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Flowers of Freethought_Second Series - By George W. Foote - 1894

Flowers of Freethought_Second Series - By George W. Foote - 1894

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A little more than a year ago I put forth a collection of articles under
the title of _Flowers of Freethought_. The little volume met with a
favorable reception, and I now issue a Second Series. -

As I said in the former Preface, I refrain from personalities, which
is all that can be demanded of a fair controversialist. There are
sentences, and perhaps passages, in this volume, that some people will
not like; but they are about things that _I_ do not like. A propagandist
should use his pen as a weapon rather than a fencing foil. At any
rate, my style is my own; it is copied from no model, or set of models;
although I confess to a predilection for the old forthright literature
of England, before "fine writing" was invented, or "parliamentary"
eloquence came into vogue, or writers were anxious to propitiate an
imaginary critic at their elbows--the composite ghost, as it were, of
all the ignoramuses, prigs, bigots, fools, and cowards on this planet.

It only remains to say that the articles in this volume are of the same
general character as those in its predecessor. They were written at
different intervals during the past ten or twelve years. I have not
attempted to classify them. In several instances I have appended
the date of first publication, as it seemed necessary, or at least
convenient.
A little more than a year ago I put forth a collection of articles under
the title of _Flowers of Freethought_. The little volume met with a
favorable reception, and I now issue a Second Series. -

As I said in the former Preface, I refrain from personalities, which
is all that can be demanded of a fair controversialist. There are
sentences, and perhaps passages, in this volume, that some people will
not like; but they are about things that _I_ do not like. A propagandist
should use his pen as a weapon rather than a fencing foil. At any
rate, my style is my own; it is copied from no model, or set of models;
although I confess to a predilection for the old forthright literature
of England, before "fine writing" was invented, or "parliamentary"
eloquence came into vogue, or writers were anxious to propitiate an
imaginary critic at their elbows--the composite ghost, as it were, of
all the ignoramuses, prigs, bigots, fools, and cowards on this planet.

It only remains to say that the articles in this volume are of the same
general character as those in its predecessor. They were written at
different intervals during the past ten or twelve years. I have not
attempted to classify them. In several instances I have appended
the date of first publication, as it seemed necessary, or at least
convenient.

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Flowers of Freethought, by George W. Foote
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Title: Flowers of Freethought(Second Series) Author: George W. Foote
Release Date: October 6, 2009 [EBook #30203]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK FLOWERS OF FREETHOUGHT ***Produced by David Widger
FLOWERS OF FREETHOUGHT(SECOND SERIES)
By G. W. Foote
London: B. Forder,28 Stonecutter Street, B.O.1894
CONTENTS:PREFACE.LUSCIOUS PIETY.THE JEWISH SABBATH.PROFESSOR STOKES ON IMMORTALITY.PAUL BERT *BRADLAUGH'S GHOST.CHRIST AND BROTHERHOOD.THE SONS OF GOD.MELCHIZEDEK.S'W'ELP ME GOD.INFIDEL HOMES. *ARE ATHEISTS CRUEL? *ARE ATHEISTS WICKED?RAIN DOCTORS.PIOUS PUERILITIES.
 
"THUS SAITH THE LORD."BELIEVE OR BE DAMNED.CHRISTIAN CHARITY.RELIGION AND MONEY.CLOTTED BOSH.LORD BACON ON ATHEISM.CHRISTIANITY AND SLAVERY. *CHRIST UP TO DATE.SECULARISM AND CHRISTIANITY.ALTAR AND THRONE. *MARTIN LUTHER.THE PRAISE OF FOLLY.HAPPY IN HELL.THE ACT OF GOD.KEIR HARDIE ON CHRIST.BLESSED BE YE POOR.CONVERTED INFIDELS.MRS. BOOTH'S GHOST.TALMAGE ON THE BIBLE.MRS. BESANT ON DEATH AND AFTER.THE POETS AND LIBERAL THEOLOGY. *CHRISTIANITY AND LABOR. *AN EASTER EGG FOR CHRISTIANS. *DUELLING. *DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN. *SMIRCHING A HERO.KIT MARLOWE AND JESUS CHRIST. *JEHOVAH THE RIPPER. *THE PARSONS' LIVING WAGE. *DID BRADLAUGH BACKSLIDE? *FREDERIC HARRISON ON ATHEISM. *SAVE THE BIBLE! *FORGIVE AND FORGET. *THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM.THE GREAT GHOSTS *ATHEISM AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. *PIGOTTISM. *JESUS AT THE DERBY. *ATHEIST MURDERERS. *A RELIGION FOR EUNUCHS. *ROSE-WATER RELIGION. *PREFACE. A little more than a year ago I put forth a collection of articles under the title of _Flowers of Freethought_. The little volume met with afavorable reception, and I now issue a Second Series. By a "favorablereception" I only mean that the volume found purchasers, and, it is tobe presumed, readers; which is, after all, the one thing a writer 
 
needs to regard as of any real importance. Certainly the volume was notpraised, nor recommended, nor even noticed, in the public journals. Thetime is not yet ripe for the ordinary reviewers to so much as mention abook of that character. Not that I charge the said reviewers withbeing concerned in a deliberate conspiracy of silence against suchproductions. They have to earn their livings, and often very humbly,despite the autocratic airs they give themselves; they serve under editors, who serve under proprietors, who in turn consult the tastes,the intelligence, and the prejudices of their respective customers. Andthus it is, I conceive, that thorough-going Freethought--at leastif written in a popular style and published at a popular price--isgenerally treated with a silence, which, in some cases, is far from asymptom of contempt.I am aware that my writing is sometimes objected to on grounds of "taste." But it is a curious thing that this objection has invariablybeen raised by one of two classes of persons:--either those who arehostile to my opinions, and therefore unlikely to be impartial judgesin this respect; or those who, while sharing my opinions, are fond of temporising, and rather anxious to obtain the smiles---not to say therewards--of Orthodoxy. The advice of the one class is suspicious; thatof the other is contemptible. As I said in the former Preface, I refrain from personalities, whichis all that can be demanded of a fair controversialist. There aresentences, and perhaps passages, in this volume, that some people willnot like; but they are about things that _I_ do not like. A propagandistshould use his pen as a weapon rather than a fencing foil. At anyrate, my style is my own; it is copied from no model, or set of models;although I confess to a predilection for the old forthright literatureof England, before "fine writing" was invented, or "parliamentary"eloquence came into vogue, or writers were anxious to propitiate animaginary critic at their elbows--the composite ghost, as it were, of all the ignoramuses, prigs, bigots, fools, and cowards on this planet.It only remains to say that the articles in this volume are of the samegeneral character as those in its predecessor. They were written atdifferent intervals during the past ten or twelve years. I have notattempted to classify them. In several instances I have appendedthe date of first publication, as it seemed necessary, or at leastconvenient.G. W. FOOTEJune, 1894.LUSCIOUS PIETY.Lord Tennyson's poem, _Locksley Hall: Sixty Years After_, is severe on

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