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BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVIII LEXINGTON KY JUNE 6 rgog Number 6 TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT IDEVOTED oirir a48V Ja lyH BUSS OR BLISTERS tBy Dr T1ison Oh for them good p days WUZ11eleliinWhen Stid o this modern tcachin When sermons like a cy lone swept The conscience My what twisters An few they sed wuz sure o bliss But most sure o blisters r iltepeople them days went to church filled the Amen Comer t When they backslid they slid right hack y Thar warnt a single scorner all sat spellbound when the whip Hell wuz hissin oer em IAnsince theyve took the cracker oil Somehow the sermons bore em A sorrow fell when now an en They sent us scholar preachers Per they wuz tame what we liked most Wuz em salvation screechers Who shoveled brimstone fasts they could An served trim sennons steamin Thar warnt no fowl too fat for em bed too soft for dreamin tNorAlas Them good old days hev gone The fires no more tlieyre pokin i An of they mention Hell at all Its taken Jos ez okin t But my how good Iwiiz them Union When settin tween my sisters They told how ono in ten got bliss An tother nine gof blisters t 1 I a WOL a 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Friendly Criticism About Government I Review of Judge Ladds Recent Articles on this Subject with Remarks upon Government Its Rights Powers and Duties By Iluldah L PottcrLoomis- In the Blade of April 25 1109 in the first of a series of articles to be devoted to setting forth the proper functions and du ties of government wherein the rights of all are to be fairly considered Judge Parish B Ladd expresses sentiments which seem so inconsistent with each other and so widely at variance with the stated purpose of his article that I am moved to take issue with him in a friendly way and set forth the weak points in his arguments as they manifest themselves to me It is not necessary that one should have devoted a long life to the study and practice of law nor possess wide knowledge of the numerous systems of government of the world as Judge Ladd says he has done in order to see that the world is too much governed nor to comprehend the fact that law and jus tice arc not synonymous terms As Mncklin said The law is a sort of hocuspocus science that smiles in yet face while it picks yet pocket and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the profession than the justice of it The moro ponderous the legal machinery of any government becomes the greater and moro widespread the disorder Tine history of our own government proves this beyond argument In this particular agree with the Judge and also in his state ment that all legislation which has for its object moral ethics forced moralityis mischievous All such legislation has come from the meddlesome interference of ecclesiastics and suffices to show us to what extent religious influences still domi nate our legislative assemblies and that they are on the in crease in spite of the fact that the church is losing ground with the people directly This latter fact is without doibt the very reason why the church so assiduously seeks the enactment of laws having for their object north ethics forced morality It is the founda tion of the new Inquisition which the ecclesiastics of the Roman Catholic Church intend to estabish upon American soil the tribunal for which is already set up lit the seat of our na tional government and which will become openly active within the next five years This is a digression hut being important in its relation to moral legislation will r trust he pardoned What Judge Ladd says as to the dishonesty of government officials is all too true and in fact none of his criticisms of our present Republican form of government in its application to find its effect upon the people can be gainsaid it is with his pro posed remedies I take issue Judge Ladd says Before we can expect honest efficient governmental Ulcers the entire fabric must be changed Suffrage to the Ignorant the penal the purchasable should be denied subject to this the sexes should he placed on an quality The true theory of government should a curriculum in nil our schools at least in all above the lower grades In this way the people educated in the correct theory of government would be in a position to judge of men and their fitness for office At the end of the lust generation limit the elective franchise to this class then the world might have at least one good government but never as long as ignorance dishonesty and incompetcuoyIcan use the ballot First then if the entire fabric is to bo Judge suggests who is to change it Would not the to be submitted to the whole people and would not the rule of the majority decide it If not why not If the matter is not to be decided by the ballot is military usurpation to be the alternative In that ease why disturb the present trend of our government I At the rate we are going in the direction of an aristocratic government of wealth education and religion shall we not arrive there in much less time than it would take to put Judge Ladds program into effect Can there beany question as to the fact that wealtheducation and religion are the three great systems in one that imperil American traditions and institutions Are not our great versities colleges and schools dominated by financial and relig ions influences How then can educational qualifications gained in such insti tutions be expected to fit men and women for the faithful and righteous administration of government over the ignorant the I uneducated and the unfortunate- Is not the present educational system calculated to destroy individuality and all distinctive characteristics in our young men and women and mould or fashion them after one pattern ac cording to established authorities Does not this system tend to destroy the will power also and lessen the ability of students to exercise their reason and judgment and thus lit them more truly to become slaves under the rule of the despots who are seeking to build an Empire upon the ruins of our Republic How can a generation of men and women whoso minds are enslaved be expected to form a correct theory of government What iseta correct theory of government Does not the history of governments prove that there is no such thing us a correct theory of government by the fact that forms of govern ment have been changed from time to tone to meet the exigencies or demands of the governed Do not the people and their ernments evolve together And is not the trend of evolution such as to make teen fit for wider liberties fund is not the versal demand of the ago for greater freedom Who then shall justly advocate the disfranchisement of any class of his fellowmen Surely not a Freethinker such as Judge Ladd claims to be Where is the fine line of distinction which marks him as a free thinker who would restrain a man however ignorant through the misfortune of mirth and ladof educational advantages from giving free American expression to such extent as he was able of his political or other views by means of the ballot as well as hyH free thought and free speech when compared with a man who would restrain another by law from attending a ball game on Sunday or put him in jail for blasphemy or burn him at the stake for his denial of religious creeds Are not some of our socalled prominent Freethinkers who fire advocating the disfranchisement of certain classes of our citizens for one cause or another in danger of using their influence to foster the old idea ofH infallible authority which logically would bring us to the acceptance of the doctrine of tho divine right of priests and kings And is not this exactly what our aristocratic capitalists and church ecclesiastics fire working for BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 HaH Judge Ladd been hypnotized by the Jesuits that ho is I thus advocating the steps which would help these our enemies to accomplish our destruction Let Freethinkers beware The concentration of power in the hinds of a future despot can only be accomplished In the United States by gradually taking the franchise front the people first front one class and then from another until popular govern ment will become only a memory How can Judge Ladd or any other person believe that under a government where the fundamental political right or privilege of its citizens the ballot was denied to any considerable por tion of them that any other rights would be fairly considered Such a sentiment might reasonably be expected front the lips or pet ofa political charlatan but never from any Freethinker wollhof the name The ignorant and uneducated would not menace American traditims and