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BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVIII LEXINGTON KY OCTOBER 24 I09 if Number 28It t DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA tpF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT t 7j t 3894U is m biI t t A rotten hulk it soils the That fades away with shoroiIAnd whore the hands of Its pirate rag of blood and tears Its reign of terror placed a tyrant king above Whose rule it forced on man and called it Love i Tho fire that lickd tho rebels frame y fihaa 1ashlaeit And tore a groan from out lii b roast Eaet f 0 Will burn no more to help defame Tho thoughts the life of Christ expresss x deadForJ t2ftag The daring thinker born to find The secret that our sphere oiiunauds mindlTho brain of man invades tho fields in which tho priest t Though styled guide did over travel least Tho witch who cursed tho cruel stake That hold her fast amid tho lire akoRt Her charred fist at church aivilfriar Tho voico that wailed Oh ITcrcyl in tho torture room f Is silent nowtho church has met doom ij Tho wars that shockd the earstfearth With Vidbws moans and orj Tans tears In i 4So1Tho murderd dead do lino the highway man has trod rFor souls wore saved if blood was shed for God t ffThoslaves who bore the piratearag Have loft the field tn human thought f i Their tainted hands have ceasdUo f Tho mangled form that Freedom taught iJt No robber barons cheat the menta lifo today The claims of Freethought mans pinions sway tf Salt Lake City Utah 1 A t IJ 4WooJ 1 E BLUE GRASS BLADE A Freethinker on the Defensive When Christian Sects Permit the Exercise of Private Judgment as Against Creed and Tenet Nothing but the Mere Name Is Left By Lou Lawrence This being the case would infinite love or infinite justice per mit such a god to create a being doomed to even a preponderance of misery Would not such a course be rather the act of a be ing endowed with infinite hate TJiink of the pain and misery of this life to which allgood and bad believers and unbelievers are doomed alike Add to this the punishment to which a ma jority of men are supposed to be destined and where is the in finite love Where is even a finite love Where is even a hint of justice It is useless to plead that god gives men a choice between good and evil between pain and happiness Men are where they are and what they are by the will of their creator or else that creator is not infinite in power and knowledge and if mans fate is the will of an omnipotent and omniscient being that Being is altogether in sentiment of love and justice Eternal punish menta preponderance of suffering evenis not consistent with infinite justice and love coupled with infinite power and knowl edge Well but that doesnt matter says my Christian sister you do not need to believe in eternal punishment to become a member of the Christian church Certainly not Quite a respectable number of your members do not hold that belief It seems that many of them have given up the doctrine of an eternal hell But let us see to what that concession leads If there is heaven to gain no hell to shun no angry god to be appeased then there was no need of an atone ment and the claims made for the Christ are false In that case Jesus did not die to save man there was no need for the shedding of blood the foundation is swept from under Christ ianity and the churches are obtaining money under false pre tensesIf belief in and practice of the fundamental tenets of a re ligion are not necessary to mans wellbeing beyond this life what does the church stand for7 If persons can be good Christ ians after discarding one of the original dogmas by every rule of reason they can discard another and still another until there will be none left When a sect begins to permit private judgment of its creed among its members there must come a time when nothing but the name will be held in common Again If you are going to give up hell you must give up heavenyou must give up immortality or admit that the good and bad reach the same goal and that admission is a contradiction of the dogma of rewards and punishment and renders the doctrine of the atonement null and void Man is not responsible for the existence of evil lie is not sponsible for his own existence inn for his propensity to sin The Power that built the universe is responsible for all these things You call that Power God You say that he created man No omnipotent god could have a right to create manner any other sentient being except for its own good If an otent god created man with his propensity to sin and then pun ishes him for indulging that propensity he has used his power beyond the bounds of justice and fills the popular conception of a devil instead of a god I for one could not worship such r ri It you do not believe there is a god how account for the existence of the earth and the heavens for plants animals and a god neither can I believe in the existence of such a god and I think this fact adds much to my happiness man Things do not come into being of their own accord ThereImust be a Power somewhere that fashions suns and stars lands and seas birds and flowers My sisters that is just what I expected you to say That ques tion was most certainly the mother of the godidea This sire to account for themselves and the universe has long been a difficult though natural problem in the minds ofmen As children want to know who made their toys their clothes and their homes so the human race in its infancy wanted to know who made the things which impressed it mostthe earth sea sky and themselves With little outside of nature to arrest his attention it is not wonderful that primeval man early setfabout solving It the riddle of the universe There are about that riddle which have not been made altogether plain up to the present time and it is not at all surprising that in the childhoodof the race men made crude guesses concerning it But their method was unscientific and their solution while it may have served a good purpose in the past is not consistent with the sum of present knowledge and for this reason has ceas ed to be of value The business of science is to explain the Unknown in terms of the Known Hence the primitive method of accounting for the universe and man was unscientific because it was an attempt to account for one unknown quantity by postulating a second quantity not less unknown but more distant Our forefathers could not believe that the earth and man had made themselves So they said II A god made them and the god was so far away that he did not arouse in their minds a sufficient curiosity to induce them to ask who made him They did not seem to see that if a man was such a wonderful creature that he could not have made himself a god which was certainly a much more wonderful being could much less have produced himself Child like they had accounted to their satisfaction for that which lay nearest to them and their intellects were not sufficiently penetrating to see that they had shifted tho difficulty only one step farther away- I am not ready to say that in the infancy of the race relig ions did not benefit mankind When from lack of scientific in vestigation and intellectual power men could not know truth if their errors assisted them physically morally or socially the errors were not in vain Truth is brought to light only bya multitude of mistaken guesses For ages our ancestors have been stumbling from one guess to another discarding each as it proved to be useless or false and establishing an occasional point beyond the possibility of a doubt and it will be in this manner that posterity will at last lay a firm foundation on which to base its calculations This is the method by which mankind will succeed in building its temple of Truth the only temple which Time cannot lay in ruins No I am not disposed to assert that the godidea has been an unmitigated evil and I am ready to attack it only because I believe that civilized man has outgrown it and because he is offered a philosophy which if not absolute truth is certainly much nearer the truth As we discard outgrown garments because they would hamper the growth of the body so we must dis r t BLUE 3jGRASS BLADE card outgrown ideas because they interfere with the growth of thu intellect Like every other fallacy the godidea has come to the point where it hampers Progress While no one saw it to be a fallacy the world could not be blamed for accepting it But that neces sity is passed While science may not be able to explain the lifeforce behind nature while the best she can do will be to say that this force is an attribute of Matter she has demonstrated conclusively that there is no possible foundation for a belief in a personal God a being apart from nature And now I will tell you in a very few words how I do account for the existence of the earth and all it contains as well as for the vast expanse of the heavens of which I can conceive no end without having recourse to the declaration that there is a god We know