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BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVII Number 32 LEXINGTON KY NOVEMBER 29 1908 Published Weekly u DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT j 1If1l OOOooox 1AII I 111 l1I JlJ IJ 1111 Aft 11111 i oox o f nu- vA i i MRS lf fISKEiSteadfast and True ThroiiglifYcars of Sorrow1 and Pain r t owxXoooo xnn n V J is 2BLUEGRASS BLADE MRS M FISKE I Once the sincere human heart becomes firm in Its devotion to truth the powers of orthodox superstition shall not prevail against Woman is admittedly the mainstay of the orthodox church Upon her back falls the burden of supporting this gigantic super stition The high regard and esteem man entertains for mother sister wife and daughter prevents In many instances any trusion upon her religious proclivities and feeling thus encour aged she plods along to give strength to that very institution that leads to her constant degradation This is the rule but there are many exceptions and in the course of time the exceptions will prove to be in excess of those conforming to the rule True indeed all women cannot be a Josephine K Henry or a Harriet Closz but the subject of this sketch in the face of trials and tribulations scorned the preten sions of the orthodox superstition and adhering to truth has lived to witness the partial triumph of the principles of Free thought This sketch is partly autobiographic as we have pre ferred to have the story told In a personal vein that our readers may see and realize full worth of such a noble and heroic M Fiske was the ninth child of Lewis II and Sarah T Anthony She was born at Sandford New York on the 20th day of September and Is therefore In her sixtythird year At fifteen years of age she moved with her parents to Hammon ton New Jersey where she spent many years of her life and In or at the age of 20 years she was married to John Di Fiske later well known In the Freethought cause Her husband went through the Civil War serving four years In Nlms Battalion Second Massachusets Artillery Four children were born to them three sons and a daughter The eldest son Willie being an expert swimmer had already saved three lives from a watery grave but at the age of nineteen years he swam to the rescue of v a fourth saved the life he had struggled for but his strength gave out and he found a watery grave himself This was the first great affliction that came to the life of the devoted mother True to its stubborn persistency the Christian superstition assail ed her oven in the moment of such a trial Speaking of this In cident herself Mrs Flsko says One good praying Methodist woman came to me and said Now Willie has gone to hell you Iliad better get religion before you go Her reply was character istic of a true life for the sorrowing mother Immediately spoke up and said If my Willie has gone to hell I want to go there too as hell would be heaven with him heaven hell without him Of course it had never occurred to this praying Methodist woman that one who lhad sacrificed his own life In the service or others not believing could possibly deserve aught but hell Yet this Is true Christian teaching and realizing the absurdity of such an Infamous doctrine Mrs Flske spurned the system and has kept her Freethought principles Intact through all the intervening years and even in frer advanced age Is as loyal and true to Free doms cause as she was In the days of her vigor and youth Concerning her own tendencies to Freethought Mrs Fiske writes My father was a pioneer In Sandford Ills nonfat neighbors were Indians bears and panthers My father had only words of praise for the Indians He was at one time a redhot Methodist He attended church and revivals At about the time of my birth he broke away from the church and became a Free thinker Ministers came to our house to argue with my father that ho was wrong Father proved to them from the Bible that they were wrong and this made them mad I listened to the argument They gave us no peace and father challenged them to a debate in toe largest hall they could find It was accepted The platform was filled with ministers all arrayed against my father When he entered the hall his arms were full of books a largo Bible on the top Other men came behind also carrying books for him The mInisters asked him what he intended do with the books and when he replied that they were to be used by him for references they refused to debate with him and left the hall Many years after that I met and talked with a gentle man who was present and remembered the Incident quite well It was from my father that I learned the Inconsistency and absur dity of the Christian system of religion Even the wisest and best are prone to error Mistakes wfil arise In the course of a life and one mistake now recognized and admitted by Mrs Fiske draws a valuable and striking lesson to others Her motherly Instinct had led her not to Interfere with her own childrens belief preferring that they should think matters out for themselves The result was that the children living became church members and looking back at tho experi ences of the years she says I had done wrong not to fortify my childrens minds on the subject of religion but I did not want them to be taught the old fables yet they fell victims to design Ing church members who dealt underhand In going about It While I did not know what was going on a preacher camo to my house Ho said not a word to me on tho subject of religion He sat and waited for my son to come home About the hour for his arrival the preacher went out and laid In wait for him The result was my boy Joined tho church Then they came to me and because my boys had Joined Insisted that I slhould also Join They all know by this time why I refused to do so But what was the result Christian charity rare at best became at Its best Punishment fell upon this bravo heart for her steadfastness to the truth Talk about martyrdom why nil the sufferings of all the martyrs combined could not exceed the Christian cruelty Inflicted upon this woman Rend My boys joining tho church mother at once became tho old Infidel They would not live with me Hot and angry words were the rule Wo parted each to live our own life I couM not live their life as they bade me My oldest boy run tha home but told me ho would sell nut bug and baggage unless stopped Indulging In arguments with this Afethodtsls A Vi never commenced any of tho arguments always having thorn forced upon me I told him I was not a slave and so we parted At tho moment of the separation I told him that If tho time should ever come that ho could break away from the degrading superstition then come to mother We meet sometimes but do not speak We may never Talk about courage why no soldier over went to battle sessed of such dauntless spirit and heroism- It Is to such noble characters as that hero depleted that Freetliought finds Its greatest strength No trial no tribulation no threat no specious promise could turn her from her chosen course and to give honor to such the Blade cheerfully accords Mrs Flsko a place In tho list of Immortals n BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 I Evangelical Churches are Menaced The Great Wane of Intellectual Progress Threatens to Engulf the Church Unless It Conforms to Modern Demands By Henry Warnack Religions are based on the yearning of people for the completeness of life kind looks to them to inspire conduct to afford comfort in tho face of the seemingly adverse and to shed light upon tho prob lem of adjusting existence on earth to eternal being Belief Involves conduct If we are to act as If wo believed or disbelieved certain postulates what we believe becomes of vital importance If we believe beautiful hopeful constructive tenets then our deeds will be lovely and will bring ua peace and happiness Failure so to base our transcendent beliefs Is to be without the purpose and joy which make living worth while For this reason the senti ments that a man entertains and which are classed as religion are the greatest con cern of everyday life All doctrine of life hinges on how suc cessful It is in relating the man within to the world without Whatever aids In estab lishing harmony between the life of the heart and the life visible to the eyes and tangible to tho touch is truth It is the bread of life and it never disagrees never disturbs and never confuses This satis faction we demand of religion We look to it to link the seen and the unseen and to bring about a union of sentiment and rea son that shall make us strong for life There has never been a time when man as n reasonable creature did not count of worth only such statements of principle as could be applied to his own lIfo As man kind