both declined I once took a short ride upon a oamel Bedelia but that did not make me familiar with Bedouin mystery nor does wearing a cowl or cossack make any man gifted with grace sufllclent to forgive a sin committed against someone else If moral trespasses are for given why not financial obligations Why does not Priest Lafhearty forgive the 1000 that Mike McCarty owes to James OFlynn Sure Jims fist would mash two noses in two minutes If Mike steals James pig Father Lafhearty will forgive the sin and help to eat the pig and Mike will let the matter drop How did God forgive the wrongs in flicted upon the Jews by the Egyptians Did he tell the Egyptians to go and sin no more He sent plagues to annoy them and their innocent cattle But then no one expects a God to be human A God must have low as well as high attributes He must be excessively bad to offset his extreme goodness so as to be an Equipoised God His virtues must balance His vices The first architect built the first God that way and succeeding ar chitects hate Innovations Propitiation by offering burnt sacrifices Incantations praise prayer and psalmody are supposed to open Gods ears as the mystic words Open Sesame opened the door of the robbers cave Moses smote the rock and said some thingperhaps the Hebrew equivalent for a long time between drink He also evoked the largest quail sandwich on record a foot layer of quail between slices of land and sky I never knew why the Jews spent 40 years in the wilderness instead of 40 days until I heard of that rain of quails It took them 40 years to eat up those quails I do not think that they were quails at all but tiny fledgling angels that God shook off the Heavenly Roost Ornithology was in its infancy then and so were the angels The Jews mistook angels for quails as they mistook mushrooms for manna God Is willing to forgive all sins except Hs Own Gods chief sin against humanity Is the imposition of credence in things not credible PAINE CENTENNIAL All Who are Willing to Help Should Begin Writing to the Secretary By James B Elliott The Paine Memorial Association desires to know how many admirers of Thomas Paine there are In the United States and if there are any who have been benefited by reading the Age of Reason 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more can any special law enacted for the specialiben ofiit of any particular form or system of religious faith 6r Jf toAdvocat s of the enforcement of Sunday laws have from r time to time urged the claim that their activity was induced by a consideration of and for the rights of the laboring man I whom they declared was and is entitled to a rest of one day in seven Every thinking man mid woman in America knows that such a claim is untrue and they also know that in every cases rwheJfin an enforcement of existing Sunday laws has been 4 invoked the object was to compel a recognition of Sunday asa specially holy day making it an act of religious or7 ship rather than a more day ofrest But if rest be the objective of Sunday laws why name any specific day upon which that rest should be taken r Why not permit the laborer to rest when he wants to Too many in the land would be glad for even an opportunity to labor on Sunday compelled by necessity to too frequent rests and loss of time and compensations on other days of the t weekJudgeW H Wallace of Kansas City who causedmp wards ofseven thousand indictments to be issued froin his court for alleged violations of the Sunday law now admits judicially that the Sunday laws cannot be enfrceLandth J ii i1 iBiir9i result is that after a spasmodicattempt to close up every thing in sight the town is again wide open As if to back up this eminent Judge in his assertion Mayor Thomas Crit tenden son of a former Governor of Missouri and a former Kentuckian is quoted as saying in a public interview I believe a large majority of the people of Kansas City indorse the closing of the saloons on Sunday and that an equal majority approve of the open respectable Sunday theatre the cigar store the bake shop the little corner grocery and other places where necessities are sold It is neither rational nor reasonable to say that a man cannot buy a cigar on Sunday but may purchase a glass of soda water as understand confectioneries were not in eluded in the embarg- oI do not believe a majority the people approve of puritanical blue laws which deprive them of witnessing- i moral play or of buying the necessities of life on Sunday It is gratifying to observe that public officials are at last awakening to the fact that the people have some rights which lawmakers are bound to respect but the outcome of the Kansas City fight is an evidence of the fact that an at tempted enforcement of puritanical laws is the surest meth od of inducing their