intimately only ourselves and the earth We have a slight acquaintance with the sun moon and starsthe denizens of Infinite Spacebut much of what we say about them is mere speculationOf near and far science has never been able to discover anything that was not material Even our minds the most subtle phenomena within the range of our recognition have a material basis or as I am fond of saying are woven of Mat ter If anyone disputes this let him exhibit a specimen of the mind which exists apart from Matter This Matterthis fundamental or primordial essence of all the known universethis substance of which all things are buildedis a demonstrable fact Land water air etherthe firmest rock and the most delicate gas are all combinations of Matter Science has traced the various phenomena of nature to this point How this primordial substance came she has never been able to tell us It is here it is everywhere It simply IS We accpet it and so far as knowledge goes there is nothing beyond its ULTIMATE ATOM Hero is where I stop Something somewhere must be self existent Something must possess the BuildingPowerthe Life forceand I can see no evidence of its existence apart from this Ultimate Atomthis ONE THING without which was not any thing made that was made We know that tho Lifeforce does exist in this connection We know nothing beyond To my mind Matter is tho Creative That is the Estimated Cost of Being In sulted by Evangelical Fools who Preach for Coin By Clarence C Gates I always know that a Christian could not be possibly of more value than THIR TY CENTS But Gypsy Smiths treas ure man Peterson by name says they are cheaper than thatthut they are FOURCENT Christians Salvation is freefor FOUR CENTS 0yezl 0yez Hear Gypsy speak only four cents and not worth it Come 0 Come and bo insulted by a fool Only four cents Come and let Gypsy put tho fetters of bondage on your mind Ho charges you four centsbut that is not nil you must pay t t 4 If Power of the Universe It is the one indestructible quantityJand why should we suppose anything beyond it when it is just as easy and far more reasonable to suppose it to be the self sufficient Cause of the magnificent incomprehensible ALL Can you my sisters demonstrate to me the existence of a single phenomena which has no material basis Thought has been named as an instance of this kind but there can be no thought without a brain and the brain is built of Matter Your spiritbutYou believe in these things because you have heard them talk ed of since you were able to understand You believe them just as you once believed in Santa Clausno less and no more Until you questioned his existence you could not possibly know that he was a myth So you cannot know that any of the gods which have been taught by the various religions are simply the creations of an infantile stage of the human intellect until you begin to think it possible that these are myths also Let me ask you why when you hear that some one questions tho existence of your god you do not apply yourself to the solu tion of the difficulty Having asked this questin I want to give the answer that my friend gave mo when I asked her to discuss the subject 0 but Im afraid youll be too much for me she said This is the reason It is fearFEAR spelled with capitals But why should you fear to know the truth Is anything less false because you do not know it Will belief in a falsehood make it a truth There are some folk who deny tho existence of dis ease but they die all the same There are people who believe in ghosts but you do not and they have never been able to conIvince you or produce a ghost There are those who believe the earth to bo a great flat plain but science has long ago demon strated this to bo a fallacy If a man could believe he would live a thousand years would his dream come true Let me make an assertion Supposing that belief in a fallacy could once have been beneficial whenever tho mind begins to question it it loses its utility If you are afraid to discuss your religion lest you be convinced that it is false that religion is not sufficiently real to you to benefit your life To be continued I Are You a FourCent Christian Hear the Sunday theater denounced It is open on Sunday for the same reason that Gypsys lying mouth is openfort- he moneyfour cents but Gypsy wants more Ho thinks his show is equal to the fivecent kind He is mistaken of fivecent amusement is tho most charming of maidens beside the vile hag of fourcent Christianity Nothing is more disgusting than this pious begging I entered a small city drug store onceone of the under dogs of trade On the counter near the door was a Sal vation Army beggars box no other drug store in the city tolerated one There was ono customer present besides myself As I was about to leave one of the Salvation Army hags entered The other fellow with his face as red as fire cringingly throw th- enet da woman a coin She then expected me to contribute but upon seeing my impatient refusal there came into her eyes such a t malicious look never equaled before or f since in human eyes directed at me in deadly enmity- I again encountered this malicious re gard of Salvation Army beggars I was amusedas well as disgusted by the plain selfevident beggary of their actions At about 8 oclock of the evening the beggar band came from tho East of the city court house square to the North side of it in front of a cigarstore I was ono of the crowd of men in front and straight to us they flocked the beggars marching down tho street pavement For ten minutes the beggars sung and talkedand then C 0 D But I did not deliver and all the mal ice of a weakfaced and evidently disrepu table woman showed in the beggar hags eyes And straight back to their headquar ters on tho East side they marched Tuscola lit lrL j 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE I Why Women Should Not Vote Numerous Criticisms Have Brought Out a Vigorous Protesting Reply By S R Booher When I penciled briefly ray remarks on Mr Jeffries article Why Women Should Vote I did not think that because of brevity that the meaning would bo so dis torted out of all reason by any reader of the article but it seems that such has been its could one glean the idea from my article that man is the whole thing when I admitted that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world What hand rocks the cradle Man or woman It would seem that Mr Jeffries would like the table turned and let man do the cradle work and woman his labor Well now this might do in some cases but certainly Nature has not so or dained it A certain priest understood the law of Nature and its ultimate result when ho saidII Allow me the training of all children from infancy to twelve years of age and I will show you a Catholic people of generations to come Certainly this is truthof the first water Christianity would not be what it is today were it not for the fact that great care is taken to train the tender mind in making impressions there on in the ghost stories of biblical lore Now my good brother Jeffries and sister Putnam if you have it that women should enter the portals of that most holy sanctuary politics so that they women should or could have the right to vote and hold office why not have the good women utilize their precious time in train ing the boys and girls moulding sentiment so that when these boys arrive at the vot ing age they will with one solid vote place women on an equal with man You certainly would not have many years to wait to realize your Utopian idea No usu trying to convert the men voters of today hardened in their thoughts and set in their notions that II they are the whole thing Sister Putnam says On every hand we are confronted by mothers engaged in other labor than that for which she seems especially adapted Why Because man is not able to furnish her with tho necessities of life Now I fear Sister Putnam has not been a close student of Political Economy or else her answer would have been quite different The industrial change from the small factory to the large the combining of cap ital to foster largo industries and then the desire of the capitalist for largo divi dends has wrought the change from well paid men to cheap labor machinery taking the place of manual labor performed by men making the product cheaper and la bor easier so that boys and girls and women can perform such labor and the desire of the capitalists for greater divi dends led them to advocate independence for boys and girls and women to earn their own money The idea was quickly taken up by this class and very soon the labor market was glutted and laborers be ing plentiful prices of labor fell and the capitalists argued that since all members of the family can earn money the man breadwinnermust perforce work for similar wages or seek elsewhere for labor Now whereas the manthe breadwinner should have a price for his labor com mensurate with the amount earned suffic ient for him and his familys necessities and comfort and enough besides to lay in store for