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2011-06-25
June 25: George Orwell

"In theory it is still possible to be an orthodox religious believer without being intellectually crippled in the process; but it is far from easy."

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2011-06-20
June 20: How a Minority “Tolerates” the Majority

Maryland Charter (1632): Catholic Toleration in Maryland It was on this date, June 20, 1632, that Cecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, was issued a charter by Charles I of England (1600-1649), entitling him to create a Catholic colony in the New World that became known as Maryland. This charter was originally intended for George […]

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2011-06-17
Where Are the Churches?

The following is a commentary in an ongoing series of “Reflections” by John Mill. John Mill is the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer and can be heard on “American Heathen.” “The American Heathen” Internet radio broadcast is aired, live, on Friday nights from 7:00pm-10:00pm Central time on ShockNetRadio.com Where Are the Churches? A Reflection […]

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2011-06-17
June 17: Killing Witches in Switzerland

Churches in Switzerland continued to persecute mainly women for the imagined crime of witchcraft.

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2011-06-16
June 16: Founding the RSPCA (1822): Churches and Animal Cruelty

Churches were silent on animal cruelty.

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2011-06-15
June 15: Condemning Martin Luther

Martin Luther Condemned (1520) It was on this date, June 15, 1520, that Pope Leo X (p. 1513-1521) issued the Bull Exsurge Domine (Arise, O Lord), condemning Martin Luther for forty-one doctrinal errors and threatening him with excommunication if he would not recant. It is instructive to note the nature of the time and the […]

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2011-06-14
June 14: You’re a Grand Old Flag Day

t is also important to remember that what the flag represents is more important than the physical flag itself. That is why banning the burning of the flag as a form of protest is clearly unconstitutional, as well as contradictory.

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2011-06-13
June 13: William Butler Yeats

In opposing religion in the Irish Constitution, Yeats said, "Once you attempt legislation on religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."

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2011-06-12
June 12: Wat Tyler’s Rebellion (1381): Peasants Revolt

So the oppression of the peasants persisted. The churches and priests continued to ignore them in preference to their royal patrons.

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2011-06-11
June 11: Ben Jonson

"Hood an ass with reverend purple," wrote Jonson, "so you can hide his two ambitious ears, and he shall pass for a cathedral doctor."

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August 30: Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David (1748) On this date, August 30, 1748, that the most important European painter of the French Revolutionary period, from 1785-1815, Jacques-Louis David, was born into the Parisian merchant class. David's father must have been both prideful and foolish, because he died in a duel when his son was 10. Educated at the Académie […]



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