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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE If ho has children they are taken from him Ife ho has a pro fession he is driven from it He is cut by the higher orders and hissed by the lower He is in truth a sort of whippingboy by whoso vicarious agonies all tho transgressors of the same class are it is supposed sufficiently chastised The Church has not been unabetted in its efforts to cast ob loquy upon Paine a name Other vested interests whose scions lauded his eloquence when foreign tyrants were assailed by him turned and rent him when ho directed attention to certain iniquities of his own Well could Paino have said with Lord Bacon The inquiry of truth which is tho lovemaking or wooing of it the knowl edge of truth which is the presence of it and tho belief of truth which is the enjoying of it are tho sovereign good of human nature A candid person is not always a desirable companion especially if he is wise to our little schemes and truth has a shorter uglier meaning when applied to our own sins The state of the American mind when Paine landed here was not unlike the state of the American mind today The colonists were vacillating between their loyalty to the king nnd their de sire and need of relief from his oppression They seemed to think somehow that if the king were aware of their grievances ho would act at once to remedy their ills Such a nice man as George III by the grace of God would not allow these things to be and all that is necessary is to draft a petition and all will be well again But the effect of complaints upon his highness was simply tho loosening of the screws at one point and tighten ing them at another more vital point Although harassed in every way and at the end of their patience it never occurred to them that the solution of their problem lay in dumping George and predatory barons into the harbor and attending to their own business in their own way Into this abysmal darkness came Thomas Paine and his Common Sense The idea of separa tion had never occurred to them nor had it been before sug gestedI Common Sense cleared the almospliery and inspired the flagging spirits of the colonists with patriotic cuthusism and hope This enthusiasm Paine did not allow to evaporate Com mon Sense was soon followed by Crisis These are the times that try mens souls ho cried The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of his country but he that stands by it NOW de serves the love and thanks of man and woman Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have tho consolation with us that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly j tis dearness only that gives everything its value Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated When he heard it said that Americans were rebels ho replied He that rebels against reason is a real rebel but he that in de fense of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to De fender of tho Faith than George III To those who wished to postpone the war to some distant day ho said in the true spirit of selfsacrifice Every generous parent should suy If there must be war let it be in my day that my child may have peace It was in this spirit that Paine enlisted as a private He was a brave and efficient soldier and was actively engaged in many battles Later he became aidedecamp to General Greene During his life it is pleasant to reflect he associated intimate ly with the finest minds of his time not only in America but low 0 J J also in France and England A list of his achievements would make a chapter in itself Advanced thinkers of today are odvo eating many of the things which were original with Paine The revolution ended in America Paino went to France and became at once a prominent figure in tho struggle there Where liberty is not there is my country he said and words with him became golden deeds Paino was a patriot or the broadest type The world is my country and to do good my religion Also he was a humanitarian In the French Assembly when everyone clamored for the death of Louis XIV Paine when such an act would place him under suspicion with the extremists in true devotion to his principles reminded his hearers that they must conquer themselves and not in the new birth of freedom perpetuate the barbarity and cruelty of royalty against which they had struggled We will kill the king and spare the man he said and voted for the life of Louis For this he was arrest ed imprisoned and doomed to death but he was saved from the guillotineIn Jefferson induced Paine to return to America and for several months ho was tendered reception after reception in recognition of his services to this country and to mankind at large Paine held that any system of religion that shocks the mind ofa child cannot be a true system Ho died very peace fully at the ags of 72 in the year 1800 and was buried on his farm at New Rochelle N Y In 1819 Win J Cobbett angered by Americas neglect of Paines name and the dishonor which his enemies heaped upon his memory had the grave opened and his bones removed to England America today in her own estimation represents the apex of human civilization If we were to listen to tho Fourth of July bombast of certain fifth rate patriots wo would be led to believe that Justice with scales held aloft poised and balanced walks blindfolded as surely in our alloys as upon our boulevards They will tell you that in this country all men are equal that slavery does not exist education is free to the poor as well as the richand that we abound in philanthropists and charity organizations Let me remind you that all that is noble in Amer ica and American institutions today is noblo only because of the zeal and ardor and loyalty of Thomas Paine and when