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February 14: Teller (1948)

It was on this date, February 14, 1948, that the American magician and comedian known by the single name of Teller was born Raymond Joseph Teller in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Teller is the non-speaking half of the Penn & Teller act, appearing most recently on the Showtime cable series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” exposing frauds and fakes such as talking to the dead, alternative medicine, creationism, alien abductions and ESP. They are both outspoken and often funny atheists. In a 1998 interview, Teller was asked if even the most hardened Atheist has a need to believe and that even Atheists “search for some kind of personal answers for existence itself.” Teller replied that “Atheists do look for answers to existence itself. They just don’t make them up.”

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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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“The greatest danger which confronts our nation today is not political but religious,” said Ricker. “You cannot have free schools, free speech and a free press where the mind is not free.”

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