Posts Tagged ‘Religion’


December 4, 2011

{For the Tribune.}

WHO CARES what the people think
Of my religious views.
While I survive, or swim, or sink,
I’ll claim the right to choose.

So if I’ve sense the truth to see,
I want nor need a Priest.
Can stand erect, in manhood free,
And with my Master feast.

WHO CARES if Priests should reprobate,
And curse me with a frown,
I will defy both Church and State,
And live their malice down.

WHO CARES what the Church folks say,
About the dress I wear;
They for my soul had better pray
That I for Heaven prepare.

WHO CARES for the revilers talk,
Who lap from slanders bowl,
While I pursue a Godly walk
And purify my soul.

WHO CARES if the rich deride
And sneer because I’m poor,
They may brought down in their pride
And beg from door to door.

I CARE for all that makes men good
For all that makes them wise,
And I am sure that if I could
I’d raise them to the skies.

The naked clothe, the hungry feed,
The thirsty, water give.
I’d satisfy man’s every need,
And have him love and live.

Philanthropy shall rule my life,
Good will to God and man,
and in a pure and manly strife
Reach Heaven IF I CAN.

— M.R. HULL.

Cambridge City Tribune (Cambridge City, Indiana) Dec 16, 1869

Prayer and Our Founding Fathers

December 18, 2009

This is from 1888. I had no idea this argument had been going on for so long:


Showing That the Founders of Our Government Were God-Fearing and Praying Men.

It seems as easy to believe bad things about a body of men, as it is to believe them about one man. Indeed, it is somewhat easier. For, if there is even a small portion of charity in our make-up, we will exercise it in favor of one whom we are afraid to slander, whereas we will receive and repeat the same story about a congregation, a convention, or a congress without fear or qualm. And if it is a body of dead men, their reputations are absolutely at our mercy. The classic exhortation, to speak nothing about the dead but praise, is rarely heeded after the first burst of post-mortem eulogy.

It is quite the custom for instance, to think and say that the members of the Continental Congress were not devout men, that they had no regard for prayer as an aid to their deliberations, that they did not take God into the account in discussing the measures and results of the revolution. This is an offense to all believers in a gracious Providence, and it is also a foul libel on the political fathers.

We are gratified, therefore, to note that the learned Judge Bacon, of Utica, N.Y., in a recent historical paper of great general value, has corrected this false and unjust estimate of the Continental Congress. He shows how, on the 7th of September, 1774, when the real business of the body was to begin, a formal request was made for an opening prayer by Rev. Mr. Duche and that gentleman was thanked by resolution for his “excellent” services.

This is more consideration than some modern assemblies show to the divine who invoke God’s blessing on their deliberations. Afterward that same Congress, at ten different times, appointed days for fasting and thanksgiving. The last order of that kind was voted late in October, 1781, when December 15 was declared a day for thanksgiving and prayer on account of Cornwallis’ final overthrow.

When that order was entered, a further evidence of devotion was given by Congress going in a body to the Dutch Lutheran church in Philadelphia, there “to return thanks to Almighty God for crowning the allied armies of the United States and France with success, by the surrender of the whole British army under the command of the Earl Cornwallis.”

Now let the reader call these historic facts to mind, the next time he hears it said that the founders of our Government were not God-fearing men; or that the foundations of the Republic were not laid in prayer.


Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, Iowa) Sep 14, 1888

More on the First Prayer in Congress HERE

*Note: I am not affiliated with the above website, I just ran across it when looking for an image and noticed they had more on this topic.

By Rome We’ll be Enslaved

July 19, 2009

APAstatue copy

Image from McNamara’s Blog.

The American Protective Agency‘s Oath.

Brother Jonathan Opens Fire On The A.P.A.

With his plain-patched curderi breeches, an’ his red an’ yeller coat,
He has just come up and registered and casted his fust vote,
Talkin’, tellin’ abeout the Bible, an’ our institutooshuns grand,
An’ that the Stars an’ Stripes must float from each schoolhouse in the land!

Tearin’ up an’ deown on platforms, lettin’ steam off agin’ priest,
An’ bishops, popes, and cardinals that eat heretics at feasts.
Sayin neow’s the time or never to defend the flag we’ve saved! —
Our homes, our wives an’ children, er by Rome we’ll be enslaved!

