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May 31, 2011
May 31: Walt Whitman

And I say to mankind, Be not curious about God, ... I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least ...

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May 30, 2011
May 30: Mikhail Bakunin

"People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."

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May 29, 2011
May 29: The Red Virgin

One of the leaders of the Paris Commune, Michel saw that the Commune severed all state connection to the Catholic Church, nationalized all church property, and secularized the schools.

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May 28, 2011
May 28: Corliss Lamont

Supernatural entities simply do not exist... [O]ur cosmos does not possess a supernatural and eternal God... As science advances, belief in divine miracles and the efficacy of prayer becomes fainter and fainter.

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May 27, 2011
May 27: Harlan Ellison

Look, I'm an atheist. People say to me, do you believe in God? No, I don't believe in God... I have to have some proof of something.

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May 26, 2011
May 26: Alse Young Executed for Witchcraft

Alse Young (1647): First American Execution for Witchcraft It was on this date, May 26, 1647, that the first witch was hanged in America for the crime of witchcraft. Alse Young was arrested, tried for this capital offense in Windsor, Connecticut, and hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford, on what is now the site […]

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May 25, 2011
May 25: Pope Gregory VII

The end of his life was the beginning the most morally loose period in the history of Europe – now mythologized as the "Age of Chivalry."

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May 25, 2011
May 25: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson rejected the idea of personal immortality and repudiated even the amorphous Unitarian God, believing instead in a vaguely Pantheistic Over-Soul.

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May 25, 2011
May 25: Ian McKellen

"God, if She exists, isn't really a part of my life."

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May 23, 2011
May 23: Dante Alighieri

This "great Catholic poet" – you might as well call him the only great Catholic poet – rejected or ignored much of the theology of his church.

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