old age we find that the bread winner receives scarcely enough to pro vide for the daily necessities hence the necessity of the wife and children to assist in securing a livelihood This is the sult of false teaching in industrial and political economy Where there is one woman going to Clubs etc there are 99 going to tho fac tory etc And it is the 99 who need the vote and would use it Now dear sister are you quite sure these 99 would use it and by its use cure all the ills of which the women complain Here in Ohio we have a law permitting or granting the women the right or use of the voting power in all matters pertaining to our public schools Our public schools are the cornerstone yea the foundation upon which is built our nation This is certainly a fieldopened for womens use of her voting power but do they the make use of it Tho one does but not the 99 Why Why Why Now comes a pen description of a farm ers wife in her queenly home From our sisters remarks we gather the thought that the farmers wifes labor is simply drudgery and nothing more Lcnore Sister you can add to the ordinary far mers wifes labor much more There is the garden and truck patch to look after scrubbing tho porches and walks tending the flowers baking pies cookies and bread visiting the sick neighbors taking along something to please the bedridden patients and all this our sister Putnam would have us believe is drudgery Yes and add to this the labor of preparing for a picnic or a festival etc J All this womans drudgery Oh no sister you are greatly mistaken You must get in touch with these farmer women and you will be greatly surprised both in the amount of labor in the variety and quantity done and in the spirit in which the work is done Instead of drudgery the earnest and industrious women consider it a pleasure and take great pride in their in dependence and the amount of work ac complished Visit tho live farmers wife and see how she will interest herself in showing you through the garden and yardcalling your attention to the beautiful planls and flow ers garden vegetables etethen the chickens ducks turkeys and geese follow ing itup with a display of quilts com forters aprons dresses etc for herself and children During this time her labor ofcooking the meals washing the dishes and waiting on tho visitors proceed without a ripple Notice the healthful glow in the farmers wifes cheeks and the sparkle in her eye Not that indifferent lazy far away look of unconcernedness or dont caredness longing for something to turn up to arouse or excite the imagination as a sensational magazine article Oh no not that But the farmers wife of today does read and reads the best of literature and finds time with her multiplicity of worthy duties to do it too How site enjoys her work At eventide she looks back over a wellspent day and now retires to rest sweet sweet rest The next morning she arises at an early hour refreshed and ready for her daily toil This mother wife and queen is also a merchant Shopping day See her hitch the family horse to the buggy placing therein eggs butter cream chickens garden vegetables fruit and possibly other things that her labor has pre pared for marketing exchanging it for cashor goods needed in the family Now Miss or Mrs P takes apparently great umbrage at her sex for receiving more honor and greater rights now than she could hope to have if she had the use of the ballot and then says We are going to have the ballot or dio trying to et it That reminds one of the little boy whose mother had supplied herself with a box of snuff for the prevention of moth etc Site told the little boy its use and further explained to him tho danger of handling it But the boy like most boys and even girls too wanted the personal ex perience So at an opportune time ho sought the box of snuff for examination The lid being hard to remove ho exercised great force in removing itallli so suddenly did it open that the contents were thrown out his eyes receiving a generous supply and ho inhaled a goodly portion also Now had he listened to good advice and experience ho would have saved himself much pain trouble and inconvenience Tho I 1 IBLUEGRASS BLADE 5Isame with the suffragists Take advice from any source especially of good level headed women the great homemakers of ours and other lands In many things we need a change and change should mean progress and progress means hotter condi tions for all parties concerned Mr J wants to show his great sympathy for the writer and apologizes for him If Bro J had only read carefully and inter preted the plain English in harmony with good commonsense there would he no need for either sympathy or apology I am certainly thankful to Mr J for his ex pressions of kindnesses for my lack of knowledge on this subject but we are equally sympathetic and hope that he will devote a little more tinge to careful thought and reread my article and ho will surely discover that I never intimated in my ar ticle that woman was inferior to man mentally socially or in any other way But rather inclined to believe that women today if the right of the ballot were given them could vote as intelligently as men but docs that prove anything in favor of women having the voting power Exten sion of the ballot should mean progress and progress should meanyen and does mean a better and higher civilization better conditions for all concerned Our women who are devoting their time to the dissemination of ideas relating to women having the right of franchise were to throw their strength and talent in securing higher educational qualifications for voters they would undoubtedly be sowing seeds that would eventually ripen into a golden harvest of better conditions of all mankind Hn httl Now comes May BII in the issue of Aug 8th and says many funny and strange things Site certainly must have just returned from an auto trip or a spin on the merrygoround or a slide on tho toboggan and had not removed her goggles before reading for sho saw in it a hornets nest and many other distorted things I admit that sufficient truth was encouched in tho article to arouse tho lat ent powers of sonic Nothing will so quick ly awaken the iro of any ono as tho truth And from the language used and the mis construction placed on plain English it is evident that truth cut its way io tho quick When anyone is nonplussed and out classed it is so easy to discern for tho ex pressions used by them tire what you say pro old and antiquated not modern etc Let mo say in conclusion that a thing is not necessarily GOOD because NEW nor is it BAD because OLD Examine all things in tho light of the highest and best court Reason Dundee Ohio Friendly Criticism And Greeting Liberal Christian Takes Issue with Policies of Blade and Some of Its Subscribers By H L Gillis Friendly greetings and thanks for Blade of todays date The passing by of tho bible to worship at every other shrine within range of hu man philosophy was foreseen and foretold by all its holy prophets They tell of the Gal FOUR BLADETREEBIIs goood increase of knowledge not brain ca pacity born of tho traveling and mingling and printing that it would bring these developments that the present bless ings would mean discontent and the shak ing of the heavens ruling powers and tho whole social structure to the founda tions and pave the way for Him whose right it isto govern It foretells the more deplorable falling away of some front the very pinnacle of Truth into bitter cnvyings strife and vain glorying contentions The question is not How many shall fall but Who shall be able to stand Your reasoning is too narrow on too low a plane thus If there be a Satan then God is the author of evil whereas the fact is that Satan became an adversary only when he became a Freethinker and aspired to use his superior station and per sonal liberty without regard to the like freedom of thought and action of others This spirit is his earmark pervading nil his works as manifested by your Canada friend page 9of issue of May 10 lie is the prince of the powers of the air and god of this cosmos An enemy of God and man By his spirit tho Bible has been stormed for thirty centuries by every means possible men leave endeavored to banish it front the face of the earth They have hidden it buried it made it a crime punishable with death to have it in possession Tile most bitter and relentless persecutions have been waged against those who had faith in it but still tho book lives and lies found its way into every na tion and language of the earth Many of its foes slumber in death hundreds of vol umes written to discredit it have long since been forgotten and incredible as it ap pears the cunning of this god of the pres ent evil world cosmos order succeeds in charging his unparnlelled efforts for tho destruction of tho book and persecutions for those having faith in its promises upon the book itself and tho faithful who have suffered down the age through his own synagogue A fallen church opposed to all progressAII spewedout system H poor