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FROM JULY 9, TO DECEMBER 31.
Religion is vice.
Knowledge is liberty.
Ignorance is alone slavery.
There is no such a God in existence as any man has preached; nor
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY R. CARLILE, 84, FLEET
TO THE SAINTS. WHO LATELY CALLED THEMSELVES, "A SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF VICE."
I DEDICATE this Volume X. of "The Republican" to you, as one proof, that, in the course of my performance of that, which you only professed as a cloak for the most wicked. actions towards a community, a suppression of vice, I have suppressed your society with all its secret powers and pretensions. I have now shown you, that vice is easily suppressed when it is manfully combatted.
The first paper shot that you fired at me, I printed, and headed it "VICE versus REASON." By proving, that all religion is vice, I have proved, that you encouraged, instead, of suppressing vice, and that your warfare with me was, in reality, in truth, a warfare of VICE versus REASON AND VIR
I have every reason to believe, that the Attorney General would not have proceeded with his Information against me, for the publication of the " Age of Reason," had it not been for your saintly clamour and urgency; therefore this country and mankind at large will soon be under great obligation to you, or to me, for accelerating the overthrow of all religion, all idolatry. I can now maintain against all the learning that Oxford or Cambridge has produced, that