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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE f Volume XVII Number 24 LEXINGTON KY OCTOBER 4 Io8 Published Weekly DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA nv FREEDOM OF THOUGHT r unntttaa et9ict J s 11ALBFRrr JOHNSONI 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Albert Johnson Philosopher Individualist Atheist Materialist Humanitarian Nec temere Nec temlde HenryI not bo complete without a page devoted to the untiring labors and sacrifices of Albert Johnson of San Francisco By his legion of friends in this and other lands he has been given the title of The Chaplain This man holds the unique poslion of being the only Chaplain In the world of Freethought and what a grand work he has done with his holy book the Book of Nature In his busy life he has exemplified the words of the immortal Ingersoll Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action rather than the dead calm of Ignorance and faith Banish me from Eden when you will but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of Know mental food has been the fruit from the tree of knowledge and he has lived In a tempest of thought and action striving to bring light and liberty to his fellows Albert Johnson was born In a log cabin on top of the Green Moutalns of Vermont December 13th 1844 He Is a direct de scendant of Col Ethan Allen the revolutionary hero and he in herits In a marked degree many of the distinguishing traits of his illustrious kinsman His mother who is still living at a great age is a devout Methodist She Insisted on rellgous Instruction for her son and she still has all his prize tickets for Bible study He says he could read off verses and chapters from the Bible by the yard but never had any conception of their meaning In his mature years he is certainly better versed In that my stical congomeratlon of everything absurd obscene cruel and impossible The Holy Bible than any one in the ranks of Freethought except the lamented Editor Charles C Moore and the able John E Remsburg the greatest Blbllst of our age His father was a thoughtful silent man who never attended church or discussed religion Even in childhood Albert Johnson was an earnest seeker after truth and a great reader Shake speare visited his young mind and such a student was he of the Bard of Avon that from youth to this very day he weaves Into the most common place things of life the lines of the Immortal poet with striking and artistic fitness Byrons Corsair appealed to his youthful Imagination Ours the wild life In tumult still to range From toll to rest and Joy in every change At years of age this Investigating Imaginative courageous boy ran away from his Green Mountain home and authority parential and slipped on board aNew Bedford whaler in Juno 1858 After visiting China Japan the Phllllpines and other parts of the world he ran away from the whaler in the Cape do Verde Islands and concluded to settle there But his restless buoyant spirit urged him on and after a year he sailed on the Frigate Niagara for Africa and America He remained at his Now En gland home but one month then crossed the Continent to Cal ifornia where he has since made his home No eulogist of this Chose Land The Golden State has sung its praises in prose and verse more artistically than this thoughtful observing world traveler This wonderland of the Pacific Coast has started a thousand rills of thought in his communings with nature and struck a harp of a thousand strings In his poetic mind Mr Johnson was married early In life His wife was a native of New York and they became the parents of five children four of whom are still living Mrs Johnson passed into eternal rest years ago and her memory is unbalanced in the sacred chalice of conjugal and filial affection Mr Johnson seems even from childhood to have been an Atheist for he says he never had any conception of God Becoming acquainted with a learned Jesuit when he was 40 years old the Bible and the Jesuit caused him to take up the real study of religions His knowledge along these lines Is prodigious and his life work is to dethrone the religious superstitious that curse and enslave the human race He believes that the clergy who teach children the Christian superstition that fills them with fear and hyprocrlsy under which the Christian world groans are burglars of the mind and greater criminals than those that rob their fellows of material substance for regal Reason is the most priceless heritage of humanity This man labors constantly not so much to reform as to exterminate error He Is a worshipper of intellect believing that the power of mind is the only true aristocracy The education of this selfeducated man is far superior to the college bred men with half the alphabet appended to their names This man dug up his knowledge and found the genuine article while as a rule the collegian has a use less or spurious article crammed Into him This selfmade savant Is a familiar figure on the streets of San Francisco and although he calls himself a plain blunt working man his friends from all classes and conditions of the people aro legion Working man he certainly is for his avocation being that of an engineer he spends toilsome exhausting days mil when at night he retires to his humble lodging he dwells among the stars and In marble halls and palaces of poesy he communes with the great minds of the ages or corresponds with the thinkers on the heights In many lands and climes The progressive minds of the Occident and the Orient have come in touch with this great hearted superior many sided man whose one life long struggle Is to bring mental liberty and moral uplift to the human race 1timeState are now denied him Tho hopeful happy helpful spirit of the man Is a mental ozone to those who come In touch with him and no human beings misery Is too deep or suffering too great for him to withhold his help and sympathy Mr Johnson is an untiring propagandist and hd has doubtless distributed more Blue Grass Blades and other liberal literature than any one per son He was an ardent admirer of Editor Chas C Moore and ho holds his memory In reverence Under just conditions Mr Johnson Is an ardent patriot but under present conditions the collusion of Church and Stale to rob the people of Reason and human rights he has repudiated these wrongs and attained the highest Ideal yet reached by the human mnld that of philosophical anarchist Hit abhors war and the degrading military spirit that is fostered and the Insolent med ding with the human rights of the people He sees that the shall nots of legislation have placed humanity In rebellion- BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 against Itself that greed and graft have destroyed the nobler qualities of the American people that honesty is outlawed truth and reason are crushed to earth by priestcraft and statecraft justice is throttled by rotten politics and Liberty is in chains The lovers of their kind the thinkers on the heights are laboring for better conditions and philosophical anarchy is the Eutopla they hope to attain Mr Johnson wields a forceful pen and is a notable contributor to the liberal press as the readers of the made can attest and his Freethought poems possess genuine merit and sparkle with true poetic genius Mr Johnson is a man who has encountered the most painful practical and tragical experiences Life with painful drudgeries its small compensation its fierce competition its tangled perplexities yet amidst it all ho has been a hero In the strife and his whole being has ever thrilled with optimism- In this world not very far advanced towards a beautiful and ordered cosmos a world reeking with cruelties and injustices rooted so deep as to call for the energies of a Hercules the Insight of a Socrates and the patience of Job to get rid of them t takes the strongest and noblest of the race to battle for better things Freehought has ever been and must ever be the vanguard of rrecrers To the snall and goodl1 coinp inv who Ialor for humanitys release this man unknown to fortune and to fame gratitude to these benefactors of the race I can in no way so emphasize that gratitude as by Mr Johnsons own poetic lines- Sometime in future ages when the cross and crowns no more Forgotten save by scholars in the world of historys lore Mankind then In those agesSome Shelley of great fame Will dine In thought among the stars and immortalize their supreme aim and object of Mr Johnsons life Is the ad vancement of Freethought and how the lightnings flash from his tongueand pen against tho old obstructions Ignorance and dead I Written For and Read Before the Buckeye Secular Union Con vention Canal Dever Ohio Sept 7 1908 By Matilda C Coomer In evolving every denomination And setting them all by the oars And crowding them in on this rolling plants Ion Queen Nature mado tho mistake of creation Which crushes mans manhood with fears If she had but known she would have created- A world each sect that she made Instead of mingling them to bo hated And slain by each other as dominated By those who make phantoms a trade If every one worshiped tho Brahman tri hended Outsiders could not interfere With infantile marriages or with the dreaded Suttee since all would be happily wedded To bliss when grim death should appear How peaceful If all on the earth were devoted To only tho Hebrews god for No ono would wish to find fault with tho noted Old Tesnment authors and heroes who doted On strong drink and women and war ow Ill JJ faith All classes and conditions who come in touch with him feel a mental and moral uplift and are impressed by his earnestness and sincerity As President of the San Francisco Freethought Society he rendered valiant service being a good Ubater nnd a fair and generous opponent During the SpanishAmerican war he was a striking figure In the camps of San Francisco distributing Freethought literature giving dinners to the soldier boys and arguing with them on the brutality and cruellty of war and tho Inconsistency of going out to slay their fellow under the banner of the Prince of Peace Mr Johnson Is a good art critic and numbers among his friends the artists sculptors and literati of the Pacific Coast He Is a warm personal friend of that learned savant Judge Parish Ladd to whom the liberal world owes a debt of grati tude and to Mr M Grier Kidder the prince of Satirists whose eplgranmatic dynamite shatters hoary supersitlons and whose style Is suigenerls In modern Iterature