institutions if the educated and enlightened capitalists and ecclesiastics did not connive together to control the votes of the former by persuasive methods which are largely in the nature of threats of the loss of their jobs or consignment to punishment for eternity in Hell The ignorant voters would not sell their votes if there wero j no educated buyers and there could he no better education for the ignorant foreign voter as to the value of Us franchise than to be allowed to exercise it without the interference of cap I italists and ecclesiastics to whose interest it is that voters should be kept in ignorance- All governments front time immemorial have been more or I MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY CIIAPTEK XIV Im HB tyIIow run Yoitu PKOHUKSSKS PAKAIHSK ux Kt1II Iy Dr A Uausman Wo are destined to die There will hardly ho a person found who denies this truism and yet there are people who icily tho cause and believe that every diseas is curable Conscientious and scientific physicians recognize the superior power of nature and acknowledge the truth hilt the quack promises tho impossible tho cure of tho incurable and while some idiots may believe him sensible people will infer from tho fact that people continue to die from certain diseases that tho great doctor is a humbug find that no remedy exists against death It is the HIIIIO with the social maladies of mankind there are some that may he cured others for which will never he discovered remedy And guy one pretending to have found the arcanum that can universally applied and willIe 0 the ailments of society is a quack whoso chimerical theories find believers because the impossibility their application precludes the demonstration of their impolliicy and worthlessness Tf wo cannot remove the cause wo cannot remove the effect Vo found two main causes of poverty altun individual From tho very nature of thin first tanned it becomes evident that they lie beyond human ulltlolI1S long as life exists on earth will tho elements continue hos less priestly or religious in character the rulers being looked upon as demigods who alone could interpret the will of the great unknown god or gods as set forth in a 10iout pamphlet entitled Socialism or Religion Which by Lucien Slebbins rf North Platte Nebraska and which respectfully recommend to the consideration of Judge Ladd as it shows conclusively that one needs more than a life long study and practice of law and a knowledge of the various systems of government to demonstrate the power of religious hypnotism and to what ex tent it has been used to divert the attention of the people front their rulers while they robbed and exploited them The same author has issued another 10ecut pamphlet entitled Landlords and Lobsters the Creators of Imperial Wealth and Religion which also commend to the Judge as it outlines a system of government so far superior in every respect to his own in that it contains no inconsistencies and in my opinion is the only safe step for our people to take in order to meet present conditions and give tiny hope for future generations in the preservation of popular government In a later article I shall take up some other points in Judge Ladds outline ofa correct theory of government and show their weakness as it appears to me Meanwhile trust he will favor me with an answer to some cf the questions herein propounded for believe he is tautest in his desire to help the people out of the governmental swamp in which they tire submerged and this also is my own overwhelming desire Chicago tile to tho work of human hands The only relief for desti tution arising from such causes is and will ho forever sympathy Tho same maxim holds good in case of congen ital defects and deformities there is no other remedy There remain for consideration only tho noses cone prised within the second group arising from errors and faults of human nature amenable to correction tool reform These tire individual faults Disproportion between popula tion told natural resources and matrimony Individual faults tray bo dividedagain into lockof application laziness or incapacity tad misuse of money There is no power to attend these individual shortcomings and obviate tho inevitable consequences in the struggle of existence as little as thero is any power to prevent people from making bad use of their money If they throw it away for luxuries they cannot buy necessities if theyex pend it for happiness after death tho church they cannot derive nosy benefit front it on earth Ivegarding Disproportion between physical force at dis position and tho opportunities for its productive application wo find that here also no power exists to regulate consump tion and production within tho complex system of division of labor and nobody can lo guaranteed tho moans of sub sistence in any place where they naturally do not exist Much loss than for one person cat the nears of support bo assured to a whole family in a given place Judging tho actions of men from a natural point of view vo established rational moral standard instead of assum I 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE ing them to please or offend an imaginary heinlemelll boring that a coinmunity is composedof single individuals it follows that or had must bo the result of mans good or badactions or his errors This latter is a very important condition because as we know the effect ofu deed is independent of the intention As the result of the investigation of the social factors composing the social problem we arrive at the important conclusion that there is but one way to solve itHHvctY body must solve the social question for himself because there is no other power to do it f6r him The question composed of just as many single parts as there tire individ uals ill the world and for each one of them thu solution of the problem of his own existence is his first und most important task Considering that individual existence rep resents but a small fraction numerically well as chronol ogically of species life that we find society in a condition we are not responsible for nor tide to change without the cooperation of other members it follows that wo perform our duty if we act in a manner that serves our own interest best without infringing upon the right of our neighbor In fact that is alla person can do ho cannot help it when others make mistakes although ho may decline to take advantage of their ignorance If this rule was followed by everyone the question would he solvedand the long dreamt of golden age arrive as far as nature permits of such an ideal state of happiness But to do our duty we must first know itawl here lies the difficulty for nature has evidently built up society not on a moral but on a mechanical basis and it is man who attaches such signifi cance to the manifestations of physical laws Look at Europe thousands of men slaves of one person ready to die for his ambition Why they dont know their place in nature In a former chapter Irelated an anecdote of Fred erick IIand an old Jew anjj strange coincidence found the sauce idea IJIolllttlgatcllrentl in the August copy of the Century Magaine in a story entitled The White Crown Hero the author assumes that through a wonder ful mysterious potency the brutish hordes of nionarchial Europe are all at once imbued with the spirit of reason and humanity and refuse to fight for their rulers This is deed the way in which social progress is accomplished with tho slight difference only that this change from a brute who has nothing human but his shape into a being which stands above the animal takes place very slowly and gradually that many generations puss away before any perceptible progress lilts been made in this direction It is told that the burghers of the ancient city of Nuremberg in Germany possessed a wonderfulcontriv ance a funnel by means of which they were able to infuse sense into tho cranial vacuity of fools This is undoubtedly the most valuable invention over made and lost by mankind its rediscovery would start prowess on a tremendous gait To sum up the result of individual progress The sum of personal intellect is expressed in the social and political institutions ofIt nation tho life ofit single individual physical and moral is tho result ofIt preceding state 11111Ithe cause ofu future state of society Often when we take up a revolutionary paper of reel variety wo find their demands based on wrong and un natural promises on a perverted conception of tile laws of l society A proclamation usually starts out with some commonplace generalities that god has created tho earth for all and intended for his children to equally share his gifts etc What wo know about tho intentions of god and the creation