Category Archive: Free Thinkers

Nov 12

Field Notes From Idaho

By Kate De Peatt, Secretary, O.S.S.U. — May, 1899 Vale, Oregon: The first of March finds me doing active field work, and on the 6th I bid farewell to the State of my birth, crossed the Snake River and renewed my acquaintance with the good people of Idaho. I am accompanied by those stanch workers …

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Nov 10

The Free Thought Cause In Oregon

By Kate De Peatt — August, 1898 The Tenth Annual Convention of the Oregon State Secular Union, held at Wagner, Oregon on July 3, 4 and 5, 1898, was a complete success in every way. Wagner is a pretty little settlement nestled in the Blue Mountains and is just the place for such a gathering. …

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Nov 05

The Oregon Movement

Katie Kehm Smith

It would seem from the following letter from Katie Kehm Smith, Secretary of the Oregon State Secular Union that the State of Oregon is taking the lead of any of the other States of the Union in the organization of the Liberal minded people. For ourselves, we would much rather, that the words Free Thought …

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Oct 28

Three Great Evils and How to Checkmate Them

John Earl Hosmer

John Earl Hosmer — April, 1902 All evil originates and grows from the dismal swamp of ignorance. There seems to be three main branches in our twentieth century civilization. At the head stands one that Freethinkers are proud to be rid of, and many of us are loud in our ridicule and denunciation of those …

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Oct 20

Jesus, the Original Infidel

By W. E. Johnson — April, 1899 For two thousand years it has been the fashion of this earth to denounce as “infidels” all who do not endorse one’s particular brand of theology. Christians denounce the Mohammedans as “infidels” and “heathen,” notwithstanding the fact that the Muslims worship the same God and do reverence to …

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Oct 20

The Race Problem

Samuel Roberts

By Samuel Roberts — July 1903 (Remarks by Samuel Roberts before the Men’s Club of the Universalist Church, 65th street and Stewart Avenue, Chicago, April 25, 1903) “All truth Is safe and nothing else is safe, and he who keeps back the truth or withholds It from men, from motives of expediency, is either a …

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Oct 16

Women should read the Bible for Themselves

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

By Elizabeth Cady Stanton — November, 1900 Many years ago we desired to establish a Homeopathic College for women. A friend of mine, having inherited a million of dollars, I urged her to make a generous contribution for this purpose. She said she would consult her pastor, as she did in all her charities. After …

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Oct 16

Important Synonyms

Dr. P.A. Zaring, M.D.

By Dr. P.A. Zaring — March, 1901 Tampico, Indiana: We are sometimes astonished at controversies between persons of the same belief, over the shades of meaning of synonymous terms. There are persons who investigate principles with all possible care, and delve deep into the most profound thoughts, without paying due attention to the particular words …

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Oct 15

Distinguished Dodgers

By Marie Harrold Garrison — December, 1900 Before me lies “A Defense of Agnosticism,” by our widely celebrated, deeply loved, most sincerely respected and truly revered worker for universal liberty of thought and expression, George Jacob Holyoake. The above-mentioned article is in part a reply to my “Weeds and Agnostics,” which appeared in the Free …

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Oct 14

A Defense of Agnosticism

George Jacob Holyoake

By George Jacob Holyoake — November, 1900 The term “Agnostic” is only of mid-century growth, but it marks the development of accuracy of thought in the nineteenth century as no other term does. Agnosticism means discernment as to the extent of personal knowledge, and veracity in stating it when discerned. Theism, Atheism, and Agnosticism denote …

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