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WHERE IS GOD
IN THE EUROPEAN WAR?



Where is God

in the

European War



BY

HON. ROBERT L. OWEN

UNITED STATES SENATOR OF OKLAHOMA

CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE
ON BANKING AND CURRENCY



NEW YORK

THE CENTURY CO.

1919



Copyright, 1919, by Robert L. Owe*



WHERE IS GOD
IN THE EUROPEAN WARi"



WHERE IS GOD IN
THE EUROPEAN WAR?

ON the floor of the United
States Senate recently a dis-
tinguished Senator described the
frightful tragedies of the European
battle-fields, the terrorism pervading
Europe, the slaughter of women and
children, the wholesale destruction of
life, and in a burst of despair the
Senator cried out:

"Where is God?"

From many quarters has come this
despairing cry:

"Where is God? Why does He

permit His children to slaughter one
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another with flame and sword; with
poisonous gas ; with bomb and shrap-
nel?"

God needs no exculpation at the
hands of mortal man.

Men, however, do need to under-
stand the majesty of the laws of
God and that men cannot violate
them in the slightest degree. Men
only exemplify the operation of these
laws.

The laws of God are spiritual as
well as material, and govern the
spiritual, moral, ethical world with
the same absolute precision as in
the material world.

These moral laws can no more be
disregarded with impunity than the
law of gravity which holds the earth
in its path around the sun. The
spiritual and moral law is perfectly
consistent with liberty. Man is not

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an automaton; he is a spirit with
powers divine, endowed with the
knowledge of right and wrong.

If saint or sinner step from a
precipice, he does not violate, he
exemplifies the law of gravity, and
if he murder he exemplifies the moral
law in the evil results which follow.

Under the moral law of God, evil
consequences always ensue if man
violate that which he knows to be
right. He need not be learned; he
need not be able to read or write,
to know what is right and what is
wrong.

The laws of man are based on the
laws of God, and the commandments
of men not to lie, or steal, or covet,
or kill are based upon the everlast-
ing fact that evil consequences en-
sue with certainty when any of these
things are done. The laws of God

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give liberty of choice, and good or
bad results inevitably follow accord-
ing as the choice be good or bad.
William II and his war lords have
been violating the Ten Command-
ments of Moses and exemplifying
the millions of evil consequences
which under the moral laws of God
flow therefrom.

THE LAWS OF MOSES VIOLATED. THE
LAWS OF GOD EXEMPLIFIED

1. "Thou shalt have no other gods
before me."

This law has been violated by
William II, who worships Material
Force, "the good old German Gott,"
Thor, the god of battles, with his
mighty hammer; but the violation
of this Commandment brings evil
consequences and exemplifies the di-
vine law.

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2. Moses forbade men to commit
iniquity, and promised punishment
upon those guilty of "iniquity," and
upon their "children unto the third
and fourth generation."

William II and his captains have
taught their soldiers and people
"iniquity," the violation of plighted
faith, the breaking of treaties as
"scraps of paper," the disregard of
the civilized Hague conventions and
of their solemn covenants with other
nations; have taught organized war
and murder for profit, the slaughter
of innocents as "terrorism" "in-
iquity" on "iniquity."

The evil consequences are certain
for violations of this Commandment,
and are now falling on William II,
his soldiers, and his people in terrible
exemplification of God's moral laws.

3. "Thou shalt not take the name

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of the Lord thy God in vain; for
the Lord will not hold him guiltless
that taketh his name in vain."

William II has more blasphemous-
ly taken the name of the Lord in
vain than any ruler in the world; he
pretends to speak for God as His
agent or representative on earth,
and has declared God a partner of
his own wickedness. He and his
associates are reaping the results.

4. The Commandment to rest one
day in seven is necessary to the
welfare of man, and this Command-
ment can be violated, but evil follows.

5. "Honor thy father and thy
mother; that thy days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy
God giveth thee."

This Commandment is vital to
human welfare. It can be violated,
but it is a Commandment based upon

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the law of God which visits a penalty
upon those who do not honor the
father and the mother.

