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BLUE GRlSS BLADE Volume VXVIII LEXINGTON KY DHfeMBER to tyo9 Number 3 l DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANim OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT 114 u u UJim When I have time so many thii Ill do To make life l fair For those whoso ppierlnndEr now with care Ill help to lift low despair f a have time 1WhenShall know no more the w toiling daysM1Ill lead his feet in pl nsnrpnths r Andcheer his heart with word f sweetest pll1iscIWhen Imve time When you have tune the frienujyon hold so dear May ho beyond the reach ofall your sweet intent May never know that yon sogkindly meant To fill his life with sweet content When time lIma Now is the time Ah no longer wait To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer To those around whoso livcainro now so dearrThey may not meet you iii the coining year Now is alto time- y v j tf J u 4 I l J JJ6BLUE GRASS BLADE iJ iIndiana Rationalist Association Successful Organization of a New Body of Freethinkers at Indianapolis December 4 and 5 Full Report of a Splendid Gathering The Indiana Rationalist Association was successfully organized at Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday December 4 and 5 with an encouraging membership and a truly delightful program The officers elected by the convention on Saturday night are DR T J BOWLES Muncie President J C BECK Indianapolis First VicePresident SCHUYLER LA TOURETTE Covington Second VicePres DAVID W SANDERS Covington SecretaryTreasurer The Convention was called to order by Dr Bowles and upon motion the temporary organization was made permanent Secretary Sanders next read the constitution and bylaws which were adopted without a dissenting vote A fifteen minute recess followed during which all present came forward and signed tho constitution whereupon the members proceeded to tho election of officers as above stated President Bowles now appointed the resolution committee which was composed of the following John Maddock J H Prince and William Y Buck The following resolution was then read and adopted without any discussion but with much enthusiasm Resolutions Whereas the devotees of superstition in some parts of Christendom are reviving the terrible practices of the dark ages atop the horrors of the Inquisition and Whereas tho government of Spain instigated by the priesthood have condemned and executed the great and good Francisco Ferrer for establishing secular schools for the education of the young and- Whereas these schools have been suppressed by the Spanish government at the instigation of the priesthood and the teachers exiled therefromtherefore be it RESOLVED That the Rationalists of Indiana in convention assembled in the city of Indianapolis on Saturday December 4th 1909 enter their solemn protest against these barbarous crimes and be it further RESOLVED That the Rationalists of Indiana demand that the government and priesthood of Spain extend to the Rationalists of that country the same rights privileges and protection that are extended to priests in the United States of America and bo it That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Spanish Embassy in Washington a copy to the State Depart ment and a copy to Charles Albert Secretary of the Defense Organization in Paris France to protect the victims of religious persecutions throughout the world Signed by tho Committee The Secretary now read a number of letters and communica tions sent to the convention by friends expressing hope and cheer for the good work in which it was engaged I According to previous arrangements Franklin Steiner of Des Moines Iowa was now to address the convention on the subject Ingersoll but he was unable to get to the convention and had managed to so notify the officers in ample time to make other arrangements In order to complete the program John R Charles worth President of the National Association gave a onehour talk on the objects aims and purposes of Rationalism A brief outline of the plans and policies for propaganda to bs considered by the National Association was given which met with a hearty response from all present This address brought the first session of the Convention to a close and every one felt happy at being there Among the visitors were William H Maple Editor of the In gersoll Memorial Beacon first VicePresident of tho Rationalist Association John Maddock of Minneapolis whoso name is well known to American Freethinkers Mrs E M Macdonald widow of the late editor of the Truthseeker Mrs Helen M Lucas of Marietta Ohio who never fails when duty calls Mr and Mrs Rose of Illinois and many others Sunday Morning There was a slight delay in calling the convention to order on Sunday morning but the program was gone through with in ex cellent shape The first item was an address of welcome from John B Glover of Indianapolis This address sounded a note for good humor harmony and happiness It was pleasing at tractive and entertaining The witty sallies and thrusts at orthodox superstition brought down tho convention with uproarious applause and it was without doubt one of the happiest of weU coming addresses heard by many It is given in full as follows Address of Welcome Mr President Ladies and Gentlemen It is with much pleasure that I welcome you liberal folk to this great city great her population great in her institutions and great in her radiant prospects for the future- ou are tho leaders of a higher and better civilization You are the pioneers of human progress You are blazing tine way to liberty of thought and liberty of action You are the destroyers of the noxious weeds of superstition and of fear Truth is your only aim and Reason your only arbiter The farts of science are better than tho fallacies of a sacred su perstition Gods arc no better than the people win invent them Religions are born of superstition and of fear and ignorance is tho father and mother of them both Every one from Zoroaster to Zion City and from Moses to Mrs Eddy Theology has blasted the hopes and tho aspirations of humanity It is the lash of tho priest who beats tho poor and the ignorant into subjection Mediatorial religion has been tho bane of the world It has enslaved tho weak and robbed tho poor It is the pretense of tho priest who uses it for pelf He is on good terms with the Lord and relieves the patient of his ills and his purse at the same time It is religion by attorney the attorney getting the best ofitBlessings are kept in bulk and tho priest orders them on ap plication provided tho order is accompanied with the cash Nothing C 0 D There is nothing eo certainly false Christian theology It is false from foundation to turret TheroI L BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 is not one truthful dogma in the whole list from the fall ol man to the deity of Jesus Not onel it is a lie made of whole man who worships Jesus is as much an idolater as uio woman who worships his motherIdolators both It was tol iugcrsoll who said The man who worships abdi cates and he was right Prayers are not answered and miracles do not happen People answer their own propers that is if they are ever answered Jhe honest farmer who prays for a better crop sharpens his hoe gets down to business he knows it is the only answer ho will worshipisReason is better than any socalled Revelation and Truth is better than sacred guessing A lie in the Bible is no better than a fable in the back part of the spelling book A man who is afraid to reason would not be able to do much of it Moses may have been a great prophet but he was certainly a great prevaricator also Clod never spoke to Moses or to any other wall But Moses may bo excused for his fairy stories when we consider the char acter of those whom he brought up out of Egypt There is no authority but truth and reason is its arbiter Every ULur is the architect of his own God Eternity of matter is quite as unthinkable as the eternity of spirit We know nothing of either There are no sacred books Nothing is sacred but truth and that may be found in many books and outside of them The Bible is no more sacred than the Essays of Emerson or the say ing of Epictitus It should be read as any other book giving heed to the true and discarding the false It abounds in much that is beautiful and much that is bud It needs the blue pencil Books should be esteemed for the truths they contain andnot on accountof a holy label on the binding That orthodoxy is passing must be apparent to every one who thinks In its overthrow the University is your most powerful ally Supersti tion is a hardy plant but its destruction is at hand 1 congrat ulate you on your good work in the cause of Liberty and Truth Again I welcome you to Indianapolis which is no mean city aailJ co Response The response was made by Secretary David W Sanders who through some cause or another always seems to bo selected for this duty and he delivered himself of a grandly characteristic reply This will be published in a subsequent issue Other addresses followed The first of these was delivered by President Dr J T Bowles on the Decline of thodox Religion of which