approaches a superior Intelligence this tendency to exact of religion such expert ences as are personal and Intlmato In creases to the point of an Insistent demand No matter how great or how true a vln clplo may bo if it cannot bo applied to personality It has no value to the Individ ual If religion is to bo of comfort to us it must offer a living experience per sonal and direct revelation and perpetual faith Is adequate In its last analysis If it offers a living hypothesis he of effect religion must lay strong hold upon tho Individual consciousness and offer strength and light consolation and power peaco and understanding pri uteri and fulfillment courage and wisdom and all of tho attributes and living Infallible principles which if faithfully followed wlti lead to satisfaction in personal conduct To know that another healed the sick raised the dead and went about doing al the good that noble Impulses Inspired him to do Is valueless to us unless we can find the same principles of power which direct cd his life and finding them so live within them that we may at least partially share the same blessedness of conviction and conduct which made his life worthy of churches are societies of persons They are strong in so far as they represent the highest purpose of a number of units There Is no strength In numbora unless there Is unity of purpose and an or ganization can hope to be continued only so long as it represents the purpose of its members and by this representation tinues to merit their support For any of these bodies to be deceived because there is no Immediate upheaval and no sudden depletion within Its ranks Is blindness or at least it splvlinl nid Intellectual nearsIghleJniMS jrent revo lotions depend upon the gradual unfold ment of the consciousness of many Indi victuals and while the final affirmation of this consciousness sometimes expressed In forms of such force as to radically affect all elements that resist them they have nevertheless arrived step by step and the understanding elements have long held them In recognition and are not disrupted or disturbed by their actual announcement One feature which leads some churches to sit In smug complacency while the hearts of their members turn from them Is that understanding and growth are so great In their wisdom In their humility and assurance that they stake no conten tions or disputes or arguments but gladly confess all of the parthl views of truth which tiny society or Individual has a ca Cain from the Sublime Martyr dom of Bruno to Satsfy the Insensate Greed of Orthodoxy By Dr T J Bowles recall with a shudder tho sad and awful fate of the Immortal Bruno whoso priceless life was in flames of fire pacify to reflect The great waves of relig ious reform which are at this moment set ting the world in harmony with the power of their resistless vibrations have no quar rel to make with any of these churches but welcome In love every utterance of truth which they are large enough to ex press Because all the ground upon which they stand Is not suddenly swept from beneath their foundations is no reason why these churches should become fixed in the as sumption of security People may receive with gratitude all that they have to offer but they cannot feed their growing minds upon husks and as the light of personal revelation exceeds the light of tho provided word of the pulpit they will look more and more within themselves All these forms rely upon plasticity for permanence Forms which are not plastic will break under strain They reach their limit of size and are then divided If the function of one of these churches does not change to correspond with tho need of its members It will either be reorganized or dissolved It will not be lost but It will be expressed In new forms which meet the new demands Men are ml wanting In and If these churches tall to so modify so compromise and so rejuvenate as to fully represent the Ideals and purposes of their progressive units they will cease to be of service and no form ever yet outlived Its usefulness Increase of understanding on the part of tho individual member the of the churches whenever they fall the broadening and com prehension of the member If the whole does not function the needs of the unit there Is disorder and disintegration will follow unless the order Is so plastic as to anticipate and all new Persistence of Superstition I Humanitys extinguished individually consciousness emphasizes sufficiency conceptions accommodate quirements by tho bloody hands of the priests of super stltlon This sublime and Immortal man lived In the dark night of the middle ages and like the sun In the heavens above us he shed light upon all the world lu was the herald of tho civilization which we enjoy today he discovered that besides this little grain of sand which we call the earth that there A BLADEI4 BLUE GRASS are millions of other worlds In the abysmal depths of space He also discovered that tho doctrine of transubstantiation which then ruled the world was an absurd and savage superstition ho Informed the Ig norant and priestridden world that the In finite and eternal power that kept all the planets In their orbits could not be swal lowed by drinking a cup of sacramental wine or eating a wafer made of unleavened dough This Infinitely absurd superstition that man could eat the God of the Universe and swallow the Father tho Son and the Holy Ghost by eating wafers and drinking fer mented grapejuice enveloped all Europe in a funeral pall and deluged the world with blood and tears On account of the noble aim high pur poses and heroic efforts of this Immortal man to rid the race of some of the dreadful superstitions that were filling the earth with crime pestilence poverty filth and rags this sublime character was pursued like a wild beast through all the States of Europe whither he fled to escape the fury of his pursuers He was finally overtaken arrested and brought back to his native home and offer ed freedom by the priests of superstition If he would recant and deny all the great truths which he had discovered and give his talent and energy for the maintenance and spread of superstition- He spurned this offer of the heartless priesthood ho loved the human family better than he loved his own freedom he thought of all tho generations that were yet to be and for the future good and happi ness of the human race he cheerfully sub mitted to the ordeal of fire and the bigots and hypocrites and friends of superstition slowly and with ghoulish glee reduced the body of this grand man and great phil osopher to ashes Like a brilliant star In tho midnight dark ness of Ihe sixteenth century ho shines with resplendent luster he planted the seeds of science righteousness and pure religion in the barren soil of superstition and made It possible today for millions of men women and children to reap a rich harvest of freedom from the golden seeds which ho sowed with a generous hand and which will finally yield glorious harvest of happiness for all tho generations that are yet to come Tin died in triumph with a smile on hla loving face buoyed up with the certain knowledge that tho sacrifice of his life would Insure the final death of hundreds of the hIdeous gods and devils of supersti tion that had enslaved the tolling millions of earth through all tho dark and dreary cherished hopes are now beginning to bo realized and it remains for us to fin ish the noble and sacred work for which he died and when we shall have succeeded in breaking tho manacles and shattering tho fetters which the priests of superstition have forged and fastened upon the limbs and brain of the human race this beautiful earth will become a happy homo for all tho weary and sorrowing children of men Every good man and every good woman should dedicate their lives and expend their energies in heroic efforts to emanci pate their fellowmen from the galling bondage of superstition and hasten the Strong Letter to President Roosevelt I Common Honesty Would Compel Him to Make Answer but Will He Do So Los Angeles Cal Nov 10 1908 Theo Roosevelt Washington D Ir President It was with profound pleasure that I read your published letter of Nov 9th to J C Martin of Dayton 0 defending Presidentelect Tafta right to believe or disbelieve any religion he sees fit It shows that you understand and en dorso the true Liberal principles upon which our forefathers founded this great Republic 1 e the right of every citizen to use his own reason and do his own think ingYou undoubtedly recognize the fact which Is now patent that tho time has passed when a pious ass like tho great Ne braska Prophet can be elected to any trust of Importance- I hope now you will remember the old adage in regard to a wise