America returns again to tho purity of her early ideals the name of Thomas Paine will receive its meed of honor Mr Bolands Poem THOMAS PAINE 17371809 1009 Thy name I love Tom Paine I love thy crystal brain- I hail the hand that wrote With swordlike pen and smote Tho despots from their long and rotten reign That name whichcalumnies And scorn and baseless lies To us have made more dear That hand unstayed by fear When Freedom and her blessings was the prize From us who now may think As freemen still and drink Of wisdom as a spring BLUEGRASS BLADE 7 And fear not priest nor king Our praise receive our chains rent link from link I Here though we praise or blame PERSONAL CONVICTION No PROOF TRUTH ANTAGONISTIC TENDENCIES OF RELIGION AND PROGRESS SOME NEW COMMANDMENTS AND MAXIMS von INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT By Dr A Hausman Whenever man has committed crimes and atrocities Ihsit go against human nature it is done in the name of grId the assumed cause substituted for the real onl moral cowardice Whenever men believe in some absurdity at variance with their ordinary mode of thinking that non sense is made sacred and must not be investigated Scarcely has liberty advanced sufficiently in this country to permit Freethinkers to toll their own opinion about the worldand among the uneducated of nil nations it is still dangerous to tell the truth in contradiction to their religious prejudice What a poor miserable god it must be who chooses his champions among the lowest types of man As stated above the process of thinking takes place under the same laws in all men and consequently equal condi tions must lead to equal convictions that is like facts logically connected must result in like conclusions This important biological principle explains many features in history which otherwise appear paradox It proves that conviction is neither subject to will nor can it be artific ially produced by any exterior force It is tho inevitable result of the impressions made upon our brain or intellect Conviction is no proof of truth it may be right or wrong It is wrong if tho promises of tho induction the facts are assumed instead of being real and the conclusions are not corroborated by tho visible tangible condition of things It is right if based on facts that can be demonstrated and on deductions that find confirmation in tho real world Thus the belief in such a god as represented in the various religions is a wrong conviction based upon the arbitrary assumption of a base human mind where wo at the limit of our It is in direct irrecon cilable contradiction with all tho existing facts Our modern view of lifo is a correct or logical conviction de rived from tho sum of observation constituting natural history Its truthfulness is easily verified by applying it to any particular feature of individual or social lifo A person can only cpnvinco himself nobody else can do it All that one can do in this respect is to furnish the ma Time brightens still thy fameSEarths blame is Heavens praise Lightening the prophets days Savior of men Tom Paine I love thy name IY t MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY actuallystand understanding terial for thought and explain the mode of reasoning And ifn person is thoroughly convinced there is no power in the world that can change his conviction except himself For instance when wo say 2 x 2 is four there will be not one of tho readers whose conviction in this respect could be shaken Though he might be compelled by force to declare it was five ho would still continue to think that yet it is four How completely mind and body are under the controlof the last cause of reasoning called volition is demonstrated bsuch horrible aberrations of the human mind as tho persecution of witches heretics etc and in tho present tho useless wars Tho antagonistic tendencies of religion and progress cannot be better illustrated than by the saying ofa man who is considered one of tho greatest reformers that ever livedMartin Luther Apart from his just hatred of the pope which ho had tho courage to proclaim openly hotwas a very orthodox superstitious fanatic who never dreamed of the liberal ideas that wore to follow his efforts for which ho had unconsciously opened the way He saysaThat two times two is four tliou canst understand throughrthine reason but if the authority says two times two is five this thou must believe against the knowledge and feeling Here wo have the whole principle of progress in a nutshell All the accomplishments of tho human rare that place it above tho rest of the animal kingdom are tho result of the application of this simple logical reasoning to all things and science represents the treasure of truth gathered by this method Religion or Regress says that two times two is five whenever it is of material interest for ono portion of society to lot the other ono continue its errors And if man discovers an error made by his predecessor the beast tho savage or tho mediaeval barbarian- it must be accepted as the truth and tho liof a new generation begun on false premises Religion does not say a thing must bo true because it can bo demonstrated to our senses at all tingesno it must be true because mankind in its infancy did not know any better because the savage in tho interior of Africa believes in it and tho uneducated ofall nations carry tho conviction in their hearts And if wo discover that tho teachings are in direct contradiction with all tho facts surrounding us we must not presume that our former belief was wrong no then two times two must ho five That is faith Progress says Continued on page 12 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 E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 1168 N Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 