very little need be said in praise or encomium for those who have read after Dr Bowles will well and truly know that it was worthy of both the man and the cause The second address was from Editor W H Maple of the Bea con on the subject Fundamental Doctrine of Rationalism which was scholarly and brilliant in every way Brother Maple very kindly gave his manuscript to the Blade for publication and this will appear in some subsequent issue Parker H Sercombe was also on the program for the morning session but he too failed to appear so the session closed with thy speeches above mentioned Afternoon Session jrom this time on it was all speech making Owing to the failure of Dr J B Wilson to attend the convention a gap was mode in the program and some changing around went into effect John Maddock of Minneapolis one of the deepest thinkers we have connected with the cause gave a thoroughly scholastic dis course on The Gospel of Evolution Instead of Christianity which also being in manuscript will appear in the Blade ofa 4 future date It was an appreciative effort and well worth travel iug miles to hear Philip Rappapoort of Indianapolis a practicing lawyer but a reasoner and a thinker gave the noxt talk It was on God Man and Morality and the title fully ex publishedsession the last and closing one of the convention 1 Wesley Whicker of Attica Indiana was moved up to the afternoon session and he brought the convention into happy frame with a humorous sketch of biblical tales in which he grotesquely demonstrated the manifestations of gods love for the world by his treatment of the people in bible days Brother Whicker has promised to put this in manuscript form so that it can he pub lished Closing Session After but a rather too brief period for supper the convention come to order on schedule time for the last and closing session President Georgo 0 Roberts of the Buckeye Secular Union opened this session with a brief but practical talk on Effective Missionary WorkLocal and State This was extemporaneous and no notes or manuscript being used with no means at hand to get what was said it will be lost to those vho did not attend the convention During his talk he was frequently interrupted by questions concerning plan of work and outline of missionary effort with a view to securing all the best information along rhose lines It was a good practical discussion of working effort Following this a few short experience speeches wore made by a number of the members present which entertained the audience for about thirty minutes and elicited a general good feeling John R Charlesworth the Blades Editor now took the rostrum for the final effort of the convention Speaking upon the Past Present and Future of Freethought he held forth for about one hour and thirty minutes after which President Bowles dis missed the convention in a brief closing address Too much praise cannot be given those who arranged for this convention planned for and brought into existence a splendid State organization of Rationalists and Thinkers It was a grand gathering It was simply superb It made one feel good to be there It made one foel regret at having to part with the many now friends made But there will be another such gathering and let us all hope that the next will be oven greater and better than this The Lutheran Church in convention at Philadelphia rosoluted against divorce and took the ground that no minister of that denomination should remarry a divorcee unless tho decree was obtained on scriptural ground and then only tho innocent partyone year or more after judg ment The courts however will still continue to grind on the divorce mill decrees will bo granted and any magis trate can take the place of a Lutheran minister Tho sum of 300000 is asked for and 200000 or snore is already subscribed for the spread ofsuperstition in Africa With onetenth of that amount spent in the cause of intellectual freedom tho sanctified would have to take to tho tall and uncut This old world has had n hard time with the votaries of religious superstition establishing its rightful place in tho universe But it is vapidly getting there r 1 4- BLUE GRASS BLADE RANDOM REMARKS The Uses and Purposes of Good Literature Enterprises Need Means of Operation By Fra Calvinus- It is probable that the portraits of many of the Blades lady contributors have been published in that paper in the past and before this writer and others were sub scribers But if they have not been pub lished I believe all readers of the Blade would like to see the pictures of these tal ented and brilliantminded Freethinking women whose contributions they have read from time to time in the Blade So can not the Blade undertake to do this for its readersIt doubt costs the publishers a good deal of money to print and send so many sample copies of the Blade but the sending of these papers is necessary and good for the cause and incidentally advertises the paper and gets new subscribers The Blade should therefore have a missionary or propaganda fund to draw upon for this work and the fund should be provided by Freethinkers sending contributions to it from time to time It should be made apparent that it is not the object and purpose of liberalism to tear down und destroy truth or anything that is good but only to try to eradicate error evil and superstition and in their stead establish truth justice right and real knowledge The trouble with many newspapers is that theyare afraid to speak favorably of Freethought for fear of offending their subscribers and sufiering a fallingoff in is popular and we have to cater to the popular side even when it is contrary to our own views It is gratifying however to note that the newspapers are becoming muchmore liberal than they used to be If the claims of orthodoxyare true it need not bo afraid of investigation and discussion which only make truth or error more apparent Religion is all right It is theology that is wrong Religion is a practical thing re lating to our personal conduct and our duties to our fellow beings Theology is a theory of God and the Un knowable Why is it considered as such an important appendage to religion Why can we not be good and do good and love right without having a specific set of views in reference to God the Universe Creation the Origin of Man the existence of evil and all Why is the person who believes there is a personal God a Devil Immortality a future life a heaven a hell original sin the plan of salvation etc better than any other person who does not believe these things but who nevertheless isa good Worm upiigiu lawabiding citizen ueign our und friend the time has come for people to be judg ed by what they are ratner than for what they process to believe Why is it not just as easy fur one to believe that matter is eternal selfcreated or selfexistent as to beiiove that a being is eternal suitetc I If there was once a time when there was no matter in spacen0thiug but God whence came matter We find in mat terin Mature many of the qualities and attributes ascribed to God order law in telligence progress may not these bo in herent properties in matter flay not Nature be God THE DESIRE TO KNOW By Julia C Coon It is this desire to know that we have got to guard with more strength than any other one thing that we can mention It has wrecked more lives broken more hearts destroyed more prospects filled more graves and sent more souls to hell than everything else combined God help us to guard itRev Dr Broughton Con gregationalist Atlanta This quotation from the Atlanta pastor vividly calls to mind a cartoon published in the Chicago Daily Socialist just after the murder of Francisco Ferrer and head ed The Despots Prayer It represented Alfonso on his knees before the holy cross while in a horrorstricken attitude with hands clasped and wild eyes he Save Us from tho Truth Well may the prayer go up from every king priest and other fakir who afflicts the earth The foundation under their the sis of II divine right and II inspired law by which they have for so many centuries kept their heels on the necks of the ignor ant is crumbling It needs only the light Gal TWO BLADE na Carlyl of truth to show up this tottering and rot ten pillaronly the lever of Reason to fell it to the ground Only by darkness ignorance and poverty can parasites sys tematically draw substance from the veins of the people and the first rays of dawn may well bring a united and beseeching prayer from the dry throats of those who have lived by their wits so long God save tho people from the desire to know God save us from honest work Bartow Fla PAINE BANQUET Club No1 of the Buckeye Secular Union will hold their Seventh Annual 4 Paine Memorial Banquet in the Bovey Hotel Dennison 0 at 130 p m Dec 21 Good speakers will be in attendance AlllFreethinkers cordially invited JOHN M BOWSER Pres Sta 15 0 GEO 0 ROBERTS Sec Dennison 0 OHUROH AND STATE Alleged Union at the National Oapital and Some Serious Results It Has Wrought By Chase Roys A M Up to about the year wo had a very rational divorce law in the District of lumbia Divorces were granted for adultery intolerable cruelty endangering life