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When one meets with adversity and 
all the world seems bitterly aerainst 
him or when one realizes the short du- 
ration of life and hopes for a splendid 
immortality, no doubt it is a consola- 
tion for many to read the inspired and 
lofty sentiments of the Bible. 

Therefore in writing the following? 
epigrrams condemningr inhumanity, I felt 
confident that kindly people would see 
that it is far from my motive to cast 
reflection upon any individual inclined 
to accept the comfortiner and humane 
passaeres of either the Old or New Tes- 
tament. 

I merely aimed to prove the inhuman 
Mosaical law grivingr man the idea to 
kill is not a law of a kind and lovingr 
God. I also aimed to prove that the 
flesh-eatingr religrionist is an accessory 
to a crime more bestial in the sigrht of 
God than any other sin known to the 
human family. 

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'Humanitarian . Philosophy" has 
taufirht me that God and conscience 
are in unison. I would have liked to 
condemn the writer for openingr my eyes 
to the truth, but the Liord is on his 
side. 

"Humanitarian Philosophy" is an eye 
opener for the true religrionist who 
never before thougrht on the wicked- 
ness of killingr* 

"Humanitarian Philosophy" is a bless- 
ing for those who wish to live the 
Christ life, althousrh it will not appeal 
to the religrionist who is inhumanly 
self-rle:hteous. 

Since digrestingr "Humanitarian Phi- 
losophy" I know a conscientious person 
can read the stingrinsr truth without a 
selfish protest. The truth is mlgrhty. 

"Humanitarian Philosophy" at first 
reading: made me ansrry, but praise God, 
the vegetarian's heart is in the rigrht 
place. 

"Humanitarian Philosophy" is an in- 
spiration. 



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COMPUMENTARY. 



Have always been very much inter- 
ested In the subjects of our able min- 
isters, but since receivingr a copy of 
Mr. Kusel's philosophy agrainst flesh 
eatingr I am a convert to the doctrine 
that neither minister nor conerregration 
can be "a child of God" until they are 
veeretarians. 

It is impossible for me to now believe 
otherwise on account of the tremendous 
cruelty and horror of taking the life of 
animals. 

I never thougrht of the truth as Mr. 
Kusel puts its forth, and I am surprised 
to think preachers never preached 
aerainst blood food. I also thougrht it 
would be meet and proper to criticise 
shoe, erlove and belt wearingr, but the 
leather usiner is a secondary proposi- 
tion; the animal is first killed for food 
purposes and secondarily to avoid the 
waste we may utilize the hide, and still 
we should discouragre that argrument. 

Mr. Kusel is defendingr God Almigrhty 
nobly in his "Humanitarian Philoso- 
phy** and has griven the church doc- 
trines a slap no man can grainsay. 

When we favor meat eatingr we favor 
killingr, and when we favor kiUingr in 
the name of Qod we know we are liars 
and murderers, for God is kind and lov- 
ing:, and surely opposes the takings of 
life. Let churches preach the murder 
of animals, but pray do not say wick- 
edness (killingr) is God's will. The 
world needs more conscientious men 
like Mr. Kusel to protect God Almigrhty 
from defamation. 

T. J. W. 
(From Los Angreles Herald.) 




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A NOBLE WOMAN. 

Mr. Emil Edward Kusel, 
Iios Angreles, Cal. 

Dear Mr. Kusel: — I have been won- 
derfully gruided and blessed by reading: 
"Humanitarian Philosophy" as it is 
truly an inspired work that should be 
thougrht upon by all religrious people. 

The beauty of your blessed reason- 
inar is that you cast all biblical chaff 
to the four winds and look to (}od in. 
the true ligrht of love and mercy. 

Yes indeed, you show the inconsist- 
ency of a reliffion that grives us an 
evil rigrht to kill thingrs while every 
last one of us, without exception, clingr 
to life with the tenacity of a coward. 

You fully convince me that false 

Srophets had a hand in writingr the 
criptures because Ood in His Infinite 
liove could not have created the dear 
innocent lamb our Savior carried in his 
bosom to be killed nor could he have 
created the sweet little baby calf to be 
slain and eaten by human beingrs. You 
convince me that God is not in the 
slaugrhter-house, neither in the midst 
of those who patronize the butcher any 
more than He is in the heart of the 
wild beast of prey. 

I do believe in a personal God as I 
could not live without hope for a 
blissful future life beyond the grrave. 
This pilgrrimagre, to me, without reli- 
grion would make this world a very 
dreary and lonesome place. 

Heretofore I lived a carnivorous life, 
always wondering: why God created 

goor sentient thingrs for human food 
ut now, thank God. I realize, without 
humanitarianism spirituality is not a 
reality and I applaud such men as Mr. 
Kusel for standing: out boldly on a 

Srand philosophy that puts all church 
octrines to shame and presents a reli- 
gion consistent with reason. 

Your trend of thougrht, my dear 
brother, is indeed marvelous from a 
gracious heart and I believe some 
migrhty power is preparing: you for a 
special g:reat work. 

Yours very truly, 

MRS. J. R. B. 
St. Paul, Minn., May 16, 1911. 



THE HERMIT. 

No flocks that roam the valley free. 

To slaughter I condemn. 
Taught by the power that pities me, 

I learn to pity them. 

loldsmith. 



In religion, what damned error but some 
sober brow will bless it and approve it with a 
text, hiding the grossness with fair ornament. 

— Shakespeare. 



The untold suffering the human family sanc- 
tions through a wrong conception of what is 
right, should make every Christian heart ache. 

—Piatt. 



When men go hunting (to kill) they call it 
sport but when the hunted animal (perhaps 
wounded) turns to fight for its life, they call 
that ferocity. — Shaw. 



