Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, blow the fife, tune the organ, rosin the fiddle, strengthen the jail, load the gun, fix the bay-onet, whet the sword, grind the axe, sharpen the spear, poison the arrow, raise the gibbet, build the rack, prepare the wheel, drive the stake, light the fire, heat the flesh hooks, an-oint the priests with a double salary, bind the heretics and let the land be fattened with human blood as in the days of Nero.
This is the cry that is beginning to be rais-ed in this city, by the descendants of pil-grims that came to this country to worship an imaginary deity of hatred and revenge, and performed that worship by shooting and plundering Indians, robbing widows of their beds to fatten lazy priests, and whipping and hanging witches and Quakers because they could not acknowledge their power and bow to their dictation.
The truth is an alarm has been sound-ed; the people are awakening; their eyes are opening; they are beginning to see that proud haughty priests, lolling on their soft cushions or strutting through the streets in purple and fine linen, with silk gloves and silver headed canes six days in the week, and selling soph-istry for five or ten dollars per hour on the sabbath, while poor widows are suffering for food, are not the meek disciples of the lowly Jesus.
They are beginning to see that confining men in prison for life, whether penitent or not, is not the way to "convert a brother from the error of his ways;" and that hang-ing them by the neck till they are dead, is not "doing to others as we would be done by." They are learning that selling the ag-ed and infirm at auction to the lowest bidder—to him that has least conscience and can keep them cheapest, is not the christian method of "feeding the hungry and clothing the naked;" and that selling men to pay the salary of a priest, bartering women for com-munion wine and swapping children for church organs and fiddles is not the worship of the true and living God, who made of one blood all the nations of the earth—and some have dared openly and boldly to declare these truths in the market places, and to pub-lish them on paper and send them forth on the ocean of humanity.
This has awakened those whose craft is in danger, and they are fearful if something is not done they must sink to rise no more. Others who possess some humane feelings, but have never come to an experimental knowledge of that God who has power over the minds of all men, and has promised his protection to the innocent without the aid of carnal weapons, but have been taught from infancy to believe in a being that eannot pro-tect them without the aid of bloody instru-ments and their own puny strength, are alar-med for their own safety, and are beginning to call for laws sustained by bloody weapons to crush the freedom of speech, or tortue such as dare to strive for the reformatian of the vile.
Among these is neighbor Daniel, a man possessing many benevolent feelings, which are often betrayed and crucified by that spir-it of Herod which was instilled into his mind in youth, by that class of religious teachers that regard the Supreme Being as one who delights to pour out wrath and vengeance on his erring children.
D. is often alarmed because some are pleading the cause of the erring, and recom-mending mercy, kindness and correct instruc-tion in lieu of prisons and the gallows. He has written many articles in favor of these barbarous institutions. I notice one in the Bulletin of last week, in which D. manifests more than his usuel degree of alarm, and his desire for the reign of vengeance.
He classes Mormonism, Millerism, Four-ierism, Infidelity and the mild forgiving doc-trines of the Prince of Peace all under the head of "fanaticism," and then thanks heav-en "their reign will be cut short," and bat-tles away at them as though his life were in danger. He is afraid the Jewish sabbath will not be observed, or that the wholesome doctrine of Jesus Christ will prevail name-ly: "that man was not made for the day but the day for man;" that all days are alike ho-ly, and that whatsoever we do, on each and every day, should be done heartily unto the Lord—and the doctrine of Paul, which says, "Let no man judge you in respect to a holy day," Col. 2: 16, that was to the Jews, a shadow of a good thing to come, even a continual sabbath into which the minds of all arrive when they cease from their own works, and permit the spirit of Christ to reign in them and rule over them, directing all their actions—"working in them to will and to do of His own good pleasure."