miserable blind naked This TnA l latter device exhausts all his resources A stronger than he has come and is turning up the light that will in due time enlighten every man We have an apple tree in this vicinity which bears fruit that is sour on one side or half and sweet on the other The so lution is simple Two halfbuds a sour and a sweetcut in center and united into qualitiesgrowth The dividing line is not always tho same in all the fruit doubtless owing to tho strugglt for survival favored more or less by sunlight and other conditions If you remind me I will send en apple intseason To your mind this is simply one of the phenomena of Nature but the question re mains unanswered What is life Has Science found its origin or can tho Scien tist find the point in organized matter where life has its beginning The atoms form themselves as if by instinct and intelli gence they knew what to do where to go and when Some mysterious force impels them to separate and unite again They go of their own free will The subject is profound beyond all computation Prof Edward L Larkin says I do not say that cosmical corpuscles know whet to do but will say that they behave under tho microscope and electrochemical labor atories as though they do The incessant discoveries in electricity are opening up the most wonderful corridors and lanes in Nature so amazing that the ablest men in the world are astonished and impressed with tho complexity of all existing things But tho point in organized matter where life begins is not found It is not in Na tureThe Bible alone answers all the prob lems not by discussing them but by par ratives and examples of events and per sons and things which involve them A catechism query Who made you Answer God But does the Bible swer so It does not The Bible declares that His work is perfect He did not make idiots and imbeciles The statement is And God breathed into his the mints nostrils the breath of lives plu ral Hero then is the foundation of life in God only and here the origin of man and from this ono perfect original tho life stream should descend to all tho race but condemned unworthy of life ho could not transmit what ho no longer possessed and tho race is born in a dying condition and without divine interposition must finally be utterly blottedout Terra Alta W Va l A i t 6 BLUE GLASS BLADE 1Cheering Words Sent to the Orientj Concluded from Last Week Ring the changes on the fact that thereI is no spook in all the universe no matterI whether he be called God Angel Devil or Demon That is the assailable citadel of truth If you admi that there is a god of some kind ruling the world why then you let the bars down for all sorts of claims as to his relation to men and in a little while there is a swarm of godsand their friends ap pearing to claim the attention and the time and the pocket books of men We mus not give the savage host a foothold Give them an opening and they will pour in much after the manner of the Barbarian pouring into home once upon a time They will come and establish all sorts of systems of belief as to the relations of the gods to each other and of their relation to men and of mens relations to them- I used to believe in these sacred spooks tooin fact swallowed all the Christian buncombe about Jesus having been born of a virgin of having had a ghost for a father in truth two fathers the ghost and the head spook called The Lord and of having arisen from the dead ant then going to sit at the right hand ofone of the fathers in that country scientists do not know anything about I used tc believe without thinkingjust as the multi tude does yetall the absurdities which have been manufactured by the spools house schools of the last six thousand world I dis years about the supernatural carded all such beliefs years ago and n god now is no more sacred to me than is a lie than is hypocrisy than is theft than is a rabbit foot To me all the gods and angels have gone the road of the reindeer team which I once thought scoured the heavens in search of stockings Today I say that there is no god or devil no angel or demon and I say it just as I say that there is no reindeer team in the skies on Christmas Eve gloriously on the hunt for chimneys where little boys and girls liveWere I called upon to prove to the satisfaction of children that there was no such being as Santa Claus I might bo a little hard but to satisfy the minds of some believers in the majesty and glory of their head spook But just as there is no Santa Claus there is no god or devil for they have all been built out of the imagination of men Science says that there are no such things as ghosts but superstition asks why is it not possible for us to have ghosts Superstition might as well ask science as to why it would not bo possible to have birds with wings four miles long The knowledge of the world says now that thero are no ghosts and the same knowledge is saying now that there are no gods I speak of knowledge like the negro in the pictui speaks of Armours hams Hams what are see the idea that there was a gOfl and devil for us grew out of mens ignorance The time was when they could not account for the commonest natural phenomena They could not explain the istence and movements of the clouds They usually attributed their actions to directing hand of some angel or demon ill the air who went along with them a littl after the manner of cowboys with a her of Texas cattle Some terribly black clout in which were the whirlwind and the light nings and the thunders would inspire tho beholders with a two fold alarm one of the alarms arising front the power of th storm itself and the other from the presence of the demon who could muster up forces strong enough to level cities and tear up not explain the existence of the lightning and the thunder They coup not account for themselves lakes and oceans The mysteries of the mountain were past finding out Now we know how the clouds arc made how the rain is dis tilled how the mountains were built hov tho lakes rivers and oceans came into ex istence and how the thunders and light nings are produced and we now know that there is and was no more intelligent is in the tearing of an apple from the liml ofII tree to the ground These were all impenetrable mysteries ir aforetimes and could be explained by nr mo but the priest and he always explain- it by saying that there was a supreme Intelligence and a great plan back of il rill As the phenomena was often vast end supremely great away above the power of man to produce the priest and all the others who tackled the problem reasoned that the Intelligence and the power necessary to call itthis phenomena into existence was also great This power and intelligence when it seemed to work for jodd they called God and when it vorked for ill they called it the Devil Aftcr they once got the gods and the devils to going it was easy enough to subdivide them into departments as it were for by so doing they could explain phenomena more readily When the priest and his followers struck the God idea they had something that would explain things It would explain nything they wanted explained much ome medicines are advertised to cure all t things For thousands of years the Ex plainAll system has been applied dili gently to all the mysterious processes of Nature It is still in vogue in even the 20th century Those who have been ed in the Explain All school system doInot take to the scientific investigative school system So many of the impenetrable mysteries these natural phenomenahave been ex plained by science that tho gods and the devils have evacuated the premises where they used to reign supreme They have retired and gone back into the mysteries which wo have not yet succeeded in pene trating They do not hang around the lightnings and the thunders and the clouds and the mountains and the stars any more No cloud has had an angel to direct its course since the day when wo discovered how the rains were made All but the most ignorant have found that a cloud comes up across the sky with its rain with as little regard to intelligence as an apple has when it falls to the ground Even the gods have deserted the mountains the great majestic mountains for we have found out the se cret of mountain manufacture for no more intelligence was required in their making than there was in the making of the ridges and the crevices across the asphalt streets in San Francisco during the late earth course there are very many things left to explain but I reason that as so very many things have been explained without having to resort to the Explain All system it is only reasonable to pose that in due time all of Natures mysIeries will bo explained or at least so of them will be explained that only nost foolish will cling to the superstitious ExplainAll method which has never explained anything in preference to the explanations of knowledge and her hand naid Science No no there is no such hingas a supreme intelligence called God If wo had waited for what I sail the Spook