of tho earth has been discussed in a previous chapter and it is useless to waste any more words about it Next the rich aro charged with having stolen or appropri ated from tile poor an undue share of tile worldly goods intended for all This brief sentence contains two big lies In tho first place god lilts not created tile wealth man has done it himself by the work of his hands and his brains Tho countries inhabited by the richest nations produce almost nothing spontaneously for the support of men where formerly a few thousand hunters and nomadic herders made scant living thoro tire millions todayen joying a higher form of life The second lie is that a few persons can wrench from the grasp of the people the wealth they covet so much themselves unless it be their owji fault As little as a single ruler can dispose of thousands at his pleasure if they aro not moral cowards held in submissive ness by their ignorance and stupidity just as impossible is it that one single person can appropriate the fruit of the labor of thousands of millions if they do not surrender it voluntarily Social institutions which give one person the advantage over others could not exist without tho cor sent of tho majority Tho truth is that the rich have not robbed tho poor which would be impossible if they have nothing but have acquired their fortunes by industry giving an equivalent for all they possess or by taking vantage of social conditions which the people in their ignor ance have sanctioned by the law Since all wealth lilts been created by the labor of man it is absurd to maintain that a person coming into this world withnothing und starting out in search for an opportunity to apply his faculties contributed anything to tho nations wealth or has a claim to tho value produced by others Put it is true that he will suffer indirectly that the facilities for productive labor must ho diminished when the land is owned and the chan nels of commerce bo controlled by some one else How over this cannot bo avoided for the simple reason that no two persons can stand in the same place Thus a person is compelled to seek a field for his labor hiiiHolf because there is no state no person who can play the role of providence for him And those who from ono cause or the other have fallen to the rear in the race for tho golden cup would act more commendable if they fought tho battle of life alone to the grave mill did not perpetuate the curse of poverty upon the innocent children They must remember that people aro poor through the inscrutable laws of nature their parents or their own fault However people are more inclined to listen to tho false teaching of religion J BLUE GRASS BLADE 6 because they are store in accordance with a desire to gratify their natural instincts and remove the moral responsibility theyltheir assistance and that the Christian love which the fre quenters of the churches profess to entertain for their breth ren is nothing but idle lie and humbug In fact the principle is wrong charity cannot produce the means of subsistence for an unlimited number of people and it must be the object of reform to make it entirely unnecessary It shall not be denied that persons endowed with sympathy are found among the church members as well as among J 1Why I Reject the Bible Answer Given to Question Put by a De vout Believer in the Christian Fetich By A C Nnragon My purpose in writing this letter is set forth my views joiiceruing the inspira tion of the Bible and some reasons why I reject the Old and Now Testaments as thu word of lOll This loiter is especially dedicated to my good friend William Lu hm Rice and he is at liberty to allow ally friend to read itwho may wish to do so The universe is a tremendous mystery beyond the power of human intellect to fathom it It is said In tile beginning God CREATED the heavens and the earth Scientific men are saying that the universe had no beginning that it ways existed that it is unlimited that it has no boundaries and consequently no center or circumference To dAKEat thing is to fashion it out of materials ready at hand To CREATE thing is to produce it out of nothing honro I do not believe in the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden The human race existed thousands of years before Adam was made about 0000 years ago Tn the museum at Ilarrisburg 1a are BOnO tablets dug up from the rains of the old city of Nippur in Asia and the history of that country is written on hoso tablets showing a dense population at tine very lime when Adam was supposed to appear on the scene That alone is sufficient to shatter tine whole Adam scheme as well as tine fall of man into sin It is a fable and not a scientific filet In order to patch up that mistake theologians hatched up the schema of the atonement and Jesus Christ was brought forward aril crucified on file cross to reinstate the human race liberals but the majority profess religion because it is far easier antiI cheaper to lay all the blame m responsibility for defective and unjust social institutions to an imaginary god than to contribute ones own share to tho reform of society The poor people must always bear in mind that the rich owe their success not to the reliance on a super natural providence but to their own exertions under favor able circumstances Tho more people learn to rely on them selves and not on powers that do not exist the better they will be able to solve both parts of the social question to do their duty towards themselves and towards society To be continued from their fall Well after all this had taken place the human race was allowed to go ahead and multiply for 2000 years when allat once God repented that he had over made man and because they did not act as he thought they would ho pro ceeded to drown them all except Noah and his family for their wickedness That Hood continued on the earth for 150 days live months God commanded Noah to build an ark and to gather male and female of beery living creature into the ark Just how Noah caught till these animals and birds and insects mid snakes is not revealed in the story Tho text says that all the high hills on tho earth were ered with water This Wrist have been so for the ark rested on the top of Mt Armrat which is at least 2 ItJ miles high measured by Humboldt The text says tile waters finally assuaged Where did they assuage to They dill not evapo rate and leave the earth as the law of gravitation prevents anything from leaving the earth How did the animals and birds survive after they were turned out of the ark Everything on the face of the earth was swept away destroyed A theologian will tell you that God was in the miracle business at that time It re quired a miracle to bring the water and another to take it away and still another miracle to produce food for tile living creatures when they were turnedout that bleak and barren mountain All seientilie mon deny the operatitti of taira cles they know that tilt laws of nature the law of gravitation must be suspended before a miracle eon bo performed That is the story that the church has hold up for 1000 years as being one of Gods greatest performances That story may ho inspired hilt it is not true it never happened h fn the destruction of the dlof Sodom and Gomorrah when God rained fire and brimstone upon them and burned them up wo have a fine argument between Abraham and God Abraham insisted that there were ninny good people in tho cities and it would not be fair to kill all the good ones in order to catch the bad ones God fixed the number of good ones in the city at 50 persons but upon inves tigation Abe could not find so many ho talked the Lord into dropping to 40 but Abo could not find so many and then down to 20 hilt they could not be found So loll finally said if you cannot find 10 good ones then I will lot loose the brim stone Abe could not find oven tenso destruction took place Lot lived in that city He was a brother to Moses Abra ham told Lot and his wife rind his two daughters to take to the mountains and not dare look back hilt Mrs Lot was af flicted with the womans curiosity and when slue turned to look back to see how Ito fireworks were progressing site has was turned into a pillar of sale Read the 18th chapter of Genesis Now honor bright what kind of a God would stop to truckle with a man abolltIstone important thing ho wanted to Sounds like boys play The people over in Asia had heard much said by the Jews about heaven and hell The Jewish hell meant the grave hades they knew noth ing about the Christian tell where souls ate burned forever and forever So they decided to build a tower up to heaven that they might learn something about tine place without first dying to get there The text says that all the