man sometimes Constructive Athei mIThs Contributor Argues that Brotherhood of Man Implies Fatherhood of God By Wade Wo much admire Mrs Bllven Mr Kerr and others of their sent for the zeal and energy they manifest In trying to build up an organization for the enllghtment and freedom from superstition of humanity but we fear they cannot succeed for their creed Is only a simple Negation and like tho house built on the sand on nothing It cannot stand Their work is destructive a tearing down of all beliefs in a god a Great Dynamls or Great Spirit without giv ing any other basis or belief as an incentive to right living Mrs Bllven does say In her article In the Blade of Oct 25th We advise all our writers to prepare articles on any Free oncoming of that glorious period when men tal slavery shall disappear from this beau tiful earth ana Brunos dreams of free dom and happiness for the human race shall become a blessed reality How long 0 how long will It yet be before mankind will learn that filth and rags poverty and wretchedness war and pestilence crimes and criminals are the children of superstition Muncie Ind changing his belief and correct a mistake you once made in referring to that greatest of all American patriots Thomas Paine as a filthy little atheist In a book you pub lished called Governor Morris on pare 288 In doing so you will gain tho love and respect of several millions of moral and temperate although not pious men and women of America who believe that you as well as religion have evolved to wards better humanity In the twenty yours last past since you wrote the book and wo believe you aro a wise and manly man enough to make the correction publicly- If you will refer again to Thomas Paines great work The Ago of Reason you will find In the first sentence of the first chap ter that ho believed in a god anl as therefore not an atheist as all intelllgeat people like Mr Taft are in the 20tn tury I remain with greatest respect Your fellow citizen Franklin II Heald thinkers that deserve the title of philanthropist Now what does philanthropist mean Tho word philanthropist Is from two Greek words and menus brotherly love Brotherly lovo prosupposes tho universal brotherhood of man and brotherhood means children of a common parent Then tho practice of Philanthropy Is tho result of a belief In tho universal brotherhood and this necessitates the doctrine of the Universal Fatherhood you may call It God tho Great Dynamls or any other name you choose If there Is no God or any thing but blind unintelligent force mankind have no com mon father and aro In no ways related or dependent on each other and tho practice of philanthropy has no foundation In rep son or in common sense Urbana Ill iBLUEGRASS BLADE 5 I Our GoodyGoody Governors While Denouncing Gambling in One Form They Joyfully Receive News of the Odds on Their Chance for Reelection Dy John P Clarke There is a real morality and a pseudo morality both existing and In working order ai tho country When a preacher or an editor draws a severe face or a dwarfed editorial in public wo look for a moral effort and get It Ten or eleven times out of nine it is for the purpose of raising moral dust to cover immoral baseness Wo have State Governors who are so overcome at tho idea of the gambling in stinct becoming epidemic that they try to suppress a section of the evil so that the whole Hood shall puss to another and larger section and then the Governors run for re o ectiou and complacently listen to the bet ting odds in their own favor These great good Governors pass for great statesmen They ilo rise to the height of obliterating poverty They do little for the common herd but they do a lot for the select and elect These great men would probably fit the cracked and discard ed moulds In which were cast tho gods and saints The seared seams and flaws of cant and hypocrisy would lit to tho persons as tho misfits selected for the Hall of Fame fit Into the holes of that pantheon Then the preacher elongates his visage and de plores the Increase of divorce While ho is kicking up the dust on this question a doz en other preachers are giving Just cause for the article under the sale grant allowed by Jesus Christ It Jesus Christ was tje model of the church priest perhaps ho was crucified for giving cause to angry husbands and not by fanatical Jows Men rendered frantic might easily be mistaken for fanatics If preachers literally follow in the footsteps of Paul and Peter as they claim then those gents earned the hard knocks that they got Tho light from heaven that Paul saw may have been the result of seeing stars via an Irato lovers blow Peters wifes sister lay ill of a fe ver It may have been puerpal fevor caused by living under tho same roof with a preacher Thoy say ono must not traduce tho dead but these dead did traduco tho living which wits worse and as I could not bo at their time of day I will give them of tho measure they meted out to others J17 Jl We are exhorted to bo like the saints Let us see what these saints were Mark a Jew by birth a Homan provincial constable and taxgatherer a deacon of the Order of Sadducees wrote a Life of Christ which contained a genealogy remarkable for the anachronism and inharmoniousness of de tall To look at Mark one would not think him equal to the task but the historian of another period declares emphatically that Mark did it Can you follow this saint Matthew a Galllleeon fisherman knew how to draw seines and spin yarns of his master Master and man are very shadowy In history and in fact Matthew Iso Syn optic saint and corroborated the tales of Mark and Luke which are still in need of such attention Matthew lied conscientiously to uphold his end of the Synoptical delu sion and received tho thanks of the Fathers Luke was u doctor of medicine of the pro Aesculapian School He was a faithhealer not that he healed faith but that ho made it meet for healing He matched genealogies with Matthew but Lukes had peculiarities which afforded disproof of what he sought to confirm It was synoptically and diametrically at variance with the other affinity both in scope and conclusion As he failed at the physicians trade he took to book writing and failed at that He was canon ized and upheld by the Fathers Euseblus and Justinian agree that Luke was a Syn optic who synopert at a great rate Would you like to simulate this saint John agrees to disagree with the Synoptic As no ono would synope with him he is In a class by himself His lies would not agree In number and person with their stories John was a great favorite with Jesus but became hot stuff In the end Ho got Into an oil vat and had a foretaste of tho sin ners hell He Is also backed and endorsed by tho Fathers St John tho Baptist the Foreteller and Forerunner of Christ baptized Christ after the common formula and lost his head to Herodious and therefore refrained from synoptlclng Ills career seemed to end with tho loss of his head Would you like to live and llo as this saint died St Peter Ho wrote some letters and gave advice to Timothy that Is still follow ed more than all of Lukoa prescriptions Ho was at variance with the writer of Ec clesiastics Solomon and Peter were anti synoptics Peter promised grandiloquent phenomena and pyrotechnics on a grand scale The firmament la to roll up as a scroll and tho earth to bo oaten by fervent heat This promise Is said to still hold good It Is being kept In cold storage Peter Ad blew hot and cold He was Invincible In peace and crestfallen In trouble He was a beginner In disturbance mid a quitter In engagement He met his match in Nero who fiddled while Home and Peter burned The rooster which takes to most parsons disagreed with Peter When the chanti cleer began to crow Peter began to forget his former friends The rooster was sponsible for a lapse of fidelity of the Pot rlan character It was fate In feathersAre you a follower of this saint Paul alias Saul Centurion and Saint began his career as persecutor of the sancti fied Was a bad man if the Alkali Ike type and made tenderfoot godllngs dance as he shot the soles off their sandals God butted In and converted Paul In the midst of this most excellent diversion and Paul turned his coat like a true politician The S was changed Into P and the great change artist was before the public In a new role He was noted for the sage advice that he gave women In domestic affairs Women retain their headgear In churches and the aters to this day as a mark of respect to Paul In some theaters the men cussed em off and tho custom Is In evolution Paul never married but a redhaired girl Thecla was sweet on him He was either a freelover or a racesulclder as he posed marriage He wrote an autobiography called Acts of Mo and Peter At