repeal or having them declared nullity nugatory andvoid Time and place cannot make an act a crime or not a crime If it is wrong to purchase a cigar on Sunday it follo-ws that the same act would be wrong on any other day It is impossible to set apart any portion of Time and as sert that this holy Time and all other Time unholy If a god made Time it must all be equally sacred Further it might be added that Mayor Orittenden has struck the correct thought by declaring that it Js conducive to good morals and sobriety to allow the people to witness a good moral play on Sunday as to hear some dry stale link teresting orthodox sermon Now let all other cities take note and follow this example WHAT IS FAITH Beautiful sublime sweet trusting faith The foundation upon which every priest andpreacher builds his future hope Such a faith is to him as the warm sun is to life upon the earth and without it the individual existence would be in vain Thought must be forever free Faith is over an always blind from volitionchoice Faith is unable to gaze upon the beautiful face of nature lest it come in contact with the light Faith accepts without examination claims to know but is unable to explain Faith implies submissive obedience to assumed authority the greatest of all crimes against the intellect of maul Faith forever kneels in fear and trembling Faithnever uses the interrogation mark swallows all without question l Faith denies knowledge and where knowledge begins faith stops Faith simply craves the privilege oif believing Fait weaves a cobweb upon the brain and dims the bright jIt t o1 itT 4 0 f r t tBLUE GFRtASS BLADE 9 rays from Reasons lamp Faithcringes upon its luieetox wallowing in the lead dust of the centuries y will tolerate improvement Faith obstructs the future with the trembling shadows of selfstultification Faith humbles man and exalts credulity Faith revels in the of fear and casts a cloud upon the dawn of Reasons bright day Faith is fulsome fear fattened by pride and selfish j ness Faith is a cramp that seizes upon many a strong swimmer in the stream of life him helpless and al most useless in the struggle for existencevSuch is faith aye and worse v Faith is the dreary desert of barren hope upon the great continent of Time minus one solitary refreshing spring Faith is a delusion nursed at the breast of dogma nourished by the milk of human despair I Faith robs aspiring life of every joy and places a premium upon misery Faith is the foolish ignus fatui of barbarism the progeny of the bats and owls of dead and musty creeds Faith is a rainbow chased only by fools the dolce far niente of simple stupid ity Faith is the Lord High Executioner carrying into effect the sentence of death pronounced upon Indepenid ent thought by the court of pious prejudice This is faith C p THE EDITORS LECTURE TRIP Vvfri Beyond all doubt my experiences at McConnelsville at which point my letter closed in our last issue were the most successful 1 have oriojyed in all my career The visit waS helpful restful and enjoyable Better sill a profound impression was made and a record left which we hope will bear good fruit Arriving in Malta at 580 pm I was met at the depot by Stanbery Alderman a young but fearless Freethinker bank cashieraIidmerchant With him was J H Whitakor another Freethinker a Blade subscriber and one of the old guard Mr Alderman had a buggy ready for me into which I climbed and was driven across the river over the bridge to McConnelsville Malta with 1000 population lies upon the west shore and McConnelsvillo the county seat with 1800 population rests upon the east shore Itia a prosperous community For the most part its citizenship consists Qfa class of retired merchants and farmers and business men of modest means who have selected the loca tion for residence because of its great natural beauty The people are as intelligent a class as may be found in the country Its wealth has naturally attracted the clergy for it can boast a church of every denomination or sect whereas f a population of equal size but composed of sons of labor and toil would be compelled to struggle along upon some plan of salvation borrowed from another sect or else go with out My arrival was but two hours before the time fixed for the lecture to begin A hasty introduction to friends a hastysupper and the move to the Court House began Here I met a number of other Freethinkers Some of these a4i ffi ii j ifi C1iit had known of me in the old days now gladat tho opportunity of a I was handshakeIany I night meeting at the Dever Convention Many hadcome for miles the balance wore people from the city A r inber of ladies were present to hear Freethought doctrineitaught for the first time and this gives some minds a shock It happened soin this case Half a dozen got