and health wilful desertion for two years und habitual drunkenness for three years The law worked very well and the Judges of the Supreme Court of the Dis trict of Columbia were well satisfied with this law but some of the Protestant clergy relying upon a certain very ancient bookIwere dissatisfied because as they stood it divorces were granted by the civil law on grounds not recognized by tho doc trines of the ancient book which was composed from timo to time about 2000 years ago by the various devout ignorant and and apostate Jews living in towns SClltItered throughout Europe Asia and These ministers of the Gospel20 of them went before Congress and represented that it was a great scandal that so many divorces were being granted here right in the Capital of the greatest and most highly civilized nation in tho worldthat Wash ington the Capital of the United States ought to be the model city and they pre vailed on Congress the only source of law in the District of Columbia to alter tho law so as to allow of only one ground for divorceadultery The result of that law is that a husband may desert and aban don his wife or tho wife her husband go out of the District and remain away for any number of years and thu deserted one has no redress whatever Ho or she remains a married man or woman during tho rest of his or her life Of course the deserted ones are expected to live continent and chaste lives to tho end but tho laws of nature are stronger than the laws of man and we know about how the deserted ones manage when hope of another marriage has fled A few days ago a husband slashed his wife with a razor so badly that she is in danger of dying leaving several children but she is still his wife and must remain so to the end of life She has no redress There is but ono ground for divorce in this model city- I am reliably informed that these happy wives and deserted husbands are BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 living in adulterous relations allover the city Nothing likes living under sacred laws Washington D C BOOHER ANSWERED AGAIN One of the Sex Replies to Last Article on Question of Women Voting By Hazel Putnam In reply to Mr Boohcrs HWhy Women Should Not Vote I would like to remark that the old sa ingHTho hand that rocks the cradle is hand that rules the world is not proven to be true by every day life If it were true we would not seo so many mothers sorrowing over the misdeeds of their childrenespecially the misdeeds of the boys who make our voters Is it likely that H the hand that rocks the cradle willingly furnishes inmates for our brothels and penitentiaries Monopoly was not the cause of women going out to worknor was the idea of independence If women merely wanted to bo independent they would not work for hss wages than men There was some other cause for t heir going out and that was because they did not get what they needed at home As to the 99 who do not voto at the school election in Ohio perhaps their hus bands object to their voting and being dependent oil the men for a living it is not best for them to go against the wishes of not think that giving tho women the vote will cure all tho evils of the day but wo do think that tho men and women can do more than tho men alone Being a farmers daughter I think I know a little about farm life There is not one farmers wife of my acquaintance who has a healthful glow in her cheeks 01Ha sparkle in her eye with the ex ception of those who have servants They are all worn and faded within five years after they are married The right to vote cannot be compared to the snuffbox story as the person who warned the boy knew by tho experience of himself or of others that tho snuffwould hurt the eyes whereas the persons who tell us that the right to voto will hurt us only know through theory- I do not think anyone has been out classed or nonplussed by Mr Boohers re ply and I agree with him on trying every thing in the court of reason Wilburton La b 1 b OPEN LETTER TO A A SNOW Review of a Recent Debate and the Thoughts It Engendered By Geo W Leeson A A Snow Lineville Iowa Dear SirGlnd to so in the Blade of the 14th your challenge to Rev C R Powell to negative or affirm through tho press tho Infidel part of tho MaplePowell question viz Resolved That Infidelity was born in tho pit hell Because the MaplePowell debate on the question So cialism is the Twin Sister of Infidelity hatched in the pit resulted unsatisfactory to many Freethinkers and Socialists of the West caused in part by Col Dick Maple being handicapcd with a compound quest ion and admitting as an exemplary So cialist character a certain man hatched in a manger pitwbo pretended to set aside the inflexible laws of nature raise tho dead walk on water make wine out of water and imposed other like tricks on the credulity of the innocently ignorant as miracles which like sophisms and fnkeries Col Maple is seemingly assisting sycophants to perpetuate and resaddle the Socialist with as if two thousand years was not long enough to be priest ridden sacrifices to mythical gods hatched from traditions and born in the pits of hellish supersti tios Rev Powell will likely accept your challenge because I think his egotism and desire for notoriety slightly dominates his probity henco if you can educate more dupes by honoring their duper do it Rev Powell is no spring chicken evinced by reading betwixt lines ho has probably learned from Moses that truth is often best evaded or unspoken from Barnum how to utilize credulity from Tngersoll and Beech or Plymouth reform He may be a ful crum for a good cause ho knows the church is skinned and that the St Louis Conven tion will utilize tho skin without adopting Constantino depravity We trust the SnowPowell debate will pertinently adhere to tho question and avoid the wrangling evasions and manifest desire to make liars of each other which characterized the MaplePowell debate to tho disgust of unprejudiced students Why Col Maple did not show Ant Socialism and Infidelity were hatched in the brain pits of men and women who tainted tho world with what little civilization wo now boast of such men and women as the podadvocates delight in making barbecues of such men and women as have played tho same trick on heretics and witches that St Patrick played on the snakes in Ireland such men and women as Christian Russia yet imprison or banish to cruel servitude in Siberia because they have moro respect for scien A tiffs truths than for religious fables and political tyranny fostered by scheming knaveries for the power and plunder rived from the cruelties of idolat1 zed su persitions In your challenge to Rev C R Powell you say I have read your debate with Col Dick Maple wherein you affirm that Socialism is the twin sister of Infidelity hatched in the pit I think your af firmation was unfair unjust and untrue Being born of PREJUDICE it casts an undue reflection against the characters of both the founders of Socialism and Freethinkers of the world I can agree with you that Socialism is a sort of a Willo ho Wisp 01f New Jerusalem of Golden Streets and Jasper Walls- QUESTIONS 1 Please kindly advise us Mr Snow how we as Freethinkers can consistently take exceptions to Rev Powells denomi nating us heirs of the pitor hells hatchings while wo contend that heaven hells gods ghosts and devils are fabulous farces How are you going to defend your protest again1 being closely related to one of tho twin sisters hatched in the pit hell after admitting t a terrible reflect ion against the characters of the Free thinkers of tho world Is not this an ad mission that hell exists and is a place of depravity on your part 2 How do you justify your dcnunci tion of Rev Powells If pit as being un fair unjust and untrue being born of Prejudice And then you denominate So cialism as an ignis fatuus etc Now Mr Snow was not ignis fates born of your prejudice A moro terrible reflection against Socialism than Rev Powells If pit hell is against Freethought I judge Is it not as unfair unjust and untrue Is not your golden streets and jasper walls for fatchd or thrown in to emphasize your prej dice While wo live in glass houses we should bo careful where we throw stones Cedaredpo Colo More Praise for the Blade NEWTON IOWAI regard tho commu nications of Do Stone and Mr Hausmnn worth tho paper for one year It furnishes food for meditation such ns wo rarely find If they are still in print think it n good plan to run off a lot and sell them for dis tribution That is tho way to make con vertsget them to read then they will meditate Tho Blade is getting better all tho time If you have any copies left of Aug 15th send me several for distribution I will pay for themR L MOFFIT 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE AND LIBERTY ITRUTH Offered on the Work of by One who Has Been In It By W F Jamieson Fifty years ago this month of November began the public advocacy of Liberalism and this month the Freethinkers will again organizeIt looks to me that they are tha great unorganizables they are so tensely individualistic They have enjoy ed freedom so long outside of all organiza tion that it is almost impossible