Antioch Mo and Peter had a wordy scrap Being a convert Paul was exceeding wroth at disbelievers He put unbelief at the head of his list of Iniquities Followest thou him- Arlington Ind Who Will Take It Up PHILADELPHIA should like some of your readers to write an article comparing the political Ideas of Alexander Hamilton and Paine and Jefferson I now find the religious objections to Paine have disap peared and tho objections now urged are that he did so much good that they do not like to compare him with the lesser lights Hence wo should take up him In tho direc tion of human freedom My thanks are due to Prof Morris Jastrow Jr and Prof Left man both of whom acknowledged Palnea services and his right to be represented In the Pageant Yet neither Paine nor Commo dore Barry was represented but Lord Howe and his Tories wereJ B ELLIOTT FOR A BOUND VOLUME WEBSTER CITY IOWA Kindly list me for a bound volume of the made and oblige HARRIET M CLOSZ 6 BLUE GRASS BLADEIMaterialist Lecture Bureau Splendid Solution or a Dfficult problem Offered How Such a bureau Could be Started and Given Support By Eiiza Mowry Bllveu How to put operation the work outlin ed by the Canal Dover Convention is one of the problems that appear rather dllllcult of solution Principally among others was the es tablishment of ft Lecture Bureau as a me dium through which Materialist propaganda could be placed before tho masses and used as an instrument for affording opportunities for weekly or biweekly meetings for out spoken Materialists believe that most of the diseases crimes vices poverty and suffering of mankind are due to ignorance of the physical and social causes of evils Hence believe that what the masses most need Is practical scientific teaching of real physical causes and results in place of theological sermons prayers and Sunday School Bible lessons to most successfully promote morality health happiness industry prosperity jus tice philanthropy and other right physical mental and moral developments This would evolve the hlghest typo of citizens active in promoting the general welfare and rapidly reduce all kinds of evils As Sunday is the only free day most la borers have this instruction must be given on that day The present theological Sun day teachings are distasteful to the classes most needing Instruction hence they con gregate where no good practical instruction reaches them and harmful habits crimes and most misery results The churchgoers are continually taught to rely on some supernatural agency to bring about all needful reforms and pro gress and that they must submissively bear all misfortunes as needed preparations for an eternal happy existence after death Thus they are kept in Ignorance of real causes and of their own abilities and how to make tho most of this life and help others to Hence temperance awl all other reforms make very little progress because the peo ple are taught dependence on a god In stead of selfreliance natural laws and social Independence- I most earnestly desire that a capable Society be founded to study out prepare and have printed and distributed Scientific Lessons and Lectures for Sunday Instruc tlons free from all reference to any relig ion bible god or future life These lessons must be such teaching as will Influence the people into adopting these habits which will secure their peace health and prosperity and promote the moral mental and pny steal development ot eacn and tho general welfare of all uesldes Secular Sunday School Lessons and Scientific Lectures lor the InsrucUou of the people in whatever they especially need these Sunday Meetings should be made uuructive to uraw the crowd and become popular by music singing readings recita tions discussions and physical exercises in which the people are encouraged to take pare and learn to excel thus developing their abilities oy competitive doing It a society is founded before my death and such Scientific Sunday Lessons and lectures are published ae have proposed in this paper to sud Society I have given and bequeathed In my Will legally signed and witnessed in Brooklyn Connecticut January 28 the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to be deposited In some Savings Batik or other institution recognzed by law for the deposit of trust funds and the inter est to be used each year toward defraying the expenses of obtaining printing and dis tributing said Scientific Lessons and Lec tures But if no Society Is founded and worthy Lectures printed before my death said Five Hundred Dollars is so bequeathed as to be divided between tho Editors of eight publi cations which are now trying to promote health temperance or other reforms or to educate in some needed line As soon us the publication of such Lectures is begun further agree to give Ten Dollars a year whllo live to help along ths work if ninetynine others will be queath and donate like amounts I believe with this thousand dollars a year secured a competent editor and competent writers could be found to select and write suitable Lectures and Lessons and publish them so the work can be started noon Then all In terested should help secure subscribers These would loan tho Lessons and Lectures to their neighbors The Lessons should be accompanied with a suitable program for the local part of the meetings Thus public sentiment would bo won to favor and start such Meetings each community using the best reader and teachers they have to liver the Lecture and teach the Lessons while the other local talent furnish music singing recitations debaters etc hen the people aro led into deciding what is right or beneficial from knowledge of causes and results their choice will be Wo will try to Do Right r and Help Others to Those willing to help write olooklyn Conn Box 70 SuPdRSTWION AND THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT cannot understand on wuat ground any lUll materialist meist Atueibi or wuat ovtr ue may call tiiaisut cuss aver teat bupbisimou bears no relation to Ole law ot cause and eutct It la just line saying teat a cmiu nears no relation to its mother Etupersmiou Itself tile daughter of an uubijUUiO cause and appears to be one or use earnest effects winch law produced upon tile mind of man i iruiiKiy admit tuat superstition has no bearing upon tins or any other natural iuw Neither dues the most exact science Mans Knowledge or ignorance ot tile workings ot uiuuro docs not ulfect teem in the least Uruvitulion kept up its attraction after newton told tho world that such a force existed just as it had done before no more and no less There was never a supersti tion so gross that It could endow man with an immaterial soul nor a conscience so line as to find in him a mind apart from the operation of his material organs Tile relation existing between supersti tion and the law of Cause and Effect is actly the same as that which exists between that law and every other phenomenon All we know save Mutter In its primordial state Is tho effect of nn adequate cause and superstition is no exception to tho rule Mans Ignorance of his own nature and of the universe around him has most probably been the cause of all superstitious and superstitions in their turn havo been tho cause of innumerable effects mostly evil In their nature Some there are who will deny that these effects have ever been otherwise than harm ful but where a superstition hus been used to enforce obedience to a moral law Its ef fect has certainly been beneficial Superstition exists and If It Is declared to bear no relation to the law of Cause and Effect It must be tho miracle which we nationalists have so long and strenuously uenled LOU LAWRENCE P SMuch confusion of thought will be averted when students como to a clear con ception of the difference between the civil and the natural law Civil law consists of edicts or rules laid down by an Individual or Individuals for tho government of other individuals of tho same specie whllo natu ral laws are simply statements that certain constituents and certain conditions always produce certain results L L IBLUEGRASS BLADEII Bernard Shaw on his Religion I Playwright and Novelist Defends His Po sition against the Strictures of Editor Foote In London Freethinker Latters Rejoinder In our Next Issue From London Freethinker My Dear Foote May I explain myself to the younger members of your lIockJr you will allow mo so to describe the readers of the Free thinkerwho may otherwise be discouraged In their adventure Into Froethought by the taunt that so conspicuous an atheist as my self recanted as soon as he was old enough to know better have never changed my mind about popular religion In this country I do not claim that this Is a merit on my part on tho contrary a genuine Freethinker should