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By Robert Green Ingersoll

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As long as men believe in tyranny in heaven they will practice tyranny on earth. This they call the "tidings of great joy. These same Christians tell us that nearly everybody is to be punished the end that this life will be made of value. The free man. Without liberty there is no such thing as real happiness.HAS FREETHOUGHT A CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE? 2 Freethought Constructive (1890) Robert Green Ingersoll HAS FREETHOUGHT A CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE? THE object of the Freethinker is to ascertain the truth -. Most people are exceedingly imitative. All religious systems enslave the maid. and constructive side." The Freethinker denounces this doctrine as infamous beyond the power of words to express. This is called a "negation. are to be happy.if the dogma be true -- Get any book for free on: www. This is the affirmative. and who for this purpose resorts to famine and flood. as a last resort. The religionist informs us that there is somewhere in the universe an orthodox God.certain things must be believed -.of one who is glad that he has passed the day without a beating -. that a God who would create a human being. There may be the contentment of the slave -. He who is happy because he has had enough to eat -. Certain things are demanded -. He also knows -.and the man who becomes the subject or servant of this superstition must give up all idea of individuality or hope of intellectual growth and progress. and nothing is so gratifying to the average orthodox man as to be like his God. gets up a revival of religion.the conditions of well-being -.but the highest possible idea of happiness is freedom. positive." But to my mind it is an affirmation.Abika. A man who compels this Deity to abdicate his throne renders a vast and splendid service to the human race. That is called "affirmative and positive. knowing that that being was to be eternally miserable." The man of sense knows that no such God exists. who is endeavoring to govern the world.and who. must of necessity be an infinite fiend.certain things must be done . into whose brain the serpent of superstition has not crept. while a few fortunate Christians who were elected and selected billions of ages before the world was created. and says clearly. to earthquake and pestilence -. and is a part of the positive side of Freethought. knows that the dogma of eternal pain is an infinite falsehood. and thereupon he affirms that the orthodox doctrine is infinitely absurd.

to drive out the wild beasts. Get any book for free on: www. that there is no sovereign of the universe. The Freethinker also asserts that every man must bear the consequences of his actions -- that he must reap what he sows. with every drop of his blood. He knows that a mother could not enjoy the society of Christ with her children in perdition.and he also knows that in every religion the priest insists on five things -. that they make merchandise of hope and grief -. It will thus be seen that there is an affirmative. from bishop to parson.from pope to priest. a constructive side to Freethought. Second: He has made known his will. he knows that such a mother is simply a wild beast. first. a positive. to the end that seeds of value may be planted. Then comes another phase -. and that he cannot be justified by the goodness of another. for the miraculous. The positive side is this: That every good action has good consequences -. even in infinite space. could not enjoy themselves unless they had the hearts of boa.another kind of work. He knows that all this is superstition pure and simple.First: There is a God.constrictors. do not the slightest good in this world -. like some petty king or tyrant.Abika. and that is this: The Freethinker knows that all the priests and cardinals and popes know nothing of the supernatural -. This is simply clearing the ground. The Freethinker knows.that they earn nothing themselves -- that they contribute nothing toward the happiness. There is still another side. and that only those are happy who live in accordance with the conditions of happiness. The free man knows that the angelic hosts. and Fifth: Those who fail to subscribe will certainly be damned. who.that there is no room. for the impossible. or the wealth of man- kind. He feels that all in the universe are conditioned beings. Fourth: We will now take up a collection.that no decent human being could be happy in heaven with a majority of the human race in hell. What is the positive side? First: A denial of all orthodox falsehoods -. to destroy the poisonous vines.they know nothing about gods or angels or heavens or hells -. or damned for the wickedness of another. and this fact or truth or philosophy embraces all men and all gods -.HAS FREETHOUGHT A CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE? 3 that every decent human being should hate. He knows also that these people -. the creator of the universe. The Freethinker knows that the universe is natural . Third: He has selected me to explain this exposure of all superstitions.that it bears good fruit forever -. of those facts -. He also knows -.if there be gods. or well-being. or feels that he knows. or incarnations or atonements.the facts of nature -. He knows that they trade and traffic in ignorance and fear. and if she could. and bears bad the end that we may take advantage of those truths.if he knows anything -.nothing about inspired books or Holy Ghosts. delights in showing his authority. to fell the trees. It is necessary.for the purpose of feeding and clothing and educating mankind. The positive side of Freethought is to find out the truth -.and that every bad action has evil consequences. under such circumstances.that they live upon the labor of others -.

to correct these mistakes -. knowing that if there be another world. It is charged by the worshipers of the Jewish myth. of these infamies. and babes. that we the task of the Freethinker.millions of priests have lived on the industry of others and no effort has been spared to prevent the intellectual freedom of mankind. let us live for this world. to the end that we may be well fed and clothed -. Instead of the religion of the sky -. We have destroyed the infinite absurdity that salvation depends upon belief. If our thoughts and actions can lessen or increase the happiness of build the fabric of civilization on the foundation of demonstrated truth -. We also want to go in partnership with these forces of nature. women. To expose these falsehoods -. that investigation is dangerous. that we do not build.that which will preserve or give us health. Let us use our faculties and our powers for the benefit of ourselves and others.the religion of the family -. Instead of loving protect the Get any book for free on: www. and freethought will give us the highest possible in art -.the greatest paintings.that we may have good houses that protect us from heat and cold.that which will prevent or kill disease -. we love each other. and the curse from death -. The energies of the world have been wasted in the service of a phantom -.there are still wants and aspirations. Nothing can be more absurd than the idea that we can do something to please or displease an infinite Being. then to that extent God is the slave and victim of man. without regard for the past and without fear for the drive the fiend of fear from the mind -. the same philosophy that gives us joy here will make us happy there. We have taken a grinning devil from every grave. of morality and happiness. and that the torch of reason lights only the way to hell.the declaration that a God of infinite mercy and compassion upheld slavery and polygamy and commanded the destruction of men.the religion of this world other words.Abika. the most marvelous sculpture -.HAS FREETHOUGHT A CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE? 4 In the first place. of wife for husband -.the most wonderful and thrilling in music -. And beyond this -.beyond these simple necessities -. We have destroyed the idea that this monster created a few of his children for eternal joy. we have put that which is natural and that which commends itself to the heart and brain. Freethought is the mother of art and science. and the vast majority for everlasting correct charts that lure to reef and wreck -. we wish to find that which will lengthen human life -.the love of all for children.and in the place of these .that which will do away with pain -. What have we destroyed? We have destroyed the idea that a monster created and governs this world -. We know. if we know anything. To destroy guide-boards that point in the wrong direction -. freethought will develop the brain to its utmost capacity.the love of husband for wife. that supernatural religion has no foundation except falsehood and mistake. So that now the real religion is: Let us live for each other.

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