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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 11:41 AM
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A Thanksgiving Sermon by Robert Ingersoll
When I became convinced that the universe is naturalthat all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom.

The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf or a slave. There was for me no master in all the worldnot even infinite space.

I was freefree to think, to express my thoughtsfree to live my own idealfree to live for myself and those I lovedfree to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imaginations wingsfree to investigate, to guess and dream and hopefree to judge and determine for myselffree to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the inspired books that savages have produced, and all the barbarous legends of the pastfree from popes and priests, free from all the called and set apartfree from sanctified mistakes and holy liesfree from the winged monsters of the nightfree from devils, ghosts and gods.

For the first time I was free. There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thoughtno air, no space, where fancy could not spread her painted wingsno claims for my limbsno lashes for my backno fires for my fleshno following anothers stepsno need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words. I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds.

And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers, who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brainfor the freedom of labor and thoughtto those who fell on the fierce fields of war, to those who died in dungeons bound with chainsto those who proudly mounted scaffolds stairsto those by fire consumedto all the wise, the good, the brave of every land, whose thoughts and deeds have given freedom to the sons of men . And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they have held, and hold it high, that light may conquer darkness still.

http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/robert_inger...
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 11:58 AM
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1. An excellent read! Thanks! n/t
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 01:19 PM
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2. I see that my recommendation vote has been over-turned by
those who disagree with it, for whatever reason, (which they could not state!)
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 07:50 PM
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3. Invisible rec n/t
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 07:54 PM
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4. Hey, he sounds like one of them thar New Atheists! n/t
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SecularMotion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 09:07 PM
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5. A Great American
"By the latter part of the 19th century Robert Ingersoll was a household name. Though he was first known as a great patriot, he eventually became known as "The Great Agnostic." He stood by the religion of reason and attacked the superstitions of orthodox religions in a common sense style reminiscent of Thomas Paine. A tall, heavyset man with an electrifying voice, he lectured to packed houses across the country, speaking on topics ranging from Shakespeare and science to religion and racism. In questioning the tenets of Christian belief his lecture were given such titles as "The Gods" (1872), "Some Mistakes of Moses" (1879), "Why I Am an Agnostic" (1896), and "Superstition" (1898) He could command from $400 to as much as $7,000 (in the dollars of the day) for a single evenings performance. Ingersoll was admired by people such as Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Walt Whitmann, Andrew Carnegie and Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield, Henry Ward Beecher acclaimed him as the "most brilliant speaker of the English tongue of all men on the globe." He was an early popularizer of Charles Darwin and a tireless advocate of science and reason. More, he argued for the rights of women and African-American. Though his views provoke many death threats, he was undeterred.

He was also praised for his virtues as a man of family and fireside. He practiced what he preached. Opponents frequently despaired of finding anything to disparage in his personal life."

http://www.josephhaworth.com/robert_green_ingersoll.htm
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 09:20 PM
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6. Thanks for the link, and the information!
Edited on Fri Nov-25-11 09:22 PM by MarkCharles
I wonder if any agnostic or atheist could ever be praised by religious believers, probably not!

Some religious believer poster the other day compared Madalyn Murray O'Hair, (misspelled, of course) to Pol Pot and Stalin.
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