T h e y
F l o w
F r o m
T h e
A i s les;
T o r rent.
He has stol’n their sacrament.
The doomed man smiles
As his robe from him is rent.
T h e
C h r ist’s
L i f e i s
S p e n t.
For Michel Mourre
, one of the bravest atheist
s in history, who had the courage to deliver this speech
at Notre Dame
before 10,000 Christians
"Today Easter Day of the Holy Year
here under the emblem of Notre Dame of Paris
I accuse the universal Catholic Church of the lethal diversion of our living strength toward an empty heaven
I accuse the Catholic Church of swindling
I accuse the Catholic Church of infecting the world with its funereal morality
of being the running sore on the decomposed body of the West
Verily I say unto you: God is dead
We vomit the agonizing inspidity of your prayers
for your prayers have been the greasy smoke over the battlefields of our Europe
Go forth then into the tragic and exalting desert of a world where God is dead
and till this earth anew with your bare hands
with your PROUD hands
with your unpraying hands
Today Easter day of the Holy Year
Here under the emblem of Notre Dame of France
we proclaim the death of the Christ-god, so that Man may live at last."