people on the earth at that time spoke the same lan guage Do you believe there ever was a time wliou all the people spoke tho same language is not true now and was not thou Gods auger was kindled about that time and he decided to put a stop to the building of the tower and ho cots fused their tongues so that every man spoke a different language and wr the i t e BLUE GRASS BLADE boss would issue an order not a man knew a Burned word ho said and the boss did not know what they said to him So they gave up the enterprise The tower is known as the tower of Babel And that is how the different languages and dialects several hundreds of them came about Docs that story appeal to your reason Old maul Jonah was ordered by Jehovah to go over to Ninevah to preach The old man did not want to go it was n three days journey 500 miles as the bird would fly So he decided he would not go but he started down towards the east const of the Mediterranean Sea to take a boat ride but on his way he became very sleepy and sat down by the roadside and fell into a deep sleep When he waked next morn ing lie found a great gourd plant had grown up during the night and it overshadowed him A large worm attacked the plant immediately and the plant soon withered and died Of course God pre pared the gourd and the worm to show the old man that he must not disobey the mand of the Lord Jonah got busy aril went down to the little town of Joppa where boats did their trading with the people in that section The old man climb ed aboard the first boat that cleared the port Soon after the start great storm came up and the sailors becoming alarmed knew that some evil genius was on the boat so they drew cuts to decide who should be cast into the sea to quiet the storm Jonah drew the unlucky card and was cast overboard A great fish swal lowed him and he was in the maw of that fish for three days and three nights when the fish cast him upon dry land To get around the absurdity of this story Dr Talmadgc said the man might have rested in the mouth of the fish and not been swallowed at all If that wore true how did the man get air to breathe Another was a baldheaded prophet of the Lord Fortytwo children were playing around his home and in their childish glee they pointed their fingers at him and called himIt old baldhead and to avenge this prophets dignity the Lord prepared two shebears which attacked these children and tore them to pieces all of them Did God cause the children to stand still until each ones turn carne to be torn to pieces If he did not then the story is absurd The children would have scampered in every direction and this bears would have gotten but few of them The story sounds snore lilac the work of a brutal savage than the work of a loving God Who can believe this absurd story to be true Moses saw God on Jit Sinai and talked with him face to facosaw God in a burning bush What kind ofII God would be nestling in a bush which was on fire It is not credible by all in telligent man Elisha was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire Again the law of gravitation was suspended Another miracle was performed Joshua commanded the stilt to standstill for the space of four hours while ho made war against the Philistines and kill ed many hundreds of them The machin cry of the universe cannot be made to stop at the command of any man or any god The prophet Ezekiel met up with some woodchoppers where a tree had been fell ed across a deep stream of wafer While chopping off the limbs the axe lew off the handle and sunk to the bottom of the stream Zcke took a little stick and struck the surface of the water land the axe floated to the top so that the axeman could get it Iron being heavier than wa ter the axe could not float except by miracle Do you believe that happened About four years ago Dr Cadman pastor of the Metropolitan M Church of Now York City read a paper before a meeting of 400 preachers with Bishop drews in the chair In the course of his speech he said the time had come when the church must cease to hold up the old Bible stories as the inspired word of God for the reason that those stories are un reasonable and unbelievable by intelligent men He advised them to leave out of their preaching the full of man in the gar den of Eden the story of the flood the story of Lots wife the buildingof the tower of Baheland the confusion of tongues Jonah and the whale etc In the foregoing discussion I have not touched the fiendish cruelties nnd savagery practiced against the people of Jehovahs armies by direct command of God It was the study of these things that caused me to reject the Christian religion as a divine institution Bad as the Old Testament is with its savagery murders incest hu man slavery the brutal fiendish barbari ties committed by the soldiers of Gods armies debauching the young girls whom they captured throwing stones into their pure white breasts dragging men under toothed harrows and countless other crime and most of these outrages done by the direct orders of Jehovah it is still not as bad as the New Testament For the God Jehovah I have no respect With the millions of miles searched out by the pow erful telescopes no such creature has been found If he is needed anywhere he is needed here He is described as laving hands a brain feet arms eyes and mouth he talked to Moses and to Sudan in Jobs ease and yet he is described as having neither body or parts For this God I have no respect neither do believe that ho is in the world For the New Testa talent I will say that I have no faith in its divinity Nobody knows who wrote the manuscripts that compose tho New Testament Those manuscripts were not divided into verses or punctuated until illinoThe reason why I say tho Now Testa ment is worse than the old is this The old docs not threaten us with everlasting punishment the new promises to eugulfIevery human being who does not believe and is not baptized into a hell of fire and brimstone I utterly despise that fiendish dogma and I defy it It is a lie and wasfconcocted by the priests to scare tho into the church and make them willing to give up their cash There has been no J crime too fiendish for the Christian to commit The rack the gibbet the geon the laming torch the murdering dunrthousands of women supposed to be esall these instruments of torture were invented by the pious and OolzealouRIChristian savages The church kill the heretics if it dared to do it but the infidels have called a halt on that gra cious pastime They no longer dare to kill people for their belief There are but few intelligent people now who believe in the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ If ho existed at all he was con ceived and born of human father and mother A belief in tho supernatural is a superstition everything that ever existed or happened was duo to a natural cause All the Gods that were ever set up were devised by the human brain including Jehovah All tho devils and demons ghosts and fairies heavens and hells are the inventions of the human race Science knows nothing of these things Science is the only savior of mankind Love and work and the happiness derived therefrom are the chief end of mankind Canal hover 0 SOUL SIGHT DEVELOPED The Chaplain in a developing factory I delved beneath the matter of this body of this body hero of mine And had my soul developed in a power superfinerSo I see tho hidden meaning of those who ply their trade On the great unthinking masses for the money they have made saw the sumptuous quarters and tapes tries galore And a sweetfaced little woman wearing diamonds near the door Then my soulas high developed in a power there and then As I saw tho little spider waiting victims in her don ij BLUE GRASS BLADE Presumptions of Priestcraft Will Thrust Themselves upon Public Gatherings in an Effort to Fosterl Ancient Fables upon a Passive l Multitude By Warren S Dean Some time ago we noted the birthday observances of some of the most honored citizens of the American nation and per 4Imps now it will not be out of place to re some of the impressions that wo have gained from them r In regard to observances of Lincolns birthday the occasion called the writer with many others to hear and see how in keeping with those principles ho held most dear through life Arriving at the Opera House before many had gathered we were gratified to see how appropriate the decorations had been arranged for the occa sion From wires strung across the room were suspencd a number of hearts of dif ferent sizes in the tints of our national colors not the symbols of slavish minds lint something that impresses us with the feeling that there are many kindly hon est natures in this world willing to stand for the unselfish endeavor