6. The Mosaic law declares, Thou
shalt not kill. This law may be
violated, but terrible consequences
assuredly follow.

William II and his trained cap-
tains have taught organized killing
by armed men and have trained
men for this purpose not for de-
fense, but for offense. They have
taught murder for profit, for an-
nexation, for indemnity, for pillage,
for robbery, and have committed all
of these and other crimes as a se-
quence of the leadership of William
II. The evil consequences for the
wholesale violation of this law are
flowing in a flood to humiliate and
distress the German people with
merited punishment. All the world

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is in arms against them for these
crimes. God's moral law brings cer-
tain punishment on the criminal.

7. The Mosaic law says, Thou
shalt not commit adultery. This law
may be violated, but under the laws
of God evil consequences follow, spir-
itual degradation, moral perversion,
loss of dignity, disgrace.

8. The Mosaic law declares, Thou
shalt not steal. This wise human
statute is often violated by foolish
men who think to improve their
property rights by stealing, and
under the law of God evil conse-
quences ensue with certainty, wheth-
er the man be detected by men or
not, and neither men nor nations
can disregard this law without pay-
ing the penalties. Under German
leadership the German forces have
stolen all they could in Belgium and

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northern France. Its ally, the Aus-
trians, have stolen everything avail-
able in Serbia, the Turks have killed
and robbed and stolen the property
of the Armenians, but no man will
deny that under the majestic laws
of God the evil consequences of
these acts will be in due time visited
upon the criminals.

The world is marching upon the
criminals, who are beginning to plead
for peace, and no man dare trust
them. There can be no peace until
reparation is fully provided for.

9. The law of Moses says, Thou
shalt not bear false witness, and
this Commandment may be vio-
lated by man. Evil results always
follow the sin and exemplify the
moral laws of God.

On the most gigantic scale in the
history of the world German leader-

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ship has committed this crime in a
world-wide propaganda to embroil
all nations, internally and externally,
by skilful falsehoods. The evidences
of this criminal conduct have been
gathered from the ends of the earth,
from the South and Central Amer-
ican Republics; from Mexico, the
United States; from Japan, China,
and India; from Siberia; from Egypt,
South Africa, North Africa; from
Ireland; and above all through the
European states, where these fiends
incarnate have by false witness been
building the fires with which to
consume mankind.

William II and his captains have
violated the ninth Commandment
most abundantly, but they are merely
exemplifying the laws of God, which
will inflict certain punishment for
these crimes against the truth of God.

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All the world is marching on Ber-
lin to punish this arch fiend and
his captains, whom President Wilson,
with the approval of the whole world,
has described as "without honor"
and "incapable of covenanted peace."

10. The law of Moses commands
that men shall not covet the prop-
erty of others.

The Hohenzollerns and the Haps-
burgs illustrate the perverted in-
breeding of human beings by families
to intensify the evil trait of covetous-
ness to the highest degree. They
marry and they are given in mar-
riage in covetousness, without love,
merely to enlarge their own powers
and their own acquisitions. Every
step of William II since his birth
and conscious life has been guided
by covetousness, coveting power
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dreams of co vetousness ; he coveted
the world; he desired to exceed Alex-
ander the Great, who wept because
there were no more worlds to con-
quer. He laid his plans from the day
he assumed power until August, 1914,
to seize the property and the territory
of neighboring people and force them
by the sword to pay tribute to him.
He violated the Mosaic law, but he
illustrates the law of God, under
which evil consequences flow from
covetousness. All the world is march-
ing on Berlin, to inflict upon William
II and his captains and his follow-
ers the just penalties for the viola-
tion of the human commandments
which they have broken.

They have violated all the laws
of nations; they have treated their
solemn pledges with other nations
in treaties as "scraps of paper"

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until no man could believe any prom-
ise or any oath emanating from them.

They are incapable of covenanted
peace and can be dealt with only
upon the basis of "unconditional
surrender" and a dictated peace.

They have taught the doctrine
that "might makes right"; that
right does not make might; that
God does not speak to men through
the conscience and does not tell
men what is right and what is wrong
and does not punish the powerful
or rich for wrong-doing; they have
led the German people astray; they
have violated all the commandments
of men, but they are merely exem-
plifying the laws of God which visit
evil consequences on those who dis-
regard the moral law.

The laws of God are inconceivably
majestic. They cannot be violated

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in the most minute particular by
mice or men or planets. This war
with its afflictions and sorrows will
prove an infinite blessing to man-
kind, by teaching men that they
cannot violate the laws of God, but
that the whole human family is
bound together and must pay the
penalty for human wrong-doing; that
RIGHT must be practised, taught, and
enforced throughout the earth. Right
involves justice, humanity, liberty,
mercy, and it is best secured by
Popular Government under the
mechanism by which the Sover-
eignty of the Majority may be ex-
ercised.