Thus this advocate of mental liberty day by day Is scattering with generous hand the priceless seeds and those who come after him shall reap the golden grain Tls your prerogative and mine to doubt How do you know Is truths own scout Facts fear no foes the Truth will out The words of the Immortal Saladln In reply to Cardinal Man ning are peculiarly appropriate to the subject of this sketch and I herein append them To the Cardinal Saladin said It iszunfortunate for you and yours that there are men of my type who will read and study for many years In obscurity anxious only to find out what Is true and never once asking what Is profitable studying for no profession hoping for no preferment poor but as r piring to no gain no crozier no cardinals hat but freely ghlngrlearning nnd time and life to the most thankless of all causes to a cause that for Independence gives you poverty for celebrity i gives you Infamy f I A Mistake Of Nature Mohammedans also should live on a planet Where Allah would not need a sword Without the sword here faith cannot exist can it Faiths heart Is a rock of vitrified granite Its pride is the blood it has poured The Catholic church is forever complaining Because It does not own the world To conquer all nations its force it is straining And if anywhere its dominion is waning There Romes execrations are hurled If all were believers in one superstition No person would then understand Tho slavishness or the debasing condition That comes of idolatry with its submission- To arrogant priestly command A world there should be for each plan of salvation To occupy this would prevent Divine persecution and gross condemnation Of opposite creeds a complete separation Alone can bring peace and content Still since those sects are all here we would better Attempt tho persausion of proof And show them that thought true thought is no debtor To fictions of faith which bind It and fetter Vlth sashes of steel warp and woof J t 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE Striking a Balance Sheet Resume of the Long and Bitter Struggle Between Freethinkers and the Popes For Civil Power and Freedom PART 3 By Judge Parish B Ladd In this long struggle the intrepid forces of Freethought were led by Atheists who in their early moves were obliged to carry- on this warfare in disguise against an enemy far superior in numbers led on by an unscrupulous priesthood headed by popes It was a struggle by thinkersreasoning- men against a multitude of men of the most ignorant class differing from the cattle only as bipeds The word pope comes from the Latin pa pa father at first applied to all bish ops from the fifth century it was applied only to the leading bishops of Rome By a series of forgeries the church makes Peter the first pope and alleges that he received his credentials from Christ who as we now know was a pure myth This man Peter like Christ was none other than a shadow floated by popedom as the first of a long line of popes The material out ot which Peter was made was none other than vague oral tradition and that from Caho lie sources alone is all we have as to the existence ot such a man even that tradi tion contradicts Itself as to he mans nativity his labors and when as well as where he died The epistles ascribed to him have been pronounced spurious by the Higher Criticism they belong to the long line of Cahollc forgeries This myth was not made by the church until the time of Innocent I 402417 who was In fact the first pope The church in founding this dynasty created Peter out of nothing and threw his time back over 400 years he is the product of a long series of forged de cretals a practice ever In common use with the Catholic Church It was applied to each and every piece of writing in the New Tes tament The whole jywtem of poftlni Christianity was of slow growth most of It made to fit the times In fact the forgeries of that church mark Its pathway all along the line of its history from its birth to the present time In Its early history paganism obscured the life of the church and nearly blotted out what lltlo history then existed for not a single scratch of writing of the first century concerning Christianity Its mythical head as the church has come down to our time all of which purports to come from the first century Is of much later date thrown back to give age and credit to the system like whiskey the older the stronger Innocent I 402417 being the first historical pope leaves over 400 years of a vacuum back to mythical Peter which the church filled In with the Isldorean forged decretals these decretals with other Catholic forgeries were found In the Vactlcan but not until the fifteenth century were they found to be base forgeries now so admitted by all scholars Catholic as well as Protestnant On lies forgeries frauds persecutions tor tures fagogts fire forced conversions and hell the Catholic church has been built up now sustained by the dregs of combined ignorance she raises her hydra head wreak Ing in the blood of her victims and declares to the world that Christianity Is the embodyment of all goodness purity virtue and Intelligence and this Is echoed front the pulpits of Protestanlsm In all lands and gulped down by the Christian Innocent I was born the Idea of making the church mistress of the world civil as well as ecleslastical To this first conception the church has ever been true never relinquishing her grasp till forced by the civil powers after long centuries of strife Let there be no mistake on this point It Is power not an honest belief In Its religion which Mr Lecky and some few less noted writers claim ttmt the church Is after That this terrible strife IS for power the whole history of the church and Its popes Is too clear to admit of a doubt for some of the popes who were the most violent prosecutors and persecu ters were avowed now believes in Christianity all of which with to a limited ex tent I hope Ito prove in this article and the series belonging thereto Christianity as a power began with Con stantine who made the Roman Church an auxiliary to his empire A murder of all rivals Including his wife and relatives he become the patron saint of the church which for twelve centuries followed In the bloody footsteps of Its founder Constantino was a man of policy the empire was his ambition all religions were alike to him things with which to control the rabble the church In following In the footsteps of Its founder succeeded during some twelve hundred years In murdering nearly onethird of the people of Christen dom Constantine removed the seat of empire from Rome to Blzantlum but the head of the church remained on the banks of the Tiber The Christians long before Constantine put them on the road to power were not only divided In their beliefs but engaged In the most deadly struggles among themselves over what now appears to sen sible men as the most trivial nonsense the most of which still adheres to the devout who never tires in devotion to their Totem The wrangles between the Eastern and Western churches being finally put an end to by deceit fraud and force all went over to Rome where the scarlet beast the pontlficlal dragon laid his plans to rule the the end of the fourth century Siricius claimed or Is made to claim Roman premacy over all Chrlstnendom The civil powers under the guidance of Freethought largely Atheist saw In this claim the Im pending struggle The church held the nu merical force the embodyment of piety and Ignorance a force to be moved at the will of the popethe Devil leading his coharts of bell The civil governments were in the hands of unbelievers It was the force of numbers under the control of the pope against intelligence of unbelieves Chris tianity arrayed against Freethought The contest was a long and bloody one Suc cess perched alternately on the banners of the contending parties The sacking of Rome by the Vlrigoths who had espoused Chris tianity contributed vastly to the strength of Innocent I With this Increase of power ho boldly proclaimed Supremacy of the church over all the civil governments of Europe 402417 but it was one thing to mako this claim and quite another to en force it at any rate the struggle was on to stay for ages Innocent was followed by Leo I 440461 Common Era Hero we have the Invasions of the Huns and Vandals during which times Leo continued to maintain the claim of this predecessor- In 470 the empire of the west como to an end leaving the civil power intact at Con stantinople but the pope was the civil as well as the ecclesiastical head of Italy Theodoric while nominally civil ruler of the Italian States was for a tme disposed to allow the church to have Its own way The conquest of Italy by Justinian put a check on the ambition of the Pontiffs scheme of aggrandizement the pope being treated as a rebellious subject The Imperial power becoming weakened was taken advantage of by the Lombards who invaded Italy thus allowing tho pope to regain his losses under the Emperor This Invasion brought face to face the ecclesiastical and civil powers the former under Gregory the Great who had become pope 590604 tho latter un der the Lombard Princes Peeling his temporal power weakening Gregory applied all his force to strengthen his hold on the church even to all tho out lying churches of the empire and especially I4J I BLUE GRASS BLADE i over to bishops whom he dreaded Being characterized as mere universal bishop by the patriarchs of Constantinople he was at once on his dignity to resent the Insult Gregory finally succeeded In forcing baptism oil the unwilling Lombards and Spanish Virlgoths while the Brltlaus were left to receive the gospel by moral suasion The work left by Innocent and Leo become the heritage of Gregory The strife of the seventh century failed to satisfy the ambition of the popes for the civil powers were not prepared to sur render all they demanded that the popes submit their elections for the approval of the civil authorities Christendom Martin I being a heretican avowed un believer though a pope was seized and curried off to Constantinople where he died from abuse The mild treatment of the Brltlons the result of fear won them over to Rome Image worship becoming general Gregory refused to obey and his people rose in arms to sustain him Here the governor of Italy attempted to use force on the pope whose supporters again came to his defense The Lombards took sides with the civil authorities and threatened to confiscate the church lands but the governor being too