of those who are trying to make better conditions for all in this life And as we noted the rem nant of those who went forth at the call of their beloved President to do their part in battle so that we might have a nation free from the curse of chattel slavery we thought of the few short years in which their own lifo work would he done and soon to follow their comrades to their long restBut wo soon discovered some of the discords that usually work their way into such gatherings that loving hearts have called together for the purpose of cement ing the love wo have for those who gave their lives up to free their fellowbeings from bondage In the invocation of the Itevercnil gen tleman ho ended his supplications with the Lords prayer As wo listened and noted some of his slavish meaningless phrases wo also noted those words that fly past and present events had a far reaching meaning to them That part which SIlYSif Givo us this dayour daily- bread interpreted in the light of the lives and acts of the priesthood means give us a comfortable living for nothing in Forgive our trespasses ns wo forgive those who trespass against us reads thus Our trespass against others is done for the Lords sake and those who doubt or transgress our divine beliefs their conditions will be made so disagree able for them that they will have no wish to trespass against us There was much that reminded us of the kindly loving unselfish acts of our martyred President at that meeting but the purposes of the priesthood were plainly to be seen with the blind or willing en dorsement of the general public With sober reflection we now note the numer otis efforts of the advocates of mental very to get into the limelight on nearly every occasion where the people tonne to gether for the purpose of keeping green the memory of those who have done so much to abolish slavery dragging in their ancient ignorance and falsehoods whoso teachings in the past and present time coupledwith human selfishness is tho greatest curse to truth freedom and pro gress of the human race The timelntHI able article of Judge Parish B Ladd in the Blade of Feb 21 should be noted by all lovers of mental liberty in part of which he says Should these conspirators succeed we shall have church and state united tho church to dictate the laws and the obedi ent state to enforce them as in the dark ages This nefarious band of conspirators boasts that it has already brought within its fold all of tho quasireligious organizations and it is now at work to capture tho labor unions No man who prizes personal liberty and knows for what it stands should allow himself to underesti mate the strength and desperate character of this band of plunderers this socalled National Reform Association Better that all go down in a struggle than to submit to slavery at the hands of this religious fanaticism Judge Ladd is one of the few men who fully realizes tho power and purpose of the hypocritical schemers whoso power and wealth have not been derived from the following of useful work and those things that call for truth and honest up rightness between man mid man but by the teachings of delusions and falsehoods of ancient ignorance whose advocates have in tho past imposed their brutal conduct upon helpless people with the ig norant passive cowardice of tho masses whoso highest thoughts seem solely to bo the pursuit of the Almighty Dollar Delhi N Y Abdul Hamid and God By Harold Banning When vo compare the criminal records of Abdul Hamid the late Sultan of Tur key and God Almighty supposed ruler of the universe wo must instantly arrive at the conclusion that Abdul is the better man Such a comparison presents ninny dillicultics as we are not well supplied with authentic material in either case Abdul Ilainid ascended the throne of Turkey at the age of 30 years after caus ing his brothers assassination He im mediately hid himself away from the sight of his subjects and began a hideous reign ofcrime We dont know at what ago Clod Almighty ascended the throne of the Universe or who preceded him but we have little doubt that God owes his throne to the assassins knife God like Abdul hid away from his loyal subjects and be gan his unparalleled reign of crime He has been so exclusive that his full name is not known It is supposed he murder ed his father Godie XII and took the God XIII But let us return to Abdul Hamid As soon as ho was firmly seated on his throne rougedhissacres and executions began and continued luring his whole reign The bloodof two hundred thousand victims stains his record But at last even the ignorant brutal Turks grew tired of bloodshed and Abdul was quickly dethroned Gods bloody reign still continues Uncounted millions have perished during his reign The blood ho has shed in tluia little world alone would fill every lake river and ocean of the earth Earthquakes and tidal waves have amused him Fires plagues anti wars have delighted him lie has murdered millions He has shaken down great cit ies Ho has committed every kindof cringe Every year ho grows worse At present his favorite amusements are earth destroyhefororeign will last as long as evil exists The savage Turks dethroned Abdul Hamid but God still reigns Abdul Hamid had mur dered 200000 persons God huts killed his millions Abdul is a prisoner hated by all mankind hilt God still reigns surd is loved by many lit Vernon 0 One That Encourages WATEK VALLEY N YIf I have my health will pay you inside of three weeks for year JOEL HICKOX J 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 Limestone Street Lexington Ky P SUBSCRIPTION RATES Ry mall postpaid J150 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 Trial subscriptions cents per month Foreign subscriptions postpaid 1200 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or tour Insertions 100 six months J500 one year J800 Quarter column single insertion J200 one month 8400 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Peace Conference at Luke Mohonk the famous Chinese diplomat Wit Ting Fling discussing peace veryabruptly told his hearers that whenever the Christian Church became Christian war would cease While the statement may be considered unpalatable for Christian minds we are of the opinion that the speaker has incorrectly stated the issue As a matter of fact the Christian Church has ever been Clfristian 1I1nothing else It was Christian in the days of Constantine Christ ian under Clement Christian through all tile dark ages Christian under the days of the Inquisition Christian at the time of Luthers revolt Christian under Henry VIII Christian in the lays of the Puritan fathers and it is Christian today War is not contrary to Christian tea thing and it is certainly en rapport with Christian practice But for the sword there would bo no Christian Church ill existence today According to the Now Testament record of the central figure of tile Christian system ho told his hearers that if they hall not a sword to sell their garments and filly one As a sword is used for no other purpose than war it is presumed that Jesus intended his followers to fight if need be and to kill if necessary to propagate faith in himself When the Christian Church ceases to foster and war it will cease to bo Christian and not We tillIgive a socalled spiritual interpretation to the utteriUlccI referred to and would encourage a belief that the sword the hearers of Jesus were told to buywas a mental 8W0111i for purpuses of argument only and not for physical con lint But for ages the quotation was used to kindle a warlike spirit in Christian breasts to influence them against the Infidel and to provo that armed force was not Christian when used in the name of their god IntIt is a wellknown fact that tho most warlike nations earth are the socalled Christian nations Immense and big standing armies menace the peace of tho world lFancied superiority induces a trial in the art of professional l murder M misters of the gospel pray over and bless inrthe name of their god every engine of destruction implement of war now in use or in use during ages goneIby They accept pay from tho public treasury for barbarous and bloodthirsty services When appointments of ln1Pti1or army chaplains are to bo made sect fights against sect preacher against preacher for the sake of preference and the easily earned cash Instead of declar ing against war these preachers encourage it for the sake of revenue and this is and has been essentially a Christian practice Val Ting Fang must not assume that Christianity what it pretends to bo Tho churches and sects are iRtin twain over disputes concerning tho upped founder their faith Professions of a moro belief tire insullieicntI Belief along doctrinal lines is all that the