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    Not a Christian country in which drunkenness and prostitution do not pollute the streets, the “Reformed Christian” countries bearing away the palm for widespread intoxication. Not a Christian country in which poverty does not gripe great masses of the people, or in which diseases that grow out of bad feeding and bad sanitation do not hold high festival. Between the nations that worship “one Father” and “one Lord Jesus Christ”, bitter jealousy, hot suspicion, breaking out from time to time in war, and evidenced always by huge arrays of armed men, bringing the burden of poverty and the curse of prostitution on every land they guard.

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    Napoleon himself was indifferent to Christianity, but he saw that the clergy were friends of despotism

    1. “Napoleon himself was indifferent to Christianity, but he saw that the clergy were friends of despotism.”—Buckle.

    2. “Thus it is that a careful survey of history will prove that the Reformation made the most progress not in those countries where the people were most enlightened, but in those countries where, from political causes, the clergy were least able to withstand the people.”—Buckle.

    3. “Christian civilization in the twentieth century of its existence, degrades its women to labor fit only for beasts of the field; harnessing them with dogs to do the most menial labors; it drags them below even this, holding their womanhood up to sale, putting both Church and State sanction upon their moral death; which, in some places, as in the city of Berlin, so far recognizes the sale of women’s bodies for the vilest purposes as part of the Christian religion, that license for this life is refused until they have partaken of the Sacrament; and demands of the ‘10,000 licensed women of the town’ of the city of Hamburg, certificates showing that they regularly attend church and also partake of the sacrament.”—Gage.

    Even a lower depth than this is reached in England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany, and nearly every country of Europe, says the same writer, “a system of morality which declares ‘the necessity’ of woman’s degradation, and annually sends tens of thousands down to a death from which society grants no resurrection.”—Gage.

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    Female voices are never heard in the Russian churches and their place is supplied by boys

    1. “Sappho flourished b. c. 600, and a little later; and so highly did Plato value her intellectual, as well as her imaginative endowments, that he assigned her the honors of sage as well as poet; and familiarly entitled her the ‘tenth muse'”—Buckle,

    2. “Wilkinson says among no ancient people had women such influence and liberty as among the ancient Egyptians.”—Buckle.

    3. “The Americans have in the treatment of women fallen below, not only their own democratic principles, but the practice of some parts of the Old World.”—Harriet Martineau.

    4. “Mr. F. Newman denies that Christianity has improved the position of women; and he observes that, ‘with Paul, the sole reason for marriage is, that a man may, without sin, vent his sensual desires. He teaches that, but for this object, it would be better not to marry;’ and he takes no notice of the social pleasures of marriage. Newman says: ‘In short, only in countries where Germanic sentiment has taken root do we see marks of any elevation of the female sex superior to that of Pagan antiquity.'”—Buckle.

    5. “Female voices are never heard in the Russian churches; their place is supplied by boys; women do not yet stand high enough in the estimation of the churches…. to be permitted to sing the praises of God in the presence of men.”—Kohl.

    6. “Christianity diminished the influence of women.”—Neander, “Hist, of the Church.”

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    Louis XV, the eminently Christian king of France had harem cost more than 100,000,000 francs, and was composed of little girls.

    1. “The French government, about the middle of the eighteenth century, seems to have reached the maturity of its wickedness, allowing if not instigating religious persecutions of so infamous a nature that they would not be believed if they were not attested by documents of the courts in which the sentences were passed.”—Buckle.

    2. Of Louis XV., the eminently Christian king of France, Buckle says: “His harem cost more than 100,000,000 francs, and was composed of little girls. He was constantly drunk,” and “turned out his own illegitimate children to prostitute themselves.”

    3. “It will hardly be believed that, when sulphuric ether was first used to lessen the pains of childbirth, it was objected to as ‘a profane attempt to abrogate the primeval curse pronounced upon woman….’ The injury which the theological principle has done to the world is immense. It has prevented men from studying the laws of nature.”—Buckle.

    4- Fenelon, a celebrated French clergyman and writer of the seventeenth century, discouraged the acquisition of knowledge by women.—See Hallam’s “Lit. of Europe.”

    5- “Perhaps it is to the spirit of Puritanism that we owe the little influence of women, and the consequent inferiority of their education.”—Buckle.

    6- “In England (1840) a distrust and contempt for reason prevails amongst religious circles to a wide extent; many Christians think it almost a matter of duty to decry the human faculties as poor, mean, and almost worthless; and thus seek to exalt piety at the expense of intelligence.”—Morell’s “Hist. of Speculative Phil.”

    7-“That women are more deductive than men, because they think quicker than men, is a proposition which some people will not relish, and yet it may be proved in a variety of ways. Indeed nothing could prevent its being universally admitted except the fact that the remarkable rapidity with which women think is obscured by that miserable, that contemptible, that preposterous system, called their education, in which valuable things are carefully kept from them, and trifling things carefully taught to them, until their fine and nimble minds are too often irretrievably injured.”—Buckle.

    8- “The Roman [Pagan] religion was essentially domestic, and it was a main object of the legislator to surround marriage with every circumstance of dignity and solemnity. Monogamy was, from the earliest times, strictly enjoined, and it was one of the great benefits that have resulted from the expansion of Roman power, that it made this type dominant in Europe. In the legends of early Rome we have ample evidence both of the high moral estimate of women, and of their prominence in Roman life. The tragedies of Lucretia and of Virginia display a delicacy of honor, a sense of the supreme excellence of unsullied purity, which no Christian nation could surpass.”—Lecky, “European Morals,” Vol. 1, p. 316.

    9- “Marriage [under Christian rule] was viewed in its coarsest and most degraded form. The notion of its impurity took many forms, and exercised for some centuries an extremely wide influence over the Church.”—Ibid., p. 343.

    10. “St. Gregory the Great describes the virtue of a priest, who through motives of piety had discarded his wife… Their wives, in immense numbers, were driven forth with hatred and with scorn… Pope Urban II. gave license to the nobles to reduce to slavery the wives of priests who refused to abandon them.”—Lecky.

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