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gine the people made for their use and only fit to be their slaves. This sentiment they derive from their Gothic ancestors. precept is equal to the example; and, even in infancy, their childdren, who are to be the future priests and rulers of the people, are taught the one and experience makes them masters of the other. In their infancy, they are made to hate and dread the poor as bugaboos, and are frightened to sleep in the name of degraded poverty. "The beggar man is coming!" In youth they are instructed to support a proud superiority over those under them, and consider it a disgrace to speak to their inferiors with common civility. They are separated, at an early age, from the people for whom they are intended to pray and then to rob. They are educated in seminaries decidedly hostile to the welfare of a people and their civil liberty. They see nothing but pride and arrogance at home, and at school have the lessons of their infancy repeated on a larger scale. Thus taught, by precept and example, to fear, hate and disdain the whole labouring part of society, steeled by prejudice against feeling or commiseration for the poor, armed by power and custom, and conscious of ready assistance, they are sent forth from the schools, not to instruct the people; not to improve their minds, or open their understandings; not to benefit the poor, or to add to their felicity, nor to augment the happiness of their pretended cures; but to tyrannize over them, and to cringe to those in power, aid injustice, and enjoy their church or tax-begotten properties.
These undeniable reasons bear me out in my assertion, and clearly demonstrate the benefit to society of a Christian priest and magistrate. This is by no means an exaggered portrait of the Christian doctrine preacher. Then, who can deny its vast utility, and are its blessings not visible in every glebe-house in the kingdom? Are not its sainting and enslaving principles discernible at every turning, street, lane, hedge, and common, in this highly favoured country? People must be mad to oppose such a pure spiritual religion, which leads to such rich materialities. We have but little room to spare, and must be very laconic with our second-part Atheism.
In the first place, we claim no novelty in our belief; for we are fully convinced, that there was a time when Atheism was common, and the idea has been repeated from time to time. However saints may stare, with their 1800 years of preaching about miracles, and prophecies and evidences of Christianity, and proofs of a God, two-thirds of the present world are Atheists, and all are latent sceptics? for, whatever is undefinable and wholly incomprehensible, if it causes any thing, it must be a doubt; and what we doubt, we cannot say we believe. As for the bedlam ravings of the methodists and their superlatively vain, vulgar, disgusting, fanatic teachers, let them abide in their uncultivated wilderness of spiritual nonsense. Their time will be short, to abuse, lie,
rant, and to delude others still, more ignorant and stupid than themselves. Yea, verily, they shall have a second call, and the second shall be greater than the first. Their brimstone is nearly exhausted, and their friend the Devil has not an ounce to spare. Carlile has blown up his whole magazine. The power of truth will open a north-west passage into their tabernacles and destroy their Urim and Thummim. The ephod shall be dragged from off their priest, and their invisible brazen idol fall down before the God Reason. But as interest not religion is their prime mover, whatever promotes this will become their prevailing principle. The methodists; being composed of the lower order of people in general, so their manners are stiff, distant and forbidding, and their religious notions are the most absurd of all the religious sects. Here bigotry, superstition and bomb-proof ignorance shine in native brass. In religious matters they divest themselves of reason, and, in temporal concerns, they divest themselves of religion. Gospel ignorance shields them alike from the arrows of wit and the stings of mental reflection. Let them rest in their devout imbecility. They, who decry human sense and reason, are unworthy of argument. The wise laugh at fools, but can never be angry with them. That Atheists should supersede all sects does not appear to me in the least wonderful. The only wonder is, that such a pernicious doctrine as Christianity should have survived so long. That a nation of Atheists or a community forming part of a nation, may be, is highly probable, and very possible at no distant period. When such a thing, for the benefit of man, does take place, the difference between it and saint and slave making Christianity was infinite. Christianity was evidently founded on fable, fraud and ignorance. Atheism will be founded on justice, science and truth. At least, as far as human knowledge can command the prospect or explore the avenues of identity. No mysterious providence to mislead, no God to forgive crimes, no devil to punish moral innocence, no priest will dare to teach what he does not understand. And tell us that we shall be damned to all eternity, if we dispute his authority or ask for his voucher. No dogmas to clog our senses and forbid the growth of mind, no imagination of immortal identity to torment our present existence. To man alone must the atheist be amenable, and his conduct alone must lead him to honour, peace, and happiness, or render him at once despicable and miserable. There will be no subterfuge for vice to shelter under, in the wide dark cloke of hypocrisy. No washing dirty coalblack sinners whiter than snow in the blood of the lamb! paying of tythes to a proud, licentious, and litigious priest for reading nonsense out of an old book, telling us how the wicked horde of unclean Jews* killed and destroyed innocent people * Vide Justin's Ancient History (Historium Judærum.) He says that Abraham not Moses was the leader of the Israelites out of Egypt. They were six thousand in number and all of them lepers, turned out of the land for uncleanness. This agrees with the laws which we find in Leviticus, and accounts for part of the code. S.