for them to cooperate even for mutual advantage I or protection of life liberty and the pur suit of happiness During this half century of hardships and successes I have enjoyed existence bet ter than inside of the most sumptuous and fashionable church on earth In this half century what has been ac complished for the freedom of the human mind Much notwithstanding the disor ganized condition of Freethought Science has been the quiet influence undermining the superstitions of bygone ages While Science is not openly antagonistic to Re ligion there has ever been a conflict between them until now Religion has adopted Science as her v I own just as it is now learning to accept Freethought The church will not give up its place in the wodditwiIl be changed not in the twinkling of an eye however It has become more ofII social institution than religious improving day by day Toward Christians we should be courteous remembering that they are our broth ers and sisters I could never have verted six clergymen in public debate to liberalism if I had tried to hate people into our way of thinking Too many Free thinkers imagine they are radical when they are only rabid The aim of Freethought organization should beII Troth and Liberty Its fun damental principles should be brief point ed affirmative not men negations of other peoples affirmatives Something has been saidof II leaders Gal FOUR BLADE fiDrg01ogyml Freethinkers are their own leaders So called leaders should be tho servants of the oftI Boards unlltI Bureaus They are autocratic dictatorial foreign to the genius of Freethought However suc cessful they may have been in Jewish and Catholic rule Russian despotism political intrigue etc they are unfitted for a self governing people A r Y iCb Blades C vitespondenee i Has Paved the Way CHICAGO ILLF E DeStone M D has said much that pleases me To my many Materialistic friends to whom I am at the present time as one class in Humanity I may say appealing that is I am now putting to press a booklet under tho title Reason and Facts to be as a way whereby I am out to promate Free thought Socialism For this reason Im well pleased to find his speech in the Blade of Aug 15th and Nov 15th to hand today To self I said It opens the way for my booklet to be re ceived less as the Doctor expresses it like I was flinging a red flag in the face of a maddened bull where he speaks regarding cause of this anger when tI spirit is men tioned and by this query towit- I1 ask you if it is a fact that you seek truth only why this partiality And further he says But will you investi gate Not Yet without investigation you say that all these statements are figments of the imagination Some proofsheets were brought me last evening pages of my bookletwhich to show my honesty of real purpose of this labor of love I am now preparing to send forthand I will add these to this my com ment on the article or speech under dis cussion And Editor Charlesworth I could wish my Reason and Facts might have a chance to be widely circulated and real by Freethinkers before a time is set for that meeting for secular comrades convenes that is later than October of this year I aim to instruct that Religion is doomed but that Freethought is the desideration for truths spread and I am of opinion the time is rifo for my own lifework to be muchmore considered with kindly mind by theabove named Freethinkers I do not think of self as other than an earnest woman but I know that as Thomas Paino in his Age of Reason has testified to inspired thoughts or as he has it Thoughts that bolt into the mind I have received the thoughts of great intellects II gone on before and because of this fact I am out to teach this method Cooperate with me by granting space in the Blade for this fromAUNT ALLIE Getting in the Band Wagon SALT LAKE CITY Realizing that you are foremost in calling nttcntibn to the deficiency and rottenness of the creeds of f most of the churches of Jesus Christ in the world today and that your paper the Blue Grass Blade is a noble instrument in at tempting to purge the world of its creed bound superstition I will ask that you kindly send me a copy of your paper I have been unable to find any copies in the bookstores in Salt Lake City There is a clique or clan of hidebound religious de generates in this city who are always call ing attention to certain deficiencies in tho Mormon Religion as compared with other religious dogmas and for the life of me and I am a disinterested spectator I cannot see what grounds they have for doing so My study of Mormonism indicates to me that they have a far better concep tion of Deity than the other organizations and when it comes to the disgraceful acts or conduct of some of its priesthood as compared with any other churchs priest hood the Mormons certainly do not sink to their terrible loathsome depths I had tho pleasure some two or three years ago ofreading your magazine and would now like to get a copy and I may be able to get others interested in reading itJOS W NEVILLE Blade and Hausmans Book PINEHURST IDAHOI herewith en close 350 the price mysubscription and two dollars for Dr A Hausmans book I think the Blade is getting better all the time While it docs not convince all the churchwise it sure gives them something to think about and the Drs book is just one of the best compositions that I have ever readW A PETERSON From FarOff India RANGOON INDIAJohn R Charles worth Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear Sir I received a copy of the Blue Grass Blade sent to me from your office I was wonder ing how you got my address as I did not think that we II heathens in faroff Bur ma should attract attention from any per son of intelligence except the it holy and sanctified Christian missionary I am sending you the sum of Two Dollars for a years subscription to your valuable Free thought paper I was glad to read Mr Harry Weir Bolands splendid essayon that grand hero of Freethought Thomas Paine You will be glad to hear that we II pOOlit darkit benighted and lost II heathen celebrated the 100th anniver sary of the death of Thomas Paine You BLUE GRASS BLADE F will give us a little credit for the small beginning we have made I like the motto of your paper I trust that you will always carry it out in spirit as well as in letter With best wishes and long life to every champion of Freethought I remain yours fraternally U DIIAMMALOKA Bud dhist Tract Society Thanks Blade for Fairness SCIO OREGONI have been handed a copy of the Blade containing my criticism of Dr Hausmans argument on the Single Tax I wish to thank you for evident ex ceptional fairness Would call your atten tion to typographical error in which mul tiplication signs are substituted for plus signs If you care to do so I would thank you to reprint in correction the formula H As Produce equals Rent plus wage plus interest therefore Produce minus rent equals wages plus you will find stamps to cover cost of a copy of the issue which I desire to retain in case of a reply by Dr Haus man With thanks and best wishes LOUIS BOWERMAN Liked the Criticisms CHICAGO ILLThat reply to Hans man in Blade of Aug 8th by Louis Bower man is great Accept my thanks for being a great editor who does not respect a per son more than truth and is willing to open his columns to reason rather than to emi nence Enclosed find stamps for which please send mo three copies of the Blade of Aug 8th and one each to Dr J C Barnes Arcola 111 and Jas F Morton Jr 244 W 143d St New York City with Bowermans article marked By the way what has become of Judge Ladd Did Mrs Loomis criticism put him completely down and out Ive been impatiently waiting for him to reply to some of her inquiries Come Judge let the Blade renders hear from you the questions aro live ones With very best wishesG B WHEELER A Hindu on Paine James B Elliott Secretary of the Paino Memorial and Historical Association My Dear Sir Your letter of the 10th of March is at hand Yon ask if there aro 2000 admirers of Thomas Paine in Bur ma Yes and double as many There were sold in Burma over 10000 copies of till H Age of Reason last year as well as some copies of the Rights of Man- I trust this year that wo shall do better than last year You will convoy tho greetings of ten millions of Buddhists of this province to your Association on the occa sion of the great celebration of that grand Hero of Freethought I am making tho necessary arrangements to celebrate tho occasion on a grand scale I should like to have a letter from your Association on that auspicious occasionr have not translated any parts of the Age of Rea son as yet but our Society intends to do this work next year and you shall receive a copy of tho same We ore going to bring it out in three parts and if the funds permit wo shall bring it out in full I should like to become a member of your Association Is there any fee and how much is it You will convey to your Association the thanks of every Buddhist for the grand and noble work that your Association is engaged intrying to lift the name of Thomas Paine and placing it amongst the great heroes of the world I am sure that every friend of Truth