up and left verysoon after I had started but the others gave admirable attention and frequently manifested their appreciation of what I had to say Church deacons were present but not a jsingle preacher had yet manifested courage enough to attend No one made any attempt to criticize my talk or to even ask fi f a question concerning it I was congratulated by fifty orjmore of the audience who insisted that they wanted r lectureIAof that kind of talk around these parts The first was a success I was introduced by Dr James Ball Naylor itruein a court room and there was not an inch of 1ForA strenuous morning at Marietta a long ride a brief rest followed by a long lecture had brought on a tired feeling f so I repaired to the hotel in company with Mr Alderman and after a short talk prepared for rest But what is it the bible says about being no rest for the wicked Yell that t is what happened suddenly reflected that I would be unable ot get no Sunday trains out of McConnelsville and the Blade would needsome communication from me Instead 1 of going to bed I took my pen in hand and wrote until 1 after midnight Saturday brought another day of glorious sunshine Ris ing early Iwalked out to enjoy the beauties of river and hillJBreakfast came and Dr True a Freethought writer of longjago was up to see and talkwith mo An enjoyable hour was spent Now came Dr James B Naylor followed by Mr Alderman and the latters carriage being on hand Dr Naylor took me a drive along the river side On this trip discussed both science and philosophy and I found Dr i Naylor to be one among a million He is a practicing physician Resisting the unities of tho Methodist Church the strongest denomination in this locality the preacher threatened him with the hell ofa professional or business boycott and to preach him out of the town From 11veretho face superstitions cowardly cohort i u Ill preach a boycott upon you Ill have you run out of tho community Ill ruin your practice tI That was the challenge of the preacher You have revealed yourself I now see you in your true + P t1i f f i iitrtz tl 1jAti tI T1 r 0 BLUE GkW BLADE l challengeisi must go it may be myself You may succeed in taking the Dread out of the mouth of my babies I may have to leave town barefooted leading a baby of mine witheither hand the other on my back my wife carrying a bundle If such should come to me 1 will go like a man with head erect ana eye undaunted but there will be something hap pen nrat Uu with the fight71 Ibis was the answer Of Ur Naylor Tlie preacher was cowed lie could not chain the thought of the man WhO stood before him lie was vanquished He did not start the tight He was fearful of the result Dr JNaylor is still living and practicing in the same community but alas the preacher has gone Dr Naylor is today among the most honored and respected of men in the district lie now devoted himself to literary pursuits and thusit was 1 pad been accorded the privilege of meeting talking riding and driving with the author of Kalph Marlowe Several beautiful poetic effusions have come from his great heart and brain among them beingMy Laddies Life Lesson To tier Who Aeeps My DwellIng Place The Song in my Heart The Wood Iced Meat The Final Destiny These are all Freethought poems and they have had a wonderful mlluence upon the people in this community Verily here is a Man and saying this all is said The Doctor gave me handsomely printed copies of some of his poems which framed shall adorn my room at home Luring the day a large number of friends called upon me at the hotel 1 couldnot get all their names Only wish I could have done so Among my most welcome visitors was the Mayor of the city J W Parmiter also called Another drive into the country more visitorsthus was the day spent until the hour for the second lecture was upon me The Court room was packed this time Additional seats were brought in and even these were tilled Considering the fact that it was Saturday night and the business men who had attended the first lecture could not be present the attendance was hugely gratifying and a large number of lad ies were again on hand Rapt attention was given me I can say that the lecture was highly appreciated and many came forward to congratulate me upon the effort These lectures constitute a new awakening for the people of Mc Connelsville and an immediate request was made for a re turn date in the near future Just as the meeting had closed a young man said to be a sort of fanatic presented a proposition to me for a joint dis cussion The subject was in effect that the resurrection of Jesus was a fact I accepted the proposition and signed the agreement but when requested the young man to also sign it he refused saying that he was making the bargain for another man whose name ho declined