If man were an automaton and
had no liberty of choice, he could
not rise to the level of a high per-
sonal spiritual life in which all nor-
mal men believe. The law of God

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gives liberty to men, the divine
right to choose between good and
evil, but neither saint nor sinner
can disregard the laws of God with
impunity, whether material or moral.
He can neither put his hand in the
fire nor lie without immediate evil
consequences. Thus is man taught
not to lie and not to put his hand
in the fire. The laws of God are the
laws of cause and effect rightly in-
terpreted.

The European war has been
brought about through the natural
processes of cause and effect,

THROUGH THE DEFECTS OF THE
STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT in PrUS-

sia, Germany, Austria, and the frailty
of THE FEW in administering the re-
sponsibilities of government uncon-
trolled by the wisdom and justice of
THE PEOPLE. The war was unavoid-

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able when the power to prepare for
war and to declare war became vested
in the hands of a Kaiser who had
the vanity, the ambition, and the
folly to believe he could successfully
conquer the world, and the insolence
and wickedness to attempt it, and a
subservient people to follow and sup-
port his foolish ambition.

If the German People had been
sovereign, instead of the vainglorious
Kaiser, there would have been no
war. The German Constitution per-
mitted the Kaiser to declare war
FOR DEFENSE, and he made a war FOR
OFFENSE under the false pretense OF
DEFENSE, and no man was strong
enough to prevent his unspeakably
wicked action.

If sovereignty had been vested in
the People it could not have hap-
pened.

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THE DIRECT CAUSE OF THE EUROPEAN
WAR

Autocracy vs. Democracy

Before the printing-press had be-
come of great force, before the pub-
lic school and the general education
of the people had become powerful,
there had developed in Europe an
"imperial Government" claiming to
govern its subjects, the people, "by
divine right." These Governments
were headed by the Hohenzollerns,
the Hapsburgs, the Romanoffs,
the Bourbons (AUTOCRACIES), who
swore in the Secret Treaty of Verona
a covenant of hostility to all repre-
sentative governments (DEMOCRA-
CIES) and against the education of
the people and the freedom of the
press.

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These Autocratic Governments
were of necessity selfish, corrupt,
arrogant.

To the throne became attached
every selfish interest, every duke,
count, baron, and junker who could
profit himself; every commercial and
financial interest that could profit
commercially and financially by sup-
porting the throne.

This system enabled THE FEW to
profit out of the proceeds of the
labor of the great masses of the
people, governed as "SUBJECTS," and
led the autocrats to prey on the
"SUBJECT" people and to conspire
to keep them in ignorance, poverty,
and weakness.

As the printing-press developed
and the great mass of the people in-
creased in knowledge, they discov-
ered the interesting fact that a large

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part of the proceeds of their labor
was taken over by their rulers, who
lived in great luxury and power,
while the "SUBJECT" people re-
mained abjectly poor and subjected
to ignorance, to physical exposure,
and to moral and ethical decadence.

The people, emerging from igno-
rance, finally revolted in France in
the French Revolution against ab-
solute monarchy, and tried to estab-
lish popular government by the over-
throw of the monarchy. They were
not yet fully prepared by education
for self-government, and went to
great excesses. Napoleon Bonaparte
succeeded in seizing the military
powers of the French people and,
seduced by the covetousness of
wealth and power, undertook to
make himself lord over all Europe.

It resulted, of course, in Waterloo

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(1815), but it also resulted in a
solemn warning to kings in Europe
that they must not disregard too
far the rights of the people.

THE HOLY ALLIANCE (of Autocracies)

In 1815 Alexander I of Russia,
head of the Romanoffs, Francis Jo-
seph of Austria, head of the Haps-
burgs, Frederick William of Prussia,
head of the Hohenzollerns, admon-
ished by Napoleon's end, entered
into an astonishing treaty called the
treaty of the "Holy Alliance" at the
instance of Alexander I of Russia
(September 26, 1815). This hypo-
critical treaty was nothing more nor
less than a self-serving declaration
of Christian virtue by the three sig-
natory monarchs.

