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April 28, 2014
April 28: Churches v. Divorce

Divorce was finally, officially forbidden by the Council of Trent. This ushered in about two centuries of adultery, natural and unnatural vice, and flagrant prostitution.

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April 26, 2014
April 26: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121) It was on this date, April 26, year 121, the 16th Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born Marcus Annius Verus, the son of Annius Verus and nephew of Emperor Antoninus Pius, who adopted him in 138. He became consul in 140, held various public offices between 140 and 161 and, as […]

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April 26, 2014
April 26: Eugène Delacroix

Delacroix supported the French Revolution against the Catholic monarchy and was an ardent rationalist.

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April 23, 2014
April 23: Max Planck

"Religion belongs to that realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore is closed to science."

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April 22, 2014
April 22: "In God We Trust" Inscribed on US Currency

Even though the motto was conceived by a cleric, recommended for its religious purpose, and adopted precisely to acknowledge God, several federal courts have it is not a religious phrase!

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April 20, 2014
April 20: Columbine Massacre

If she really "said yes" to God when the gun was pointed at her, where was Cassie Bernal's God when she needed him to save her life?

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April 17, 2014
April 17: Light on the “Dark Ages”

“We hear that the cleric Hubert ... does not scruple to spend his days with actresses ... and that he is for ever committing murders and adulteries, vile fornications and intolerable outrages.”

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April 15, 2014
April 15: Emma Thompson (1959)

It was on this date, April 15, 1959, that British actor, screenwriter and author Emma Thompson was born in Paddington, London, England, into a family of actors. At Newnham College, Cambridge, Thompson she became the first female member of the Footlights troupe. She won her first film role in 1989 in The Tall Guy. That […]

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April 8, 2014
April 8: Yip Harburg (1896)

It was on this date, April 8, 1896, that American popular song lyricist Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg was born Isidore Hochberg (Yiddish איסידור הוכברג) on the Lower East Side of New York City—into a Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia. Best known as Edgar “Yip” Harburg, he attended high school and became […]

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April 7, 2014
April 7: Francis Xavier (1506): Saint and Failure

It was on this date, April 7, 1506, that the co-founder of the Jesuits or “Society of Jesus,” Francis Xavier was born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta in the Kingdom of Navarre (currently Spain). Xavier was discovered by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), who was 15 years his elder, while Xavier was studying at the Collège […]

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