will agree with me that it is time that we should show the bigots and the ministers of every church that Thomas Paine was the real friendof man in fact we can call him a Humani tarian of the loftiest type Trusting you are well I remain yours fraternally D DHAMMALOKU President Buddhist Tract Society Tavoy Monastery Godwin Road Rangoon Burma Threatened By Christians SILO AM SPRINGS ART Will you kindly publish this for me Christians have threatened to shoot me and are trying to indict me for posting antireligious pla cards I have written to several Liberals without reply Infidels everywhere aro requested to write to me suggesting plans for forming local lodges against Christian aggression or we shall certainly be driven from the face of the mapS L WIT LARD Pagans and Atheists MONTREAL CANADA As you and all intelligent people are now aware tho system of religion which had such a hold on our fathers for so many years in one form or another is now rapidly decaying The live issue now is not whether we should believe in an infallible Pope or an infalli ble Bible but whether we should believe in either When wo have decided that we can do very well without either the Pope or the Bible we have not by tiny means settled the question of religion The next question is what aro wo going to teach the people wo helped directly and indirectly to throw off the shackles of Roman and Se mitic superstition Are wo going to teach them Thorn is no god no soul no here after and man is descended from the monkey This is where the split is going to come in in tho Freethought ranks As long as we are all attacking tho Pope the Bible and the churches wo are practically unanimous but surely if we have faith in tho movement it is time for us to start buildingon the ruins that we have pulled down Thomas Paine and Voltaire were very practical They knew human nature and they knew that religion in one form or another would always exist Now I believe in absolute freedom of thought and speech in all religious speculation If a man feels called upon to proclaim himself an atheist I do not see that I have any right to punish him therefor I believe that what are now called blasphemy laws should be nbolishedlin all civilized countries Let this God settle the question between them The history of ancient civilized nations like the Egyptians Chaldeans Greeks Romans and Chinese ought certainly to hi very inter esting to the people of this generation My principal objection to the teaching of the Bible in the school is that the more I study it the more convinced I become that the ancient Hebrews were not at all what tho Bible represents them to bea specially chosen and favored people but a specially barbarous and superstitious people from whom we have absolutely learned nothing of value unless the danger of trusting our selves too much to those who claim to have a special message from God to us This is where I differed most emphatically from the conclusions of Matthew Arnold Huxley and Goldwin Smith Goldwin Smith wrote a great deal in recent years against Christ ianity and the Bible yet he seems to be still laboring under the delusion that the ethics of the ancient Hebrews were superior to those of their contemporaries and that from them only the belief in the unity of God the immortality of the soul etc has been borrowed Now it is hard to under stand how any one with any pretension at alii to scholarship should make such a mis take Besides what we may learn from tho Bible itself to combat this foolish theory we have the testimony of Roman historians and poets 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lends its orthodox yawp to a denunciation of Ferrer denouncing him as an Anarchist fit only for death at the instigation of a cruel and treacher ous church Doubtless its editorial writer would have been pleased to have stood on tile firing line and to think that American citizens must take mental food front such as ho Mr Mangassarian has stirred up the orthodox in by reason of the wording uFcdon the posters announcing a lecture by him on Than of Arc and Zola The posters were hung in the elevated railway depots On them were the words Burned by the infallible church aa a witch at the age of 19 and then translated into a saint by the same infallible church Devotees of that samn infallible church demand that the posters bo removed The National Advertising Company and President Weston of the South forfChicago lines have joined the orthodox in their demand removal and local newspapers predict the church will win At this writing wo have not learned the fate of the posters If they do come down the controversy thus created will draw public attention to some historical facts connected with the infallible church f In our next issue wo expect to bo able to give an import ant report of the meeting of the Directors of the Rationalist Association Wo may not bo able to get the report ready in time if not it will appear in the issue of December 19th Tile Indianapolis Convention will then be historyI Another preacher resigns his pulpit becauso ho is dis gusted with the church and with church methods This time it is Rev Loomis O Black Univorsalist of Troy N Y In his farewell sermon he Said I have been brought to takp this step becauso the church has no definite policynor does it desire to have any on any of the problems before the country today Tho moneyed classes of today control the attitude of the church toward any problem Rev Black will go on the platform to advocate Socialism Thomas E Green writing in Hamptons Magazine for December declares that Japan is turning directly against Christianity as a result of her victory over the soldiers of tho Czar As a matter of fact Japan was never serious over any professions toward the Christian religion und had suc ceeded in pulling tho wool over the eyes of the missionaries- for a vastly different purpose With tho nationalist Association as a National Organi zation and State organizations in Indiana and Ohio a brighter prospect confronts Ereethought in America than appeared at the beginning of tho present century let us buckle on our armor and move forward until every StateIis organized x It is withregret that tho Blade has learned of tho death of Dr J 0 Barnes of Arcola Ill His picture and biog raphy appeared in the Blade November 22 1908 Al though a Freethinker Dr Barnes was an advocate of philosophical anarchy and was a prolific writer on that subject One by one the soldiers go and wo must train the growing youths and maidens to take tho vacant places caused by Otntli FRAUDULENT SUPERSTITION constructed upon elements held to Any religious system bo supernatural must necessarily create ample room for miscalculation and open tho door to charlatanry and fraud of every description Not until mankind is made fully cognizant of tho fact that tho alleged supernatural does not exist that there is nothing above outside ofor beyond Na ture that all that is is natural will tho race be free from l BLUE GRASS BLADE g fraudulent speculations practiced upon the credulity of ig noranceIn old lays it was believed that godor the gods could and frequently did converse withmen pecially fav I ored and selected to transmit messages to humanity At a later stage heavenly messengers were sent as ambassadors of the deity in order to relievo the deity ofa suspected lowering of his divine dignity This belief brought into existence so many fraudulent practices that it would be almost impossible to enumerate them Wo find existing in a modified form today many of these Every priest and every preacher works upon tho hypothesis that he is a sort of a middleman between tho creature and tho creator and it is ignorantly assumed by the worshippers that the priest or preacher possesses special favors with the deity andare able to keep him in a good humor through prayers forms andceremonies Apart from this the sacerdotal caste has really no other function To admit these prerogatives and powers is to sanction fraud by long usage and the light of increasing knowledge alone can dispel the illusion It is recorded that among ancient savage tribes when any communication with the dead or with the tribal deity was desired the chief of tho tribe would send for a slave and deliver his message to him and then cut his headoff that ho might carry it to its supposed destination If the chief happened to forget a part of his message or wished to make an addition another slave was sent for dispatched in tho same fashion and bidden to carry a postscript Tho Christian idea ofa supposed communication between the naturaland tho supernatural is but little removed from the barbarous conception above noted and is in reality a sur vival of that custom in a modified form But thinkingmen and women have reached the intelligent conclusion that they are fully qualified to conduct their own negotiations with the heavenly hierarchy without the officious interference of selfconstitutedmiddlemen that they are capable of map ping out their own route to tho throne of grace without hav ing to employ a theological surveyor This mental attitude is tho first stop on the road to