They declared themselves in favor

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of the Christian religion; that they
were the servants of God; that they
held their powers for the benefit of
the people; that they were honor
bound to observe the interests of
the people as the chief object of
their reign; that they should be
regarded as fathers of three great
families whose interests required
them to be at peace with each other
and to live in accordance with the
humane doctrines of Christ.

Nothing could have been finer
than such a conception of the rela-
tion of RULERS to the "SUBJECT"
people, and if they had really lived
up to the high measure of these
principles Europe might have had
continued peace, happiness, and pros-
perity in all human probability. The
fatal defect was that it was not
at heart sincere; it was merely a

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piece of camouflage to appease the
people and prevent the repetition
of the dreaded French Revolution.
Each of these monarchies retained in
its own hands the absolute control
of the army and navy, the law-mak-
ing and law-executing power, the
right of taxing the people and ex-
pending the taxes as it saw fit. Any
individual citizen asserting the right
to express his own opinion or to
enjoy liberty, or demanding that the
people should enjoy a larger part of
the proceeds of the labor of the peo-
ple, was subject to arrest, to prison,
to court martial, to exile in Siberia,
to sudden death.

THE SECRET TREATY OF VERONA

The insincerity of the treaty of
the "Holy Alliance" was completely

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demonstrated by the secret treaty
of Verona of 1822, drawn by Prince
Metternich of Austria as an amend-
ment to that treaty; the first two
articles of which are as follows:

"ARTICLE I. The high contracting pow-
ers being convinced that the system of

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT [DemOCracyl

is equally as INCOMPATIBLE with the MON-
ARCHICAL PRINCIPLES [Autocracy] as the
maxim of the SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE
[Democracy] with the DIVINE RIGHT [Autoc-
racy], engage mutually, in the most SOLEMN
manner, to use all their efforts TO PUT AN
END TO [Democracy] THE SYSTEM OF REPRE-
SENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS, in WHATEVER
COUNTRY IT MAY EXIST in Europe, and to
PREVENT ITS [Democracy] BEING INTRO-
DUCED IN THOSE COUNTRIES WHERE IT 13
NOT YET KNOWN.

"ARTICLE II. As it cannot be doubted

that THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS IS THE
MOST POWERFUL MEANS USED BY THE PRE-
TENDED SUPPORTERS OF THE RIGHTS OF NA-

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TIONS [Democracy] TO THE DETRIMENT OP
THOSE PRINCES [Autocracy], the high con-
tracting parties promise reciprocally to
adopt all proper measures TO SUPPRESS IT,
[The Liberty of the Press] NOT ONLY IN

THEIR OWN STATES, BUT ALSO IN THE REST

OF EUROPE." (See Congressional Record,
April 20, 1910, page 6781.)

It will here be observed that these
absolute monarchies who in the
treaty of the "Holy Alliance" had
pledged themselves

"To take for their sole guide the precepts
of their holy religion the Saviour taught,
namely: the precepts of justice, Christian
charity, peace, "

and who had pledged themselves
in this treaty of the "Holy Alli-
ance"

"By unalterable good-will and mutual af-
fection with which they ought to be ani-

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mated, to consider themselves all as mem-
bers of one and the same Christian nation;
the three allied princes looking on them-
selves as merely DELEGATED BY PROVIDENCE
TO GOVERN three branches of the one fam-
ily, namely Austria, Prussia, and Russia .
Thus confessing that the Christian world,
of which they and their people formed a
part, has in reality no other Sovereign than
Him to whom alone power really belongs,
because in Him alone are found all of the
treasures of love, science, and infinite wis-
dom, that is to say, God, Our Divine
Saviour, The Word of the Most High, The
Word of Life"

are now discovered deliberately and
SOLEMNLY engaging to REFUSE TO

THEIR OWN PEOPLE ANY RIGHT OF

REPRESENTATION in a Government
supported by the taxes and by the
labors and sacrifices of the people
themselves.
Not only did they pledge them-

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selves that the people should not
have any right to a voice in their
own government, but that they
should be continued to be held as
subjects (in fact, as political slaves) ;
but they went much further they
pledged themselves not to permit
them any liberty of expressing their
opinions through the printing-press,
and pledged themselves to suppress
the liberty of the press so as to keep
the people in ignorance of their
rights, and to enable them by means
of a controlled press to instruct the
people falsely against their own in-
terests.