Houseusually called Gods house tho House of the Lord etc to tell us how the rain was made how tho clouds fly the lightnings weave their course cross the heavens on a stormy night how the mountains were uplifted the starsInode how the moon shines how eclipsesI ome and comets appear we would have waited a long time indeed We would have known no more about these things than we knew six thousand years ago In fact the worshippers of the spook creations used to lI burn men for trying to explain great natural phenomena by any other method than by the ExplainAll system If the priesthood had had its way we would bo even now explaining the eclipse of the sun moon on the ground that it was a man ror Continued on Page J itsu WVJr iF Ii- f BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 National Organization of American Freethinkers- I i OFFICIAL CALL FOR CONVENTION In the name of nnd by the authority of the parsons whose names are hereunto affixed Freethinkers of the United States of America who having in writing duly expressed themselves as being in favor of a new national organization that shall undertake and maintain a systematic and advised propaganda of Freethought principles all persons who hold and believe that the doctrines theories and teachings of the orthodox Christian church regarding the universe and the origin and destiny of mankind are erroneous and who believe that happiness and morality can be better subserved by a study nnd observance of Natural Law than through the medium of prayer faith or god worship who reject nil phases and forms of superstition and idolatry who are free and who desire to be free from orthodox religious restraints in matters affecting human action and con science who believe in a full and complete separation of church and state with all that such separation implies are hereby called to meet in National Convention in tho City of St Louis State of Missouri on Sunday November 14th 1909 nt the hour of 9 oclock a m for the purpose of devising nnd adopting a declaration of principles as a basis for such organization a constitution and bylaws for its proper and effective management nnd its better government to elect officers to outline and adopt a sys tem of progagandn and to do all other nets nnd things that mayor shall be pertinent to nnd shall best subserve and aid in tho accomplishment of the objects and purposes herein expressed Hotel Accommodations Arrangements have been made nnd completed with the management of the Laclcde Hotel at Sixth and Chestnut streets in the City of St Louis for the accommodation nnd entertainment of nil Freethinkers attending the conversion nt fairly reasonable rates This hotel is conducted on the European plan and pro vides sleeping accommodations only There is a well appointed restaurant in connection with tho hotel nt which good meals can rnngeIwhether two occupy the same room The cost of meals will run from 20 Dents up The hotel is large and commodious It has ample facilities for the accommodation of all who wish to attend and is situated in the heart of the business district Business and Social Owing to the great distance that some of those attending the convention will have to travel and recognizing the natural desire for sufficient social intercourse during the convention that such n gathering must create there will be nn informal social and business gathering of the Freethinkers attending the convention nnd those residing in St Louis nnd vicinity in the parlors of the Laclcde Hotel on the Saturday night after supper preceding the Sunday of the convention This will afford nn opportunity for renewing old friendships nnd forming now ones isInorder to facilitate tho business of the convention there will J also be nn informal caucus to prepare an outline of the workof tho convention select and appoint the several committees name n temporary chairman nnd secretary in order to facilitate the business of the convention and assist in the speedy dispatch of its business The caucus will first designate a temporary chairman and secretary given due authority tho temporary chairman will thereupon appoint the following committees On order of business on organization on constitution and propagandaThe or early t Sunday morning that their several reports may be ready for submission when the convention is properly called to order The OonventionfTho Convention proper oclock on the morning of Sunday November 14th 1909 by thertemporary chairman who shall be designated by the Saturday i night caucus Such sessions as may be deemed necessary shall be held throughout the day The Convention Hall is situated ut ELEVENTH AND LOCUST All organized Freethought STREETSjnow actively engaged in thought principles are invited to be sent any number of delegates or representatives to this Convention in order that the gathering may be made as univers ally expressive of American Freethought as it is possible to be All individual Freethinkers will receive n hearty nnd cordial welcome Charter Members All persons Freethinkers adopting tho declaration of prin ciples tho constitution and bylaws of the organization nnd who shall attend the convention in person nnd nil persons signifying their approval acceptance nnd adoption of the same in writing addressed to the Secretary within a time to be specified by the convention and all those whose names are appended to this call shall be deemed nnd recorded on the books of tho organization as charter members Invitation Extending a fraternal calla fraternal invitation and a fraternal welcome to all who love mankind better than fancied gods who believe in the worship of work and who desire to unite and cooperate with us in the work of disseminating tho high and eternal principles of truth as expressed by Freethought wo are John R Charlesworth Lexington Ky Parker H Sercomb Chicago Ill Dr T J Bowles Muncie Ind Helen M Lucas Marietta Ohio William C Cope St Louis Mo Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky T C Jefferies Cleveland Ohio Julia C Coon Bartow Fin J C Wntkins Kanawha Falls W Va E D Northrup Ellicottville N Y George 0 Roberts Dennison Ohio D W Sanders Covington Ind J Atwood Culbertson Pittsburg Pa Carl Baerwalde Cleveland Ohio Charles F Randall Cherokee Okln J M Reed Chicago Ill J M Frost Tampa Fla Wm J Howerton Tulnrosn Texas James S Davis WnynesfIeld Ohio James ONeal Ft Smith Ark E A Fitch Wilmington Vt R G Enrle Pino Grove Ark Ella P Hunt Moline Kan Emily C Jones Enst Lynne Mo Anna 0 Jones East Lynne Mo Mrs Nels Johnson Higgins Texas W L Luce Annapolis Md M H Oberholtzer Los Angeles Cat Miss Elizabeth Wiley St Louis Mo Andrew Jackson Boyer Washington D C E G Nichols Norge Vn Joel M Berry Not Mil Home Ohio Harold Banning Mt Vernon Ohio Charles G Brown Ithaca N Y H M Fisk Pella Iowa A J Carson Ardmore Okla George C Bartlett Tollnnd Conni Moragn Wamsley Cincinnati Ohio Oscar A Janicke Louisville Ky W A Cooper Milo Me Manly A Brigham Rumford Me 1Jn I TV r 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE 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Realizing that in union in cooperation lies one of the strongest elements of success the Blade has diligently sought the help of every agency that is calculated to bring about the desired object With what result the future alone can reveal To the many friends who have written and for the benefit of others who may contemplate writing on the same subject tho Blade now reiterates its statement of last week that a copy of the official call as it appeared in tho Blade had been previously mailed to every Free thought publication in America with a personalrequest that it be published but at this writing none have publishe- dit But one encouraging letter from any Freethought editor has been received in response to that request and that was from Brother William II Maple of tho Tngcrsoll Memorial Beacon of Chicago Ill It will be recalled that Brother Maple seconded our motion for tho organization some timo ago and now that the call has been published ho sends us tho following letter pertinent thereto He writes Chicago Ill October 10 1909 Dear Mr Charlesworth I have yours of the Gth with copy of tho call for the meeting at St Louis I have been desirous for years to have some such organization If not too late allow me to suggest that before a national organization is effected every Freethought Editor among other prominent rationalists should agree to such movement and arrangements be made to have every state and local society to send delegates as many of them as possible Such nationalorganization should bo made up of delegates and not scattering per sonalitiesSo as I am concerned Iam perfectly willing that you should lead in bringing this about indeed I feel like thanking you for your interest in the matter The Truth seeker people tile Humanitarian Review the Searchlight should all join in such a movement and if possible all rationalistic societies should be invited to take part We needan organization that will command the attention of the