sects dOllllUIIlIPhysical violence has over been their great unmixing influences have seriously leavened the erstwhile Christian spirit War and worship went hand in handfalong the pathway of the Christian march to power and boycott flattery and ostracism over tho BoodleIfools are made the stock in trade of Christian todayWars of defense may sometimes become a politiclllncccsI sity but Christian nations are renowned for their wars of conquest only The Christian powers were allied against 1holligorontRussia during that conflict for tho only reason that was Christian and Japan a pagan nation War has ever been the bridge over which the Hussillj Church has trod to power When it ceases to it will become Humanitarian tad cease to bo In tho bible lays god actually took a part in least so it wits believed To do as their god had WlIlAtj bo no sin to tho Christian mind and swords human blood have been blessed told sanctified by the phar asaical hypocrites who tnlkof peace but encourage war The Christian Church has consistently been a fonienter of strife among men mill this breeds war j BLUE GRASS BLADE PUESI1tIOhristian apologists claim much for the religious system been founded by the Jewish carpenter because of its miracles its supposed fulfillment of prophecy and its age or great antiquity By frequent onslaughts from the Higher Criticism the miraculous has been discountenanced and its prophetic clement completely shattered Manyof 1its socalled miracles find prototypes in other religions while its most cherished prophecies have been shown to J have no bearing upon Christian issues When wo consider the ago of Christianity proper it religioult Brahma in India of Osiris and Isis in Egypt of Ormuzd in Persia Confucianism in China to say nothing of tho r innumerable cults surrounding the Jews 1111Irntedatu the Christian religion itself although claims tire made that carry it back to the Genesaic period or to an epoch approximately six thousand years ago And yet old as Christianity may be it is but an eclectic religion or religion made up of many older religions parts and por tions being alien from each so that there absolutely nothing original about it save in its infamies and iniquities practiced throughout tho centuries 111011tposed and fictitious revelation to underneath posterity Were this claim true it would necessarily follow that tho Jews would have been the most enlightened of all peoples contemporary with them History reveals tho painful filet for Christian advocates that they wore the most savage and t ignorant Side hsido with tho Tows there flourished a prosperous and powerful people attaining a degree of civilization unknown to bible writers upon whom and for whom tho Jehovah of tho bible lord never dropped a kind word Event in that remote period philosophy wits not un known The statesmen of the age were as fa above the average Jewish writer from whom tho Christian scriptures been derived as the light of tho sun iIIhoo that 1haotallow candle and it is sheerest folly to assume that intelligent deity desiring to transmit an intelligent message to his creatures would have selected tho most barbaric people he could find as his medium ofconi I munication For puro philosophy there is nothing in either the old or now testament that can possibly surpass or oven equal some of the precepts advanced by ItahIlotop an Egyptian King who ruled about ItHi before Christ Among theta may be found some of the best thoughts over committed to writing and front there wo are hound to infer that these people were far older than the Tows in point of antiquity for wo find them well organized with a strong forum of government an attractive literature all the outgrowth of 1 l centuries of experience study and learning What many antiquarians claim to be tho oldest known book in existence is called the Prisse Papyrus now in the JJibliothcque Xatiouale in Paris Translations of the ancient Egyptian monarchs writings have brought tho following which quote hero withapproval But be composed in trouble smile on fate Let peace bo yours when others agitate For they who labor with unrufllcd calm These men succeed they carry off the palm Fully obeyed and honestly livedup to those four lines contain the suns and substance of human life mill living It is philosophy sociology humanity naturalism all combined No known religion contains aught more admirable It suggests by inference that every drone in irunmnitys vast hive should be made to feel how small he is while to the worker is duo the greatest reward Hotter still this reward is to bo immediate in the here and now and is not to be deferred for some other fancied hereof which no knowledge can be gleaned And still better it is pure Freothought In every generation the writers and think ers leaders and speakers teachers and advocates in the great artily of Freethought have urged similar doctrines as tho only possible salvation of the race It is a materialistic philosophy in which tho alleged spiritual is ignored altogether Gods are slighted heavens and hells tire given no thought no consideration Those lines are addressed to nun alone theyare intended for man and lay down the whole of mans duty to nun Considering tho bright and cheering philosophy here advanced the remote antiquity of tho ago in which it was written its eludes are vastly superior to any Christian claims and it is head and shoulders in practical wisdom over and above anything tho Christian system can advance or suggest Between tho philosophies of tho past and those of the present myriads of doctrines have been taught the great bulk of which have been lost in the obliterating waters of Father Time So it has been that for each new step forward wo have taken in intellectual thought discordant theories have been silenced and tho brightest and best left for man to enjoy His capacity to enjoy depends largely upon temperament flue means to enjoy does not imply that the capacity is there also Through selected fables given in childhoods plastic ago many a mind is warped uch an extent that it is unable to perceive the eternal justice in natural harmony According to modern notions and they mny be right wine improves with age but tho older the Christian relig ion becomes the more does it appear a ridiculous fallacy creating foolish divisions among the people of tho same nation over mere absurdities nonessentials It 1d BLUE GRASS BLADE 1U1TAL ATTITUDES Only timid and frightened creatures need a moral prop upon which to lean for support Mental strengthand moral worth demands no support and he who possesses both need not be afraid to standalone The story ofn crucified savior is offered as a prop to moraland mental weaklings Too manyare afraid to let go lest they fall Habits chains are so strong that they hold us without our being conscious of the fact that we tire being held Bmd IJywe see something which wo desire but just a little beyond the limit of our chains and how keenly do we realize that wo are being held Get ridof those chains In casting them offdo not replace them by others even though tiny are of a different pattern and newer designs for remember they are still chains Once you have discarded the moral prop and learned to stand fearlessly alone you will find that you never did actually need it If at first you fall some one will pick you up and give you a start mill in the course of time you will learn the art of selfreliance Mental cripples mental weaklings mental degenerates all stand in need ofn crutch They underestimate the strengthof manhood They decry personal endeavor The only remedy is to build your own mental house to suit yourself Ask permission of no priest or preacher If you do you will be sure to build on an insecure foundation Learn to thinkand you have learned to live Thinking is life Mental death ensues when wo depend upon another thinking for us Every man and woman has courage enough to pass through a day but we must also learn how to greet the morrow We cannot win smiles for ourselves if have only frowns for others Today may not see every hope fulfilled but with tomorrows sun you may see the happier days begin As George Horace Lorimor once said Remember that when youre right you can afford to kc pour temper and that when youre wrong you cant afford to lose it Then as we go through life we will find that it is a difficult feat to get even with one who fails to realize that we are madat him We may all owe debts but the greatest debt we owe Humanity is that of affection A careful accountingmight show many entries against our names on the wrong side of the ledger Let your guiding star be to Smile awhile and while you smile another smiles and soon theres miles and miles of smiles and Hfos worth while if youll