weak to render assist ance Italy in effect become lost to the em was confusion Gregory III then head of the church appealed to the Catholic Franks under Pepin who sent an army across the Alps defeated the Lombards and restored the popes civil power over all Italy For this favor the pope crowned Pepln king of the Franks and Patrician of the Romans Pcplns son Charlemagne Charles the Great come to the popes crossed the Alps and defeated the Lombards a second hue Here we have in Charlemalgne while not a believer In Christianity the popes most staunch frend a tyrant and an earthly devil Leo now 79581C holding the certificate being guilty of numerous crimes was released from prison and by Charlcmalgno declared innocent For this favor Leo crowned Charlemalngno emperor by divine author- y The first great Christian criminal to receive the honor of an emperor by tlio authority of a god another practice bor rowed from paganism thus wo have the dawn of popish power over both civil and ecclesiastical government with all Europe under popish rule At this tlmo the dark ages Is fully on with Christian Ignorance piety poverty and crime learning progress and humanity had come to an end at least for a time waiting for Freothought to re join the ascendancy and resusclato the old virtues of Greece and Rome Catholic Ism boasts that It never changes This boast has proven true at all times and places when and where that church has been in power and would prove true again ter even in our country where the Catholic church is putting forth her every effort to plant his bloody standards in our land Charlemalgne 771814 for the crown be stowed by Leo agreed to convert or ex terminate all the German tribes he carried out this agreement forcing baptism wher ever his army went when any rebelled he gave them fire and sword The Saxons threw off this yoke the fifth time when Charlemalgne put to death 4500 of their leaders drove the rest into the Elbe where he gave them the choice baptism or drown ing of course they accepted the former This is tho way Rome made Christians just as long as she had the power and it is just what she would do today but for the Intervention of the civil forces In the face of this history and much more of the same kind the Priesthood Catholic and Protestant boast that Chrstlanlty has been spread by peaceful means but there lying is the least of Priestly crimes Nicholas VIII asserted pontifical power over the bishops of the west and the civil authorities basing his claim principally on the forged decretals The demands of this pope were so dictatorial as to force the schism between the Catholic and Greek churches During the first half of the tenth century all was confusion the election of the papacy depending on whether the Roman nobles of the mob were in power No heed was given to the popes office John XII In power being pressed by enemies called on Otho of Germany and for his assistance crowned him emperor E thus set ting for a time the supreme power of the State over that of the pope Tho pontifical power was again disturbed under Otho III The Emperor Henry III released the papacy from tho Roman nobles and conferred the election on the German churchmen Leo IX 104755 made a fruitless attempt to restore the morals of the priesthood In his attempt to check the Norman invasion of Italy ho was made prisoner then made ruler of Italy and Sicily Under Gregory VII 10 7385 popery took a new lease of power and deposed the Emperor who to re gain his proper standing submitted him self to be Humiliated by the pope Canosa This was followed by mutual support Hero the conflict of rival proper scandillzed all Europe Each claimed tho empire To raise funds to support rival popes every expedient was resorted to The struggle continued until 1122 when a compromise was effected ending In the success of the papacy Here we have the commencement of the crusades with Innocent II as leader 113043 Now we find Nicholas Brakes pear an englishman In the papal chair threatening Emperor Frederick I but open hostilities are avoided Under Innocent II 113043 popery reached the summit of Its greatness Innocent was master of Italy ho crowned Frederick III Emperor excom municated me ling oi France deposed Jowl oi caigmuu uuu lurctu aim to utnuowieuge muiscii me vassal me pupa mis ioiioweu uy the buuuiisaiou oilier raters innocent thus louiiu umiaelt muster 01 ml uurope out toe civil govemuieu using under the normal control ot rreemiUKers unrest everywhere appeared but it suuuueu 11S ta lion under toe reign of tills pope the fat tio mime ana fat I oruers WHo founded wulcii become me two powenui arms ot popeuom Frederick li smarting uuuer tau rule ot tills pope made au attempt regain civil authority Gregory IX 1227 41 auu innocent ll4i uU tnrew their enure force against Frederick and deposed himPapal finances getliig low torce was used to replenish toe popes cutters England became restless but tue struggle went on against Frederick Charles ot was now made King of Sicily and Naples by the pope France was oifeudeil and forced tine papacy asiue for a French King The imperial power Having been lost Boiilface 12941303 placed himself at the head of the empire Tnls roused the war spirit of both Franco and England both refused to recognize popish rule The popes olllcers slezed Phillip IV the French King and so brutally treated him that he died Be fore this Phillip procured the election of pope Clement V of Aulgnon 130516 From this time on for twenty years the papal court was held in France This agree Ing with the time of the Jewish captivity was by popedom styled the Babylonian captivity Here we have the long struggle between the pope and the Emperor Louis To be continued GOD IS BUT A HUMAN ATTRIBUTE In a long winded article upon theological subjects published in the Universalist Her ald at Canon Georgia A W Hubbard ex plains God by saying Thou shalt lovoIWho God Who Is God The master saidIGod Is love Then thou shalt love love This is very consoling for we now have It upon tho authority of a professional sky pilot that god Is not a person not a thing not an entity but a mere human attribute a mere quality of matter subject to change and decay Thus do all gods go REASON discovers theres only Folly In WORSIIIP REMORSE holds no VALUE In compari son with RESEARCH The first step away from REVERENCE Is tending toward DETHRONMENT OF MYTHS J 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE Rejoinders To John T Pearce I SNOWS REPLY TO PEARCE Further Elucidation of the Issue in Contro versy Concerning Bible Prophecy on the Messiah By A A Snow In the Blade of Aug 30th under the head Ing Hear the Other Side John T Pearce an orthodox believer has put me In an awful shabby condition and then loft me right In company with Dr Bowles Well If I dont succeed lu curing the wounds as a last resort perhaps I can call on the doctor I see he even gives the ed itor a most ungracious slap for allowing my company But In spite of bloody nose and black eyes I am glad to see the Chris tian out it is something new for us fellows that live in the woods But I cant possibly remain In the condition the Christian has put me I must do something whether it be to turn my left cheek also to him or a thousand of brick Anyway I will try to ap pear as pleasant at least as the Texan who sat on a big red ant hill So here goes The writer says I am a blundering sup erficial reader and that I care little for facts etc He names three pocalled pro phecies that I have maltreated I will now follow hind up and see whether or not he gets into any of the mud holes In which no claims to have found me First MIcah 52 He says its fulfillment is yet future Jesus is to come and gather together the ten lost tribes of Israel etc Now will he say that Jesus birth at Bethlehem is yet future I suppose not since that would make the New Testament that ho is defending misapply it But these ten tribes amalgamated with other people and have become extinct Is there anything blunder ing in this sort of application of prophecy Besides how is Jesus to save Israel from the Invading Assyrians who have also been ex tinct for over 2000 years If he will read the whole chapter carefully he will see that the writer was In his day preparing the peo ple for that very warfare In which the Bethlehem prince was to take such a valorous part Will he say that Jesus poses as a military general The writer and the early Christians surely misapply this pretended Judges 135 ho says refers to Samson Well doubtless ho is right I never said it didnt But the question is how did the New Testament writers apply it Matt 223 says And he Jesus came and dwelt in a city called Narareth that it n mignt be fulnlled which was spoken by the prophets He shall be called a Nazerine Now you do not find the word Nazarene spoken by a single prophet of the Bible und if it had been it would have had no meaning us the city was unknown until af ter Christ but if they meant Nazarlte judges 135 above is the only place it Is used by a prophet so in either case the New Testament writers have made a great blunder which knocks inspiration endways and Mr Pearce blunders in following them Judge Waite in his history of Christianity dovp eal four pages 510 givIng proof that Jesus belonged to sect of the Nazarites In substance the same as that of Samson and the city of Nazareth was named for him about 100 years after in place of him being called a Nazarene be cause he dwelt In that city Will Mr Pearce show us the real prophecy of the Old Tes tament referred to and thus act a defender of the faith In place of an iconoclast The way he leaves matters the remedy would prove worse than tbe disease I think he uses good reason when he says that Judges cant refer to Jesus because it refers to Samson If he will reason that way con cerning all the prophecies said to refer to Jesus he will be a Freethinker Many of fho socalled prophecies of David said by the New Testament to apply to Jesus refer to David himself and the orthodox are forced to admit it to save the gospel ship from going down they claim the same prophecy is a prediction of two different events that is that It refers to David and Jesus both at the same time And that the noted prophecy In Isa 714 of the birth of a son by a virgin which by the New Testament is made to apply to Jesus they admit refers to a child to be born in the genera tion of the prophet but they say It refers to Jesus also This Is a desperate way of getting on board but It Is the only show Indeed Israels