change its mind as often and as carefully as he changes his linen But as a matter of fact to be deplored or applauded as the case may be loathe the mess of mean superstition and misunderstood prophecies which is still rammed down the throats of children In this country under the name of Christianity as contemptuously as ever And In my opinion the blackest spot in English public life is the cowardly dishonor In which our public men leave the Blas phemy Laws unrepealed and imply in all their utterances on religious education and imperial organization that they worship tho savage Idol In the tale of the bears sent to cat the children who mocked Ellshas baldness that our Mahometan Buddhist and Hindu fellow subjects are walking in darkness whilst our Glnssltes and ARapomonltos and Plymouth Brethren and Countess ofIluntingdonians are bath- Ing In celestial light and that Mr Edmund GORses father was a more enlightened man than Matthew Arnold We may con gratulate ourselves on tho fact that the present Government contains only one man stupid enough to Institute n prosecution for blasphemy but what are we to say to that other fact that though every one of his fel low ministers who is of sufficient import anco to make his opinions ascertainable would if the Blasphemy Laws were sincerely and Impartially carried out bo an ex prisoner legally incapable of holding his office they all cowered shamelessly before tho superstition of that colleague and vir tually committed themselves to tho opinion that a man should bo ruinously punished with the vilest criminals for refusing to boo I lieve that the birth of Jesus was parthe nogeuetlc Your younger readers will now ask why if these are my views tnat am regarded by so many decuiunsts as an apostate vhen spoke on Progress in Freethought at the Hall of Science alter the death of Brad laugh why was I received with a burst of fury such as no clergyman need have feared there Wily do tile congregations of the City Temple and Vestbourne Park Chapel with their famous pastors in the chair make much of me whilst the National Secular So cety after two trials had to droll mo as an intolerable blasphemer whose lectures would arlve away the old guard on whose sub scriptions the Society depended The answer Is that ail Implacably and contemptuously autlnuionadst and anti materialist and that the Secularism of the iNUtlonal Secular Society in spite of your leadership is crudely rationalistic and terialistic When called myself an atheUt years ago in order to make it cuar that was on the side of Uradlaugh his light with the House of Commons meant that hud exactly the same opinion cf what hU persecutors called God as Mahomet had of the stones which the Arabs worshipped before ho conven d them used u neLiitiv term to express a negative llIs L peatedly and publicly repudiated tho term Agnostic logical as it was becuus au Ag nostic was then understood to declare with regard to the existence of God which then meant Jehovah that he did ni know I said that could not take that position be nautfii did know that there was in such person When quesloners asked tow cculd prove a negative I asked them how they could prove that there was uot blue horse with green wings capering at that moment on the roof of St Pauls Cathedral and what they would think of my intellect and character If merely because hall not been to Ludgate to make sure I hesitated to deny dogmatically and flatly that hero was such a horse so occupied So far the Secularists regarded mo as cue of themselves But neither Secularists nor any one else call live on negations any more than vegetarians can live on mere absten tion from meat When the account given In Genesis of tho origin of the universe held the field tho man who said Rubbish made an important contribution to Freethought mid out consciousness of that made us all say Rubbish with an earnestness and elo imcnco which now seem ridiculous For very unexpectedly Genesis fell before us w t like the walls of Jericuo And from that moment me leetmuKers instead oi beiiig met with angry assertions at the actual ex istence of the Careen ot iueu louud themselves t eagerly ana respectuuiy iiivaed to ipiam me universe uy people who quite agreed that tne bible story was impossible i no agnostic reply dont know meant simple extinction of the freethinker as a leauer ot thought It may be a frank an seer and a true answer but so is tne an swer of the mans who says dout know witch you ask him the way to Putney You uo not question his honesty but you take no further interest in him ntn as JNibtzaune uratuuatra put It uou is dead Aineisui uies also mule smashing is tedious people who have ainusaeU their iiluits not say tnat tiitru is no worn ittt tot atheists and Uiule smasiiurs among ptopie wino remain steeped Iii tie crude Idolatry that is still all that religon means to urge masses of the iui giUn people though i douut whether the line be drawn higher now than at what the Roman Catholic church gives up as vincible Ignorance Hut that is not my job prefer positive work and Indeed whether we like it or not we all have to face posi tive work if we are to retain any hold of the pioneering section of tho public When you said very penetratingly in your article on my City Temple sermon that God Is In process of mariufacture you put Atheism aside just as a man puts his gun aside when he has shot the tiger and must set to work with his spade Tho clearing away of false solutions Is not a clearing away of problems quite the contrary it brings you face to face with them Dental has no further interest you must begin to alllrm Under this pressure there arose Neo Darwinism or the explanation of all phenomena as tho result of Natural Selection The world according to this view is only a pur poseless accident interesting only because of its amazing simulation of design and tho ingenuity of Its explanation Opposed to this stands the 17901S30 theory of Evolution as tho struggle of a creative Will or Purpose called by me tho Life Force towards high er forms of life God In process of manu facture as you put it NeoDarwinlsm is a materialistic theory Evolution Is a mystical oneThe Secularists embraced Natural Selec tion rather because it was tho opposite ex treme to Jehovahworship than from any serious grasp of it and its ghastly Impllca Continued on page 13 g BLUE GRASS BLADEIBLUE 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 Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year in advance rive new yearly subscribers at one remittance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent In with one remittance for six months cents each monthjper year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or four Inseitlons 100 six months 506 one year 800 Quarter column single Insertion 200 one month 100 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger 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where the other sido can bo heard then bo very careful what public statements you make from the pulpit as you will be called upon to answer to the proper authorities for any lies misstatements or slander indulged in Franklin H Heald A DANIEL COMES TO JUDGMENT The day of Freethought victory is nigh Creeds no long er command attention and are falling into disrepute as well as disrespect Material substitutes are of no avail The modern church is on a rapid decline and the aid of music singing together with temporization are unable to render efficient service in checking its headlong course hen citing these facts to your orthodox neighbors do not give them as coming from the Blade alone It is not our voice that speaketh but tho voice of the people through the instrumentality of the press It is a popular verdict fund judgment is now rendered thereon The Los Angeles Evening News editorially in its issue of November 4 last offers the following caustic comment upon conditions con fronting the orthodox church This is a period ofunrest among many of the evan gelical churches Their devoted members and their leaders are at a loss to account for tho change that has come over these organizations in tho past twentyfive years Little by little these churches lost their hold on tho men To maintain interest and compete with other attractions better music was providedand the ministers modernized their sermons Still relatively speaking the attendance dwin dled One of tho evangelical churches has confessed its in ability to make progress in so fertile a fieldas San Francisco and admits that it has made no real growth in that city in tho past twentylive years Another of these churches changed its articles of faith and most radically In most of them tho literal hell has been abolished anda tacit bun not admitted species of universalism