Margaret Sanger, "Cannibals," May 1914.

Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, May 1914, 17. , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0531 .


Compared with the diseased, perverted, hypocritical ghouls of American "civilization," cannibals strike you as simple, healthy people who live in an earthly Utopia. If they feed and fatten upon the charred flesh of human beings, cannibals at least do not hide behind the sickening smirk of the Church and the Y. M. C. A. They are open, frank, and straightforward in their search for food. They eat their victims outright. They do not use the charred skulls and skeletons of women and children as the foundation of institutions that will hide the cries and shrieks of the tortured, or attempt to kill the nauseating stench of their bloody breath by vomiting forth the perfumed hypocrisies of the Baptist Church--words of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

Cannibals are not so cowardly that they must employ Maxim guns in the wholesale slaughter of men, women and children. They do not employ starving sneaks to burn the evidence of their nightmarish appetites, or fear themselves to look upon the disemboweled and dismembered corpses of the men, women and children who are sacrificed to promote great works of charity and philanthropy.

Cannibals, you see, are uncivilized, primitive folk, low in the scale of human intelligence. Their tastes are not so fastidious, so refined, so Christian, as those of our great American coal operators, who have subsidized the State of Colorado, and treat the President of the United States as an office boy--these leering, bloody hyenas of the human race who smear themselves with the stinking honey of Charity to attract those foul flies of religion who spread pollution throughout the land.

Have we workers been inoculated with this foul pollution of the spirit, this poison that is being spread by the Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations and by those churches which are subsidized by the murderous masters of America?

Certainly we have if we do not boycott the Baptist Church and its allies, those "Christian Associations," that are subsidized by the Rockefellers and other criminals in order to kill the spirit of the workers of America.

Certainly we have been if we remain silent or inactive in the campaign against the poison of the "religion" that is weakening and killing the spirit of the American workers.

Workingwomen! Keep away from the Y. W. C. A. as you would from a pesthouse. It is based upon the slavery and torture of the workers of America, upon the bodies of toilers who have been killed in the mines and factories, and upon the bodies of those who have protested against being so murdered--shot down by Maxim guns and burned up with Standard Oil. These substantial buildings have been built by those Christians who riddled the bodies of women and children with bullets when they attempted to escape from a burning pit to a place of safety. It is they who are conferring favors upon you, in order to rob you of your freedom.

They want to inculcate in you the stupid spirit of submission to their mastery. They want to feed you upon the vapid innocuities of religion. They want to make you keep books with their God. They want to keep you in stupid ignorance of your own body, so that you, too, will some day be forced to breed children who can perform their horrible wholesale murders for them--who will shoot down all men and women and children who may dare question their mastery and their tyranny. They will force you to breed the cowards who murder those who are willing to die for freedom rather than to live in slavery.

But remember Ludlow! Remember the men and women and children who were sacrificed in order that John D. Rockefeller, Jr., might continue his noble career of charity and philanthropy as a supporter of the Christian faith.

Steer clear of those brothels of the Spirit and morgues of Freedom!

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