to give at the time I then told him that if a signed agreement was submitted to me by the person who proposed to debate I would give it a favorable consideration but the date would have to be named to suit my convenience Ho again demurred but finally named a preacher o fa small Campbellite church rii whom my friends cautioned me was too illiterate to indulge in debate with and if the agreement is sent it is doubtful if I will waste the time upon him Willing at all times to meet a competent preacher and representative churchman I am not willing to waste my energy upon any fool who may feel inclined to engage in controversy I cannot say say at this writing what the outcome will be My work in McConnelsville was now at an end The result was extremely gratifying The successes achieved were md most sanguine expectations Satisfaction among liberals were supreme They expressed a wish for more lectures along the same line and promises to return were made Owing to no Sunday trains running I was compelled to remain in McOonnelsvillo until Monday morning This Sunday was happily spent visiting friends Sunday mornIing brighter still if anything was given a dismal tinge by the monotonous clanging of church bells But I was not permitted to become ennuicd No sooner was breakfast over than Mr J W Parmiter came in with his carriage and team and drove me out to his beautiful home and farm place among the hills of this attractive region My coming had been anticipated and here I met with Mrs Parmiter and their children Mr and Mrs J D Hooper Mr and Mrs Howard Hooper and their two sons Sunday morning was happily spent and innumerable reminiscences were recall ed and discussed By noon the horses were again put to the carriage and I was driven back to the city where by previous arrangement I partook of dinner with Mr and Mrs 0 L Alderman their son Stanbery and other members of the family A few hours of literary entertainment was after wards enjoyed and returned to the Kennebec Hotel where I again met with DrJ B Naylor J H Whitaker and others Dr Naylor delightfully entertained me by giving a few gems from an elegantly written book of poems from his own brain and pen Thobook is entitled Songs from the Heart of Things and they are in a most literal sense what the nomenclature implies I shall never forget Dr Naylor My meeting with him will ever constitute a bright spot in the halls of memory As ho introduced me for the last lecture he fearlessly announced himself to that big audience as a Freethinker a fact of which he is justly proud Scholarly capable scientific courageous ho is in- the forefront of American citizenship a king among men a man among kings While hero I also had the pleasure of meeting and shaking hands with a large number of Freethinkers They are the bone and sinew of the community They are leaders in the marts of trade in the chambers of finance on the farm and in the citys intellectual life Among these in addition to those I have already mentioned wore Dr H L True a true scientist a deep thinker and n capable authqr He is president of the Scientific Society a local organization the object of which is to encourage scientific thought and in yestigation The best young men of the communityare mong its membership and it is a constant menace to super IJli IiIII = = Ht 1 ti0r il It BLUEGRASS BLADE stition Then there were Judge Jesse Ivers a leading jurist and an announced Freethinker Mayor George O McGoii igle Col James Donahue Councilman George Foster and many others An early train Monday morning took mo to Zanesvillo and from there to Cincinnati reaching Lexington at 640 p m Monday In closing this description of my trip I must say that it was both pleasurable and profitable Many now friends were made for the Blade Fully ono thousand copies have been distributed free at my several lectures A gratifying number of now subscribers have been secured andothers came to me promising to send in subscriptions later on Freethought has been given a new awakening and our cause ofmental liberty made stronger and firmer For the many acts of kindness manifested towards me lam cordially and heartily grateful Similar brief excursions into other States are now under contemplation s If they prove onehalf the success of this trip they will not be taken in vain The splendid goodfellowshipl of Stanbery Alderman and his marked attention to me constitutes one of the bright est spots I have ever experienced or expect to experience It makes one feel good to be among such men and I know I shall never meet with a heart more true and loyal than this young financier and business man Since returning home I havo received a signed proposi tion from the preacher whoso name is McVoy for a debate us previously suggested I have declined to meet him for any