three or four thousand years ago, and collected more riches, by plunder and rapine, into the sandy desart of Palestine, than the world ever possessed. Virtues must thrive in the absence of all these vices, and men may be happy. To make them so must be the arduous task of materialism.
Now to father, son, husband, wife, daughter, &c. I recommend the study of their own happiness, by promoting that of their neighbours; for public and private happiness are founded on the social virtues: these never can thrive where the influence of superstition prevails. Abolish religion and cant, seek truth and be happy. SHEBAGO.
On hearing of the Liberation of Richard Carlile.
Come, come, like a Victor, though not to a Throne
England echoes thy name from the east to the, west!
* The Temple of Reason, Fleet Street.
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE.
DEAR SIR, Sheffield, Nov. 23, 1825. MOST heartily do I congratulate you on your release from inquisitorial durance, and on your victory over the slaves of superstition. I received on Monday night the welcome
As your are liberated, I thought it prudent to close the subscriptions and herewith send you the names and sums. The subscription for the men in Newgate I will keep open a little longer. I shall be anxious to hear when you mean to pay us a visit. Hoping, that the reign of terror is at an
I remain your fellow labourer,
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AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE LAYING OF THE CORNER STONE OF THE BUNKER HILL MONUMENT. BY DANIEL WEBSTER.
Boston: Published by Cummings, Hilliard, and Company. 1825.
THIS uncounted multitude before me, and around me, proves the feeling which the occasion has excited. These thousands of human faces, glowing with sympathy and joy, and from the impulses of a common gratitude, turned reverently to heaven, in this spacious temple of the firmament, proclaim that the day, the place, and the purpose of our assembling have made a deep impression on our hearts.
If, indeed, there be any thing in local association fit to affect the mind of man, we need not strive to repress the emotions which agitate us here. We are among the sepulchres of our fathers. We are on ground, distinguished by their valor, their constancy, and the shedding of their blood. We are here, not to fix an uncertain date in our annals, nor to draw into notice an obscure and unknown spot. If our humble purpose had never been conceived, if we ourselves had never been born, the 17th of June, 1775, would have been a day on which all subsequent history would have poured its light, and the eminence where we stand, a point of attraction to the eyes of successive generations. But we are Americans. We live in what may be called the early age of this great continent; and we know that our posterity, through. all time, are here to suffer and enjoy the allotments of humanity We see before us a probable train of great events; we know that our own fortunes have been happily cast; and it is natural, therefore, that we should be moved by the contemplation of occurrences which have guided our destiny before many of us were born, and settled the condition in which we should pass that portion of our existence, which God allows to men on earth.
We do not read even of the discovery of this continent, without feeling something of a personal interest in the event; without being reminded how much it has affected our own fortunes, and our own existence. It is more impossible for us, therefore, than for others, to contemplate with unaffected minds that interesting, I may say, that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great Discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark,
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