They solemnly covenanted in the
SECRET treaty of Verona, which they
wisely kept SECRET, that they would
hold the people in governmental
slavery in flat violation of the pre-
cepts of the holy religion the Saviour

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taught, namely: "The precepts of
justice, Christian charity, peace,"
which they had solemnly pledged
themselves to uphold in the treaty
of the "Holy Alliance" "to take for
their sole guide."

They proved themselves by the
secret treaty of Verona to be organ-
ized liars, robbers, murderers. They
lied to all of the world over their
own signatures in pretending to be
guided by the principles of Christ, in
pretending to be guided by charity
and peace and brotherly love. While
these self-serving princes falsely pre-
tended to be the representatives of
Christ on earth, they were permitting
their own subjects to be robbed, to
be kept in ignorance, and in the
secret treaty of Verona pledged them-
selves not to permit the people, who
were becoming increasingly intelli-

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gent, to have any part or voice in
their own self-government. They
did not permit them the right of
petition, or any of the great rights
of life, of liberty, of the pursuit of
happiness, or the means by which
these rights are safeguarded through
adequate, orderly process of law.
They closed the door to the people
of discussing their affairs in public
through a free press, because they
knew that the truth was mighty
and would prevail, and THEY

WERE ENGAGED IN A CONSPIRACY
TO PREVENT THE TRUTH BEING
HEARD, and TO DESTROY ALL DE-
MOCRACIES.

Christ taught,

"If ye continue in my word, then are ye
my disciples indeed; and YE SHALL KNOW

THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE

YOU FREE."

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But these self -serving monarchies
did not intend to permit the people
to be free or the truth to be known;
they intended falsehoods to be taught
to the people, that the people should
not be free, and fully carried out
this intent from 1822 to 1918. In
the secret treaty of Verona they
pledged themselves to furnish 20,-
000,000 francs per annum to enable
Louis XVIII, the head of the Bour-
bons, to make war on the Spanish

people IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH IN

SPAIN an ABSOLUTE monarchy, in
lieu of a LIMITED monarchy ob-
tained by the people of Spain by
revolution as a means of protecting
themselves against the unjust ex-
actions of an absolute monarchy.
They waged war on and KILLED

THE UNOFFENDING SPANISH PEOPLE,

with fire and sword, and compelled

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them to yield to the absolute dic-
tation of the Spanish King, the same
king who had been governing under
a Constitution forced upon the crown
by the people.

This same so-called "Holy Al-
liance" immediately sent an army of
Austrians into Italy and murdered

and SLAUGHTERED THE ITALIAN

PEOPLE for their own pretended
"holy and Christian purposes," and
compelled the unhappy people of
Italy to give up the limited monarchy
which they had by revolution forced
upon the King of Italy, and they es-
tablished an absolute monarchy in
Italy by military violence, with the
same king on the throne, IN ORDER

TO ESTABLISH MORE STRONGLY AU-
TOCRACY IN EUROPE, AND TO WEAKEN
THE GROWING TENDENCY TOWARD

DEMOCRACY.

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These detestable men, the heads
of the families of the Romanoffs,
Hohenzollerns, Hapsburgs, and Bour-
bons, then proposed to send their
trained armies and navies to the
Western Hemisphere for the purpose,
as they said, of "reducing the colo-
nies of Spain and Portugal on the
Western Hemisphere,'* and thus
strangling all representative govern-
ments (Democracies) at their birth in
the two Americas. They proposed, by
necessary implication, the MURDER OF

THE PEOPLE IN BRAZIL and IN THE

ARGENTINE and IN CHILE and IN
MEXICO, for example, not for the
"holy Christian purpose" of pro-
moting the doctrines of Christ, but
for the unholy purpose of promoting
their own selfish powers, the powers
of autocracy.

The blasphemous hypocrisy of the

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treaty of the "Holy Alliance" has
never been surpassed on earth.

THE MONROE DOCTRINE

While they were contemplating
this attack on America, the Prime
Minister of Great Britain, Lord Can-
ning, notified the detestable Hohen-
zollern-Hapsburg conspiracy of the
"Holy Alliance" that Great Britain
would oppose such an assault on the
former colonies of Spain and Portu-
gal.

It should be remembered that
Great Britain, though a limited mon-
archy, was already, in 1822, a gov-
ernment fairly representative of the
British people, loving liberty and


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