prophets must be great fel lows they keep talking down the ages each echoing hill brings new thoughts all from the same sentence Some have expressed five or six different things all in the same words and we know not how much more yet to be fulfilled No wonder It takes an army of commentators to straighten us out It Is said that Jesus described the destruction of Jerusalem and the great Judgment day events thousands of years apart all in the same words Perhaps the high price In printing inspired this economy of speech Third Ho admits that Luke makes Jesus born when Cyrenius was governor of Syria but assumes that Herod the Great was on = c the throne of Judea at the same time He claims have blundered in getting the Her ods mixed as he says Paine did With the references right before him that I gave ho shows himself a blundering superficial reader Trot out all the Herods you may the following facts remain Matthew makes Jesus born when Herod was king Matt 21 And that after Herods death Ar chelaus reigned Matt 222 Now turning to my references In Josephus we have after Herods death Archelaus reigned nine years and was banished when Judaea was united with Syria for taxing purposes and Cyrenius was appointed governor with instructions to enroll the people for the purpose of lax ing them See Josephus Antq bk 17 ch 13 and bk 18 chap So Luke makes Jesus born more than nine perhaps about eleven years after Matthew does This Is a difficulty that the most learned of the orthodox admit they cannot straighten out Like the Levlte I will leave Dr Bowles In his bruised condition to take care of him self I like to see the fjctor out anywaypmid will be specially delighted to see how he squirms when In a corner besides as you all see I have misery enough at home and kinder like company And so will say of the doctor in skeptical style Physician heal thyself Criticism Offered Receives Commendation but his Points get an Overhauling- By William H Cox Mr Pearce writes one of the best letters for a Christian that I have ever had the pleasure of reading yet he like all others of orthodoxy believes In the divinity of Jesus Christ Take away or destroy this divinity ana there Is no possible foundation for their faith Ho says I take no stock In creeds but were the facts of the case properly stated it would be as follows Conceived by Mary and born Into the world and is of the holy ghost or of divine authority from God who creates all things according to his will As a student I will ask how well does this God create Is it not a fact that this sup posed birth of Christ Is only a delusion taught by the Priesthood to fasten upon mankind the dreai1superstition the world has gone through with for ages Again I will ask with all sincerity it It was possible for a perfect god to create it was possible for a perfect god to create this earth as we see It What would be his idea for having born into this life and J jBLUEGRASS BLADE l world this supposed son Jesus Christ when he fully knew beforehand that his mission on this earth would be a dismal failure Is it not so recorded on every hand that this mission has been a total failure Lis ten to what he says I come not on earth to bring peace but a sword And how well this mandate has been fulfilled the human family today can bear witness- A god that could create this and all other worms would not have to have a son born of woman on this earth to demonstrate his powers of creation And this Is one of the weakest spots of the whole thing An all wise and perfect pod would have no use lor a redeemer of mankind such as Jesus Christ If God Is a reality then Jesus Christ is a myth And if Christ is a myth what foundation have the Christians for their faith Is it not a fact that It Is found ed on this flimsy pretext Tills piece of cloth was cut and made to fit an Infant age but the world has out grown It and is now ready for something better in its place Again Mr Pearce sas I do not pretend to believe in God or his son Jesus Christ except upon the written testimony of his Apostles Is It not a fact that some of Ws own chosen Apostles doubted him just as I and thousands of others do The very evidence on this subject Is not clear or even good and this Is exactly why so many doubt the whole story Evidence that cannot be corroborated is not good evidence And as his own chosen Apostles doubted him I therefore say that faith In Jesus Christ rests on the very poorest kind of testimony and evidence And again ho says You could not go into court and prove your own birth without the aid of oral or written testimony Thus he takes the mythical birth of Christ and compares it to the birth of every living person and yet our parents testify orally every day to our birth They clothe feed and educate us and give the very best of evidence that our birth Is not a fake or a puts the question back where I left It and I will ask what If any oral testi mony have we that Mary the mother of Christ ever claimed him to bo the son of tho holy ghost The testimony wo have is not Marys but that of the Apostles As their testimony Is shady It puts a pallor of doubt over the whole question I honestly believe that It tho redemption story of tho New Testament had never been known tho world we Inhabit today would bo 2000 years In advance of what she Is This thing has retarded the progress of the world and kept the human family In superstition and fear This whole thing Is an egg laid by tho old hen of Rome and hatched by a rotten priesthood whoso his tory is as dark as midnight and as bloody as a slaughterhouse L Th strangest thing to me Is how so many good honest people can be hypnotized into this faithto believe the New Testa ment story as being the truth the holy truth and nothing but the truth There are multitudes who believe the story to be b rn in iniquity to enslave both mind and body In all the past ages science has crept slowy and surely to the front and she will surely in the future put this rag baby of theology where It belongsamong- the relics of the Dark Ages Tne whole creation story of Genesis Is an extremely weak thing when viewed with eyes that are not orthodox It is no better than the story of the Mohammedans in their Koran and not half as good as the same story of the Hindoos When we search through religious history to find the truth the story becomes still more weak ened and falls to pieces from its own weakness and stupidity And how long o how long as Dr Bowles says will man still believe it REPLY BY MRS E FREEMOTT I would like to correct a few mistakes made by John T Pearce In his article in the Dine Grass Blade of August 30th en titled Hear the Other Side He says that Micah 52 refers to the sec ond coming of Christ how does Mr Pearce know this There is not an atom of evidence to show that it refers r Jesus at all and there IS evidence iiirther on in verses and to show that it refers to some cne else It says this man who should come from Bethlehem shall be the peace etc between the ju vs and Assyrians And again in verse They shall waste tho land of Assyria wli the sword etc Did Jesus make peace between the Jews and any other nation NO The Assyrians as a nation had no existence for several hundred years prior to the birth of Jesus and as to Jesus re turning at some time in the future for the purpose of thrashing the Assyrians how does that harmonize with the Prince ot Peace theory Why does Mr Pearce call Christ the Prince of Peace Jesus himself said came not to bring peace but a sword Mr Snow did not say that Judges 135 referred to Christ but only that the Now Testament references did so If Mr Pearco has a reference Bible and will turn to Matthew 223 he will see that the Bible translators made that passage refer back to Judges 135 as a prophecy of Christs Pearce also states that Herod the Great was alive when Jesus was bom but falls to give any proof If Herod was alive at tho time of Jesus birth as stated by Matthew Jesus was not born when Cyre nius was governor of Syria fas stated by me give Mr Pearce the proof The successor of Herod the Great was not Herod Antipas as Mr Pearce says but Archelaus the son of Herod the Great He ruled nine years and In the tenth was banished by Caesar to Vienna Archelaus country was added to the province of Syria and Cyrenius was sent from Home to take charge of tne whole province and settle up the estate of Archelaus It was at this time that the taxing took place under Cy renius of both Jews and Syrians full ten or twelve years after Herods death See Josephus Ant books 17 and IS Mr Pearce mentions the death of John the baptist If he will read Josephus Ant book 18 chapter 5 he will see that iomi was not beheoaed for the cause given In the New Testament Mr Pearce has ac cused Mr Snow of being a superficial read er but if Mr Pearce will read Josephus even superficially he will find that the whole story of John Philip and Herodlas as told In the iSew Testament Is false Lack of space forbids going into details In this article One more point and I am done Mr Pearce challenges Freethinkers to prove that the Christians ever perse cuted any one prior to the fourth century Now let me give Mr Pearce a challenge Let him prove from authentic sources that there was any such thing as a Christian church prior to Constantines time If Mr Pearce were not such a superficial reader he would have discovered enough at least to have aroused his suspicions that no de pendence whatever can be placed upon any literature that has come to us from and through the hands of the Ca belie Church And If Mr Pearce had studied a little fur ther ho would have discovered that Con stan tine was the originator of the Christian religion by uniting all tho contending faiths in the Roman Empire the Essenes score of others The amalgamation of all these faiths produced what Is today called Christianity Dustys Kick Deso automobiles are a nuisance growled Dusty Dennis as he frowned at a passing touring car t Whats de matter pard asked Gritty George One of dem run you down No but last night dey put me in a cell wid a chauffeur and I couldnt sleep for de spell of gasoline Chicago News THE ONLY REASON There was once a motorist who was never heard to lie about the speed of his f car Ho was dumb I 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by him until his death February JAMES HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 1268 N KyPSUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year in advance eachFivesix 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couldarrange