115 per year In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remittance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent In with one remittance for six months Et cents each Trial subscriptions cents per month 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date on their tabs moved before July next We ask this that no additional ItT handicap may be placed upon the Blade in the prosecution of its great work v Look at your tabs friends and get a hustle on that we may be relieved from any controversy with the department or have the postoffice authorities throw your paper out of the mails This should be made as important to you as it is to ourselves MANS TJIIUMP OVER THEOLOGY During the last two centuries man lots traveled far and has won many a fair field from the dominion of darkness Man no longer dwells in eaves and hollow trees fighting naked with the wild beasts for his prey tho idle sport of a whimsical and capricious deity We have encountered less than onetenth of the twentieth century andwhile hosts of the ignorant still profess or claim to believe with out knowing why or how the consensus of the highest educated opinion in all America openly and fearlessly expressed is that man has reached the high pinnacle of being recognized as the avatar of the almighty Nor is there to be found in this declaration nny attempt at a pacification of theological dicta but it is uttered in an almost spirit of defiance It is an opinion drawn from the repeated demonstrations of modern science aided by the stern facts of history It is a deduction whichmakes science alone tho one great crucible wherein allopinions must be tested a deduction that defies the ballistno of theological controversy and tho assumed battering rams of the pulpiteersIThis modern acceptance of science has silently crept into the curriculum of our greatest universities and has at last attained tho ultimate without tho theologians being actually awaro of what was taking place Our universityI teachings in almost every department from physiology to psychology matter to mind are now so thoroughly r steeped in methods of science that it is an ill1pc to turn back Every passing day brings our gihilityfa stronger realization of the fact that no system struction is now complete unless it is made to conform fistrictly with scientific methods The clergy tire not altogether t insensible of this general trend Modernism in the Homish church and heresy expounders in the Protestant churches are but startling manifestations of this truth Upon this one hypothesis we are enabled to understand and explain their persistent antagonism towards university instructors and professors who havo attempted the employment of scientific considerations of those subjects so long deemed to be entirely beyond its pale Confronted by such a condition and assuming that all such instructors could bo removed from our educational institutions the latter would be in a pitiable plight indeed Our attention has been called to a splendid article ap pearing in the July number of tho Cosmopolitan Magazine BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 and fearful lest wo are unable to do Jt full and complete justice in this brief review we advise our readers to procure a copy which can be purchased any nowstand for the modest sum of fifteen cents The article in question is by Harold Bolce a writer and scholar of distinction entitled Avatars of the Almighty and begins on page 09 In it is a collaboration of definite opinions uttered by the leading scholars of the country concerning god and religion which constitute a full and complete answer to the extravagant claims of the advocates of orthodoxy that the intelligence of the nation is on their side For the benefit of many of our readers who may be unable by one reason or another to secure a copy of the magazine men tioned wo hero append a collection therefrom which they may read and study with profit Whiskey cocaine and alcohol bring temporary insan ity and so does a revival religionone of those revivals in which men lose their reason and nelfcontrol This is simply a form of drunkenness worthy of no more respect than the drunkenness that lies in the gutter Prof Boris Sidis of the Pathological Institute of New York But this eminent magazine writer does not stop here for ho approvingly quotes from President Jordan of the Stanford University who really gavo utterance to the ProfIj too mild in their expressions concerning revivals in that he goes oven further in his denunciation of these outbursts i of insanity and says Religious revivalism is a social bane it is more dangerous to the life of society than drunkenness As a sot man falls below the brute as a revivalist ho sinks lower than the sot These are strong words Stronger in fact than what might have been given by the most radical of all our Free thought papers and coming from so eminent an authority whose scholasticism cannot be questioned it will have- t f great weight with the thinking mind and must lead to a complete overthrow of modern Christian methods by bring ing them into public contempt t Prof Edwin A Earp of Syracuse University is next quoted as approving dancing while Prof Hugo Minister burg of Harvard is quoted from in tho following lan guageTo become devout man first got drunk and our ho sannahs are only echoes of tho Avinoengondered shoutings- of celebrants who reeled through orgies long ago Religion became sterile when tho Puritan ceased to imbibe After reading this reflect upon tho following Tho chronic belief ofmankind that events may happen for tho sake of their personal significance is an abomina tionProf James of Harvard 1 r They have indulged in tho luxury of highly specialized creeds until they have cone to