purpose stating that I do not propose to allow him to gain notoriety by treading upon my namo or tho name of tho Blade The papera were sent back to Mr Stanbery Alderman who will deliver them and see that no misrepresentations are made Two elements appeared prominently before both conventions just held at Canal Dover Ohio namelytho Desire for organization and the Value of Organization The Blade got into a largo number of now hands find thousands of copies wore given away that visitors might be able to learn what we had to offer them Tho Blade did the best it could to help in making tho conventions a sac- sc and the thanks tendered is sufficient to make us do it all over again While journeying from Columbus to Dennison Ohio Dr Wilson left a copy of the Blade on the seat ho occupied as we went out for lunch Upon our return the teat was oc cupied The Blade had found its way into other hands and made a tour through tho train being read by several of the passengers and let us hope with beneficial results The thanks of all Freethinkers are due to the Herald a daily newspaper at Canal Dover for the splendid reports and impartial too they gave of tho gatherings These were by far the best notices ever given in any daily paper of the conventions and congresses holY in America by Freethinkers Mrs Blivens address on the Sunday meetings attracted an unusual amount of interest and the suggestions she offers ought to bo carefully considered by all Freethinkers Here is an antidote for the regular church gatherings Tho Blade compliments tho Buckeye Secular Union andsthe Materialist Association for the wise Selection both mado in their officers Each of tho officers elected havo demon strated their great capacity for labor and their willingness to work in behalf of the cause Not a dissenting voice was heardanywhere j A Bible teacher in the church attended tho Secular Union is J convention At the close of tho meeting ho came to theyroom occupied by tho Blades editor at tho Central l I took part in a general friendly debate and finally submscribed for tho Blade Careful study will enable him to teach the bible in an entirely new light provided he does not give up teaching it altogether A Tho number of splendid Freethought women in attendance rupon both conventions gave it a greater charm and en t hanced tho success of the meeting We must have more r liko them andthen our cause will grow more rapidly y Dr Wilson Helen M Luchs Eliza Mowry Bliven Cora M Hail Georgo 0 Roberts Miss Neda Napier and the Blades editor all on ono traction riding from Dennison w to Canal Dover might havo caused a quaking of tho dry bones had tho orthodox been aware of who and what they wereBrother Samuel Toomey has lived long enough to witness the result of his long labors in andabout Canal Dover to caiiso him great joy For a long time he stood alone but now tho woods are full and he does not have to soli tairolOUR EMERGENOY FUND Tho Blade is extremely grateful to those who have made response to tho suggestion of an emergency fund for the benefit of aged and indigent Freethinkers that their Blade subscriptions may bo continued when they are themselvesrunable to contribute thereto This fund ought to grow and wo are convinced that once its usefulness can be understood it will grow and enough financial assistance thus secured to keep the Blade going to all without any additional burdens for our own shoulders The donations already made to this fund are as follows Henry 0 Roberts 100 Frank Winkler 50 L K Derby 100 Corodon R Woodward 200 Who will be the next f X iV j p dl1t t J A i9 f t if J v C if BLIJEfGBASS BLADE tThe ChristianityCJ I From a Sermon Delivered in Pulpit of Unitarian Church at Sharpsville Pa By Rev Clarence J Harris There are several good reasons why we may prophesy the passing of the Christian ity of today bearing the name ol the sup posed founder Is as tar removed from the teachings of Jesus In the Sermon on the Mount as that series of precepts are re moved from the words of Moses If we anal farrtoday more the germ and basis of the Catholic faith and that of conservative uvangellsm are con irary to It Itls sate to place the names of Jesus and Paul together U two men of strong minds Jesus was Inferior to Paul in every respect for Paul was a man of profoud learning and had much Influence among his people Jesus was uneducated he gathered his education by absorption met unhappy social conditions in a very simple manner he did not boast of being even catllnghimselfmarket places and other centers of public debate much of the religions of the south east and the north and I believehe knew more about the religious faiths of his day than we do today His teachings all seem to be the restatement of old ideas from the golden rule and the exemplification of