for lectures and desiring them are requested to communicate with the Blade as soon as possible as rot more than two weeks or twenty days can spared from the office at one time As only a limited number of appointments can bo accepted those first received must be given first consideration and the route can then be made up and dates fixed One or two lectures could be given at several different places and these aided Ita liberal supply of Free thought literature for free distribution will undoubtedly prove of incalculable benefit to the cause wo advocate Write at once if you wish this propaganda JITI LU lLlCvm LnJ J IL WORK OF THE CONVENTIONS There is much to be commended and worthy the full consideration of every Freethinker in some of the sug gestions offered by the recent conventions and plans outlined for future work For this reason we wish to briefly discuss them and emphasize their importance ifa more successful propaganda be desirable Most important among these are the following 1 The organization of local secular clubs under thoIauspices of the Buckeye Secular Union 2 The suggestion of a plan for Sunday meetings as out lined by Eliza Mowry Bliven 3 The establishment ofa lecture bureau under the auspices of the Materialist Association 4 A proposition now under consideration by the Directors of the Materialist Association for the publication in book form of a general symposium on the god and future life questions LOCAL SECULAR CLUBS This should bo done wherever two or three Freethinkers cull bo found in one community No expense need to be incurred The meetings could be held in the homes of its members alternately each Sunday and friends should bo invited to attend Elect officers consisting ofa chairman fIlHla secretarytreasurer who should together prepare a program for each meeting Music readings and literary compositions could be used to good advantage and harmless recreation enjoyed Such a club would bo sure to grow The officers of the Buckeye Secular Union propose to push this plan of organization issue charters or dispensations front the parent hodand desig nate each club by a number in the chronological order of their organization The current Freethought press and lit erature embellished by readings from Paine Ingersoll and others would furnish abundant material to make these meetings attractive Nor should this work be confined to the State of Ohio but it should be immediately extended to till other States In this relation it is gratifying to know that Parker II Scrcombe of Tomorrow Magazine has volunteered his service to aid in establishing similar organization in Wiscon sin told Michigan while the officers of tho Buckeye Secular Union will render assistance along tho same lines in Illi nois If carried on with energy and enthusiasm there is no reason why such organizations should not be effected in each of the States named In tho first place every Freethinker in Ohio ought to get in harness and push tho State Union along As an in centive to such work tho Blade will gladly publish all in formation concerning local clubs and their work and will undertake once each month to publish an account of its meetings Such a system would enable Freethinkers in every State to know what other Freethinkers are doing and feel encouraged to do likewise With a section of States r BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 thus organizedand each State organization well backed by localclubs the prospects will become cheering indeed TILL SUNDAY MKKTIXnS On this subject but little need bo said in these columns The Blado has already published Mrs Blivens plans for Sunday meetings and if these are utilized as they should be they will apply equally to local secular clubs or to meetings held under the auspices of the Materialist Associa tion The Blade heartily commends the suggestions offered by Mrs Bliven and expresses the hope that in the near future it may bo able to publish a report that somebody somewhere has put these suggestions into practical operation Jis TILE LECTURE BUREAU Acting upon the suggestion given in the report of Eliza Mowry Bliven Secretary of the Materialist Association given at tho recent convention and afterwards appearing in the Blade the convention adopted and ratified the plan to place the Editor of the Blade in charge of the proposed Lecture Bureau a position accepted with considerable hesitation andmisgiving That a Lecture Bureau is needed none will deny That it could bo made of material benefit to tho cause must be readily admitted Tho first essential is to sure a suffi cient number of qualified lecturers men and women who are capable of a clear presentation in public of the prin ciples we advocate and able to defend them against all who darn to question or assail But few can bo found at this time who possess these qualificatoins but the Blade hopes and expects through the medium of its Covcspondenco School to bo able to supply the necessary material for such a propaganda and this was tho principal object had in view in starting it Under the circumstances it was timely that such a stop should have been taken by the COlt volition and if necessary assistance can bo assured tho Lecture Bureau should become a success It will bo realized however that we must first secure the lecturers To wait for the School to produce them must necessarilly cause delay Next in lino is a sufficient number of local societies or individuals in different parts of tho country ready and willing to engage them Lecturers can be of no avail without the opportunity of getting before tho public To this end a general cooperation is essential Those who arc capable of lecturing must get in touch with Freethinkers and the latter wherever possible should or ganize a sort of club so that they could bo reached on short notice and arrangements made for a lecture Two lecture meetings each year from tho travelling lecturers would do an immense amount of good and with such clubs in many parts of each Stato all tho lecturers could find employment As an incentive to such a propaganda we commend the plans of tho Buckeye Secular Union This is a centrally organized body President George 0 Roberts is now undertaking tho work of organizing local clubs under its aus pices in different localities in Ohio With but little work these clubs could bestow a powerful support on the central body and all bo made mediums through which lecture or platform work could be made effective It would also cre ate a division of labor and expense the burden being shared by many instead of falling upon a few Frcethought can make no serious gains without a syste matic propaganda Haphazard work produces only hap hazard results Such methods can produce no permanent good At best they are merely spasmodic and temporary Our cause being educative wo must perforce secure edu cated men and women to expound its principles It is not necessary to bo an orator True oratory proves attractive to many but a comprehensive knowledge of thin truths of Frcethought coupledwith careful expression will bo suf ficient It is not every man or woman who can make ora tors Yet most of them are capable of telling what they knowIf the proposed Lecture Bureau is to become a fact and made of any effect persons who are able and willing to en gage in tho public lecture work should send in their names either to Secretary Bliven or tho Blade office and a list prepared and kept standing At tho same time a list of available societies clubs or individuals wherever arrange ments can be made for such lectures should bo listed and the lecturers put in communication with them This is a gigantic undertaking but with the experience we have had in this character of work wo feel wo can successfully titan ago it if wo can get tho assistance of all willing workers Organizedsocieties can arrange for lectures at almost anytime These are always prepared Not so however where no society exists Still most every community that can boast a half dozen or more of active Freethinkers can arrange for lectures if they but go at the undertaking in tho right way In tho first place there should bo no charge for admission First secure your lecturer Tho next step is to get dates and subjects of tho proposed lectures Arrange these things first The next step is to secure the hall or place of meeting The court house school house or even a large store room will prove available andas a rule these can bo had at little expense Now advertise the lectures well through the medium of tho local papers and by handbills or posters Invite all tho orthodox members of tho community to attend These are the people wo want to talk to most Word your announcements so as to attract and not offend Now begin to raise tho expense by voluntary contribution among Freethinkers A little fioni each will make up a fair sum and no burdens have been put on any one These suggestions are offered for tho purpose of creating n discussion upon tho subjectupon tho hypothesis that from a multitude of counsel wisdom may bo found and if any reader of the Blade has a better plan do not hesitate to let it bo known TUB SYMlOSIUJt HOOK At first glance this may appear tho least important of tho quartette of suggestions herein discussed and yet after f 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE due reflection it may be estimated as being of great value The proposition briefly stated is to invite seventyfive eighty or onehundred Materialists to contribute to a sym posium on why they do not believe in god or a future life This would make a book of about twohundred pages It could be printed by voluntary contribution even the symposium Biters joining and each contributor to the cost of could be given a pro rata number of copies for free distribution With such a number writing upon such subjects and giving reasons for the particular faith that is in them it must start others who read it to thinking for themselves and this is the way by which Freethinkers are madeThis matter is only under consideration as yet but if the Directors of the Materialist Association are accorded proper and necessary support it can be a successful medium propagandaI an open forum and it would like to have a more general discussion among its readers on the subjects here treated MORAL LAMENESS Who are the morally lame The preachers and those who blindly and subserviently follow them in their theologicalravings In a recent sermon Rev Frank M Silsley of Pittsburg Pa attributes the present condition of serfdom of indus