press andof all courageous thinkers who have become suchalong scientific lines Such an organization would grow because it must grow for the reason that it would be founded on scientific truth If it is possible get all the editors and leaders to join in the organization Sincerely YoursW MAPLE In this letter may bo found the keynote to tine entire situation Our readers will recall that several months ago we asked editorially why such a meeting of editors and Freethought leaders could not be held at some central point for just such a purpose but not one solitary response was made The Blade announced then and it reiterates now that in a movement of this character there should bo no jealousies or feelings of a purely personal character Free thought belongs to no man or society It is for all man kind It is universal in aspect When tile good of society is at stake the uplift of humanity becomes the beacon towards which wo all turn with willing hearts the petty struggles the personal animosities that have sent other organizations to untimely death should be relegated to the past where they all belong and with new resolve now purpose new determination and brighter hopes confronted by more promising prospects the timo is at hand when x reunion of all tho forces of Freethought should take place and each and all labor with shoulder to shoulder for the goodof our common our glorious cause There can be no good reason or excuse why wo should not all get together Well tho Blade failed to get tho editors and leaders sufficiently interested in tho meeting to make it a go the meantime so utility encouraging letters came from inidividual Freethinkers that the Blade resolved to under take the project alone singlehanded leaving to chance or fate any support that might be extended along tho lines indicated The Blade did so It has received the thanks BLUE GRASS BLADE 91 and promised cooperation of but one Freethought paper Since that time Parker II Sorcombe of Tomorrow Mag azine and William 0 Cope of tho Wheel of Life both fell in lino and have taken an increasing interest in tho movement Mr Sercombe will attend the convention Mr Cope has made all the local arrangements in St Louis for tho convention as outlined in tho call Last week wo published u letter from Dr Charles McCormick editor of the Opthalmologist which made its own statement Now the convention promises fair to be tho biggest gathering over held in America in tho name of Freethought Somebody had to start it Such an organization was necessary Or ganized effort in America for Freethought was and is now dead save for that which is now in course of construction Organizations cannot exist for any practical good by their name only It must have capable and trustworthy generals at its headand a body of membership that can bo relied on in any emergency With such an organization Free thought is bound to win because as Brother Maple says it must win Tho Blade is gratified under all the circum stances that it did take the lead and it accepts Brother Maples thanks with all due modesty Through a later communication received from W C Cope of St Louis wo learn that arrangements have been fiftJcentshold Sunday night when tho work of tho convention is over This will be made a celebration of tho success of our work William Marion Reedy editor of tho Mirror of St Louis who is also far from being orthodox has given goodreasons for expecting that ho will attend this dinner and take part in the program thereat Ho is also assisting in the publicity of tho convention through the medium of his paper which has a very largo circulation all over the States It is suggested that this will bo tho only attempt at speaking of a public character during tho convention But two weeks will remain after the publication of this issue and tho focus of interest will be in St Louis Every Freethinker who can should attend this meeting Make it as representative as it cnn possibly be Make it the fulcrum of organized Freethought effort in this re public The Blade will continue to do all it can for this endand when the convention meets tho organization is in its hands for weal or wo- eRELIGION AND LAW By a majority vote at tho ratio of two to ono the members of tho Board of Education at Bridgeport Pa ruledout tho recitation of tho Lords prayer and tho reading of tho bibloin tho public schools of that city Led and encouraged advised and counselled by preachers tho children rebelled against tho order paraded tho streets and a petition was started to have both restored So long as tho law is favorable to tho church tho preachers want it enforced but onco lot tho rule got on tho other side and tho preachers at once demand its undoingi Any religion that is compelled to rely on the law for its support is unworthy tho consideration of honest men and women When reliance is had to a policemans club in preserving orthodox shibboleths it is time the people should begin to question und to think Truthwill always make itself sufficiently manifest Truth may bo hampered and even suppressed for a time but in the end it must andwill triumph Truth does not demand the aid of legal authority for its acceptance Left to itself the Chris tian religion would soon perish from the face of tho earth Temporal power has invariably been a necessity to ltd propagation Its origin began with force continued in bloodshed and today its power and strength rests upon the enactment of laws designed for the purpose of sup porting it Remove or repeal every law that is notoriously orthodox in character and Christianity would fall as if touched by some magic wand Tho laws requiring or per mitting tho reading of tho bible and tho observance of religious ceremonies in tho public schools were designed by preachers lobbied for by preachers their enforcement maintained by preachers their abrogation resisted by preachers and all for the purpose of so working upon the young and impressionable minds of children that they are easily proselyted for tho church before their minds can fully mature Some time ago wo were reading tho law reports of North Carolina and in the tho case of Melvin v Easloy and in tho 52 N C pages 356 to 3GO we found that the eminent tudgo writing tlopinion said Ours is a Christian country but Christianity is not established by law and the genius of our institution re quires that the church and state should bo kept separate Even in this tho eminent Judge aforesaid is decidedly in error In America there aro r number of different religions but because tho majority of those in America who profess religion aro Christians does not justify the assumption that this is a Christian country If numbersIaro to determine tho religious characteristics ofa what would this same Judge have to say concerning tho fact that less than onethird of the population aro professing religion Another manifest error in tho quotation given is that which says that Christianity is not established bylaw If wo could abrogate all admittedly Christian laws that is such laws as have been enacted especially for the benefit of tho Christian religion now appearing upon tho statute books of both stato and nation it is selfevident that Christianity would speedily perish As a matter of actual fact Christianity is not only established but it is being maintained by law and without tho aid of tho secular arm which has been wrested from tho people because tho people have been indifferent to their own rights there would be but a remnant of Christianity in tho country within a comparatively few years of time Ono generation would witness its demise In ono respect only is tho Judgo who gave that opinion right and that was when ho said the church and stato should bo kept separate To do this however all existing statutes ofa distinctively Chris Ii t 1n r t Iro BLUE GRASS BLADE tian character would have to be repealed and the church would have to rely upon itself for propagation and support Returning to the Bridgeport fiasco wo perceive that it is not tho purpose of the preachers to permit a divorce between church and state Tho public schools are dis tinctly state institutions They are supportedaltogether by the state in which all tho people share through the payment of taxes into the common school fund so that the schools belong to all of the people and not to the church or the clergy What are we as Freethinkers to draw from such inci dents as these Simply the force and power that lie in compact organization Tho church retains its power because it is compactly organized Tho people are almost powerless to resist their aggressions because they have no organiza tion through which to meet them It is also worthy of notice in this same connection that Dr Guy Potter Benton President of tho Miami University at Oxford Ohio which is on the Protestant side of the religious question is also demanding that tho tenets of tho Christian religion should form a part of the teachings in every public educational institution in the country and ho also denounces the public schools