has been tolerated NO INCORPORATION Tho suggestion offered by tho Blade two weeks ago re garding a plan of incorporation whereby the paper might asquiro sonic working capital through a diversity of in dividual interests has not been favorably accepted by those qualified to judge of such an undertaking and therefore acceding to a number of entreaties tho proposition will bo laid aside fund no further consideration given thereto Under tho circumstances tho Blade will continue publica lion under its present business plans and arrangements In addition to what wits said in these columns conrernin tit plan a number of personal letters had been our out to selected friends asking for their news upon the ubjet t being considered The general trend of the answers re ceived while disfavoring any change in tho Blade manage IBLUEGRASS BLADE lent assured us ofn number of constant and valuable friends who are willing to do nil they can to aid the paper in its struggles for life liberty and happiness One of the most valued of the letters we hm received is from Dr E B Foote of New York lie is opposed to the incorporation plan In his letter he states 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satisfaction is felt at the many kindwords these letters contain the beneficial suggestions given and the hearty cheerful optimism displayed But these do not solve the present problem of meeting the expenses incurred in the publication of tho Blade There is a way by which tho Blade could bo made independent Thoro is a way whereby tho Blade would bo instantly relieved from its great financial stress That way is by all delinquent subscribers immediately paying what theyowe and if not intending to remain on our lists to frankly say so and let us cut them off in order to save expense of material and postago on them All examina tion of our books and mailing lists combined shows that at this good hour there is approximately 3000 due and owing to tho Blade on tho delinquent list know that manyof these delinquents are good and willsooner or later pay up in full but tho burden of being compelled to carry such a largo debt has necessitated thn borrowing of money to enable us to keep up at interest thereby increasing the burden as no interest is forthcoming on tho delin quent subscriptions This borrowed money will bo due January 1 Wo have no prospects of paying it and will bo compelled to ask for tho privilege of extending it by paying up the interest alreadyaccrued Our friends must realize that this is a very unsatisfactory condition and tho mental attitude arising therefrom is not conducive to tho best and highest quality of work Could this delinquency bo fully met and satisfied our indebted ness would bo wiped out tho burdens would disappear and tho Blade bo on solid ground It was for the purpose of seeking a method whereby this burden might bo more easily borno by tho many instead of by one that tho plan j = 7r of incorporation was suggested but as our boat friends have advised against it we feel that wo are in a measure bound to give heed to what they have to say Owing to tho fact that this question has been placed be sayfurtherand in the form and planner of publication in January last the sum of 1000 was borrowed at six per cent whichwas put into tho Blade for the purpose of sustaining the change general improvement made at that time The severe industrial depression of the past year or more has doubt less had much to do with present conditions but the Blades income since that time has not oven met the additional ex pense of publication much less enabled us to accumulate any funds wherewith to meet in duo time tho debt we had assumed This is the truth of the situation and as so much of a personal nature depends upon a proper solution of the existing problem we feel constrained to give our reasons in full for what was previously suggested- At first blush tIll plan appeared feasible Being fully advised by many good and valuable friends we are now convinced that the present method of publication is the best and a mighty effort will be made to keep the Blade going and make it selfsustaining The trouble is in tho delinquent list and once that is satisfactorily settled peace happiness and progress will surely follow Tho only problem is how to accomplish it JOINT DEBATE ARRANGED FOR Tho editor of tho Blade will engage in a joint debate with Rev Leander S Ko3 ser a Lutheran preacher at Canal Dover Ohio where the two Frccthought conventions were held in September last and it may bo said that this is one of tho outgrowths of that assemblage of Froethought much and women Tho debate will take place on Thursday and Friday February 11th and 12th 1100 and will bo held at Canal Dover although tho place of meeting is not yet made known it will presumably bo held in tho Ilardesty Opera IIolIseirom appears ser who took exceptions to some of tho speeches and argu ments offered at those Freethought conventions especially Dr Wilsons speech found an occasion to answer them from his pulpit on tho Sunday night following tho adjourn ment of tho conventions Of course all the speakers and members had then returned to their homos The Canal Dover papers mndo announcement of the sermon from which source tho Freethinkers of Canal Dover learned thereof Samuel Toomoy happened to meet Rev Kcyser suggested tho debate Mr ICcysor expressed his willing ness to undertake such a controversy and tho Blades editor was communicated with Rev Ko ser was thereupon com municated with and his written acceptance camo to haulm in duo time All that was required on tho Frccthought side was that t I 7 = 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE 1 the propositions for discussion should bo so worded as to bring in sharp contrast the moral influences and principles of Christianity and Frccthought and tho following has been agreed upon THURSDAY FEIUJUAKY HTJI Her Kcyser to aflirin Resolved That there is sufficient moral historicaland scientific evidence to prove that the bible is tho inspired word of god FRIDAY FEUUUAIIY 12rir Charlosworth to aflirin Resolved That the principles of Secularism are better adapted to meet the needs and promote the welfare of tho human family than the principles of Christianity- In order to have sonic representation in the immediate locality for the purpose of agreeing upon the detail of arrangements the Blades editor has named Samuel Toomey Walter C llardesty and George O Roberts as a committee to that end With a full understanding that the object of tho debate is to ascertain truthand not a mere personal conquest we go into this forensic tourney with full confidence regarding the outcome Rev Jvcyser submitted the propositions which wore accepted with but slight modification Rev Keysor is accredited with being a man ofability and has written and published anumber of books upon the life and habits of birds including also a religious novel intended to aid the cause of Christianity Properly con ducted this debate should prove of mental profit to Chris tian and Freethinker alike While on this trip to Canal Dover other lecture appoint ments will bo taken and a number of local clubs under the Buckeye Secular Union is expected to be organized as a result of those efforts It is to be hoped that so far as the Freethinkers in Canal Dover and Tuscarawas County are concerned they will do all they can to make this discussion memorable in the history of tho district WHAT WILL ROOSEVELT DO Many Freethinkers will appreciate the action of Franklin Ileuldof Higher Science in addressing letter to President Roosevelt commending him for his utterances anent religious liberty in America while making answer to a citizen of Ohio concerning inqurics wade as to tho religious sentiments and pretensions of tho Presidentelect His letter presumably is in tho hands of the President long before this article is written appears in another col umn of this issue Tho real question presented here however is what will Roosevelt do Will ho bo manly enough courageous enough honest enough to admit and correct his former mis take and misrepresentation of tho character of tho man who gave the American colonies their freedom and independ once Doubtless with Roosevelt as with all mankind tho years will enable a clearer and moro unprejudiced vision 4 1 to bo had of events obtained from tho records of written history and of which wo were not personally cognizant The wider experiences afforded by almost unlimited oppor tunities in judging personal character will necessarily bring toleration and respect where prejudice and passion once l did reign Even a Roosevelt ho of strenuosity in personal icharacteristics say of him what we will aye and view him J in the light of his utterances