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Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2011-03-21
March 21: Jean Bapiste Joseph Fourier

After the fall of Napoleon, the Roman Catholic Church, with whom Fourier was never reconciled, saw to his persecution.

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2011-03-20
March 20: Henrik Ibsen

“Bigger things than the state will fall ... all religion will fall,” wrote Ibsen. His play, “The Emperor and the Galilean,” shows the superiority of paganism to Christianity.

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2011-03-19
March 19: Richard Francis Burton

He either believed all religions or none of them. He did not believe in a future life. A fairer estimate of Burton's religion might be that he was an Agnostic.

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2011-03-18
We Don’t Have Time for This

It makes just as much sense to assign blame irrationally, like the El Paso pea brain, as it does to calculate risk irrationally. That is, it makes none.

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2011-03-17
March 17: The Miracles of St. Patrick

What good is a miracle for proving the truth of something? If a religion is true, miracles don’t help; if a religion is false, miracles can’t help.

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2011-03-16
March 16: James Madison

Said Madison, “Religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator… can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.”

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2011-03-13
March 13: Percival Lowell

The Japanese “accept our material civilization, but they reject our creeds,” wrote Lowell. “At most, Christianity succeeds only in making them doubters of what lies beyond this life.”

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2011-03-12
March 12: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Atatürk had great contempt for all religion, and tried to extinguish it. He claimed that his only standard was the good of Turkey.

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2011-03-12
March 12: Gabriele D’Annunzio

He always expressed a profound contempt for the Roman Catholic Church, which returned the affection by putting all D’Annunzio’s work on the Index of Prohibited Books.

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2011-03-12
March 12: Simon Newcomb

Newcomb rejected the idea of immortality and made no secret of his Freethinking views. President William Howard Taft attended his funeral.

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October 19: Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt (1784) It was on this date, October 19, 1784, that English writer James Leigh Hunt was born in Southgate, Middlesex. His father was a clergyman, but got into financial difficulties and ended up in a debtor's prison, leaving Leigh Hunt in the care of his mother. Early on, Hunt developed a twin passion […]



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