trial ill to a lack of reverence for the name of Jesus and urges by implication that a more general acceptance of Jesus and His power to save would remove all barriers to the happiness of the race now existing and reduce sin and crimeFor two thousand years the name of Jesus has been a by word It has been on every lip in Christendom It was the prompting motive for all and yet sin and crime grew and flourished until Christendom became a veritable cesspool of immorality Professors of this same Jesus wore among the worst of criminals and by their fearful example wrought a sad moral havoc among their followers The higher and better education which drew inen and women from this Jesus broke the pall of horror that hung upon the fair face of Earth and it is just in proportion as education advances that the very name of Jesus will become one of the myths hatched during the mental childhood of the race But read Rev Silsley said among other things as re ported It is natural for a man to be selfish vain am bitious mean but it is not natural for him to be a Chris tian Then Christianity is a lie Accepting the above dictum concerning mans moral nature it becomes a deliberate insult to the intelligence and wisdom of the creator If Christian theology be true then it is inevitable that Christian belief must be natural to man Otherwise the plan of the creator is set at naught This preachers reas oning has got sidetracked As in Adam all sinned means ct L II t l1 nothing to him If all did not sin through Adam then the Christian teaching is false At the same time there was no necessity for a redeemer Through Adams allegedsin the Christian scheme of salvation was natural and inevit able and must perforce be natural to man If sin be nat ural to man then god committed monstrous crime when he made him and rave him a sinfulnature This preachers premises are wrong Mans natural trend is toward goodness Were it other wise the law of development would be a farcea mistake If evil is natural to man it is a terrible indictment against any intelligence who gave him life and being The law of progress of development is ever upwardand onward Here and there on historys great page may ap pear cycles of depression and obstruction but the general trend is upward In this relentless march worse than Sher mans famous march to the sea and more destructive cus tom and creed deity and dogma belief and bible priest and preacher must be ruthlessly destroyed first sinking into myth and legend ultimately to fade and die gone forever from the mind of man Hero we have the bright philosophy of Freethought in startling contrast with the Christian system Freethought looks to the good there is in human nature for future happiness Christianity looks to vice and sin as a means of selfaggrandizementIf man to be sinful vicious and mean how can any preacher reconcile the idea with the doctrine of infinite love HERBERT SPENCER IN MEMORIAM Special attention of our readers is directed to the poem which appeared in our last issue concerning refusalof the authorities of Westminster Abbey London England to permit a tablet to be placed in that edifice to the memory of Herbert Spencer The poem was sent to us by Mrs henry with a request for its publication first appearing in the Overland Monthly u magazine published at San FranciscoIt been well said that men live by deeds not by fig ures upon the dial ofa clock Good deeds heroic deeds furnish better and more lasting monuments than marble or bronze for no great thinker can possibly die so long as his thoughts continue to roll down the ages The church would like to claim Spencer and some of its advocates have even gone so far as to assert and maintain that In his works Herbert Spencer had simply unfolded the intricate plans of deity but the church militant orthodox and unyielding as evidenced by the tablet episode above mentionedshows that it is not yet prepared for that marked advancement and change which alone can save it from destruction More people who can understand Spencer believe in him than can be found believing in the church creeds and doctrines Spencer does not noedn tablet in Westminster Abbey to keep his memory alive and while the name of Charles Darwin adorns its walls a big concession for the L IBLUEGRASS BLADE 11 church to make tho memory of Spencer will be perpetuated by thinking people in spite of Westminster Abbey The poem is beautifiily expressive of this sentiment and the Blade gladly gives ita place for reproduction in its columns RELIGION AND THE FUTURE Sectarianism has its virtues as well as its vices but with al the latter to a great extent outweigh the former The bitter struggle between the sects for public patronage for political recognition as against each other for prefer ment of an exclusive character tend to produce some slight improvement in creeds and formulas so as to conform to the changing modes of thought and public opinion and in this manner may it bo truthfully said that some little prog ress is shown Were it not for tho continual strife and friction tho hostile public criticism creed revisions might not have taken place for centuries yet to come Danger however wises from tho fact that out of this strife public interest is too frequently made subservient to the interests of tho dominant sect Given tho necessary power through the political influence of its adherents the tendency is to so legislate in its favor to tho exclusion of all other sects by intrigue trick and every known device that human ingenuity can invent For this reason the Free thinkers standing upon the sacred memories of the forma ive period of our countrys great history stand watch and guard for the purpose circumventing any and all encroachments upon our national liberty The points here suggested derive considerable strength from the proposed political constitution for tho Turkish empire Mohammedans look upon the innovation with a su premo satisfaction but tho Christian people resident in the empire take the blackest possible view of the situation Through tho Literary Digest wo learn that onetT B Crozier writing in tho London Daily Mail upon tho Re ligion of tho Future argues that political harmony can not bo based upon an admixture of antagonistic creeds colors and codes of social morality and yet ho follows up that opinion with the further statement that such admixtures may bo permitted by tho governmental authorities provided that tho powers of government will rigidly and fearlessly seo that strict justice is lone alike to all tho- races and creeds concerned without fear or favor Construing this statement as tho writer evidently intend ed it andrealizing that tho Christian element will be inJ smallminority under tho now regime the strict justice is inferred to mean that which will inure to the Christian sects a degree of liberty and license which these same Chris tian sects have strenuously denied to the people of other religious creeds In other words it is an insistence upon certain favors and privileges which they have never been willing to grant themselves when in tho overwhelming ma jority But if there is to bo n religion of tho future grow out of the new order of things in tho Turkish empire it is a safe assumption that it will not bo a Christian religion in w L JH L I Ill 1HJlU LL the slightest regard for tho Turkish people have been in too close contact with the militant forces of Christianity to ever adopt that religious system in preference to their own Ifwe may judge further by the interview of the Turkish ambassador to the United States previously commented up on by the Blade Frcethought will have tho ascendancy and this practically means a systematic dropping of allcreeds by whatever name known or practiced Taking the further statements of the same writer it would seem that ho is unable to foresee any agreement between the peoples of different nations by reason of the admixture- of races including in this category the negro problem in Americathe Jewish problem in Russia and on the European continent the mixture of races and creeds in Austria Hungary the religious dissensions of Ireland India and other countries Summing up the entire situation the Blade concludesCjl that the future will know no religion no creed no system of despoliation through the fear and sentiment of tho hu man mind The future will be free from all such degrading influences and human society governed by truly scientific principles The first of October will soon be here Many promises t and pledges were made upon our proposition to increase the circulation of the Blade Winter reading will soon be f wanted und now is tho time to get your friends taking the Blade pay Charles Aked tho English preacher imported by John P Rockefeller declares against an excessive literalism regarding the bible and insists that a constantly growing to comes from such a source Abolish tho literalism and you abolish the bible Once tho right is to men to revise alter and explain word of god and it Becomes the merest fiction its alleged divine guidance is destroyed And this is precisely to what tho bible is com ing You no longer accept it as literal word of god and do y its authority The end of Christianity is withi- nSightI t of tho result of our recent lectures in McCon uelsvilie Ohio a Freethinker says You have been as tho proverbial bull in the godchina shop up here The air is ringing vith your praises and your condemnation as you cnn readily imagine You have run tho Freethinkers out of the woods and orthodox into them I never suspected there worn so ninny doubting Thomases in this stripof tim er Able to fully realize the source from whence tho condemnation emanates we are prone to look upon oven that as aise It is evident that tho lectures have not been fclcro is another instance in favor of Freethinkers assortingttbemselves to let their full strength bo made known Gome out of tho woods 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE A Suggestion to Students of Our School A Few Thoughts From A Freethinker Who believes Spine of our Text books Snould Not be Swallowed Whole By Franklin H Heald Presuming that our Students of the lllades Correspondence School are Free thinkers and tuerelore nut absolutely bound to any particular Textbook form of think ing would be glad to make a few sug gestions lor their consideration before they answer tne questions In Astronomy if it is not presuming too much The following appears to me to be some of the good reasons why there is a pro cession of solid matter