Freethought and thousands are standing at tho cross roads seeking intelligent guidance to truth Recurring tho subject of supernaturalcommunications wo have a report from Los Angeles that one Archie J In ger said to bo an untutored youth but who has reached the ago of 27 years is now astounding tho clergy of that city by his interpretation of tho Apocalypse claiming that Christ is speaking to the masses through him Assuming that Christ who is god inspired the original author tho question arises why ho did not give tho original production in such terms that an interpretation in this day of Science and I fact would not have been necessary I Is it not asking too much that tho people shall believe that a deity inspired a work that demanded an inspired interpretation to make it understood And if such is felt to bo a necessity why should tho deity select this untutored youth a medium instead of taking one of tho best educatedand most intelli gent of his creatures Again if Christ came in person two thousand years ago to bring a divine message to earth being godcould ho not repeat the performance and thereby end allegedboyhis pretended wonderful book for cash at each preaching and yet there be human fools who are unable to discern the monstrous fake while alleged respectable newspapers will publish stories exploiting the game No wonder the Christian world still struggles on in the mire superstition when such blind leaders undertake to exploit their credulity for personal gain- Humanity can profit nothing by cherishing such delu sions They unsettle the public mind and incite the race to chase foolish rainbows The supply of charlatanry will keep pace with the demand and our only hope lies in edu cation This and this alone will lift the race from out Serbonian bogs and place human feet upon freedoms path CROWDING THE CHURCHES Reading over a songbook published in the interest of the church Prohibition party used by them for election cam paign purposes I was amused with one of the lines given as clearly indicating the thought that lurks behind the movement It reads as follows Churches will be crowded full where now few people go When wo have gained ProhibitiontIt is not my purpose to consider the merits or demerits of Prohibition Whisky may bo a good thing to let alone but after all it must bea matter of individualconcern What I wish to draw attention to is the first line only of tho two quoted The clergy would be specially pleased with the churches being crowded full and while such condi tions formerly prevailed wo are assured that things are vastly different now for there are so few people go And there is a cause for it Tho people do not go to church because they have outgrown it The church is no worse to lay than it has been in the past but tho people are getting wiser and consequently bettor Prohibition will not suc ceed in crowding the churches full It is not a lack of Prohibition that now keeps them away As a moral factor tho church has proven such a dismal failure that the majority merely tolerate it because of its traditions But a few weeks ago while on my recent lecture trip I read in a Chicago paper of tho installation ceremonies of a Congregational minister as dean of the Chair of Theologyat the Chicago University The newly installed dean delivered an address to two hundred ministers present in which ho was reported to have said that twentyfive per cent of the Congregational churches in America had been compelled to close their doors because there was no preacher available and for lack of support Add to this the further fact that Methodist preachers in Missouri are complaining r r 10 BLUEGRASS BLADE that never a town or city in tho sliowmo State would extend an invitation to entertain free the members of the recent Conference we have a glimpse of tho attitude of the people towards the church Not to one church alone but to all Hero and there we may be able to discover a succcs ful churchorganization but these are exceptions that prove the generalrule Even in Lexington a city ofchurches similar conditions prevail Every trick every device that human ingenuity can invent are resorted to in an effort to get tho people to church But try as theymay the church bells still peal out the mournful cry attributed to them by Charles Dickens They wont come they wont come thoy wont come Ono of tho several Campbcllito churches recently held a sinners meeting The godwere advised to be ab sent and leave the church meeting entirely to sinners Simpleminded young men and oldones who ought to know better passed ont cards of invitation on the streets to passersby As many believers imagine themselves sinners these went and a halffilled church resulted again pointing to tho physical fact that now few people go Still another plan was tried and it too failed The men andwomen of the church paraded the sidewalks two by two singing and praying but they formed a melancholy procession for none of the sinners followed in their wake Many stood on tho streets and watched them only to smile and pass on Meanwhile tho theaters and vaudeville houses even moving picture shows are crowded to the doors The whole matter resolves itself into a plain business proposition To crowd the churches full would mean a larger number of sheep for tho parsons shearing THE TEN COMMANDMENTS JOKE- xx For a considerable length of time as the life ofmankind runs it has been regarded as a sort ofcaptheclimax ar gument for wouldbe reformers to suggest that some partic ular antagonist would revise or amend the ten command ments The height of argumentative absurdity was thus reached Tho multitude of foolish geese cackled and the poor insignificant crushed and humbled wretch against whom it had been launched was supposed to crawl away in humility hide himself and die Soon it became a stale political joke Occasional use was found for it bsome streetcorner politician in an effort at saving the country But it not infrequently happens that ideas having their origin in ribald jest some day come to be regarded as prac ticable and possible As our own little stream of life must mingle with countless other streams ideas are borne from one to another until at last a haven of refuge is found wherein it takes root and begins to grow But a short time ago tho Christian world would have mockingly sneered at any man daring enough n assert that wo had outgrown that portion of tho Jewish moral code known as the Ten Commandments Firmly wedded to the belief that these wore actually chiseled upon tablets of r stone with Gods finger on tho flamingcrest of Sinai tho mere intimation ofsuch u procedure would have been nounced as heresyand yet Professor Thomas Nixon ver of tho Chair of Political Economy and Sociology deIHarvard University proposes that as a matter of social political necessity these ten commandments should he amended supplemented reedited or abolished Then followed the St Louis PostDispatch which in an edit orial on tIm subject undertook to workoff a joke about it Tho proposition itself backed up by tho joke are pretty good indications that a vast change has been wrought in public sentiment concerning those things formerly held to bo have as yet merely been privileged to read the meager comment made by newspapers upon Prof Carvers proposition wo are able to gather some of the ideas ho sug Bests In the first place ho seems to feel that tho decalogue is deficient in that it contains no prohibitory clause against tho dispensing and drinking of liquors Had it done so it would have been inconsistent with other portions of the old testament This may he rather hard on tho ldwater advocates but it is a fact Tn the next place Prof Carver thinks that the prohibition against blasphemy is altogether unnecessary in these days Inasmuch as the American Republic has oxisted for more than a century without a special law against blasphemy wo are inclined to agree with the Professor but Jehovah still rules over a considerable portion of Europe Profanity in any state or condition- of society can be but a more matter of taste Mirny a man will swear while women weep A woman will weep for tho same reason that a man swears Both are expected to produce the same net results Swearing may not be in good form maynot bo necessary hut it has been indulged in and will continue to bo indulged in despite the Jewish law on the subject Prof Carver intimates that tho ten moral laws which Moses hurled to the ground in great anger may have been good enough for the people in the ago in which they were written but that tho people today have outgrown them This latter conclusion is true In declaims against acts that arethoso far as decalogue crimes by their very nature all men will obey it to that extent When more imaginary offenses aro prohibited men will please themselves after all Murder theft and kin dred crimes are known to bo wrong These acts wore known before the alleged time of Moses Did to bo wrong long ages not Moses know that ho had lone wrong when he murdered tho Egyptian hid him in the sand looked this way and that because ho was afraid Then in this relation Tehovahgave nothing now to the Jews But after