religious bankruptcy Wo have sixteen varieties of one sect and denominations enough to stock a museum and amaze our dcscendantsIPresident TV H P Faunce of Brown UniversityM Itis not a part of Chinas business to give us herIreligion and it is not our business to give China our religionProf Bernard Moses of the University of CaliforniaThe of tho virgin birth was only an esoteric doctrine Our generation does not share thiold belief does not feel that it was necessary People today not feel like ruling anyone out of tho church who wouldIbelieve in the virgin birthProf Herbert L the University of Chicago Tho church alone cannot save tho worldProf Al bion IV Small of Chicago University j When a wise philosophy is destructive the fault lies not with tho critic who finds tho wound in our faith but with the faith that has secretly nursed its own wounds Prof Josiah Royce of Harvard Write out not for publication but for yourself alone a statement of your conception of god Fold it away and then a year later without consulting your first article offfaith set down anew your idea of tho infinite Now com pare tho two documents and discover how your mind has hangedregarding godProf Edwin A Earp of Syracuse J University The least creature of all mortals has more dignity and value than even an almighty godPlof Hugo Mnntler berg of IIarvanltThe laws of physical and chemicaland vital causation and correlation continue their sway in the affairs of amentwith tho added variant of tho laws of psychical causation 1ofCorresponding to the growing content of lifes apple hendedvalues and relationship till our symbols standnot for a merely metaphysical absolute nor for an arbitrary divine decree but for all tho weal and woe the blight and fulfilment the waste and worth tho good and evilof which human life and possibility are compacted and till they stir tho heart and command tho conscience with devo tion to tho very ends that stir tho soul of god if god i- sloveProf E 0 Hayes of the University of Illinois Science now bids us regard tho universe as a dynamical unity in a process of evolution under immanent ideas Prof Qco T Ladd of Yale I 0 BLUE GRASS BLADE Tho name of Jesus is not written but plowed into the history of the worldProf Slater of Chicago Univer sityiWhile any content of considerable length on the fore going is perhaps unnecessary speaking most eloquently for themselves yet we feel constrained to remark that in the foregoing quotations wo find the revival business of the church subjected to a most remarkable criticism there by placing a low estimate upon the social value of the evangelists and their converts Tho belief that god can bo influenced to do something or to abstain therefrom through the medium of prayer is slanuned against the cold logic of physical fact The eternal and universal division of the sects missionary enterprise abroad immaculate conception the power of the church as a saving factor the deep and lasting wounds made in the body of religious belief by modern science the great and serious error of man in over believing in the existence ofa god the placing of man above gods the dynamical unity of the universe leaving no room for god outside of humanity arc all openly fearlessly and frankly discussed while the writer himself furnishes his readers with a brilliant array argumentative and reasoning data Thus friends rejoice for the long night of intellectual slavery is past America the petted child of the world will through her university instructors redeem her from brutal theological outrage and on the higher intellectual hills already flame the harbinger of Reasons glorious morn There is already a suspicion in the minds of both priests and preachers that after all they know no more andmany far less of the Cosmos than do other men The people no longer swallow theology as an anaconda would take an unwashed goat During the night of intellectual slavery and mental serfdom hidebound orthodoxy reigned supreme and practically every man was a church communicant Today this is paramount only in those countries that have failed to keep pace with the car of progress Here in Amen we find the highest intelligence of the nation Ignoring god and subjecting the belief in god to a rigid scientific test It may bo excellent orthodoxy to believe but what is revealed herein will demonstrate that it is no longer regarded as goodsense The day of creed has already passed and the dayof deed is set firmly upon us Tho church can no longer compel submission to supposed infallibility Education is not interested in the conflicting claims of rival sects and creeds Pacts are now superior to form It is not what men say but what they do that counts Creeds are no longer fashionable WESTMINSTER ABBEY News reports from British sources suggest that Parlia ment will have to wrestle with tho problem of limiting J A restricting or taking away altogether the present power and privilege of tho Dean of that worldfamous edifice to deny sepulture or admit to sepulture therein the bodies of persons deceased who have in some measure contributed to Englands greatness The present controversy arises from tho Doans refusal to admit the body of the lute George Meredith for sepul ture within its walls and as tho Abbey is now come to hetregarded as belonging to the nation ot large not to one man or a sot of men exclusively the issue is to bo laid before the House of Commons for the formulation and adoption of specific rules to govern such matters No man has done more to overthrow the theological conceptions and doctrines of the universe than Charles Darwin His views upon evolution were met with stubborn resistance from every pulpit Ho was denounced as an Atheist and his teachings ridiculed as being atheistical Some modification of these