Let all creatures live, as we desire to live. 

— ^Tolstoy. 



THE RELIGION OF BUDDHA. 

(An Idea from "Light of Asia.") 

'Twere good to be humane 

to the helpless beast; 
Better than to deplore the 

sins of the world 
With priests who pray for 

mankind, 
And yet have no mercy 

on God's dumb creatures — 
**They pray for mercy 
Whilst they themselves 



are merciless." 



— Kusel 




Humanitarian Philosophy 

By Lmil Ldward Kuiel 



No doubt some of the conscience-stricken 
readers will brand the author of the sentiments 
herein as an Extremist rather than a humane en- 
thusiast, but bethink yourself it is far better to 
be **an extremist'* on a logical, noble basis than 
to be inconsistent under false pretense. 



The author is presenting truths from an abso- 
lutely rational standpoint standing firmly on a 
real philosophical basis that cannot be pver- 
thrown by a cyclone of protests from the "re- 
ligious** flesh-eating faction. 

Tlie idea is to show that man, when he gets 
"right with God,** drifts away from the cus- 
toms of ancient times and reasons from the 
Golden Rule foundation which is consistent 
with a higher life and makes him religiously hu- 
mane as well as "pious.** 



You may allow your quasi-religious principle to 
prevail against reason; you may pout and cry 
against the Humanitarian*s noble philosophy; 
you may dream of the imps of hell awaiting his 
quietus; you may consult your Bible to bless 
your inhumanity and yet mercy for our dumb 
fellow-creatures is unselfish, pure and gentle, 
resultant from a proper conception of man's su- 
periority and his God. 



8 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

If a man's religion is pure and good and un- 
defiled it would be wrong to present facts to 
blast his belief (be it ever so superstitious) ; 
however, when he insists upon inhumanity to- 
ward any sentient ereature, he should be severely 
criticised. 



The scriptural passages that are well flavored 
with indecency and the scriptural inhumanity 
written in God's name are not one whit more 
inspired than are the objectionable lines of sen- 
sational literature. 



The Bible has caused more bloodshed, more 
hatred; made more hypocrites and caused more 
suffering than all else combined. It is a book 
containing some lofty ideas and moral laws by 
good men, but the many inconsistencies therein 
have caused superstition, imagination, insanity, 
contemptibility and horrible cruelty that haunts 
the brain of the honorable thinking masses. 



It is proper to impress indelibly in the minds 
of the pretenders of the several creeds **Thou 
shalt not kill;" neither shalt thou be accessory 
in the killing by encouraging the slaughter 
through patronage. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 9 

You may erect your massive temples and 
dedicate them to Jehovah ; you may pray to your 
heart's content and sing psalms until doomsday, 
yet the earthquake, the cyclone, the tornado, 
the volcano overthrows the s3magogue, the ca- 
thedral, the church, the brothel and the saloon 
without distinction. Evidently the god of Abra- 
ham, Isaac and Jacob is not omnipresent to pro- 
tect an institution that stands for inhumanity. 



One of the most noticeable inconsistencies 
ever presented to thinking people is the repre- 
sentation of "Divine Love" portrayed under the 
tide **Peace,** symbolized by a child leading 
the cow, the calf, the lion, the leopard and the 
lamb. This taken from the Bible, is supposed 
to represent, **And a little child shall fead 
them." 

Just think of symbolizing "Peace" with an 
innocent child leading animals we actually mur- 
der I No doubt every religionist looks upon 
that painting as a masterpiece — an inspiration* 
Yet most of them sanction the slaughter of in- 
nocence by relishing a lamb chop or a veal 
cutlet 

"And a little child shall lead them I *^ 
Whither) To the slaughter? Is not that a 
miserable symbolization of "Divine Love" and 
"Peace?" 

Such inconsistency painted in the name of re- 
ligion is an abomination and deserves strenuous 
criticism. 



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10 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

Not the least in the realm of inconsistency 
are the Jewish people who fast on their day of 
atonement and break the Sabbath fifty-two times 
a year by bartering. Now where is the con- 
sistency in such an atonement when the Bible 
says explicitly: **Remember the Sabbath day 
and keep it holy.** 

Such incongruity is practised universally 
among the orthodox as well as the reformed 
element. Like the Gentile, the Jewish relig- 
ionist, notwithstanding that he admits the horror 
of viewing the death throes of a butchered ani- 
mal, eats his flesh food **kosher** to satisfy his 
palate rather than live up to the promptings 
of conscience. 



Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and 
Christian Sciencism alike disregard the sacred- 
ness of all animal kingdom, and yet, after admit- 
ting the horror of the slaughter pen, they all en- 
courage the merciless killing under the cloak 
of the Bible. 



**The devil can cite Scripture for his pur- 
pose*' may well be applied to the religionist who 
upholds the killing of our dumb fellow crea- 
tures. 

The fact that the Bible encourages the mur- 
der of an animal proves it is not entirely from 
the pen of holy men. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 11 

The individual who professes religion and 
says it is right to slay and eat when he can live 
without taking sentient life, on the vegetation 
which nature so bountifully provides, is a liar, 
a murderer and a hypocrite in his own higher 
conscience. 



The so-called devout man wants to live and 
enjoy life, but he eats of the innocent animal 
that has been battered to death by the blow of 
the ax; he contends that a body which suffers 
pain was created for slaughter to satisfy his 
beastly palate. Such a man is destitute of the 
very essence of God-life be he minister, church- 
goer or layman. 