his sincerity on the cross Jesus I believe would never have been Influentialfollowerman was recognized as a man of learning waslistenedsomething that would be of practical use and he at once took up the same line of truth Paul and not Jesus was the real author of Christianity Not many months andGentileand the Jewish Christians said the Gen tiles were not as good as they that they were of Abrahams seed and if the Gentiles cirrtians This trouble divided the Christians and Paul full of disgust cried There are no Jews or Gentiles Barbarians bond nor free he turned from the Jews Peter fol lowed his example and turned from the Jews and soon the Gentile Christians were in the lead However true Christianity suffered its first blow when these first churches quarreled and then passing on Constantlrfe by command tornado the Empire Christian made pagan temples and priests Christian I churches and ministers and there s today in the average man who has to believe what he is told and whose is entirely in anothers keeping Through Romanism to the many who turned from it and estabHshea free churches we come to the Pilgrims Who because of persecution driven to the shores of the sea fled to the wilderness and estab fished on Plymouth free religion However freedom was limitedand in ascore of years these who sought the place and prlvliege for freedom of thought and worship turned persecutors and exiled any who daredthin for themselves However it is pleasant to realize that with tho first persecution in Plymouth liberal thinking began and today the old Plymouth church id Unitarian Present day Christianity not the Paul ine and Jesus type It is far removed from it If Jesus came and spoke today about present day Christianity as he did about the Judaism of his day he would be turned out of every Christian Church The chur ches today according to Billy Sunday are the seats of the devil her ministers are going to the Devil and thee filled with vice and corruption Then as the first cause for the passing of Presentday Christianity would say it is because the Christian Churches are not Christian Not if we can credit Sunday with the truth not if we can credit our own powers of vision and sensibilities for reasoning For 6000 years since Adam and Eve made such fools of themselves as to pry into the causes for the effects they enjoyed up to today humanity has enjoyed the ministrY of prophets priests and kings and more the everpresence of the Infinite God in the Holy Spirit who fills everything all space Is inside every mortal fills this town ever house and all things to the sugar bowl ye with all this personal force together with the special incarnation of God himself humanity has not regained its first lost step and not yet does the Christian Church know the Sanctity of human life Jesus Christ as a man honored and spected life from the flower and bird to the fallen woman and enthroned man He believed in a brotherhood and the only Holy Spirit he ever revealed was real blood that flowed in the veins of humanity of one kind and one power binding humanity to getheras a brotherhood Today churches sell each other fora bit of advantage ministers slander each other for gain Christians torture each other for profit I have beeii held up for ridicule by ministers slandered by socalled Christians all because Ipreach the truth It d f has been said I ought to be swept off the J face of the earth and ought to go to hell and never had preached the truth however saying so does not make it so For 2000 years humanity has been study ing the sermon on the Mount and yet hasnt learned the first beautltude So far as the Golden Rule having been adopted by the faith Itfsas far removed now as it was 200pyears ago when it was found burled In the writings of the great Chinese teacher Does Christianity make better neighbors mykcharacter and reputation Does it inspire better citizenship and advance social condi tions The weakness and the poison and the destroying element in Christianity is this lack of humanity and because as it t is it is not tho faith of Paul and Jesus t Until tho church teaches and preaches the sanctify human life the divinity of man until then she is doomed to weaken and tall What is the use of worshipping an in visible God and damming a visible man What is the use of praying to be angels and acting like devils What Is the use of living In heaven In faith and hopes and mak ing a hell out of earth It is time that the sensible and the reasonable and the just should rise up as a body and teach as never before the sanctity of life on earth and then whatever may be in the future will be well provided for Another cause for the passing of Chris tianity Is that Its discredits reason You must not think that Is the key note of Romanism nnd Evangelical protestantism