9Vlasak who served on the town council until 1917. This over-representation of the ethnic community suggests that Czechs voted as a bloc. However, it also hints that many in the larger community voted for Czech candidates if they believed them more deserving. This lack of discrimination by the overall population was key as Czechs never held anywhere close to a numerical majority at the voting booths. In addition to Vlasak, other Czech office holders included Charles Vobornick, who served as town treasurer, and Anton Pastusek, another long-serving town council member.21Once again Vlasak shows how comfortable he was in both worlds. The leader of the Czechs remained an important force in the ethnic community but increasingly was a leader amongst the general population of Prague – quite a feat for one born in a tiny village in far-away Bohemia.One area where Vlasak did not exert influence was in religion. Although his mother was Catholic, the Squire, like many Czech immigrants. left the church and accepted the tenets of Czech Freethought.22Borrowed from German liberal theologians who questioned the accuracy of the Bible and the deity of Christ, Czech Freethought was somewhat different in that it also included ardent nationalism and anti-German feelings. Czech freethinkers wanted a Czech homeland free of any German political hegemony and viewed the Catholic Church as simply a weapon of the Hapsburg Empire. Thus, many Czechs exhibited a degree of anti-clericalism not found in most ethnic subpopulations. Indeed, of all the “New Immigrants” of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Czechs proved the least religious.23Prague’s immigrant Czechs created their Bohemian Hall, much like other Czech fraternal halls throughout America, specifically as a counterweight to the Catholic Church.