Above all things the minister of the Gospel 
and the church attendant should be kind and 
considerate toward all animal creation and 
should construe the Scriptures and preach to 
prove the sacredness of their Holy Bible. They 
should do God*s will one earth as it is in 
Heaven, absolutely abstaining from the flesh- 
pots of Egypt, thereby discouraging the blot- 
ting out of animal life, proving conclusively 
by their lives that their God is just and kind 
and merciful. 



The man who opposes the spilling of life 
blood of Nature's creatures is on the higher 
plane of life. 



12 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

After searching for a mode of living through 
which we might find perfect peace on earth 
and good will toward our fellow-men, we be- 
come partially interested in the different re- 
ligions, but we cannot conscientiously close our 
eyes and believe a meat-eating, gormandizing 
religionist is undefiled and passing on to spiritual 
perfection to ultimately, at dissolution, burst 
into a glorious immortality. 



Read the memorable Sermon on the Mount, 
supposed to have been delivered by Christ Jesus, 
and note the humility, the tenderness, the love 
and all therein that is grand and noble — then 
decide that such a meek and lowly Nazarene 
could have eaten of the fleshpots or even have 
sanctioned the killing of any living creature, and 
you deprive that character of the very essence 
of divinity. 



Flesh eating man's reUgion cannot emanate 
from a kindly heart because with all his intel- 
lectuality and knowledge of right and wrong, 
his animalistic tendencies are in excess. His 
horror for the slaughter pen is conclusive and 
positive evidence that the higher consciousness 
is dormant proving that carnivorous man hath 
no pre-eminence above the beast. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 13 

We fail to sec any Christianity in the pres- 
ent-day Sunday churchianity, and we positively 
know there is nothing sacred in the person up- 
holding the merciless slaughter of animals. 
Through all this we are made to fully realize 
the inconsistency of nearly all religious profes- 
sions. We finally study the Laws of Nature, 
and we live from that time on according to the 
dictates of conscience and reason, with some 
little faith in addition. The first thought that 
impresses us is the inhuman custom of taking 
life blood, knowing that every man, woman 
and child, who possesses an atom of feeling, 
would shudder to look upon the butchery of 
our dumb fellow-creatures, and we know if the 
horror of the slaughter pen is admitted, it surely 
is a heinous crime to slaughter. Tlien we begin to 
delve deep into the real scientific subjects of real 
scientific men and really discover the real body 
builders are proper food, proper mastication, 
proper air and proper breatlung, and occasional 
proper fasting, etc. We live the life as rec- 
ommended by these noble logicians and bene- 
factors. Now we look from the heights to the 
vast expanse of empty faith cure, cults and isms, 
creeds and dogmas, and theories, and realize 
how narrow they all are by not embodying hu- 
manitarianism and the laws of health and hy- 
giene in their teachings. 



From a spiritual conception, it is just as 
reasonable to recommend human cannibalism as 
the eating of butcher shop carrion. 



14 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

The 25 th day of December is the day set 
aside to present gifts to our sweethearts, wives 
and friends; the day Santa Claus brings toys 
to our little ones to overflow their little hearts 
with gladness, but mainly to commemorate the 
birth of one of the kindliest characters the world 
has ever known. 

That holy day is horribly desecrated by the 
quasi-pious element throughout our Christian 
land in the killing of countless numbers of Na- 
ture's sentient creation. 

Thanksgiving Day, likewise set aside for a 
sacred purpose — to thank God for the many 
Uessings bestowed upon our great nation — is also 
desecrated by religious people as well as by the 
laity. On the day we should send our thanks 
to that invisible something (The First Great 
Cause) we praise an imaginary personal deity 
by killing things to satiate the craving of the 
palate. 



The Bible condemns the eating of swine flesh 
Deut. 14: 8; Is. 65: 4), but what care the 
pharisee so long as he intends pleasing the palate 
rather than obey the law of his God and con- 
science? 



When we reach the Holy Mountain (con- 
sistent religion) we will abstain from eating 
flesh food and have a heartfelt desire for all 
creatures to live and enjoy life as we wish to 
live (Golden Rule.) 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 16 

Selfish civilized intellectual human takes his 
gun and repairs to the forest and wantonly 
slaughters wild game. Perhaps he kills out- 
right; perhaps he wounds; perhaps the animal 
he has wounded is dying a slow, painful death; 
perhaps he wounds or kills a mother and the 
young are starving in nest or lair, and perhaps 
a professed Jew, Catholic, Protestant or Chris- 
tian Scientist is relishing the seasoned carrion 
while the little ones are dying for the want of 
that mother's care. God forbid the belief in 
such a god! 



The huntsman, who wounds the wild game, 
goes to his couch and rests peacefully while 
the poor dumb, wounded animal is dying in 
the forest, suffering most excruciating pain. 

The deer, the dove, the quail and all of 
Nature's blood creation must suffer with horri- 
fying wounds at the hands of the thoughtless, 
cruel hunter; upheld by so-called religious peo- 
ple who contend that such inhumanity is per^ 
raissible in God's sight. 

This very day thousands upon thousands of 
our dumb fellow-creatures are suffering agon- 
izing deaths caused through wounds inflicted 
by the merciless hunter; and thousands upon 
thousands of professed Jews, Catholics, Protest- 
ants and Christian Scientists worship the god 
that tolerates such cruelty. Hypocrisy! In- 
consistency! Shame! 



16 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

Sift mankind down to his noblest thought, 
and he must admit the life of an animal is just 
as sacred as his own. 



Knowing that all humanity feels the horrors 
of taking the life blood of defenseless animals, 
you are conq>elled to condemn every religious 
institution that does not embody within its creed 
the vegetarian diet. 



Animals instinctively flee from danger, and 
suffer pain, which proves the brute creation has 
a right to an appointed time upon the earth. 
When man slaughters these helpless creatures 
under the selfish idea that they were created for 
that purpose, he is destitute of divine principle. 