Reason has been called the enemy of the church and that Is correct Reason has a1dItdealtsell their rights and dispose of their freedom on earth for a crown in heaven that faith is going to prosper but once let the mind get to thinking and it is the end of popery to the soul France lost her head in worshipping Reason but that only showed she had a head to lose and considering her past bondage it is hardly surprising that went to the other extreme Hero Is a person who wants to be saved and he is told to only believe Faith does it all he therefore accepts his salva tion and builds his house on the sand An other wants to be saved and is told that salvation consists In being true to ones self living a life of morality and virtue lie builds on a rock reason and under i standing and he learns that he is to walk by sight not by faith that the is to be 1I t jASSBLADE I 13 1 anything it will be by personal effort and lfbe sows sparringly or sows tares hIs bar vest corresponds The storms come and descsend upon these houses the one on sand sinks thetawotgraltythe helps one ruins the other iin because In one case law has been observed and the other transgressed UDle spurereaSonllt1ebU Oi every structure in life It stands 4mi MNL and Invites destruction J t Another cause for the passing of day Christianity is because of the- being placed on the future ratter J present and that by faith aaaarik what he cannot see nor grasp ft t hard for a man to be told when lltt andtrustlogspresentdayChrlstlanltyllinot the problems and difficulties ZIt Is proving servlceless Why ganlzatlona today for the beneij of humanity Because ntimanrtrmfif ik uplift The Humane Societies of AiwrtMi are doing more than the churches have ever done to teach the sacredness of life and living on earth It Is high time that eyeS were taken off from the future and more thought devoted to the betterment of the present Socialisms appeal today Is for the true interpretation of the faith of Jesus and Paul and can It be wondered that hu manity that most needs help and the social lepers on every hand are looking at the Christian Church of today as a betrayal of a trust and the teachers of doctrines and thoughts far removed from the principles of Moses say nothing of Jesus Many churches are resorting to orches tras bands vaudeville phonographs shows and all kinds of performances but all Is in vtln It is like the fiz from the drinks from the soda fountain established in one church it soon snaps itself away and the people who thought they had a whole glass full of beverage are amazed to see it disappear and leave but a few drops There are positions that would make the church the mightiest factor In the world that would make presentday Christianity the mightiest force In civilization for good that is the thronment of reason freedom of tfipughl emphasis of the san city of life and the meeting of the everyday needs of human lif- eKeelers Short History of The Bible By B O Feriton Observing in a recent issue of the Blade an opportunity to purckaM JKeelers Short History of the BibleI Mire to say that ally read In connection ry also Dr Brandons eenougbs Origin of Sups These are all of in indents on Keeler It i when it was first writ llfKeelers book with great He gives In my opinion tent account of the growth shows why books were red and why they were not deal In opinions but correctness of his facts highest authorities He who the Christian frith weight that their evidence e first centuries of Chris with shadow most his ripd simply tell us what i4 even the statements of jo are contradictory The agree Mr Keeler must love i t deal of time in the ex list number of volumes anal he Information contained In his book coaldPJIit be collected In years Every minister ery college profetesor and every man really wishes to know something a1 outhe origin and growth of the bible should lead this book AGRICULTURAL SUPERINTENDENT t APPOINTED Popular MpvejMade for the Benefit of Kentucky grlculture MrJWM Baerge state Agent In the States Government emP10yoftl11ted has been ap of the with headquarters at LexlngtonXii lucky Mr Bamberg been In the employ of the Govornmen cultural and Industrial field In differ tales for the last five of the best allround- Agriculturalists the Government service familiar with farming horticulture Including the jement of orchards and the shlpmenltILMr Bamberge will retain his tff Agent of the United States AgrlcuRi Department and at the same time de te time to the Agricultural and Hojr ral Interests along the Queen 8 Ore oute It Is theiobji the management of the line In appolathH r JJamberge to help the farmers to ins output In crops and to secure early production for the markettThere Is M e eaJentfteld for Mr Bam- bergealoBijiM nCrescentRoute arid no douM be