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2011-04-15
Why All the Fuss?

It’s up to us, the “extreme middle” at “American Heathen,” to bring balance back.

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2011-04-15
April 15: Leonardo da Vinci

This deathbed conversion, by so critical a thinker as Leonardo, who would have nothing to lose by professing piety all his life, can only mean that during his prime years he was a secret freethinker.

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2011-04-14
April 14: First US Abolitionist Society

Christians were more concerned with saving souls than freeing bodies, and in took the rise of Rationalism and Freethought, and the realization that without a social policy they would become irrelevant, before the churches found their voice.

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2011-04-13
April 13: Madalyn Murray O’Hair

"Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds."

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2011-04-13
April 13: Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens says, "I'm an atheist. I'm not neutral about religion, I'm hostile to it. I think it is a positively bad idea, not just a false one. And I mean not just organized religion, but religious belief itself."

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2011-04-13
April 13: Thomas Jefferson

“No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever… All men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.”

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2011-04-12
April 12: Mahavira

The existence of God is irrelevant to Jain doctrine, making Jainism the oldest atheistic religion.

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2011-04-11
April 11: Last Witch Burning in Germany (1775): Churches v. Witchcraft

Conrad of Marburg, first Inquisitor of Germany, memorably vowed, "We would gladly burn a hundred if just one of them was guilty."

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2011-04-10
April 10: Founding the ASPCA (1866): Churches and Animal Cruelty

QUOTE: Since it was Christian doctrine that animals have no souls, there was no Church prohibition against ill-treatment throughout the Middle Ages.

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2011-04-09
April 9: François Rabelais

Even the “Catholic Encyclopedia” can claim only that "his religion is scarcely more than that of a spiritually-minded pagan."

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December 20: Sidney Hook

"As a set of cognitive beliefs, religion is a speculative hypothesis of low order of probability."



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