all these incidents plainly show a rapid break Christendom may be staggered ing away from orthodoxy for a season at very suggestion of man attempting a revision of Jehovahs handwriting but with each improvement made the world will grow accustomed and tho small bore politicians are very apt to lose an opportunity to got off their stale joke BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 i THE INDIANA CONVENTION President of the Rationalist Association I wish to IAs my personal greetings and good wishes to and the Indiana Rationalist Association so successfully at Indianapolis as recounted elsewhere in this issue It was a splendid gathering of splendid men and women and I hope the enthusiasm engendered will extend to ill parts of the state causing the Association to grow rapidly in membership and usefulness- It was a pleasure to meet so many intellectual giants Several valuable papers were read the only fault or criticism thnt could be made is that too many were crowded into so short a space of time that it was im possible to digest all that was said Another pleasing feature was that ns with the national confention in St Louis there was no begging for funds not even a collec tion being made in that the voluntary contributions from members and friends paid all expenses attending the convention and still left a small balance in the treasury Great praise is due to Dr Bowles Secretary Sanders W Y Buck and others for the valuable work they gave and the rich reward of their cheerful toil We now have one national organization and one state association of Rationalists What is more pressing now is the organization of local societies Upon the latter will nnd must depend a fair share of the work Stens have nlrnndv been taken by the national body through its Directors for a campaign of local organization but it will need financial help to carry it out This can bo acnuired by applications for membership the payment of membership dues and voluntary donations Once there is a sufficient amount of money in the Progacrnnda fund to make a start in this direction that start will be made and n number of local societies brought into existence While at the convention it was a pleasure to renew many old ncnuaintances and form new ones Among the former vas Tars E W MacDonald widow of the late editor of the Truthsocker whom we knew twenty veers a ro but had not met since 1892 Then there was Tohn Maddock of Minneapolis one of the most independent of thinkers in our ranks Editor Maple of the Tncrersoll Manorial Beacon brought pleasure with the meeting it being the first time wo had ever talked as the Lord god is said to hafe talked with Moses All helped in the workof the convention and iti will form one of the pleasing episodes of mtv career The Association has started out with a goodly list of members and it will grow in the capable and efficient bends of Secretary Senders Guided by President Bowles it cannot cro astray One of the amusing incidents of the meeting was fhe fact that two Indianapolis detectives Slit in the rear of the convention hon during the entire proceedings Evi dently limbs of the law did not know the meaninor of Frnetboucrht or Rationalism and had attended on the suspicion that it was a gathering of revolutionary anarchists bent on destruction It can be said with preat decree of certainty that they heard many things ofwhich they had never heard before Of course they did not reveal themselves hat we were informed of their presence by a newspaper reporter who was also present and knew them Thus is the good work going on In a little while if we go at the business with courage and determination and be formed numerous other organizations of a similar character will FUNERAL OF STARK DOWNING Another valiant old hero of Freethought has passed into the great eternity of futurity and in fulfilment ofa personal promise given more than two years ago the Blades Editor on the afternoon of Tuesday December 7 delifered the funeral oration at his late residence in this city of Stark Downing a Blade subscriber one of the old guard who had died at the ripe old age of seventy four years The deceased had been a personal friend of the late C 0 Moore and had for many years been a friend to him as well as the paper He was a frequent visitor at the Blade office whenever the condition of his health would permit him to leave home and many personal talks we have had upon the good of the order He had been in failing health for a number of years and complications setting in medical skill was unavailing and he died as he had lived true to his honest convictionsIThe oration was delivered at Fellow and a large number of that fraternal craft was present When the public announcement was made that I was to conduct the services there was much curiosity and some two hundred people had gathered to hear the serfices The crowd was so great that members of the family occupied a room upstairs while every room down stairs was filled to it sutmost capacity and I had to speak from the hallway so as to enable all to hear what was said Several personal friends of the deceased came for ward at the close and insisted upon thanking me for what I had said about the friend now dead They took occasion to thank me even in his name and for his memory Ac credited with being honest straight and true his ex emplary life was worth more to mankind than all the sermons and prayers ever uttered or that will be uttered in all the years to come This in his monument Officers and members of his Lodge of Odd Fellows conducted the services at the grave He leaves one son and one daughter tb mourn his loss Our heart goes to them in this great bereavement It is now admitted by tho Synod of the New York Pres byterian church that the admission to holy orders of Archibald Black and two other ministerial students who rejected special tenets of tho church during examination is doing nu untold amount of damage among the youngmen who are studying for the ministry The most important feature is that theso heretical fledglings aro in demand by fashionable churches and this will do n still greater amount ofuntold damage r BLUE GRASS BLADE uunah and the Whale ROCHELLE PARK N YEnclosed find pamphlet Jonah and the Whale that a friend asked me to get and read Not to be derisive I cant in this case but this provoked laughter and frightened little pussy at my side To think of a man living in the belly of a monster for three dayshe must have had an airpipe running through everybodys column to the top of the water In number 9 page 5 is this sen tence There arc unmistakable signs of a changed attitude of the Jew noticeable Presumably it is so since the author of the six pages is a Jew MARK C HOUSMAN Likes Blade Better Than Ever DICKENS IOWAI am lately getting quite interested in the Blade in my opin ion it has improved wonderfully with in the last year When I first subscribed to the Blade I hardly ever read one through with out thinking I had been wasting time when I was done with itand when I subscribed to it I felt that I was donating to a goof cause badly supporled but now I am happy to say the Blade in my opinion is worth the price charged for it to tiny one and many times that amount to one just clear ing his mind of the clouds of superstition I never belonged to any church but was reared in the fear and admonition of the Lord which meant just as much to me when a mere lad as it does now when I think I know that there is no such an ani mal person spirit ruler governor or thing in existence I was taught o have rever ence for all holy things and lived in fear and awe of a dread something supposed to control the destinies of mankind in general and naughty bad wicked boys in particular and who would mete out to all a little foretaste in this world of what we might expect in the next I sang in the choir in the Freewill Baptist church and had a class in Sunday School The teachers in this Sunday School ltlsed to ask questions that they found in passages of the lesson that they could not understand and if the teachers of the school could not answer at their next Sunday meeting the Elder was to answer them the following Sunday I always had an investigating turn of mind and read the Bible as I would any other book to know what it meant and finding many plain contradictions between Matthew and Luke I took this opportunity to get some information on a few points that put doubts of the genuine truthfulness and absolute correctness of the statements of the only history of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knowing that if these statements were false there was no foun dation in fact for supposing that believing them would be meritorious or not believing them would bring condemnation to us The first question was how two men could pos sibly be the father of the same individual or how Joseph the husband of Mary of whom Jesus was born could have two fa thers Our Elder explained that the ealogy of Jesus Christ found in Matthew was a history of the pedigree of Joseph and the genealogy found in Luke was the his tory of the pedigree of Mary This did not satisfy rae for I could see no