a valuable asset to farmers aB4lipMKkTbwers along the line DAVESLETTER TO HIS DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER Copyright applyed for 1908 by Franklin H Heald My deer hevenly FatherAre you and r Jesus Socialists and dont you ever bathe infanything but his blood The LOs Angeles Socialists are all in Jail most of the time and thay thing it makes marters of them to go there and get covered with lice of differ ent kinds That want to hairrang on the street and say thay are as good as the Salvation Army Are thay The Police men dont think thay are because thay dont keep clean and ware brass buttons and red collars and hollar for Jesus Why cant you send him down again and let him sho them how to be surenough Socialists that nd boy to get arrested and hung the rite way so thay can be notlsed and not bee common scrubs when thay go to heven There are lots of empty stables hear and some vir gins that mite bee utilized If you sent a nice looking angel like the one In a ptxttlro Papa has of It Of course thay cudent go to Egypt on a Burro from hear but thay cud go to Watts or Long Beach and they may hav my Hasusefor Mary and Jesus to ride if thay will turn him loose when git there Ell so he can cum back Maby Bob Burdell mite help some way about the virgin If you wood et me no and Papa and me will go and Jesus In the morning If we can ketch the wind rite after the Seabreeze comes up There Is lots of wise sheepherd on the Desert that wood be only to glad to come for nothing but you wood bat to hay It all over with before that struck a saloon or Drug Store or May mite turn the bornlng Into a Moharve war di1Dce Wben thay kit about three drinks of mescal or sacca thay cudpnt tell a savyor from a Burro or a you lam and you had betternot let them cum thru Pasadena because they cud get anything they want to drink tttire at inost and store except good whisky It I was a Socialists I wood comb myltieir and try and keep out of Jail part of the time As everADATE i Wanted Some Extra Copies AMARILLO TEXASEnclosed find 25gcents for extra copies of the Blade contain ing a sketch of the Life of Col Robt O Ingersoll also 26 cents for the A B C of Religion and 50 cents for the fund topay for subscriptions of those Freethlrikersho are notable to pay Hoping you suceeel in your work PRANK WINKLER syti I x 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE t iCbe Blades Corer espondeneer- r i N N N NOAIL What a Woman Thinks FORT SMITH ARKI am sorry I did not send you my remittance sooner but I Just kept putting It off I certainly love the Blade I have some of the best lessons s on humanity that I ever read I have laid aside the old style religion and taken tip the common sense view I never thought there were anyone brave enough to speak out to the world till a friend of ours told us he would give us a copy of the Blue Grass Blade and I fell In love with It from the start but told my husband he better have it come In his name I did not think a woman ought to have a Freethought paper come by mall but I have found some of tile dearest and most enlightened articles from women In the Blade that I ever read and hope you will forgive us for neglecting our a subscription so long Heres to April 1909 Yours for a better world here and now MRS NELS JOHNSON Got After the Preacher EAGLE STATION KYWhat books of Astronomy and Geology are you to use In your Correspondence School when can I get them also price of same- I told a preacher the other day that there thatfats some r kind of people He laughed and said I would be an Infidel some day if I didnt look out the worst thing that possibly could happen to me He said if there were any other worlds created God would have told about their creation in Genesis Said the moon and stars were put in the heavens Just for illumination purposes Said if this wasnt so why did they go out in the day time Now what the hell do you think of that JThanking you for the above information about books and hoping you may never meet as dammed big a fool as that preacher H J SLOCUM Socialist Answers Kidder MARYVILLEV TENNNESSEESome time ago that profound and caustive writer Grier Kidder saw fit to expose his igno rance of Socialism in the columns of the t Blade That his article was caustic I am ready to admit far more caustive than s easonable When Kidder writes on Soc ialism he reminds me very forcibly of a negro preacher describing the Devil After tl S T T T T r all the negroes devil has asmuch real ex istence as Kidders straw man wfilch he has created and labeled Socialism Kidders abuse and sarcasm directed against a move ment of which his own writings convict him of being densely Ignorant arouses a feel ing akin to pity In the hearts of all in telligent 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