saying Many of our state educational institutions are hotbeds of infidelity skepticism and unbelief Claiming that seventy per cent of the Americans are Christian believers Dr Benton insists that the majority should rule in religious as well as other matters and would be willing assuming his figures to be true to trample upon the rights of the other thirty per cent ignore them completely and by force thrust his Jesus before their children and convert the American republic into a miserable theocracy But his estimate of the number of Christian in America is wrong TTo has simply got the figures reversed A glance at the government statistics will speed ily convince him of this fact If then the majority should be permitted to rule even in religious matters then apply ing his own argument his own institution at Oxford ought to be at once deprived of the aid which it is now receiving from the State of Ohio and if it is desirous of teaching Jesus to its students it should be made to do so at its own cost andexpense In matters of education ofa public character wherein all the people contribute their prorata that education should be made as practicable as it is possible to make it Knowing how to live is far more important than knowing how to die Practical instruction in hygiene sanitation dietarywith ample facilities for tho development of both body and mind and an instruction into and concerning the natural sciences with proper foundation therefor should be the only studies in the curriculum of our public schools in spite of Catholic and Protestant outcries This continued denunciation ofour public school system by Christian votaries is an evidence of a growing movement to capture the school system for tho benefit of the church Free thinkers everywhere must keep on the alert and remember U J the old adage that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty for once the church can control and hold the reins of government tho liberties we now enjoy will soon belong to the past THE EDITORS LECTURE TOUR The following announcement of lecture appointments to be filled on the way to St Louis for tho big convention is given that friends in the vicinity may attend if desired Six additional appointments are to bo filled after the con vention but the specific dates for these cannot be given at this time Those positively determinedare Covington Indiana November 8th 9th and 10th Marshall Illinois November 11th and 12th St Louis Mo convention November 13th 14thand 15th St Ansgar Shenandoah and Leon Iowa Cardwell Missouri and Decatur Illinois are also on the list with Indianapolis for December 4th and 5th Wo would be pleased to secure three more appointments either in Iowa or in Illinois All dates must bo fixed by tho end of the present month or it will be too late for this trip BLADE RECTIFIES A MISTATC In its issue of October 17 and contained in the editorial article on organization the Blade has committed most grevious mistake in its reference to Dr Charles McCormick of Chicago which it willingly seeks to correct and asks tho carefulconsideration of its readers Through ignorance concerning the facts in the case and a mistaken conception of names tho Blade inadvertently stated that Dr Charles McCormick had been prosecuted in Kentucky and tho proceedings being quashed through tho interference of Governor Bcckham This is not true Dr Charles McCormick was never prosecuted in this state or in any other The person against whom the prosecution referred to was brought was Dr J N McCormack of Bowling Green Ky now the State Health Officer of Kentucky Tho latter was under indictment in tho Court at Bowling Green with his brother and Governor Beckham pardoned him before any trial was had Tho Opthalmologist the medical journal edited by Dr Charles McCormick reproduces a facsimilo of that pardon in condemnation of its being issued under such circum stances and not observing the difference in names wo had concluded that tho two were one and tho same person We are glad that Dr Charles McCormick haw written us in explanation of this matter and wo are glad to take tho first opportunity to make this necessary correction What wo had said was intended as a compliment but wo to pet in wrongiHow ver wo sincerely apologize to Dr Charles Mc Oormickand express the most profound regrets that suchan f BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 error has been made Wo recognize and appreciate the gallant fight ho is making for the freedom of the medical profession and we would not willingly do him the slightest injustice EDITORIAL POTPOURI From tho Toledo Times Ohio of Monday Oct 11 we learn that three preachers a Baptist a Methodist and a Presbyterian made a tour of the district known as the red light and took in everything that came their way They mado a report on conditions and in it they admit After injecting beer and highballs into a diversified con versation we retired to a rear room where four girls two clergymen and three others surrounded the large table and shook seven games of dice for the drinks The we suggests where the beer and highballs went to and the statement that seven games of dice were played and for more drinks would further suggest that these parsons stayed the full limit The report states that a number of other similar places were visited at which drinks were also hadso one can imagine that after such a round up the minds of these representatives of the Lord could see anything picture anything and tackle anything that came their way And this is the spirituality to which tho Christian church is rapidly leading us Toledo is being managed under Golden Rule policies What an example Miss Lou Lawrence who has been Secretary of the Buckeye Secular Union from its inception seven years ago has for business reasons resigned her office but retains her membership in the Union Her successor is A M Stowe of Dennison a bright attractive and capable Freethinker who will with President Roberts take an active interest in the welfare of the organization Elsewhere in this issue will be found the call for tho preliminary meeting of the Indiana Secular Union as pre viously mentioned in our columns Indiana Freethinkers should make a strong effort to attend this meeting It will be the most important action taken in that state for many years There will be an attractive program and the Editor of the Blade will be on hand to lend his assistance in the work The meeting is at Indianapolis December 4thand 5th It is also gratifying to note that through the efforts of T C Tefferies of Cleveland Ohio there is a splendid prospect for a Freethought organization local in character for Cleveland and vicinity One meeting has already been heldand another is announced as will be seen by Mr Jofferies statement elsewhere in this issue Let the good work go on Who will be next JHaving previously purchased 300 copies of the Blado of issue September 19 for distribution 0 R Woodward a valiant Freethinker of Lockport New York has pur t t chased another 100 copies of our last previous issue forIthe same purpose This is a strong evidence that the Blade is growing more and more in favor and the plan although beneficial to the Blade is one worthy of emulation as it gets our principles before so many more people and they are calculated to become exponents thereof During tho coming week we will commence the distri bution of Dr Hausmans book Mans Origin and Destiny Those who have already subscribed may look for its ap pearance and those who have not subscribed ought to do so now if only to give all possible encouragement to works of this character Eliza Mowry Bliven Secretary of the Materialist Asso ciation has made an entry into Connecticut papers with an article one column and a half in length in whichshe scores the church and advances the cause of materialism By commenting on the liquor situation her article gained admission in the daily press and her strong arguments are bound to have a wholesome effect Tho science of archaeology has been enriched by a val uable find of the petrified skull of a human being imbedded in a vein of coal 000 feet below the surface of the earth It was unearthed by workmen boring for a tunnel in the Maple Hill colliery at Mahanoy City Pa The head is said to be in perfect shape with the eyes cars nose and even tho hair standing in bold relief It is evidently tho remains ofn prehistoric man and is to be sent to some Philadelphia museum This is another nail in the coffin of Genesis f Judge Peter S Grosscup of Chicago in an addressIrecently delivered before a body of Roman plored the lack of spirituality and religion in tho com mon public schools and lamented the fact that questions of science wore permitted to be taught but not tIle Chris tian religion And what particular brand would Judge Grosscup like to have taught Could ho get another jurist to agree with him in his selection There is no disagree ment over the fundamental truths of science and the pity is that more of it is not taught in tho schools