only smile THE LATE JUDGE C H WA1TE Special memorial services will ho held in the Whitney Opera House Chicago Sunday June rthat a oclock in the afternoon in bourn if the late Judge Charles U Waite admittedlyone of the foremost FreuthiiikeVs in America of his time Judge C C Kohlsaat will preside and the principal address will be delivered by John Emer son Roberts the noted Liberal lecturer of Kansas City Mo Our friends residing in Chicago and vicinity should make an effort to present and thus do honor to the memory of the dead scholar THE REVIVAL EPIDEMIC Poor old Lexington When will her people learn that they are periodically victimized out of hundreds of dollars by a gang of wander ing tramps who pose as professional soulsavors What an easy mark Lexington is getting to be Once every year site is worked to a frazzle by men who have no interest in her welfare save for the cash they can rake in andcarry away The Brooks Brothers have been brought to this city again under a contract with the Campbellito Church and after one weeks agonizing preaching a burning hell for the un repenting sinner they have succeeded in winning back to the church fifteen backsliding youngsters and made the astounding discovery that the saloons are actually open on Sunday From current newspaper reports it appears that these men descended from the high pinnacle assigned to gods ministers abandoned the saving of souls and became pri vate detectives They gained entrance into some saloons by pretending to be that which they were not practiced deception and fraud and securing some whiskey in bottles carried them in triumph to the revival platform where they were used as an illustration and a horrible example We make no attempt to defend the saloonkeepers Whiskey may be a good thing to let alone but that is not the question hero being considered Lexington was enjoying an epoch of peace and contentment Her people were satisfiedwith existing local conditions No complaints were heard A peaceful calm like gossamer upon a summer seat had settled over the community But the Brooks Brothers cattle If they have a homo it is not known Now the city is in a turmoil and filled with strife Neighbor is being set against neighbor Prosecutions are being threatened The community is divided Threats tire made to ride these fakirs out of the city on a rail Re taliation is promised All this in the name of the Christian religion and for the sake of getting readycash From a Christian viowpoint wo may infer that if the Lord did not wish men to drink liquor he wouldnot allow it to bo made How blessed is the of religion and how mighty are its ministers EDITORIAL POTPOURI Vo tins pleased to iinuotincu that the splendid little liroclinro liy President Otto Wettslein of the Materialist Association en titled The Ax to the Hoot or u flod IinjMissihlo ill Nature delivered before the first annual convention nt Canal Dover September last and published in the Blade will by the time this issue is in the hinds of its renders lie on its way to head quarters ready for distribution It should bo spread broadcast Jc Allnl BLUE GRASS BLADE U all oer the land for it is tho best effort of its author on this important subject Writo to Otto Wcttstein La Orange Illinois or to KHza Mowry Bliven Box 76 Brooklyn Connocticnlt The manuscript of Dr llaiisinans forthcoming book is now a little more than twothirds in type The more we advance into its pages the more valuable and interesting it becomes Us superb criticism of the church in general and Christianity in particular its pointed and wellpoised argument notices it one of the most valuable contributions to Freet bought propagandie literature the world has witnessed in the last twentyfive years Ninetyeight subscriptions thereto have already been made in advance of its publication and as vo are at a heavy expense in publishing it wo trust our friends and readers who appreciate the effort will see that it secures a wide distribution Send your orders in now Wo prepay postage on all advance sub scriptions After publication it will cost twentylive cents additional Just a word about our subscription list We arc hoping that the current year at its close will witness twicj as large a subscription to tine Blade as at its birth This can be done if each present subscriber will only secure one new subscriber Some have sent ill dub of three live and ten but the majority make no effort or at least it dos not appear that they do In order to encourage subscriptions we will fair the balance of the year reduce the original or new subscription prig to the sum of one dollar in any number from one subscriber upward Now do your bust friends for the Blade is your paper after all This does not apply to renewals in any case It is only for new subscribers American Freethinkers can indulge in feelings of satisfaction at the latest news from Home A bahd of Freethinkers have organized themselves into a iiordano Bruno Club and pur chasing property immediately fronting tho Vatican they pro pose as a method of propaganda and as a challenge to the papacy to display permanently a black Hag by day and a red light by night The black Hag will symbolize the dark tragedy committed by the priesthood in the year when Bruno was burned alive at tho stake for opinions sake and the red light will typify the fiery courage the zeal and the ambition with which tile admirers of Bruno in Koine will defend his namo and memory against tho clerical Iraducers During the past month wo have received an unusually largo number of orders for extra copies of the Blade and we interpret this filet to mean an indication of its constantly growing popularity Prayerful Sykes lo Prison for 15 Years Such is the ominous headline to an article in the Pittsburg Pa Sun of May 21st The friend sending us the clipping also sends a po lice circular signed by Judson Miner Chief of Police at Tren ton New Jersey asking for the arrest of John Sykcs on at charge of embezzlement Among the statements given in tile circular as an aid to identification is followingOl1e poses as a religious and moral outing may frequent the Young Mens Chris tian Association iII quiet and heavy drinker Tho newspaper article tellingof his arrest and conviction gives the fol lowing Ho was known as the man who could pray the loud tst tied longest fill revisals held ill emutry Chnlllus thlough out tho county After revival Sykes would take himself lo a neighboring town and securing the best spite of the country hotel ho would spend hours in drinking Now Jersey applejack brandy His crime consisted of embezzling many thousands of dollars from his clients find resorting to tho forging of en r dorsements of worthless paper lie was a lawyer and a prom inent church member Argument is unnecessary According to the Stilt FlIIlIcseoCIIII of Monday May 17th another preacher has declared against orthodoxy denouncing it as a foe to progress It is there reported that Hev C C Pierce pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church at Los Angeles startled his congregation by saying The oldtime foe of all progress has been narrow ignorant selfsutlicient bigoted exclusive intolerant and ungenerous orthodoxy His adjectives mngniflee itt ill application and from such a source it comes be fore the public with greater force than if said by an advocate of Frccthoiight Who says lrcethought is not growing We might add to the foregoing paragraph the report that many persons in his congregation rose to their feet when Rev Pierce delivered his scathing denunciation of orthodoxy unde cided whether to make a protest or approve There eau be no doubt that a number of them were shocked but it is said that another preacher Rev Edward II Brooks cattle to his assist ance and by commending what he had said quieted the aud lance and then it was Rev Pierce poured out more shot upon them mill their religion Two more preachers led astray and of course the women did it We all remember the old Adam story and how he laid all the blame upon the shoulders of the woman The woman tempted me and did eat lie has some lilting representatives ill this age Rev Perry B Campbell of Stamping Ground about twenty miles from Lexington abandoned his wire and child and actually sold his household goods from under them to gel enough cash with which to pay the expenses of his elopement with Miss Jrsephine Ilosley of the same place a nineteen yearold girl The couple were arrested at St Louis To the police as an explanation of his conduct Campbell said Tho woman tempted me I tried to do right but I could not resist hm1II111 fell Such a moral coward is not worth the price of powder enough to blow him lo Hades The other ease comes from Hollywood California Rev Jesse Montague Hunter