in the solar system always on its way to and falling into the sun The planets move around the Sun which proves to me that they mustbe fail ing If not falling whot other possible force can compel them to move The mathematical ratio of the dis tances ot toe planets from the sun shows that they are gradually coming down and gaining speed as they tall which increases their centrifugal force and thus checks their approach m a regular ratio Tae mahematlcal ratio of the speed with wuieii uiey travel around the sun shows that thy must be falling and that as they gain speed they aiso gain centri fugal force winch necessarily chucks their approach to the sun in a regular ratio The moons obey the same laws In falling to their respective planets with the same mathematical precision that the plan ets obey in falling to the sun both as to speed and distance showing conclusively that they art coming down again in an orbit as the gas went up and the law of gravity governs their falling and centrifugal force and not the chance and changing mind of any god or devil Tho orbits of Enkes comet Fays comet Saturns rings the moon and the palnet Mercury are now absolutely known to bo shortening their orbits which is positive proof that all solid matter in the solar system is gradually falling In an orbit to the sun and gaining speed and cehtrlfugal force as it falls The eclipses rf the moon and sun as chronicled by the Chinese thousands of years before the Christ Yarn are several days different from what they should be It the moon uad liieii beta in its present urns There can uu nu donut in toe wind of a i reemmKer u stems to me taut new year suouiu and loruieny did uegiu upon me day tout me sun started north wneu men hrs btguu to measure time by ugul but that measured time has over lapped real time as the earths orbit snort eiied until now utter untold thousands ol years new years day comes a week later than the real beginning of the new year The sun is not losing its heat as last as it stiould if it were not led by the con tinual falling matter The sunspots and great explosions ou the sun show that solid matter is contin ually falling into it and being quickly heat ed into gas which occupies tens of thou sands of times more space than when it full Into the suu an instant before making greater heat which is force heat electricity light etc and moves magnetic needles at the earth as soon as the impulse from them reaches it eight minutes later 10 Yten a celestial body travels around its center in an elliptical orbit it gains speed as it approaches its nearest peri helion curve and loses speed at it raises again or approaches its farthest aphelion curve This is more noticeable in the cast of comets because their orbits are more elongated than the orbits of any other co lestial bodies which come under our obser vation There is a belt of nebulous patches at rlgiit angles to the Jlllky Way which you perceive brings it on the plane of the suns equator tar beyond Ncptunes orbit which aro known to change their positions and forms This is the position in space which tae Solar systems acive belt of mo tion should occupy to condense the suns gas back into crystals of intense cold anal reform it into new worlds and moons When the expanded gas leaves tho sun it takes the motion of an orbit the spent of whlen depends upon the speed of ibn part of tho sun where It was tnrown off This speed it may lose entirely inasmuch as it is not centrifugal force which throws It up but tho force of expansion from tho heat below at the sun thus retaining the motion of an orbit in tho gathering mass of crystals which are to finally form the next now conclusion let me call your attention to the discovered fact of an upward pres t 1 A sure from tho sun supposed to be the pressure of light This Is However undoubtedly the pressure 01 expansion upward from the sun me gas ot expanded matter as it is forced up by the continual expanding of more uelow and any good honest Free thinker will agree that What goes up must come down again and that nothing will come uowu whlcii did not go up god or no god RHYMES AND JINGLES Only Said to Result of Spirit Communication From our Late Editor Dy A Johnson Old Solemn wise was one of the guys Who living on earth today Would be in the pen with bigamy men For many long years to stay The story of god creating this sod From nothing whit which to create Is air tropic air a lie very bare As all geologists state The story of Soul sowewbere in a goal Flying round with a harp on its wings Is strange pressing strange I cant get the range Of these faraway heavenly things That old holy ghost from tho heavenly coast in bodily shape like a dove Was surely a peach to get within reach Of a virgin on earth with his love And give us a chlldhlhat sweet story wild- Handed down long the Christian times For fools to believe and priests to receive All their dollars nickels and dimes Tile sign of the cross is a sign of a loss In tho mental make up of man And a sign of our hate Ill also relate In rhyming the scriptural plan in reading his book the longer I look The more disgusted I am With all of tho rot that fools forge not In tho blood atonement plan The above is the result of Spiritual munication from Charles C Moore Sunday morning a in direct to the Chaplain Progressive Thinker Can copy no rlghls reserved TUB CHAPLAIN FRKKTHOT is a minds SALVATION RELIGION a minds DAMNATION Avoid being crushed to earth In prayer by using YOUR REASON FEARLESSLY BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 BIBLE CURSES Quite a Rushing Business was Done In The Old Days But By John F Clarke There was some pretty tall cursing done by God and angels and men during the Holy Epoch of Scriptural History God cursed Satan and Satan Is depicted as black sklnnca and horned head and fork ed tall as a blighting badge of the Divine was evicted from Empyreans as a result of a political squabble The fac tions cursed eacn other and God was on the side of the heaviest cursltellery and Satan was separated from the Upper Tendom and outcasted rind denounced as a dammed black hornedheaded forkedtailed rascal Adam and Eve were cursed by God and by the Angel with the flaming sword Cain and Abel cursed each other and Cain picked up a club and knocked Abels block off This fuss was caused by jealousy of Gods favor Each built an altar to God rrl each made n sacfice Abels altar nifdo a savory smell and God way delighted hut He turned up His nose at the smell that arose from Cains burnt offering Je hovah was great on aroma Ho had a keen er scent than n Turkey Buzzard As a Connolseur of smells Ho was great but where Greatness was the one he was not on the Job He cursed Cain so hard that Cain wore the cursemark up on his forehead In civil characters When God cursed Himself out ho got the cursing business done by a series of prophets Samuel Saul David Daniel Baalam Elijah Ellshn Enos Isaiah and old Jeremiah cursed for the the Glory of God They dammed ovpry thing In sight and out of sight Everything that was damnable were dammed with a great damnation Moses and Aaron put a few material curses upon Pharaonh They put live frogs In Ills bed and they put small vermin next to Ills skin They gave him a movina picture show of manlaapotn They murrnlned his cattle Then they dammed the Red Sea until It humped Itself Then wl h a red hot blast from Hell they dried the bottom of the sea and the Israelites crossed over without gum shoes which was a lousy trick done the rubbertrust Then God cursed Sodom and Gomorrah Mrs Lot was salted down for being too fresh with God She Is still In brine Next time she will know better Then tno world was cursed except the Noah family Mr and Mrs Noah the elder Mr and Mrs Hamilton Nonh Mr and Mrs Shem Noah and Mr and Mrs Taphet Noah All else got the Inundation It ralneU lute hell until the water stood on end 18 feet deep over hill and valley It rained up St Swlthews Day and that Wet Patron turned on the hose for 40 days and nights The flood receded about h Inch per day and It took a year to get back to a normal dryness Then Old man Noah celebrated occasion by trying to make his inside as wet as the outside had been Hamilton Noah got In the way of the Paternal Curse while the jag was on and he got his skin blackened by the fury of the old mans brandypeach breath From that day until this all Negroes have been Hamlltonlans In God took a recess on the cursing and He sat a bush afire and got under the bush so as to be sub rosa to Moses And he told Moses to take off his boots for He had blessed the ground and It was holy ground Moses stood upon the holy ground and felt great I saw some holy ground In a ravine near here where the niggerhead rocks had been removed and I stood there and thought that I was on a dammed sight holler ground than Moses ever dreamed of As some fellows were burning brush nearby I found the simile complete History was chawln 1s tobacco over again There are only a few of the Bible curses but I must cut my cursing cloth to fit my Blade space and let the other curses go for what they are worth A curse In time like a stitch saves nine and ns all Biblical curses were on time the economy of cursing was a great science Old Job refused to curse God and die but ho died He tried to sneak out of dying but ho failed He might as well have died a dead game sport DAVES LETTER To His Dear Heavenly Father Copyright applied for 190S by Franklin Heald My deer hevenly father Do you think It Is wicked to whip munkys and make them gather Prunes like thay do In San Hozay When wo lived at Elsinore one of the preachers looked just like a mnnUey ann was awful plass but he never gethered anything but pennys and a croud of wlm men Do munkys go to haven and are limy hafbrothers of your Jesus Can munkys gether prunes faster than the Socialists can Did Jesus ever gether prunes when he was down hear below and did he get her any more than ho cud eat his self Word lie aware at a prune tree till ho killed It and If It had no prunes on It in the winter that the dosypulls cud reach Bob Burdet keeps nil the pennys that the wlmmen geth er In tharo little basquets and when he Bits anuf ho goes to Europe and gives them a rest hut he dont give theme the rest of the ponnys Why do thay bind bibles with sheaps sklnns and caf hide Too says sheap and espeslly ewe lambs are emblems of the fol lowers of your Jesus and Papa says that Is once that Joe is on the rite trail My Has use wood not let them follow him he dont want any sheap around and