The First Atheist Blogger?

That’s what VorJack dubs Charles Chilton Moore, who in 19th Century Kentucky started up a newspaper called The Bluegrass Blade. The Blade‘s tagline proclaimed it was ”edited by a Heathen in the interest of Good Morals” (which was 19th Century speak for “ejaculations from a godless liberal”). Vorjack has a sample of his work, the proto-atheist-blogger merits of which you can assess for yourself. You can also read the chilling blasphemy which brought Moore jail time in that theocratic country, the United States of America. Moore even wrote a book which you can presently find used.

Personally, I still hold to my view that Nietzsche was the first atheist blogger.

Your Thoughts?

  • Mike de Fleuriot

    The Freethinker was founded in 1881 by GW Foote, an outspoken critic of religion. After the publication of irreligious cartoons in the 1882 Christmas edition, Foote was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Despite this setback the magazine has remained in print ever since.

    http://freethinker.co.uk/

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Letters-from-an-Atheist-Nation/252536341450603 Tom Lawson

    The Blade was actually the first and only (I think) Prohibition-based freethought newspaper back then. He died before the Christian ladies took over the movement, otherwise he might have changed his tune.