The almighty dollar is the god of the civi- 
lized pec^le — mankind takes the sacred life 
blood of God's creatures and barters the car- 
1 cass in exchange for money. Nearly all clergy- 
^ men and the laity eat of the murdered animal. 
Shame I 



Let us be at least considerate and reason on 
the side of mercy. If your religion sanctions 
the killing of innocent animals, well then, in the 
name of all that is pure and good, lay aside 
your religion and get your soul in tune with the 
Infinite, and then use your faculties of reason 
to develop up to the highest ideal. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 17 

Condemn the killing of innocent, defenseless 
animals, and do away with the fleshpots of 
Egypt, and praise Deify for endowing you with 
reason sufficient to realize the wrong of shed- 
ding life blood, and then sing hosannas for the 
nobility of living according to the promptings of 
higher conscience. 



Do not think of the savory beef and mutton 
as it hangs in the market place, but turn your 
mind and heart to the abattoirs and see the 
horror of slaughter and then acknowledge that 
if God is not in the slaughter house to hinder 
the killing of a dumb brute he is surely not in 
the churches reserving crowns and halos for 
a sanctimonious element whose palate takes 
precedence of principle. 



The church folk encourage the killing of 
quadruped, fish and fowl and then have the 
audacify to say grace at meal time, thanking 
God and imploring Him to shower blessings 
upon them. 



You believe in all that elevates man to the 
highest standard of excellence and yet in the 
eating of a slaughtered animal you are an ac- 
cessory to the crime of murder — a crime that 
is far more morally wrong and horrible than 
any so-called venial sin. 



18 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

The man who "bdieves" and has **faith" 
solely for his soiil*s safety through fear rather 
than through love; the man who affiliates with 
the church with mercenary motive ; the man who 
testifies with lying tongue to the virtue of his 
carnivorous unfeeling religion; the man who 
shifts the blame of his cussedness to the myth- 
ical Satan; the man who is weak and bent to- 
ward religious emotionalism; the man who sees 
the mote in every eye but his own; the man 
who stands on the street comer preaching hell 
and damnation, **fighting the devil,'* are the 
sorts of men who decry that all beings have an 
equal right to live. 



If perchance a fellow human becomes tired 
and weary of the vicissitudes of this world and 
cancels his own captivity (suicide), we franti- 
cally throw up our hands realizing the enor- 
mity of such a crime. 

His life is his own and he may do as he 
pleases ; his sin of self-destruction is between him- 
self and his God, and yet we grieve at such a sad 
exit. The very same man who shudders at the 
uncanny thought of another's self-murder will 
uphold the killing of a dumb brute to satiate 
the * 'human* * palate. The aninial does not want 
to die yet the intelligent man who has a * 'merci- 
ful loving God" makes murder permissible tak- 
ing his authority from the book he calls **The 
Sacred Bible.** 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 19 

The Proverbs, the Psalms, the Sermon on 
the Mount, and many other portions of the 
Good Book are beautiful, and no doubt the 
writers of the select passages were inspired, but 
the evil spirit was surely predominant in the 
man who depicted the Prince of Peace, in all 
his humility, as a flesh eater. 



A pitiful story to be told about a little girl 
whose father was supposed to be very devout, 
and in whose residence the motto, 

**GODI S NOW HERE I NOUR HOME** 

adorned the wall, confusedly printed by her 
illiterate parent. 

One beautiful day, as all nature seemed in 
perfect harmony, the child strolled to the barn- 
yard where the hired man was killing the petted 
calf preparatory to having a great feast in honor 
of the son, returning from a western college of 
theology. 

A thought struck the child as she saw the 
life blood of an innocent animal ebbing away, 
through a horrible knife wound. 

She hastened back to her father's home, sad 
but wiser, and appropriately divided the motto 
on the wall: 

GOD IS NO WHERE IN OUR HOME. 

or as Daniel interpreted King Belshazzar's 
dream, the thinking child weighed her 
papa in the balances and found him very much 
wanting in God principle. 



20 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

» 

Many so-called pious people throughout the 
land condemn theaters, dancing, sociable drink- 
ing, prize-fighting, card playing,, pastime 
smoking, Sunday recreation, the innocent cus- 
tom of Santa Claus and the comic supplements 
of our Sunday newspapers, yet none of these 
pleasures and pastimes could be half so abomi- 
nable and sinful as the encouragement of 
slaughter. 



Every church member construes the Scriptures 
to please his own individuality; sometimes he 
construes literally but when the passage does 
not coincide with his appetite or manner of 
living he invariably finds a figurative meaning. 



We justify almost any sort of life by the 
Holy Bible, but we cannot pull the blinds over 
the eyes of conscience. 



The Women's Christian Temperance Union 
cannot influence towards reformation effective- 
ly; the women of this religious order are trying 
to defeat liquor and cigarette traffic, yet loth 
to realize under their profession of Christianity, 
they are sinners greater than either the unfor- 
tunate cigarette fiend or the drunkard, because 
they all admit the horror of killing, at the same 
time relishing a mess of carrion, thereby virtual- 
ly encouraging the killer to kill more. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 21 

The tiger pounces upon the giraffe and rides 
it to death, all the while tearing the flesh from 
the bleeding animal ; the puma pounces upon the 
mountain goat; the hyena tears the entrails from 
its living prey and the cat pounces upon the 
beautiful song bird and takes its innocent UU 
where is your merciful, loving, personal God? 



The religionist who lives on hallucination or 
believes that faith alone **is the substance of 
things hoped for, the evidence of things not 
seen," and will not reason, is living in the dark 
ages still. 



