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THE PUBLIC FORUM
FREE SCHOOLING. There is
surely no paper in Chicago which a
person can truly say is fair and
square to everybody. Your Forum
is in many things a real school of
information, because it is just by get
ting acquainted, by voicing each oth
er's ideas and conception we become
educated and come to realize that
there is truth and knowledge to find
everywhere. John Blichfield, 1523
GOING TO CHURCH. The Rev.
Chapman preaches on "Why Men Do
Not Go to Church" and the answer he
gives is "they are not interested."
Naturally so. People attend meet
ings for information or amusement,
or a combination of both. The so
called information of most of the
preachers has in the light of modern
knowledge become misinformation
and the people are fast finding it out
and are passing up the church in
He says: "They (meaning the peo
ple) do not feel its (the church) needs.
They do not think deep enough to
know that all the good there is in
them came from their ancestors who
-were devout churchmen." Here is
an assertion that all goodness is in
herited; hereditary is given credit en
tirely; modern science on the con
trary tells us a different story.
The child is born a little savage.
He is absolutely selfish in nearly all
things, and only by right example and
teaching is goodness developed in
him. Environment is the main fac
tor, heredity secondary. Why don't
these preachers go to school and
learn something before they preach?
Again he says: "Everything good
in you or your civilization comes di
rectly or indirectly from the church
of Christ Become interested in
what gives you freedom and good
ness." In the first place, the evidence
is insufficient to prove that such a
person as Christ, who started a
church, ever lived, and as for the as
sertion that freedom and goodness
comes from the church, history
proves otherwise. The preachers
have always held the masses in men
tal slavery to unproved assertions and
always were the bulwark of chattel
slavery. All the churches of the
south defended chattel slavery.
If the preachers instead of talking
so much will go to the public library
and read Prof. John W. Draper's and
Prof. Andrew D. White's histories of
the conflict between science and re
ligion they will find abundant proof
that the churches have always fought
the truth and have as a rule allied
themselves with despotic power.
Paul, the real founder of what is
now known as Christianity, .advo
cated lying for the glory of God. The
people are getting sore at the preach
ers and are passing them up. The
preachers think they can hoot like an
owl on a dead limb and by a con
stant repetition of their false claims
make the people believe their hoot
ing is true a sad mistake.
If the orthodox clergy want to keep
in the running they should revise
their creed so as to conform to well
Preach modern knowledge; give
the people some facts; then they will
flock to the churches.
The preachers might get some con
verts for a short time by starting a
Billy Sunday circus, but the falsity of
Sunday's vaporings are sure to be
found out. Build on facts and' speak
according to knowledge is the only
way for enduring success. D. F.
Sweetland, 2259 S. Kildare.
SIRFESSOR'S SATIRE. Do nof Q
take Sirfesor Wilkesbarre too serious
ly. His egoism and superman are
only satires and, as such, will start
people to think, if nothing else.
There is another side to him. No
doubt he is angling for a meal ticket,
and, if he can sell a course to develop
the superhuman at a nominal price by
followjcg instructions, we can all de-