a generation ago must havo been amenable to the law of intellectual development and his vision of things undergone a broadening and softening rtoho so outrageously misrepresented and having done so betfrankenough to answer Mr Hcalds letter and recall his printed falsehood Will he do so Has he sufficient moral courage to do it Tho answer to these questions is in the future Should Roosevelt deign to make answer Mr Heald promises that tho Blade shall have his answer for publica tion provided ho is not restricted therein What might suggest to tho observer that there is a possibility of Roosevelt making answer to Air Healds letter is the apparent modification in the religious views formerly hold by tho President In his recently published letter to the Dayton man defending Judge Tafts right to member ship in any religious denomination without being called to a political account Roosevelt said Discrimination against tho holder of one faith means taliatory discrimination against men of other faiths True indeed and only too solemnly and seriously true is the above statement These discriminations encouraged by sect votaries and assiduously pushed to tho front in our political and social life lire the prime causes of religious dsturbances and hatreds tho selfsame spirit that led to the religious butcheries recorded in human history Even in the appointment of chaplains in penitentiaries in the army and navy in legislative assemblies tho same sectarian rivalry produces itself and as all can not get in on tho ground floor petty jealousies ensue and political revenge is at once threatened Intrigue follows intirgue andall in urn no of him who is said to be tho prince of peace But why the necessity for pandering to any religious faith Why the necessity for tiny religious faith at all Holding to the views personally expressed is it not patent to the President tliat in ilisoluto justice as between man and man there should be no religious priifircnccs in natters of legislation or executive prerogative iud that all sccirf should bo placed upon an equal footing by being officially ignored i Roose velt must realize the full force of such an argument for ho further declares that to subject Judge Taft to public criti cism and political disfavor because of his religious beliefs would be to negative tho first principle of our government which guarantees complete religious liberty and tho right to each man to act in religious affairs as his own conscience not Thomas Paine enjoy that same right of liberty of conscience which Roosevelt now insists is the first principle of our government when ho preferred to reject IBLUEGRASS BLADE 11 churchianity but express im abiding faith in the existence principlcslittle atheists if ho was not so justified and every fact proves that ho was not then those same first principles of our government insist and demand that Roosevelt correct his manifest error and make duo and honest reparation for tae great wrong ho has done With his present declarations in favor ol religious toleration it is tho only course left for hun to take and taking it ho will redeem himself in the peoplotIt is indeed comforting to know that even a Roosevelt will admit that Lincoln was unorthodox that the fathers of our republic were decidedly unChristian in their beliefs that John Quincy Adams was a Unitarian siad that Itoose tett himself has had the good judgment and courage to appoint men to public office without the slightest regard to their opinions concerning the orthodox faith Now let him answer iicalds letter and do the amende honorable to the character of Thomas Paine GULLS QUIZZING A PliEACIlEU There is one preacher in tho country if no more Rev J E Snyder of tho Episcopal church in Chicago whoso re cent experiences must induce him to believe there is consid erable virtue in tho scriptural injunction to agree with thine adversary quickly lest ho convert thee From a report in the columns of tho Chicago Evening News date of November 12 we learn that How Snyder has been endeavoring to promulgate his gospel by visiting the different workshops and factories in the Windy City and there talking to tho men women boys mid girls per mitting them to question and quiz him concerning the atti tude of the Christian church toward labor and its utility to the masses in general The report also shows that most of tho quizzing came from the girls fund a perusal of the list of questions reported to have been propounded to tho skypilot wo are impelled to conclude that there is very small religion or religious proclivities among theso feminine factor workers This is encouraging for we realize that from theso young women must come tho mothers of future posterity and are justified in the inference that litter ages will witness an exodus of women from tho ranks of church drudgery and orthodox humility and servitude Tho church depends upon woman for its very existence but it must bo a scant support tho churchwill receive from the young wo men who propounded some of these questions IJcad some of them Who made God Who made Satan Is God responsible for sin Whytire there so many religions Does God hear and answer prayer Why did ho not ansyer tho prayer of the martyrs I What benefit is the church to the workingman 1 Then thero were several questions along sociological lines Some of them dealt with the candidates for President in the last campaign One referred to Deus and his character While tho alleged answers to the foregoing questions aa purported to have been given were furnished to the press by the parson in a personal interview they are decidedly unsatisfactory although the parson evidently thinks other wise The best course to have followed would have been for tho reporter to have interviewed tho girls and from their own lips learn whether they derived satisfaction from what tho parson had to say This the reporter did not do ho took the parsons word for it gave the parsons views alone and the report is but a onesided affair at best Bully for the girls of Chicago It is a selfevident fact that theytire very much alive to religious topics that they have been doing some thinking on their own account and were able to sit before a preacher of the gospel and quiz him upon the dogmas and doctrines of his theological system What a mighty step forward What an advance from the lay when a woman was told keep silence and be in sub jectionAs for the questions themselves the report shows that the first was absolutely unanswered Tho preacher lodged it lie made no effort in his reported interview to even explain why he did not answer it The Blade knows how ever that ho could not answer it Question Ao 2 was never answered The third question was dodged for while the preacher denied that God was responsible for sin and urged that Satan was ho omitted to state that God was re sponsible for Satan The fourth question was not answered but had an honest effort been made the preacher would have been compelled to make admissions showing that his own religious brand was but a patchwork arrangement This would have opened the eyes of many now sincerely believing The fifth question wits answered in tho affirmative but no proof wits offered in substantiation thereof It was a mere abortion minus authority The sixth question was an swered by saying that God had put the martyrs in a frame of mind whereby they could withstand thoir sufferings but no attempt was made to justify any suffering on tho part of a controlling deity The last question was answered by saying that Chicago would bo an unfit place to live in if all the preachers quit preaching and that tho church made human life purer and better This too in face of the fact that human society and thIS conditions governing society have only improved as tho people have become indifferent to the church Tho preacher closes his interview by stilting that the meeting gave him much genuine pleasure but judging from tho report given wo are inclined to doubt the truth thereof On tho contrary wo opino that this preacher will bo in no great hurry to repeat the visit and have to go through with tho samo interrogating as was given him by theso girls If theso girls could bo induced to write out their own views of that meeting the Blade would gladly give them space for tho publication 12 BLUE GRASS BLADEIIncorporation is Not Approved I Expressions from Blade Readers Upon the Proposed Plan with SevIeral Timely Suggestions for General Welfare and Improvement The following letters have teen received theIiiiado regarding our proposition to incorporate which from their tenor have im pulled us to abandon the notion FROM DR E 3 FOOTE NEW YORK CITY Sorry your outlook is discouraging hut I dont like this plan Probably others feel the same