If one desires going into absolute truth con- 
cerning the killing of helpless animals, he 
may justly condemn the wearing of leather 
shoes, gloves, etc., all of which are worn con- 
trary to Nature's Law. 



The self-styled religious element send mis- 
sionaries to foreign lands to spread the gospel 
of love when they, themselves, as well as those 
they send, are insufficiently human to recognize 
the brutality of slaughter. 



Take man to the slaughter house to view 
the butchery, and then if he contends God 
created helpless, dumb brutes for the slaughter 
pen, he is positively heartless. If he shudders 
to witness the hideous butchery, that proves 
conclusively that God is not omnipresent. 



22 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

If man wishes to disregard spirituality and 
remain an agnostic, infidel or an atheist, that is 
his privilege and he may continue eating carrion 
and encouraging slaughter, from the lower ani- 
mal plane, but when he steps over the threshold 
into religion and affiliates with the churches and 
talks of man*s pre-eminence above the beast he 
must of necessity be in sympathy with his dumb 
fellow creatures and abstain from ' flesh-eating 
to discourage all things not in harmony with 
God. (Higher self). 



Does it not hurt the innocent lamb when 
you cut its little throat? Does it not hurt the 
little calf when you take its tender life? Does 
it not hurt the cow when you wield the axe with 
tremendous force against its forehead? Does it 
not hurt the sheep when in the agonies of death? 
Does it not hurt when the goat pitifully gurgles 
the sound **Oh Lord,** as its life-blood is pass- 
ing the butcher*s knife? If pain does attend 
this horrible inhumanity of man, what right 
then has he to establish for himself a God in 
Heaven when in reality he hath no more feel- 
ing in his miserable carcass than hath the can- 
nibal of the uncivilized isles. 



All things may be possible to God, but the 
idea of placing the breath of life into our fel- 
low-beings to be snuffed out by a superior in- 
tellectual animal is the absurdest of all absurdi- 
ties. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 23 

Dancing, theater-going* rag-time music* and 
all other pleasures to kill the monotony of daily 
routine, are under the ban of the churches. We 
carry ourselves aloof from these awful (?) sins 
and walk in the attitude of solemnity to impress 
Almighty God with our piety. We preach 
against liquor and tobacco while we ourselves 
are addicted to the use of tea and coffee (stimu- 
lants). We condemn everything we ourselves 
do not care for and we jealously admonish others 
to be just like us. Now if dancing, theater- 
going, rag-time music, etc., and the immoralities 
of life are sins of venial proportion, of what co- 
lossal magnitude nmst be the sin of taking life 
we cannot restore and how immeasurably hellish 
are the churches that uphold the killing in the 
name of a merciful God! 



The dumb animals were created by Nature 
same as man (except that we are a little above 
the animal in intellect), and have a divine right 
to live out their respective allotted time same as 
man (minister, churdh-goer or layman.) 



The Buddhist who regards all animal life sa- 
cred is on the right path to spirituality, while the 
carnivorous Jew, Catholic and Protestant are 
drifting in the rut of dark age fantasy and 
fanaticism. 



24 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 



Q. — ^Arc you not a little bit radical on the 
subject of Humanitarianism? 

A. To you I may be **a little bit radical** 
because I oppose all religions (yours inclusive) 
which make mankind selfish and unfeeling. 

Q. If the Bible teaches me to slay and eat 
have I not a right to eat flesh? 

A. Yes, a legal right and your Bible right, 
but not a moral right. 

Q. Do not some people believe it is right 
to slay and eat lower animals? 

A. Yes, from their palate, but all honor- 
able conscientious men see a wrong in taking 
life. 

Q. Has not environment throughout one's 
life something to do with our eating of flesh? 

A. Yes, but come out of it and be in line 
with a grander, nobler and consistent life. Lay 
aside your palate and let your conscience rule. 

Q. Is not the devil in your philosophy? 

A. It seems so to you because it is an expose 
of churchianity, proving beyond question the 
nothingness of the flesh eating religionist's piety. 

Q. Suppose man lives in a country where 
he cannot find vegetarian food? 

A. Then he might be justified in eating 
flesh to preserve his life. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 26 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 



Q. If there is no personal God, who created 
this world? 

A. It is a scientific proposition, and 
so acknowledged by all thinking men. 

Q. Do church people get angry at your 
philosophy? 

A. Yes, sometimes, as when their con* 
science is seared by a hot iron. 

Q. Have not vegetables life? 

A. Not life which suffers an evident pain 
nor do they flee when you threaten to pluck 
them. Such a question is invariably asked by a 
carnivorous wiseacre. 

Q. Why are all Vegetarians lank, lean and 
skinny? 

A. Because you like the taste of meat and 
intend to continue eating it. 

Q. I know animals have fear and pain, but 
supposing God did place them on earth for man 
to slay and eat, what then? 

A. "God** is no better then than your 
"devil.** 

Q. What were animals created for? 
A. What were YOU created for? 

Q. What is your conception of God? 
A. Nature. Higher self — Conscience. 



26 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 



Q. Do you not kill insects when you drink 
water; and do you not cripple and trample 
harmless bugs to death with every step you take? 

A. Yes, but involuntarily and not with pre- 
meditation and not selfishly to satisfy an inhu- 
man desire or appetite. 

Q. Would you **8wat** a fly or kill a flea 
or a snake? 

A. If a pest or venomous reptile disturbed 
my peace and quiet I would be justified in pro- 
tecting myself. 

Q. Is not the survival of the fittest a natural 
law ; consequently being superior I may slay and 
eat? 

A. That's your idea because the "fittest*' is 
yourself — ^in your own estimation and power; but 
there's no godliness in such a contention. It is 
your selfish conclusion that might is right at the 
expense of sentient life. 