than is now being given Observe however that Judge Grosscup was talking to Roman Catholics Robert Bachman of Nazareth Pa murdered his five yearoldniece May Irene Smith claiming that he was acting divine guidance The plea set up by the fanatics wife was that god had killed the child and that her husband was god At that the new pod is no worse than the old one After being taken to jail ho requested the jailer to hurry the execution as he was to be crucified and ho wished to appear before the throne of god who hadsent him on a mission of salvation Great scheme this religious business Wb 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE CHEERING WORDS SENT TO THE ORIENT Continued from Page ifestation of the wrath of the divine spook The coming of the great comet this year would be terrifying humanity as a fore runner of mighty wars and fearful famines and pestilences For thousands of years the supreme duty of men as taught in these houses built for spooks has not been toward themselves and their tenants in common of the earth tho dumb brute world as it has been called but has been towards these fictitious char acters called gods No wonder the rights of men the happiness of mankind have oftentimes fallen into decay and the happiness of the gods has been reared of their ruins No wonder the priests have been permitted to kill and burn millions of men and women and children who did not believe in the favorite of the hour spook No wonder a fearful fate has over whole sections of the earth because of differences of belief about these spooks because the rights and the happiness of man was trampled under foot and the rights of the gods uplifted They are teaching the recognition of these rights now and inculcating in the minds of the youth the supreme duties they owe to these ghosts of the skies My letter is getting long but I will make a sort of quotation from myself It is from a letter which I wrote last week to one of the most eminent ministers of the gospel in this country to whom I had oc casion to write complimented his abil ity as a preacher and told him that I liked very many of the moral precepts which he taught I told him that one of the troubles as I saw it was that he made the supreme INDIANA FREETHINKERS CON VENTION Arrangements are now complete for a rousing Convention of Tho Indiana Sec ular Association at Indianapolis Saturday and Sunday Dec 4th and 5th Con vention headquarters will bo at the Clay pool the finest hotel in Indiana though persons attending convention may stop where most convenient The large and beautiful auditorium of the Claypool has been secured as the place for holding all meetings The second section of the con stitution is as follows Our objects and purposes shall bo 1 To promote the intellectual and social fel lowship of Rationalists Freethinkers and Truthseekers by holding at least one con vention annually and by maintaining a chain of correspondence 2 To expose the fallacies and vices of all socalledrevealed religions and to aid in emancipating our i duty of men which was towards eachother play second fiddle to that which was false In other words that truth was made to dance and play the fiddle to falsehood that tho reality of living men and women was made to get down and adore the fiction called god I told him that I likedmuch of his preaching and their singing but that when I heard them sing and pray and give thanks I had said to myself that when they did so they prayed to nothing they sang to nothing they appealed to nothing and they gave thanks to nothing for there was nothing therenot a thing Well he did not like it judging from his answer but nevertheless I feel sure that what I said was true I am too far away to do you any good as a lawyer and besides your country would not probably recognize an American lawyer If I were to give you and your friends any advice I believe that I would advise that by some means you get access to tho Mikados ear or to his chief ad visers or to those high up in government and lay before him or them the fact that in former times among the great enlight ened nations of the West a fierce battle was fought for the liberty of speech and of the press and for what is canedIIre ligious libertyor the liberty of con science I would call his or their atten tion to the fact that a nations standing be fore the bar of modern civilization is meas ured very largely by the amount of this liberty of speech and of the press and of conscience and that Japan could not af ford to be in the background I would call attention to some of tho immortal con flicts in which this liberty was flailed out as it were I would call his and their at tention to the great arguments of Lord and superstition and from the attending evils from priestcraft and preachercraft which we consider on a par with witchcraft 3 To continue an aggressive cam paign to make and keep our public schools completely secular 4 To oppose all union of church and state under any guise whatever Dr J T Bowles of Muncie Ind is the President and David W Sanders of Cov ington Ind is Secretary and Treasurer and they would like to receive names and addresses of all Freethinkers of Indiana and adjoining StatesD W SANDERS SEC Covington Ind- BUCKEYE SECULAR UNION Dennison 0 Oct 10 1909 Office of the President NOTICE liTo the members of the Buckeye Secu lar Union Greeting Erskine and others of more than a century ago by which with the aid of the English jury the liberty of the speech and the press was established for the benefit of the Englishspeaking people the world over This liberty is now one of the chief cornerstones of the English constitution and ofstho American as well and while sometimes in the heat of passion we may swerve a little from the path of its light we still hold to itas one of the most beneficent things in what we are pleased to call free government Lord Erskine even made a speech beforo an English jury for the life and liberty of Thomas Paine the great American patriot and author of The Age of Reason when he was in England and made some remarks which the powers that be took exception to If you would get the Mikado to reading the speeches of Lord Erskine on this subject the great master of the English bar in his day and one of the models for lawyers of all time he Lord Erskine might yet plead for the liberty of your friends with such eloquence that the doors of tho prison would open Tho virtue of those argu ments is not run out yet Excuse again such a long letter I get started sometimes and write away beyond my proper stopping place With great good will for you andwith the hope that your country will choose religious liberty and the freedom ofspeech and of the press instead of persecution and intolerance and that she will not be lie the good name she has been winning in the Westthat is that she is the most progressive and the most enlightened na tion in the EastI am with great re spectColumbus Ohio U S A Miss Lou Lawrence Secretary of the B S U having withdrawn from member ship in said association therefore I have appointed as her successor Mr Alfred Stowe of Uhrichsville 0 to fill the un expired term or until his successor is elect ed and qualified Mr Stowo is a genial gentleman a Materialist and will make a good Secretary GEO 0 ROBERTSPrca FREETH OUGHT IN CLEVELAND On Friday Oct 8th the people of Cleve land and vicinity who believe in freedom of thought had a meeting at which over 50 were present The next meeting will held at Pythian Temple Monday Oct 18 at 8 p m and present indications are that over 150 will be present All Freethinkers find persons of good character are welcome Yours for Frcethoiight T C JEFFRIES 1512 Ansel Road Cleveland 0 NI BLUE GRASS BLADE THE LINCOLN CENT By John F Clark The Lincoln cent is fresh from the mint and it is a julep The design is much prettier than the new gold coin and tile manifestwhen it comes to trusting for a cent value we would trust any one except God So the lie becomes much more emphatic with the sacred inscription upon the cent The only fact about the Christian religion is the desire to misstate and to do harmA falls into deep water God is on one side of the pond and a man is on the other The wet one quits trusting in God and begins to bank upon the man and if the man is not responsive the Chris tian goes to the bottom If I were a Christian and my house was on fire I would not ring up the fire de partment but would say 110 God Get busy and redeem your part of the prom promptlyILincoln was a nonChristian and he is honored by the nation by having his head upon the petty coin but he is mixed up in religion with the motto In God We Trust Lincoln did talk a little about Providence but he did not shout his reverence from the housetops Few Christians will reach the highplane honesty that Lin coln reached so they would drag him down to their level by pretending that he was overzealous in religion With high prices ruling God will not get much trust from one cent The chat 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