Well, I’ve stood an’ I’ve listened till he got his rantin’ through,
An’ last night I stood in meetin,’ an’ I sez: “Why, who by you?
Never heard on ye till yesterday! — since that time I riz the axe
On my ole man at Concord an’ ye run to Halilfax!

Ye were mighty still when Sumter’s guns went shakin’ up the land,
An’ I had my Irish regiments march in an’ take a hand!
Great strappin’ fellers, shot right deown, with a shamrock on their breasts,
The Stars and Stripes above um, and a cross inside their vests!

‘The last guard of McClellan, an’ Burnside’s furthest dead! —
No, I guess not stranger — jest yit, I ain’t goin to lose my head!
Like ’nuff in goin’ to heaven, our roads may be apart,
But in pintin’ to the general end, we’re all the same at heart.

Some of my folks were Catholics as fur back’s ’76!
An’ thirty six years later helped me out ev a nasty fix!
An’ as fer Irish — in Mexico — of all Zach’s bloodiest fields,
He found at Cerro Gordo his biggest hoss was Shields!

But the way you’ve been talkin,’ St. Peter raves an’ swears
When comes along an Irishman that kneels and says his prayers.
But now I come to think on’t an’ look ye in the face,
I’ll be hanged if you ain’t Irish — no credit to the race!

But if you come to the United States to jest kick up a stew,
‘Tween Abner Jones an’ his man Mike, and neighbor Donahoe.
Tell ye here, right sqeea an’ how, ye’d better shack fer home!
I don’t want imported patriots to help me to keep out Rome!”

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Jun 3, 1895


Oh, the irony!


Member of the Ohio “Inner Circle” Astonishes His Brethren.

Monday evening a wedding took place at Toledo, Ohio, that caused a genuine sensation in A.P.A. circles. The contracting parties were Joseph D. Batch, charter member of Council No.2, A.P.A., and of the order of Zodiacs, commonly called the “Inner Circle.” present state secretary of the A.P.A. order, and Miss Tessa Cracknel, a pronounced and devout Roman Catholic. Rev. Father Barry of the Church of the Good Shepard performed the ceremony. The groom says he will resign his position as state secretary of the A.P.A. and will withdraw from the local council.

Carroll Sentinel (Carroll, Iowa) Jul 08, 1897

Benedict XVI and Roger Cardinal Mahony, leading the flock across the Rio Grande.

Benedict XVI and Roger Cardinal Mahony, leading the flock across the Rio Grande.

Image from Dyspeptic Mutterings

The A.P.A. Busy Propagating Their Ideas in This Country.

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 21 — The American Protective Association is putting forth every effort to increase its membership in this city. Two sets of circulars have been distributed here that clearly explain the purposes and workings of the order. One set of circulars was distributed quietly among the avowed opponents of the Roman Catholics and another secretly among those who have taken the obligations of the order. The first circular recites that the order is about two years old; that in that time it has grown to a million membership; that in certain Western cities every official from the mayor down is a member; that it is aggressive without financial benefits and political, yet non-partisan; that it is a secret order, fighting a secret foe — the Jesuits. The circular concludes:

“The charm of the order seems to be in the fact that it means fight. The members are sick of apathy and supineness so prevalent in Protestantism. Of Americans generally who allow Rome to trample in the dust their most cherished institutions without a word of protest; and allow the many tentacled monster to seize and control city after city without a murmur. This is the grand reaction; a revolution, if you will, and if properly guided and controlled it means the annihilation of the dominancy of the old parties in 1896 and a new political heaven and earth.”

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Sep 21, 1893

1897 Model (Image from /

1897 Model (Image from /

The Mayor Got a Winchester

TOLEDO, O., Feb 24. — The suit heard in a local justice’s court of A.J. Rummel, dealer in firearms, against G.W. Ostrander and others, members of council No.2, of the A.P.A., has revealed the fact that among those who purchased Winchester rifles wherewith to repel an anticipated invasion by Catholics last Labor Day, was Mayor Major. Among others who obtained guns were Police Commissioner Doville, James W. Caldwell chairman of the Republican city committee, Workhouse Superintendent Brown, Joseph D. Batch, Joseph Doville, W.C. Harris, G. Ostrander, and George H. Jay Republican candidate for street commissioner.

Daily Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Feb 24, 1894