You may get in enough to float a year and then you will go the way of other papers that have died out on the stock plan Folks will donate yearly to individuals who are struggling for the cause hut to a stock company not likely Thats how it strikes Yours Truly I FROM ELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN BROOKLYN CONNJ am sorry very sorry that the Blue Grub Blade cant pay its way That Corporation plait looks to me like a gigantic begging doubt whether you could raise 200 that way and you would bo a servant of many bosses then What wo need is plans to make snore Ma terialists and wnerever a few are mado to have them start Sunday meetings without religion The more Materialists the more subscribers to our papers till both and P P will he selfsupporting DONT increase tile size but increase its quality or ability to make Materialists and guide to make their meetings a success everywhere developing their own lecturers by discussions and addresses as they have done already at Canal Dover and in San Francisco and by lessons in the Blue Grass Blade It seems to me what you need Is to find a suitable editor to take your drudgery and carry on what you have be gun and then you go lecturing half the time making Materialists getting subscrib ers starting meetings and then guide all those meetings by suitable programs and lectures etc In the Blade Dont have board of directors over you Dont startlt that Corporation Only ask for 1000 employ a suitable assistant editor tollbridge over the present difficulty By ing laterlallsts and showing the how to run their own meetings and develop their abliUes jou can make a success of the Blue Grass Made Better stop sending it to all that don t pay the week their sub scription runs out Dont beg for the old subs that stop paying You cant affordit FROM A BUCKEYE CINCINNATI aIn reply to yours proposing stock subscriptions I beg leave to inclose live dollars not for stock but for the Emergency Fund I am too old to buy stock in any enterprise FROM E NAUMANN S1GOUHNEY IOWA in response to your appeal in last issue of the Blade will say In the first place mid enclosed 250 part of which was given mo for this pur pose by my mother who la also a subscriber to the Blade For tills please send the Blade for one year to a friend whose ad dress Is given below know ho will enjoy reading the greater part of it and may conclude to become a regular subscriber thereafter For the remainder of the In closure please insert the enclosed orchestra card hi Blade I hardly expect any business as a result but want to help the Blade a little anyway I hardly think the Incor poration Stock Company plan would be any more remunerative and satisfactory than the present plan though of course the Blade must be kept going The weeds and brambles of orthodox superstition are not near all cut down The Blade has been es pecially good since you assumed the book shape with portraits and biography It is exceedingly fine and so far as I am con cerned I will agree to pay 200 a year for it In the future How many of the paying subscribers will volunteer to do this If this inclination should become epidemic it would help a little no doubt Freethinkers are not afraid of the devil and hell hence there is too much apathy If they would put forth half the effort that Christians do Uo save their little shriveled souls from hell the Blado could bo published in seven col ors and circulated by hundreds of thous ands Yours for success FROM UPLAND IND MILLERIor more shares of Blade going for the edges of the harvest and everlastingly reaped by the cradle of superstition wo would look for the few faithful to fade away indeed And why will Blade readers not pay up and renew their subscriptions that the editor may be made haupy In his efforts to reduce the crime of Christian grace greed and graft FROM MARK TRIPLETS CINCINNATI OIn a long letter this contributor who Is only sixteen years of age suggests a concert as a means of rais ing funds in aid of the Blade Ed FROM T SHAW COHINTH KYI will subscribe to one share of stock if you should incorporate the Blade Let me know when you undertake- It FROM J W GILBERT FRIEND NliJD1 have read your prop osition for Incorporation Will take five dollars and pay soon and may take more later FROM T J MINOR OCOEE LAI have Just read your editorial in the Blue Grass Blade Shall the Blade Live or Die By all means it must live The Blade has reached too high to lot it drop now It Is doing too much good with Its able corps of contributors and Is a great means of educating the people It Is indeed a great hardship for you to do all the work and bear a financial loss also I think the plan of Incorporation a good one and I heartily approve of it If it can bo done and will take some stock in it not as a paying Investment at present but to help the Blade live and to lessen the burden on you I will take one share of stock and moro if I can IBLUEGRASS BLADE 13 BERNARD SHAW ON HIS RELIGION I Continued from page tlons I took my own side the mystical side which at once brings me far nearer to Mr Campbell to Dr Clifford to the late Samuel Butler than to any NeoDarwlnlan atheist I cannot force any man to use my term Life Force to denote what he calls God but If we both mean the same thing and If the NeoDarwlnlan atheist means something profoundly different I had better be taken to be on the theologians side against the atheist Only I prefer my own term as it suggests none of the at tributes of the ridiculous old deus ex machlna to whose stuffed shoulders we used to shift all our responsibilities If you ask me to show you my gods head I show you my own head or yours If you doubt the strength of Its hands I tell you that It has no other hands than ours And I solemnly warn you that If the present failure of our heads and hands to make a higher life possi ble continues It will assuredly evolve some creature It may not be even a Superman It may be a Supersnake who will clear us out as ruthlessly and completely as we have cleared the bison out of America keeping only a few of us In the Zoo for the amusement of Its young That will certainly happen If by taking to NeoDarwlnlsm we all become what so many NeoDarwlnlans already are a mob of futile cowards seek ing the elixir of life by vivisection because they have not the courage to seek political liberty by dynamite No doubt all this is obscure to people who Imagine tnat Darwin invented Evolu tion and who conclude when I say that Mr Campbells Christ Is apart from a few inessential survivals of the old legend ns credible and Interesting a person as Mr Kelr Hardie that I am preaching the doc trine of the Atonement What I said at the City Temple was a simple statement of fact I have always said that It was obvious to mo as a professional expert In literature that tho gospels are fictions and tho epistles documents I do not object to the gospels on that account any more than to the dramas of Euripides or Shakespeare nor do I admit that a flcton Is less true than n documentquite the opposite In fact There are no lies In Hamlet and our blue books are mostly full of lies But I regarded Jesus as a fictitious character exactly as I regard Shakespeares Henry V as n fictitious char acter There may have been an actual preacher named Jesus or seven or eight Jesuses as Mr J M Robertson once con tended Just as there was undoubtedly a king called Henry V but there was so much less evidence and tho point was so unimportant In view of tho fact that neither tho Evangelist or Shakespeare were engaged In tho senseless work of reproducing mero n biographical facts that It was not worth making any reservations Mr Campbell however has reconstructed a credibly his torical Jesus with such success that I am now quite prepared to entertain the propo sition that he existed In the Post Office Directory sense and that some of the most fantastic utterances recorded In the gospels may be accepted as genuine traditions In the light of Mr Campbells view of Christianity as a movement that dates from several cen turies before Christ This no more Implies n change in my religious opinions than If Mr Campbell had convinced me that there actually was once a patriarch who saved his tribe and his farm stock from an Inundation by means of a raft and houseboat and that his name was Noah You will appreciate the Irony of the fact that whereas the ligious papers have quite understood this secularist explanation of my position the Secularist papers persist In taking the old fashioned evangelical view of It as the turn to the fold of a lost sheep I have once or twice before been on the point of writing to the Freethinker to ex plain the situation Dare I say why I 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