orthodox views had obtained before Darwin diednnd to such an extent that at his death the body was enshrined within this Abbeys wallsIamong Britains greatest dead Some years later another great Englishman died Herbert Spencer passed away As a philosopher thinker and reasoner ho had no superior nor have any arisen since Althoughof u conservative turn yet true to his ideals Spencer was refused a place in tho Abbey wherein Darwin had been given a placeNow restingIcame George Merediths death Hi3 was not universally known but his sympathies were with our cause Ho was a writer of great and virile strength His utterances were open challenges to orthodoxy Tho body was cremated and tho ashes buried at Dorking the Dean of time Abbey having refused admittance but tardily consented to a memorial service being held therein for repose of his soul Meredith had refused to theIchurch for the reason as he had told a friend ho ashamed of what ho heard there It may be that on tnot11theWestminster Abbey in some authority other than that of the Dean of Westminster and that Mr E A Pickorsgill will ask if inasmuch as Westminster Abbey has developed from a localcathedral into national Valhalla ho will consider whether tine has come for legislation whereby tho duty of awarding the honor of burial within its walla should be transferred from tho custodian of the fabric to some authority representative of nation These are encouraging signs They demonstrate the enormous shift in public opinion Wo are pleased to ob servo that Edior G W Foote of tho London FreethinkerI is making a vigorous protest against tho mummeries at f k BLUE GRASS BLADE n tending the Meredith funeral and defending his memory from orthodox assaul- tFASHIONS IN RELIGIOUS BELIEF The late Col Ingersoll onco said that a religion was tsuperstition in fashion and a superstition was a religion out of fashion or words to that effect and now we find the sentiment endorsed by Dr Burrell pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church of Now York being of the Dutch Reformed denomination In the columns of the Buffalo Express N Y ho is quoted as saying The preachers aro changing the philosophical basis of their belief as often as tho women change their hats They take tho castoff fashions of Germany which come by slow freight By tho time they arc in vogue here they aro being superseded over there Accepting this as true it follows that it can make but little or no difference what a man or woman believes If orthodox belief is admittedly an evershifting rainbow containing no vista of promises subject to modifications and change at tho whim and fancy of its professors the process must continue until the original tenets are entirely lost sight of And what process could be Wore natural Progress is tho absolute order From it there can be no appeal Theology is subject to tho same general trend Its advocates must read and study if they are to keep pare with tho educational demands of tho age Strive as they may to suppress the now thought there are times and places when they must crop out and without knowing how or why tho opinions and beliefs of professional theologians undergo many and complex changes Personal interest tho ego may aid in retarding tho free and open expression of tho new thought but tho trend of tho American pulpit towards liberalism is apparent on every hand Tho sentiment expressed by Dr Burrell is significant For tho past four years ho has been the acting and active head in tho department of homilcctins in tho LVnwciton Theological Seminary lie is also cnnnrvtcil with the t American Bible League an organization now strenuously combating tho Higher Criticism And yet has any of the higher critics uttered aught more critical of the prevailing theological belief than Dr Burroll himself Dr Bur J roll tries to be orthodox Ho is ready to denounce any andall of our educational institutions which in hision aro offenders against tho popular religious faith These facts ought to give greater weight to his words upon orthodoxy for ho is in a position to see to understand and to know No thinker can entertain tho slightest doubt concerning the ultimate of orthodox faith Its undulations are a ver itablo Josephs coat It is ono thing today and another and vastly different thing tomorrow Its personal god has sunk into a divino immanence and its heaven and hell M are merely conditions no longer actual places of resi dence Its essential characters have been resolved into myths and its socalled sacred books have been proven spurious Its forms and ceremonials aro no longer granted public observance and are but more matters of individ ual taste and preference When people believed in tho existence of griffins dragons and other monsters the effect upon tho mind was just tho same as if these mythicalnon descripts had actually existed So it is with the belief inIgod No god can possibly exist for him who has no belief in god Nor can belief as a mere mental process bring into existence that which does not exist The more mankind appreciates its permanent relationIship with all nature theology will disappear from ature and foolish worship will be unknown It willnot suffice to express social terms and feelings in sentimentsIof religion for men will readily recognize tho fraud Thus every ago brings a now theology Each change is an aban donment of the old The dictates of conscience are being given n wider recognition Men cannot raise tho dead This applies to modes of thought and belief as forcibly as it docs to animate nature Every church is compelled to change its theological fashion plates to satisfy popular demand IINGERSOLL RECANTATION FAKE The following is reproduced from the London Freethinker of May 23 1909 U A 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