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February 13: Churches v. Education

It was on this date, February 13, 1635, that a headmaster (Philemon Pormont) was selected to administer the first U.S. public school, Boston Latin School. It is useful to note that, although the first public school in the U.S. was founded by a clergyman, throughout the history of Christianity the churches have been either indifferent to, or hostile to, public education. Yes, Christian communities opened a few schools as Rome was decaying – but only after Christians had succeeded in destroying what even Augustine of Hippo had judged a fine system of free public education under pagan Rome.

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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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November 11: Joseph McCabe

Joseph McCabe (1867) It was on this date, November 11, 1867, that Freethought writer Joseph Martin McCabe was born in Manchester, the product of Protestant East Anglians and Irish Catholic stock. He was named Joseph, after the saint, because he was, from infancy, promised to the priesthood. He entered the priesthood at age 16 and […]



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