Again he writes as though these "fanat-ics" would break up the church—tear down the meeting-houses—open the prison doors—let murderers run at large—and permit 'black and bloody ruin to stalk over the land.' It is a pity D. is so ignorant of the doctrines of Christ, and of the motives of some whom he misrepresents. Those at whose doctrines he is so much alarmed would have seven sabbaths in a week instead of one—they would only break up the churches of man’s building and permit the true church to flour-ish—instead of tearing down meeting-houses, they would only purify them of their idols and ornaments, remove the pew doors, per-mit all who assemble to have a free seat, and the privilege of worshipping in spirit and in truth, as they did in the days of the apostles when one had a prayer, another a hymn, another a sermon, an exhortation or reproof, and were permitted to speak as the spirit gave them utterance, instead of hireing a priest and a fiddler to worship for them; and as for giving the murderer up to his own con-science, they only follow the example of God who permitted Cain, the murderer to live, and of Christ, who died by the hand of mur-derers and with his last breath cried, "Fath-er, forgive them!" It is really astonishing how some professors cling to the Jewish code, since Christ fulfilled its demands 1800 years ago, and established a better dIspensa-tion!
Daniel says, "Fanatics and deluded men—with little interest and more brass—have sprung up in our very midst—who would destroy every thing that is pure and holy, and of good report. They send their pois-onous leaves by thousands from the press, scattering far and wide their detestable sen-timents. Now is the time for philanthro-pists, Christians and good citizens to work and counteract the bad influence of these dis-turbers of the public peace, the enemies of God and man. The antidote must go with the poison, or thousands of the ignorant and inexperienced will be led away to certain ru-in.
We have often blushed for poor human-nature, as we have seen big and lazy fellows dressed in a peculiar style, walking through the streets and amid market men, from the country, endeavoring to make them purchase their poisonous sentiments, which they al-ways carry under their arms, in the shape of little papers. If they cannot be made to buy, the vile trash is given to them, with an earn-est request that they would read it and loan it to their neighbors. It is a pity we have no laws to stop such fellows in their mad career and make them work for an honest living. To see raw-boned, stout healthy fel-lows, as fat as hogs, thus teaming our streets is enough to make man ashamed of humani-ty. Why do they wish to set people by the ears?—why disturb the public mind?—why destroy the peace of the poor? Would to Heaven they could be made to work, and not thus sponge their living out of unfortunate widows and aged cripples. And yet they pretend they are very benevolent and kind hearted—that it is on account of their love to mankind they thus shule about the streets and into the houses of the poor. Out upon such wretches!—they should be hooted from society, until they submit to wholesome laws, and no longer strive to contaminate the pub-lic mind.
Our advice is, have nothing to do with these disturbers of the peace. Listen not to their harangues. Read not their inflated sheets.
Hearken to wisdom—obey the Bible—pur-sue a wise and judicious course and these fanatics will soon hide their diminished heads and sink into insignificance."—Bulletin.
If D. was not in favor of Priestcraft, one wouid think he intended to hit the priests in the above. It is a pretty good description of them excepting the carrying about their poisonous doctrines and entering the house of the poor. This part of their work is done by pious ladies and missionary agents whom they employ, the priests themselves being too proud and indolent to "shule about the streets and into the houses of the poor," picking away their coppers when they have so many willing agents. They rather traffic off their poisonous trash at wholesale, from their soft cushions and splendid pulpits. But I have said enough about the absurd inconsistencies of D., I only took up my pen to inform my readers that he and some others in this place are laboring to revive priestcraft, and the tor-tures of the inquisition, against the truth and the liberty of speech.
His article speaks for itself. I close by calling the attention of the reader to the hy-pocritical cant in his closing paragraph, which directs his readers to obey the bible, after stirring them up in favor of a law that would chain the advocates of the New Tes-tament to the gallies or the tread mill, or ev-en tear them in pieces with red hot pincers if nothing else would stop their mouths.
It is a matter of consolation that our final destiny is not in the hands of such blind big-oted men whose God is an imaginary demon.
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