Campbollile eloped with the wife of a wealthy Oregon lumber man and has been located in Mexico After reaching a sate retreat with his paramour he had the inordinate gall to write his wife and tell her to go home to her mother with their babies A worthy pair of moral sharks to claim divine ambassadorship The foolkiller is sadly wanted at Seattle Washington It is reported that a rancher named C M Inlosh believed he was possessed of evil spirits and instead of urging them to get onto a bunch of porkers he held both his arms in a hot tire in tho expectation of making the spirits vacate their lodgings It is said he cannot recover and that both arms had to be ampu tatted Tile oily and fanaticism of orthodox Christianity amply demonstrated li13 Gloim formerly Governor of North Carolina has suffered a complete eclipse by falling from his estate to become an evangelist in the interest of tho Presbyterian church The exGovernor will find preaching an easier game of graft but with less honor land manhood than even polities can bestow Earth is able to furnish the heaven sought beyond the clouds if men would but resolve to work for it and win it I L2 BLUE GRASS BLADE i BUCKEYE SECULAR UNION Call to Action by All Members and Friends for a Rousing Convention at Co lumbus 0 in September Next By Lou Lawrence Secretary- I want to thank the Blade for its men tion of the Convention of the Buckeye Secular Union which will he held in lumbus on the 12th of September Begin to prepare now That is what would like to know was being done by every Rationalist in the State of Ohio and the friends of the Union in all other States Concerted ef fort is what the cause needs have been studying church methods to learn how they keep their hold upon the masses and I find that this is done only by continuous and harmonious labor on the part ofa large army of enthusiastic workers The minister sermonizes those who will come to the regular seasons of worship lead ers from Hens Meetings Womens Meetings the Epworth League and the Junior League go out and persuade people to come to these meetings while some dear motherly sister who has never been blessed with children of her own gathers the names of the babies on the Cradle Brother Charlesworth I dont snow what youll think of my endorsing these methods but I am Intro to declare lint this is allrightif the churches are tight It is the method by which humanity must be bettered morally mid socially Man is a queer animal You leave to go after him when you want to do him a kindness Just last winter I saw people xho professed to believe that the lclerjal salvation depended upon their being converted and joining the church sit and wait for some one to come and persuade them to give their names to the church Yes and I have seen thorn refuse the tearful entreaties of their friends who begged them to take the decisive step We Rationalists tire ever ready to condemn such conduct as injudicious on tho part of these people and from the religious standpoint it is very so and I hope all those who think the spreadof Frec thought to be desirable will get up and boldly march down to the altar before the 12th of September and consecrate themselves and their available powers to the sacred cause of Mental Liberty Brothers and sisters dont wait for the officers to address you personally and urge you to attend and to contribute toward the expenses but write lisa postal card if no moretelling us that you will be on handor wishing the work It Godspeed at the least The Secretary has written to a number and expects to write to many more but there are hundreds whose ad d reuses are not available Besides your taking the initiative and writing first will halve the combined expense For years tho Secretary has borne the expense of her correspondence but this year that stal wart worker for Humanity C It Woodward sent a generous contribution which is being partly applied in this manner Some who have been addressed have failed to respond This is a little om nging We would like to enroll those who are likely to attend Such list will bo valuable in many ways And too it might be a good thing for the friends of the Union to do what the Methodists call personal workget out among your friends either personally or by letter and try to induce them to loud a helping hand just any hand theycan spare Sec B S II Chestnut St Barnes villc Ohio THE ATTITUDE OF FREETHOUGHT- By 7 C Wntkina It is the aim and object of Freethinkers as the writers understands it to secure and maintain the right of individuals to think for themselves to express their views and to teach and practice the truth as they lieve and understand it It is not the object of Freethinkers nor will it be a result of this liberty of thought and expression to injure the cause of morality or to interfere with the spreadof truth and justice hut on the contrary these are the very things that it is the aim of Frcelhought to promote and foster Holding that superstitious beliefs are not right doing they are naturally antagonistic to theories beliefs creeds and theological dogmas which are not sup ported by ratiQmalevidences and which theories creeds etc they believe to be er roneous Their arguments and contentions are such as appeal to reason rather than sentiment and the evidences which they offer in support of their position are scientific and tangible and not supernatural and mythical Freethinkers not rying to convince themselves that there is no god no heaven no hell no future existence etc that they may feel free to do wrong and ignore the voice of conscience lint they are simply investigators of the truth or falsityof tho ideas and doctrines referred to After such investigation the majority of them are convinced that many of these beliefs are erroneous and some of them harmful to entertain and put into practice It is scarcely to be expected that ortho dox Christians and Freethinkers can har monize in belief lint they should at least treat each other with respect and try to thinkone another honest and sincere and IL all write in doing good humanitarian deeds and in seeking the truth Kanawha Falls W VafREPLY TO J E BURKHART By F B Hall In your Feb 28th issue you make it the 21sl J g Burkhart has a fine article I on Thought I wish to tusk him if this t same article lint been labeled The Mys I terious Complex Flexible Hunan Hand would it not have been as much in order For it is very certain that all the activi ties of the world today and ever are to this human member emanations itus thoughts are emanations of dueIcomplex brain lie sasIt Who built chariots harnessed the steeds and P them capable of untiring travel Who holds guides and controls them along the highways on land in air and on the sea Mr Burkhart says thought emanating from brain did it I contend that emana tions from our It supple hands is heIdirect cause Does anyone contend that we couldthave had watches paintings works of of all kinds all industries of our civilisation if our hands had never artIveloped further than a rabbits fool7 1whoroThere appears to two all questions OUR side and the OTHER side and Materialist want to know sore thing of that It other side The human hand and brain have evolved side by side in like manner and one is no more a factor than the other in our present civiliza tionAugusta Mich t THE PHILOSOPHICAL BIBLE CLASS UNION OF AMERICA texthookIt Bible Myths hiid Their Parallel in Other Religions by Donne Lessons for the Month of June 1907 1une111tIho Star of Bethlehem and astrological notions ofnil ancient tions and somewhat prevalent today that till people tire born under a lucky or under an evil star Chapter 13 Jullo13Itlhe Song of the Heavenly HosV and similar demonstrations of ce lestial delight at tho birth ofIt Buddha It Crishna Confucius It OsirisIAp loloninsIt A polioItHercules Aesculapius etc Chapter 14 Tune 20 Iho Divine Child Recognized and Presented with lifts Crishna Buddha Christ Jesus Confucius Mithras Socrates Aesculapius all were found by f BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 wise who presented them with birthday gifts Chapter 15 June 27lho BirthPlace of Christ Jesus and its universal myth as with Crislma Buddha IIonTscili Abraham t Adonis Apollo Mithras Hermes Attys retc all born while their mother was on a tijourney Chapter PROF A J CLAUSEN National Organizer St Ansgar Iowa I The Work and Ways of Literary Folk VAGABONDA Sold by Snhgcliption1 per year VAOABONDIA is an illustrated month ly magazine devoted to people who write and draw tilings Authors Playwrights and Illustrators P EACH ISSUE contains interesting arti cles on the personalities of literary men and women Human Interest Biographical Sketches 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