Q. Do I not work hard and do I not know 
that I need meat to sustain me in my manual 
labor? Do I not know what my system needs. 

A. Your system does not require food which 
must come from a murdered animal ! When you 
contend that you must subsist on flesh, you know 
not whereof you speak. You are talking to up- 
hold your inhuman appetite. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 27 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 



Q. Where would medical research be were 
it not for vivisection (torture) and killing ani- 
mals for experiment in the interest of science? 

A. I do not know, but I do know scientific 
men have not a moral right to torture and kill 
harmless, helpless animals. Elxperimenting in 
surgery, etc., should be done on humans who be- 
lieve in the advancement of medical science at 
the expense of life. 

Q. Do you object to the infidel eating flesh 
food? 

A. I do not object to anyone eating flesh 
food — eat whatever you like, but I do point 
out the wrong of taking life and I emphatically 
say the religious institution upholding slaughter 
is a farce and a pharisaical monument to a man- 
made diety. 

Q. Do you actually consider flesh eating 
the most abominable of sins? 

A. Yes, absolutely the most abominable. 

Q. What do you think of religious emo- 
tionalism and ecstasy? 

A. If from the mouth of a carnivorous 
worshipper it is sham and pretense — a mockery . 

Q. Is not your feeling toward animals 
mawkish sentimentality? 

A. There is no such thing as mawkish sen- 
timentality in decrying inhumanity. 



28 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 



Q. Do not the lower animals prey upon 
one another, and do not the big fish eat the lit- 
tle fish? 

A. You profess to be above the inferior 
animals and you profess to have a soul ; you also 
have a Golden Rule supposed to have been 
handed down by a kind and merciful Creator. 

Q. What shall we do with all the animals 
if we do not kill them? 

A. Is that why you eat flesh? 

Q. Do you really think carnivorous 
churchites are not of God? 

A. I don't think i^ I ^noip it absolutely, be- 
cause I know it is wrong to kill and I know they 
know it and I know they search the Scriptures 
for '*proof** to satisfy palate while Conscience 
rebels. 

Q. What do you think of a religionist who 
says, **I am living under a new dispensation 
since Christ came and went, and I now eat any- 
thing the Lord sets before me?** 

A. If he means he can eat at the expense 
of sentient life he is not a Godly man; he is 
not living in harmony with the Golden Rule; 
he is not living according to the promptings of 
a higher self, consequently the God spirit is dor- 
mant. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 29 

The church camivora's favorite Bible quota- 
tions to justify his inhumanity are mvariably 
quoted from a petrified conscience and the re- 
gion of the palate. Here are several of the 
passages: 

"There is nothing: from without a 
man, entertinsr into him can defile him; 
but the thinffs which come out of him, 
those are they that defile the man." 



"For one believeth that he may eat all 
thinsrs; another, who is weak, eateth 
herbs. But to him that esteemeth any- 
thing to be unclean to him it is un- 
clean." 



"Now the spirit speaketh expressly, 
that in the latter times some shall de- 

Sart from the faith, erivinsr heed to se- 
ucinff spirits and doctrines of devils. 
Speakinff lies in hypocrisy; haviner their 
conscience seared with a hot iron; com- 
mandingr to abstain from meats, which 
Qod hath created to be received with 
thankserivingr of them, which believe and 
know the truth. For every creature of 
Ood is erood, and nothing to be refused, 
if it be received with thankiffivinc; for 
it is sanctified by the word of Qod and 
prayer." 



"In a trance I saw a vision; a certain 
vessel descend as it had been a ffreat 
sheet let down from heaven by four cor- 
ners. I considered and saw four-footed 
beasts of the earth and beasts and 
creeping: thing:s and fowls of the air; 
and a voice said unto me, Arise, Peter, 
slay and eat." 



30 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

IN AND BETWEEN THE LINES 



The Bible says: Be not among eaters of 
flesh. 

The Bible says: It is better to hear the re- 
buke of the wise than to hear the hymns of fools. 

The Bible says: If an animal dieth of itself 
do not eat it but give it to thy neighbor and let 
him eat thereof. 

The Bible says: Who knoweth that the 
spirit of man goeth upward and the spirit of the 
beast goeth downward? 

The Bible says: Your stomachs are an open 
sepulchre. 

The Bible says: Blessed are the merciful, 
for they shall obtain mercy. 

The Bible says: Prove all things and hold 
fast ot that which is good. 

The Bible says: Do not be as the hypocrites 
are, testifying in public places and yet living 
apart from God. 

The Bible says: Reason is too high for a 
fool. 

The Bible says: He that follows after mercy 
Bndeth life. 

The Bible says: The wise man*$ eyes are in 
his head (he reasons), but the fool's eyes are 
neither here nor there, he walketh in darkness. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 31 

IN AND BETWEEN THE LINES. 



The Bible says: When a man's ways are in 
harmony with higher consciousness he maketh 
his enemies be at peace with him. 

The Bible says: The Spirit of God made 
Samson a murderer. 

The Bible says: The beasts of the field shall 
honor me. 

The Bible says: Fool thou art to believe all 
that the prophets have said. 

The Bible says: God sent plagues to tor- 
ment his people. 

The Bible says: Shed not innocent blood. 

TTie Bible says: Praise the Lord every living 
creature — ^the beasts of the field, the birds of 
the air and earth, the fish of the waters and 
all mankind. 

TTie Bible says: Thy will be done on earth 
as it is in Heaven. 

The Bible says: Thou art weighed in the 
balances and art found wanting. 

The Bible says: There are many false lords 
and false gods the people are worshipping. 

