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Independent Chronicle Or Freeholders Evening Post (Newspaper) - October 12, 1720, London, Middlesex THE ent Qfiobcr as the Popifli Priefts have disfigured is only a wicked and ambitious contrived by to fee themfelves above the This is fo that whtre ever the Priefts have the moft Religion has the Being neither appointed by the Law of nor the Law of they are only Intruders inro the Affairs of which is therefore under an while it is under So that their Foundation be ing they are in moft Countries reduced to rirt it by falfe nnd deceitful And as they are thus obligd to cover with lupport one Violence by an it is no wonder that we tind it often fo hidden under Invenions and deform ed bs and all ihofe Inventions and AtMUidities defeuded by Cruelty and a ftrong ThK ftrange JuniMc of they have the Fronr to call the of and to aea e Fiitli cvs of Lies And with the groveling whole Eves are in the all tiiis pafOs otf well enough they have fcarfu and timple and fo ftand always prepard to be trightend or de luded at the prieftlv Word of But becaufe the Craft fabjecl to daily Detection from rational and irs Cham pions e raisd loud Cries and ftrong Prejudi ces againft the two principal by which iheir Caufe is moft annosd I the Wea pons of REASON and RIDICULE the former of which difcpvers and che latter ezpoles What civil Treatment thefe Reverend Seen afford to I have fliewn elfewhere and ihall handle in this the Bufinefs of Qjdi which they always reprefenc as impious and whenever it meddles with the Caifock and yet always exercife it themfelves according to their without whrn the waggifli grave are pleas d to be Arch upon Diffentcn or To them is no doubt thai but falfe now in the Mouth of every that is an etjy Matter to 3eft Hstigin tlx whether they are aware of it or is that iheir Religion and its Priefts are a For upon whom the Jeft is rices in make the otberwile it is Religion and Virtue cannot be ridiculd and whoever attempis by fliewing himleif a Vil railes Horror inftead of which is the End cf But the vending of Grimace for and letting up for Piety without are the natural Subjects of jeer and Whoever fears delerves He couicious of a weak and knows jbe cannot ftand a This is the Caie of fa crra or which Men of Senfe fee to only a Reftrain laid upon ihe Price Tworence Ignorant of the Face and the Joints of the and teaching them to nor by the Impul fes of Nature and the Motions of the but by either to attract or ob iain of gain And therefore facred Grimace dreads Men of How ir is never to be fee afide j for this fame affedled ridiculous as it is in ic is a folemn Bait to catch the whofe Relped always follows their The Vulgar are like by the and like by the EarsShew and Sound lead their fac Heads Itis therefore no that in Popifh CountrieJ a fliewy a curious tall gildcJ and a delicate Ring of keep the on the Parfons and make them all good and always gee the berter of a plain tha has its abode only in the and wans all the abovemenuonrJ Marks of the true Befides all there are more Mirthand Holy days in ibeir Orthodox than in the contrary which obliges Men to earn Heaven with the Sweat of their and rake pains to be are but fmall Inftances of taken from the Force and Grimace of an external I fliall here give Inftancei much more as well as much more Do we not fee the pretended Suc ceflbrs of the a home and ioftead of making or converting the living volupcuoufly and promoting the Excife Do we not frequently lee the Ambafladors of fent to promote Virtue and the Obfervance of his promoting fre quenting debauchd rooking after and plaguing and reviling their Neigh bours Do we not fee holy who have the Call of the rioting in all the Works of the Flefh Do they noc buy Livings with and then claim them by divine Right Do they not chop and jockey away poor Pa rifhes for fuch as are and yer pretend to have upon their Hands the Cure of Souls though by fuch vile they fhew that they value as little tbofe Souls they have juft as they do rhofe they have lately fold Do noc many of the they are all yet demand great Refped and thoigno pretend to and to reveal Gods which is aJready and if there was no Sod And do they without obey ing lie up to command Do hey not leek Honour from their which yet they And do they for the claim Sanduary from the which Church is the which People they abufe and deceive Do they noc preteod to mend without being bet ter than but in more idle and proud all two Qualities neither iuited to the Welfare of Religion nor of hu mane Society f Do itey net Saner lupport ihe worft of Tyrant and plague and and
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