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March 30, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (March 24-30)

Read about Harry Houdini, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s expulsion from Oxford, Richard Dawkins, “Typhoid Mary’s” final quarantine, Russian writer Maxim Gorky, Ludwig Büchner’s “Bible of Materialism,” church opposition to anesthesia and more …

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March 28, 2013
March 28: Francisco de Miranda (1750)

It was on this date, March 28, 1750, that Venezuelan soldier Francisco de Miranda was born Sebastian Francisco de Miranda in Caracas into a wealthy family of the Canary Islands. Consequently, Miranda was able to afford the best education and, in 1771, bought himself a commission as a Captain in the Spanish Army. Becoming interested […]

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March 28, 2013
March 28: Daniel Dennett (1942)

It was on this date, March 28, 1942, that American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist Daniel Clement "Dan" Dennett III was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Although a researcher on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of biology, Dennett is chiefly known, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late […]

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March 27, 2013
March 27: John Ballance (1839)

It was on this date, March 27, 1839, that the future 14th Premier of New Zealand, John Balance, was born in Mallusk, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. Interested in books as a youth, he eventually became interested in politics. But, having witnessed the damage caused by religious rioting when in Belfast, Ballance also became committed […]

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March 27, 2013
March 27: Alfred de Vigny (1797)

It was on this date, March 27, 1797, that French poet, playwright, and novelist Alfred de Vigny was born into an aristocratic family in the town of Loches in central France. His mother, a woman of strong will inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, saw to his early education. Although the French Revolution left the family in […]

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March 24, 2013
March 24: William Morris (1834)

It was on this date, March 24, 1834, that English poet, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist William Morris was born in Walthamstow. As a youth he was an avid reader and at Oxford he was a zealous student of theology, ecclesiastical history medieval poetry and art. From there he was expected to join the Roman […]

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March 16, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (March 10-16)

Read about the lie of Arnold Toynbee, erotic film star Nina Hartley, Turkish secularizer Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, astronomer Percival Lowell, Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, the French Headscarf Ban, James Madison and more …

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March 13, 2013
Waiting for Papa: Watching for the Smoke (and Mirrors)

One of the biggest misconceptions about the papacy is that the center of authority in the Church has always resided in the Bishop of Rome. Until the fall of the Western Empire in the 5th Century, EVERY assertion of Roman supremacy was repudiated. After that, resistance was futile.

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March 9, 2013
This Week in Freethought History (March 3-9)

Read about Ira Glass, Penn Jillette, the brutal Pope Eugene IV, Gabriel García Márquez, André Morellet the Encyclopedist, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Mirabeau the revolutionist and more …

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March 9, 2013
March 9: Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749)

It was on this date, March 9, 1749, that French writer, diplomat, journalist and revolutionist Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau was born. Before the French Revolution, Mirabeau was an officer in the army and was several times prosecuted for his courageous criticisms of the feudal system that kept the masses enslaved to the land. […]

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