gits as mad as a Wet en when he seas one and goes rite after It with his mouth open neerly a foot wide One day I tide a white teddy bare on the end of a long stick and helled It In frunt of him and he went twlste around the block in a minuet and a haffaHe kept going faster and faster till I had to pull it In and when I did he rared up In front and throwed me off backwards Papa dont think much mora of sheap than he dose of dogs and that alnt much eather He says thare alnt any thing that Is a big ger fool than sheap onless tI Is a chrlslan He says thay hav no scents at all and thay hav catarrh In the place of brains and you hav to hav a Billy gate with a bell on for them to foller or thay wood starve to deth Insed of a dog he has n picture of my grand little quaker grandmother that reminds him of fidelity and he says a dog only reminds a certain kind of people or fidelity He says most of them will go to heven with the dogs and bee angells all that are not Angells now there was a woman hear the other day and when she asked what was my Burros name and I told her In Fnelhh that was Jesus she cried on his neck and said It was n shame and blassfemy Do you think so Alnt he as good as the blessed savior It he goes to hevtn with nil the rest and haves f hlsself She was an old made and I told her If she wanted him that bad cud hav him for ten dollars hut she sheIent hav the money I gees As everDAVE I INTFU FQT finds BENEFIT AND RIOHT where Belief brought charge of INJURY AND WRONG JUST WHAT HE WANTED Xnres TTow do you like your new auto Grout soGrantNotmuch noise when take try wife out on n spin I cant hear n word she says for miles and miles oniody Ttv Tore How much do von want for the machine Keelers Short History of The Bible By O Fenton Observing In a recent Issue of the Blade an opportunity to purchase Heelers Short History of the Bible desire to say that t 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE Open Letter To A PreacherIFreethinker Replies to a Sermon Preached Upon some Live Topics By A A Snow Rev Scott Jones Dear Sir I was out and heard you preach at Morgan one night and If you are not too much afraid of the truh you may here read what I think of it You told some things of a secular nature that are good practical and elevating All you said of the supernatural of course you know I could not subscribe to You know I do not believe in the supernatural neither that it ever has or ever can be proved to exist So I will let that pass I wish to to speak to you regarding where I think you made a mistake and I think a very sad one And if after reading this letter it In any way changes your views or methods It will not have been written in vain You spoke of the worth and beauty of your religion Ana I find no fault with you there one if he Is honest In It should esti mate his religion highly but I think you carried the matter too far when you esti mated it higher than truth When you said If Christianity is a delusion I hope I may live and die a victim of that delusion you spoke without due and candid consideration If there Is any god I worship It Is Truth no too is a jealous god If he allows other gods to be worshipped he wants none above him The god who elevates his throne above truth is like Satan In Paradise Lost hurled from his throne So even Jehovah is subject to natures eternal law of truth When I studied geometry after proving a proposition the book quite often had some corollaries or subordinate propositions of such a nature that the proving of the main proposition also proved these corollaries true and so I think of some corollaries that would grow out of your proposition and accordingly we have as follows I Main Proposition It Is desirous and right for us to be deceived In favor of our religion should It be false Cor It is desirous to reject all tory facts or science that tend to dethrone our religion Cor 2 It is right to withhold from our fellow men all evldenco that would tend to subvert our religion Cor It Is right to deceive ourselves or our fellow men In the way to prevent the dethronement of our religion Cor Our religion Is of more value than truth Cor It is right to lie for our relig ion 11 Cor Our religion Is the mother ot Ignorance and hypocrisy It these corollaries dont grow out of your proposition I suppose you will admit they have a pretty close call Truth is yond value Its worth cannot be measured by rubles or gold The moment one sets a price on It he perjures himself A woman comes to the witness stand t testify to save her son from the gallows The judge says Hold up your hand and be sworn She says cant I consider the acquittal of my boy of more value than truth The judge sadly says Madam wo respect your love for your son but withal It Is so great that it ruins your testimony In his behalf So I say to you I respect your love for your gospels and I know nothing of your truth and veracity In sec ular matters but when you hold your gos pels higher than truth what Is your testi mony worth in their behalf You gave us some testimony for them and you admitted that reason would seem to bo against you and you wanted us to take your testimony alone You said that you had been a drunkard and gambler and In tho lowest ditch and that the love for your wife and starving children and all tho honor that you could muster could not save you but that you wore finally rescued by God Al mightys miraculous power on your putting your trust him Now Is It reasonable that you could love a god who always keeps hid and was an entire stranger to you when you couldnt sufficiently love your own wife and children to break away from your drinking career But you admit this should look unreasonable to mo and there tho matter stands John Ooueh tho noted temperance lecturer admitted that the miracles from heaven were not sufficient to annul tho appetite for drink believe It was Sam Rmnll or at least some noted reformed drunkard after he had broken from the drink habit for years ap peared tun nnlnlt drunk and afterwards on being questioned r Id ho had no apology to make Now It poems flint ahnnt all and for aught wo kno all the Bible writers worn of tho same opinion as you they estimated their religion too hlchly even higher than truth Itself And find It a common weak ness that when ono estimates any ono thing above truth bo It oven a gospel dressed as a lovely maiden with rosy chocks and bewitching glances tho bride the church that later on ho adds one by ono moro beauties to his harem until Truth like poor Hagar and her child is driven out on the desert alone to perish The early Christians on account of their great love for ti relglon wrote over forty gospels whlca with the exception of four our Christian friends ow admit were lies Inspired by their brethren Inoxlcatea on overdoses of zeal And they have se lected four out fom ths rest and will swear by all the honor their religion commands that these four are all true and nothing but the truth while the remaining are all lies The early Christians to whom we are Indebted for these and on whose word we depend for their genuineness Insist on wholly Christian rlnclples that to lie for Christianity Is a very proper thing Euse bius the earliest Christian historian In sists that he left out from his history everything that w uld militate against the religion see also that Jehovah himself did not at all times uermlt truth to occupy as high a seat as ho occupied not even a place In t trinity I read of him sending a lying spirit to deceive Ahab and of his Inspiring prophets with lies of Instructing the chil dren o Israel to deceive the Egyptians sending strong delusions that those who desired to believe a lie Is that you might be damned- I feel quite certain hat you are not with out company today j have heard any num ber of preachers and church members talk just as you do And when I see preachers making long and labored attempts to ex plain away plainly written passages of scripture to make them agree among them selves or agree with truth morality do cency or science I can Imagine I hear them say to themselves In a way of easing their conscience such words as Oh well the end will justify the means Inspired by a Bible that threatens death to the heretic the church has for ages held all truth In contempt that might be arrayed against her authority or teaching Investi gation tho pathfinder of truth and the Investigators have constantly reddened the executioners block The church In justice should be styled the mother of falsehood the wet nurse of Ignorance And yet she boasts of having a monopoly on morality To this very day the churches are fighting Investigation to the extont of their power wish to give two examples and those In our own county of tho churchs attempt to hold the masses In Ignorance And what Is true In our county Is true the country over Leon teachers were teaching religion In tho public schools I wrote on article opposing It Though this was a live quer 8jltl r BLUE GRASS BLADE tlon the Leon papers through fear of being boycotted by the churches refused to pub lish It The people are grossly In Ignorance as to the rights of humanity on this sub ject and forced by the churches to remain so The mayor of Leon through respect for piety threatened to enforce the Sunday closing law Notwithstanding the fact that the majority of the people were opposed to this tyranny and defeated the mayor in his attempt the church was active enough to make Its boycotting felt and when I sent an offer of 100 to any one who would give me a single quotation front the Bible threatening any one with any kind of putt ishment for doing any kind of work on Sunday or the first day of the week the papers dared not publish It Were the churches afraid of the truth or the false hood I might utter But I was under 100 bond to tell the truth So completely has the church succeeded in keeping the ma jority In ignorance that there Is not one In ten thousand of Its followers but what be lieve that the Bible teaches that God will damn a man for working on Sunday- I will send this to the Blue Grass Blade of Lexington Ky and should you reply to it I feel sure It would be published Should I be wrong I would like to be righted under no circumstances would I like to die in delusion and would consider it much worse to the so ALL HAIL TO JAPAN Strong Letter of Welcome to a Japanese Member of Materialist Association Among the San Francisco members or the Materialist Association secured by J iTanz Is K 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