The Bible says: Come now, let us reason 
together. 

The Bible says: Faith without works is dead. 

The Bible says: He that killeth an ox is as 
if he slew a human. 



82 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

IN AND BETWEEN THE UNES. 



The Bible says: Beast and man have one 
breath ; so that man hath no pre-eminence above 
the beast; as one dieth so dieth the other. 

The Bible says: Thou hast neither part nor 
lot in this matter for thy heart is not right in 
the sight of God. 

The Bible says: Every moving thing that 
liveth (grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.) shall 
be food for you, but flesh with the life thereof 
which is blood shall ye not eat. 

The Bible says: God blessed every creature. 

The Bible says: Behold I have given you 
every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face 
of die earth and every tree, on die which is 
the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall 
be for food. 

The Bible says: All that cry Lord, Lord, 
are not of God. 

The Bible says: They shall not hurt nor 
destroy in all my Holy Mountain. 

The Bible says: I am God, I change not. 

The Bible says: Do a little consistent heart 
cleaning so that the human mind's eye shall be 
spiritual to see and segregate right from wrong. 

The Bible says: Christ taught love, leniency, 
forgiveness, tenderness and mercy. 

The Bible says: Dead flies cause the apothe- 
cary's ointment to send forth a stinking savour. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 83 

Capital punishment or legalized murder is 
another miscarriage of consistency; it does not 
dovetail into mercy and it does not blend into 
the law that God has given man an allotted 
time upon the earth. What right have twelve 
jurors to virtually cancel the life of a murderer? 
Incarcerate the offender under a life sentence 
with proper food and training, and ultimately 
that murderer*s heart and soul might be purer 
than Judge, jurors and all connected with the 
courts of justice. 



If a criminal under excitement or cool pre- 
meditation takes the life of a human being, the 
cool, considerate jurors, responsible for the death 
penalty, are just as guilty of murder as the 
prisoner. 



The butcher is rejected as a juror on a mur- 
der trial on the ground that his business has 
hardened his heart, and yet the Judge of the 
Superior G>urt, the sheriff and his deputies and 
the eligible jurors all eat of the beef the butcher 
slaughters. 



Despite the protests that may come to the 
surface in readmg the inspired, pointed truths, 
the fact should be reiterated that Justice, Kind- 
ness and Mercy for every living creature is in 
the heart and soul of the true religionist. 



34 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

The sand-blind carnivorous faith curist 
(who reads his Bible through a pair of eye- 
glasses not made by God Almighty) tells us of 
a divine healing power. 

We hear many testimonies from the lips of 
these people praising this wonderful (?) cura- 
tive agency, but when sensibly considered we 
know the "power" removes only visionary ills. 

Imaginary tumors, etc., hypochondria and 
other nervous troubles readily yield to this mythi- 
cal physician, but no disease or defect in reality, 
can be removed until we remove the physical 
cause. 

If we continue living regardless of natural 
health laws all the "belief" and all the **faith" 
and all the ** Blood" cannot offset the inevitable 
result of continued disobedience. 

They sometimes speculate as to the stubborn- 
ness and apparent incurability of an ailment and 
finally lay the blame to a spiritual insufficiency. 
Ridiculous ! 



Mankind is filled with patriotism when a 
victorious war is ended, forgetting the awful 
gloom pervading some poor mother's home. 
The higher self should make us grieve with 
those that grieve rather than be exultant at the 
loss or downfall of any nation. We should 
love all nations and nationalities as we do our 
own, and be bound together by inseparable 
bonds, realizing that we all must pass to the 
final tomb of man on the same level. 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 35 

A bow of horse hair coming in contact with 
the gut strings of a violin produces exquisite 
harmony that thrills every fibre of our being 
with ecstasy. We can attribute the melody to 
the spirit of the deceased animal appealing to 
the human heart. Strange that after life has 
departed we can charm the muses with tones 
produced on a stringed instrument. What hu- 
man being has ever bequeathed to the world a 
substance to awaken the emotions of our soul 
through concord of sweet sounds like unto the 
gut of a deceased animal? Evidendy there 
is more harmony in the entrails of lower crea- 
tures than we find in the entire carcass of re- 
ligious civilized carnivorous man. 



The scientist who upholds painful experi- 
mental surgery in the interest of science should 
give over his own body for experiment instead 
of encouraging the cruelties of vivisection. It 
hurts being "cut to pieces,** consequently the 
heartless scientific fellow, instead of offering his 
own body for the dissecting table, tortures a 
poor friendless dog or other animal. 

The horrible suffering thousands of helpless 
creatures have undergone through the process 
of vivisection is heartrending. 

Tliere should be stringent law against such 
inhumanity. 



36 HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

A DEVOUT (?) ADMONITION. 

E. E. Kusel, 

Los Angreles, Cal. 

Sir: I read your "Humanitarian Phil- 
osophy" booklet and I take it as a mass 
of devil talk. It Is not in favor of the 
Holy Bible and it says it is wrong to 
kill animals. This is crossing God's 
word. You say it says swine meat is 
forbidden. That is the only true state- 
ment in your book but that is the law 
for the Jews only. You say it says 
thou Shalt not kill; of course it does, 
and that has references to the human 
family only. You say the religious man 
that does not shudder at the works of 
a butcher is heartless and godless. You 
tell a falsehood there. I have been a 
believer fifteen years and I know all 
animals were made for man. 

I can see the devil has a powerful 
Influence over you as it had over Vol- 
taire, Paine, Ingersoll, Edison. Hub- 
bard and other non-believers. You in- 
fldels preach against God's Bible and 
will be burned in the everlasting fires 
of hell for it. You will be glad to have 
a drop of cold water in your suffering, 
but god will not have mercy — it will be 

too late then. 