relevan cy in giving the genealogy of Joseph when he was not the father of Jesus This ques tioning led to more channels of thought in my mind than I think you care to fol low and as they all led to one conclusion that the present religion of Jesus Christ as a Savior of man whom we now know never fell was fixed founded and established on nothing more substantial than the dream of an old cuckold to protect the good name of his wife who had been brought up with in the shadow of the church under the di rect supervision of the infallible vicar of God supposed to be at least by all the people I could see no more sense in relig ion than any other kind of necromancy This was in 1856 to 1860 and I have beet hunting for something more substantial or sensible on which to found religion ever since or till I arrived at tin conclusion that there actually was nothing any more substantialcorrect sensible or true than tin reported dream of an old cuckold on which our eternal welfare or damnation was based Then when I learned that there had been twenty or more Christs on earth nearly all born of virgins and all to re deem man from the II fall which we now know never happened and some of them had performed the same acts ascribed to Jesus Christ many years before Christ if he over lived on earth was born I came to the conclusion that the whole scheme was manufactured by an ignorant clergy to be foisted upon a more ignorant people for the direct special benefit of the clergy that they might live in luxury laziness and ease off theearnings of their ignorant supersti tious dupes When the halo cf sacredness is stripped from the Bible and it is read as any other book it become conglomera tion of absurdities and the epitome of find 300 for which extend my subscription one year and send the Blade to IJD Mills Conway Center N H and oblige your friend JAMES E MILLS Favors Public Funerals PELLA IOWA Our friend James F Norton Jr of New York says that in the view of some of us the notion of the dis position of a corpse must needs be attend ed by a funeral ceremony of some sort as rank a superstition as any legacy from the old religious beliefs I say we want funeralorations so that the world may know that we died as we lived that we II did not cower before the gods upon our death bed as the preachers so delight to affirm after we are dead We want speak ers who do not harbor superstition of any kind to deliver funeral orations in order to drive the fear of the gods ghosts and devils out of the minds of our children Fear is the stronghold of the churches Take that away and they are done Let me tell you brother Norton at funerals is about the only place we can get Christians within the range of truth We have tried hiring lecturers and they boycotted us ev ery time we tried distributing literature they shunned it as a viper and do you call us superstitious for using about the only weapons we have to saveour children from superstition You say why ape the church by plagiarizing its forms I take issue with that statement in connection with the subject under consideration In the first place it is not a superstition to deliver funeral orations because there is nothing but facts connected with it It is needless to define the word II superstition As to plagiarizing church forms Is our Brother sincere when he makes that state ment I hope so Might as well say Why ape the church by wearing good clothes The church people wear good clothes They have many customs that are identical with our own Is it plagiarism on our part that we do not depart from them I think not They force us to have funeral orations to avoid their slanderous lies about our dead recanting on their death beds Our Brother objects to preserving the ashes of cremated dead as possessing some peculiar sanctity Well I have no use for dead peoples ashes but I would like to see a tombstone of some kind at every Freethinkers grave and an epitaph showing that he had climb ed the heights II M FISK Strength iu Organization WASHINGTON D CEither you or some friend sent me u copy of your paper tinted the 17th inst I have read it through I had seen and read other copies before I found several interesting articles in this copy but what interests me most is the call for a National Organization to meet in St Louis Mo Nov 14 1909 There is strength in organization if you can induce the strong men to come into itmen who know how to organize such a society It must be organized on broad and liberal principles and should show a generous and sympathetic spirit toward all religious be liefs on the supposition that the laity of all religious denominations are honest iu their professions of faith and only need to bo educated and made rational and sane Education is the only possibly cure for superstition of every kind The mind of man is a mere rudiment at birth and if not cultivated and developed by systematic iBLUEGRASS BLADE 13 training it remains through life unde veloped and incapable of any sound reason ing on abstract questions like religion and the clergy who live on the ignorance of the common people take good care that while the infantile mind is in process of development it shall be well filled with the superstitions pari passu Naturally some churches are much worse than others The more ignorant the church people the more vicious they are The Mohammedan and Roman Catholic laity are taught to hate every body who does not belong to their organizations and to kill them when ever a safe opportunity offers and for thu doctrine they find an abundance of au thority in their sacred boks If your convention can do anything to disseminate liberal and educational litera ture such as I see advertised in the TruthSeeker of New York and some other Frcethought papers the Blue Grass Blade for instance you may help to open the eyes of some of the blind The only safety for men who have the light is to let it shine I should like to bo a member of that convention but cannot get there not having means of transportation just now bt- I hope presently to be able to subscribe for your paper Be as wise as serpents mid as harmless as doves is fairly good alvico for any business and preeminently so for religious or antireligious work I will pass your Blade around CHASE ROYS A M Tho Blade and Book VISALIA GAL Enclosed please find Iostofilco money order for 150 for the renewal of the Blue Grass Blade and en ter my name for the Mans Origin and Destiny my Dr A Hausman Yours very trimlyA MITCHELL Splendid Cheer NORWALK CONN Please excuse me for not writing you before having been very busy in the ice business I am heart ily in favor of organization and should like to bo one to get in on the ground floor I think it will bo impossible for me to at tend the convention but I will bo one of fifty others to put up a sustaining fund The Blade deserves to live Bros Hughes and Charlcsworth deserve to live and if Freethinkers would only pull together they would become not only n credit to them selves but the cause as well The indifference of professing Freethinkers to the greatest cause on earth Liberty of Con scienceis simply appalling Wo have some in our town who do not even take a FrQethought paper and still call themselves Freethinkers doing practically nothing for the cause Interest is not so much mani fested in Frcethought since Ingersolls death What the cause needs is several J good lecturers in the field and my hope is that you may find several good men at the Convention for field work Ingersoll did much good and made money Elbert Hub bard is doing good and making money but we need more Elbert Hubbards and Robert K Ingerso11sA B BENNETT Add His Name to List BINGHAMTON N YPlease pardon my delay in remitting my subscription to the Blade I see that Organization is the word and I think I can ascribe to any article of belief that will educate the young from the superstition of the church So I will ask you to add my name to the list If I could see any way to get to St Louis I would bo most happy to meet you all but it will require about 30 besides eral days time which I cannot stand at this time Wishing you and all a grand success in the noble cause remainJ ROYAL BARNES Another One Interested TIPTONVILLE TENN Will you please mail me a copy of the call for the meeting of Freethinkers to be held in St Louis Would also liko to have a copy of the Blue- Grass Blade FRANK W SPARKS Wants Name on the List MEMPHIS TENNWill you kindly add my name to the list of those whom the superstitious call Freethinkers I saw your call in the papers of today If possible I would like to attend the proposed meeting in St Louis No nobler deed a human could attempt than that to free the mindof men from the awful yoke of dog matic belief The impossible Christ and the possible ONE is what mankind needs Let us get free from the Devil and the im possible Christ Go ahead the breakers are falling The babe knows no God until it has eaten the temporal state of man must first be satisfied Let as get the re ligion that will concern itself with the cre ation of a real mind and the future will take care of itselfHARRY E 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