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2011-04-09
April 9: Tom Lehrer

“To say that I am not a "fan" of organized religion is putting it mildly. To be an atheist is almost as arrogant as to be a fundamentalist. But, then again, I can get pretty arrogant.”

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2011-04-08
April 8: Buddha

Buddha (560 BCE) It was on this date, April 8, 560 BCE, according to tradition, that Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, was born in what is now modern Nepal. He grew up in a royal family, so he was sometimes called Prince Siddhartha, and at the age of twenty-nine, he left the kingdom, his […]

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2011-04-06
April 6: Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church (1830) It was on this date, April 6, 1830, that 24-year-old Joseph Smith organized the first Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. Coming from two previous generations of superstitious and neurotic seers of visions — who […]

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2011-04-05
April 5: Thomas Hobbes

Hobbes opposed any positive revealed religion, including Christianity and he was neither the first nor the last freethinker to hide the light of skepticism under the bushel of belief.

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2011-04-04
April 4: Ignatius of Loyola, First Jesuit

The modus operandi of the Society of Jesus, and their “Jesuitry,” has always been the end justifies the means, so it is immaterial whether Ignatius, or the Society of Jesus, ever publicly expressed the thought.

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2011-04-03
April 3: John Burroughs

Burroughs wrote, "Of the hereafter I have no conception. This life is enough for me" and "Our civilization is not founded upon Christianity; it is founded upon reason and science."

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2011-04-03
April 3: Marlon Brando

As a witness, Brando refused to take an oath to tell the truth before God, claiming he is an atheist. He was sworn in under an alternate oath, which would seem to be the one that should be used.

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2011-04-02
April 2: Émile Zola

"Civilization will not attain to its perfection," wrote Zola, "until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest."

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2011-04-01
A Little Civility, Please

Even when they are in the majority, like Christians, they use a tactic of playing victim, set upon by the tiny voices of Freethinkers and other religious dissenters.

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2011-04-01
April 1: Abraham Maslow

“We need not take refuge in supernatural gods to explain our saints and sages and heroes and statesmen, as if to explain our disbelief that mere unaided human beings could be that good or wise.”

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