Hell is full of agnostics and infidels 
and non-believers burning and suffer- 
ing and I warn you to have a care as 
to what you say. 

The Catholics and Christian Scien- 
tists are as much of the devil's doings 
as you are, so you'll have company if 
you do not repent of your infidelity. 

You are adding to God's word and it 
is punishable by his wrath (Rev. 22:18.) 

Your book is a lot of lies and infi- 
delity. 

N. S. W. 
Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 30, 1911* 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 37 

A REPLY. 



Mr. N. S. W., 

Birmingrham, Ala. 

My dear sir: In reply to your letter of 
Jan. 30th, concerning: my "Humanita- 
rian Philosophy," I wish to candidly tell 
you that I am not at all afraid of your 
sort of god. The God I worship is not 
very likely to materialize in a selfish 
fanatical subject, but always comes to 
the surface in the heart and soul of hon- 
orable, conscientious thinking: men — 
men who either profess nothing: and 
live according: to custom or in men who 
profess relig:ion and uphold their Qod 
as kind, loving: and merciful. 

This latter man is an ethical veg:eta- 

rian and will not accept the cruelties 

and inconsistencies of the Bible but 
says "it is an error in translation." 

As to the lower animals, one preying 
upon the other, the conscientious, de- 
vout Bible believer presents the theory 
of his own freeing: God Almig:hty from 
the sinful responsibility. He divides 
Bible truth from^ Bible error — he ac- 
cepts the lofty and beautiful and holds 
fast to that which is g:ood. 

If you intend to preach a g:ospel of 
Love you will find it an utter impossi- 
bility to do so if you do not live a Hu- 
manitarian life — a life that forbids the 
killing: of any thing: that suffers pain, 
and fear of death as you yourself may 
sometimes suffer. 

In conclusion I wish to impress you 
with the fact that your letter is sufH- 
cient proof that you read the Bible in a 
haphazard style and know not its con- 
tents. 

Every assertion, every quotation and 
every conclusion in my "Humanitarian 
Philosophy," my dear sir, is absolutely 
true and justified. ^ I 



n 

r f 



Respectfully, V x 

B. B. KUSBL. 



as HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 

FROM THE W. A. T. L 

The tobacco smokingr on street cars 
has been very much discussed in your 
valuable paper recently. Now, I will 
•Uffgrest that all persons who object to 
the poisonous effects of tobacco regrister 
a protest every chance they gret and 
spend some grood money, as I am doing?, 
to back up their argrument agrainst the 
most deadly plant used by human be- 
ingrs. There is no traffic so degrradingr 
in its influence and effect as tobacco. 
It groes hand in hand with liquor, and 
when we stop the youth of the land 
from usingr the weed, then the saloon 
will have no customers. 

^^ G. Xj. R. 

Founder World's Anti-Tobacco Leagrue, 

Los Angreles, Cal. 

(From Los Angeles Herald.) 



THE "WORST* SIN. 



The church element construe the 
Bible to blend into their own desires 
and appetites and then in the name of 
their grod (little g) they commit every 
iniquity under the sun, the most abom- 
inable of which is the eatingr of "a beef 
which has been battered in the head 
by the blow of an ax or mutton which 
has had its throat cut from ear to ear." 

Get yourself in touch with the Infin- 
ite and you will see that the takingr of 
animal life for food is a grreater sin 
than smokingr, drinking: or satisfying: 
animal desires. The three last named 
are only sinningr agrainst the body but 
not commendable by any means, while 
the first is the horrible sin of takingr 
life. 

Carnivorous reader (church people 
included) think these lines over well 
and then move thy tongrue seven times 
before thou speakest of sin! 

E. E. KUSEL. 
Los Angreles, C^l. 

(From Los Angreles Herald.) 



HUMANITARIAN PHILOSOPHY 89 

MAN AND BEAST. 

What queer and wild notions relig- 
ious faddists get into their heads. T. 
J. W. wants us to quit kllllngr cattle 
and hogs, etc., in fact all kinds of ani- 
mals and birds because God has put 
them on earth. I would like Mr W. to 
tell us what would become of us if we 
followed his advice. Why, the animals 
would crowd man off the earth In a 
short while. The farmer could not 
raise any crops. Cattle, deer, hares and 
•heep would eat his grain, the coyotes 
his chickens and the lions would eat 
him. C. V. Pasadena, Cal. 

(Prom Los Angeles Herald.) 



VEGETARIAN'S REPLY. 

If you please, Mr. V., I am not a "re- 
ligious faddist." I am not religious at 
all. I am a firm believer in the Golden 
Rule, applying it to man and beast. 

In reply to your query, Mr. V. I will 
answer briefly: Self-preservation is the 
first law of nature, so protect yourself 
against the presumed Invasion of tame 
and wild beasts, birds, etc., but do not 
presume we have the right to take life 
of anything which endures pain or runs 
away from Impending danger unless 
occasion calls for it. 

My letter to the Herald, If you please, 
was for those who profess to be godly 
and "in the kingdom." Religious peo- 
ple must be strictly humane or they 
are minus the God character and their 
profession Is either a phantom or hy- 
pocrisy. 

Of course men like yourself, who are 
afraid of being crowded off the earth, 
have a special self-given right to raise 
and cruelly slaughter any living crea- 
ture for eating. 

Meat eating will continue until the 
end of the world, no doubt, but the Hu- 
manitarian will not eat it; it will be 
devoured by ungodly church people and 
outsiders who like the flavor of flesh 
food, regardless of the wrong of pre- 
meditated killing. T. J. W. 

Compton, Cal. 

(Prom Los Angeles Herald.) 



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