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2014-04-26
April 26: Eugène Delacroix

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

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2014-04-23
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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2014-03-18
March 18: Marilla Marks Ricker

“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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2014-03-14
March 14: Albert Einstein

Said Einstein, "I believe in Spinoza's God… not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

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2014-01-20
January 20: Bill Maher (1956)

It was on this date, January 20, 1956, that American stand-up comedian and author William “Bill” Maher, Jr. was born in New York City to a Jewish mother and Catholic father and reared in River Vale, N.J.. Maher attended Cornell University and started his stand-up comic career in 1979. In addition to his live stand-up […]

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2014-01-04
This Week in Freethought History (December 29-January 4)

Read about comedian Paula Poundstone, the Vatican recognizing Israel, Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius, Swiss Protestant reformer Huldrych Zwingli, American science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero, the founding of the Fabian Society, and more … (concludes the series)

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2013-12-28
This Week in Freethought History (December 22-28)

Read about the first Jubilee, decoder of hieroglyphics Jean François Champollion, poet Matthew Arnold, stealing Christmas, The Scariest Movie of All Time, German-American entertainer Marlene Dietrich, non-believers in Westminster Abbey, and more …

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2013-12-21
This Week in Freethought History (December 15-21)

Read about Christianity and the law, comedian Bill Hicks, keeping the Saturn in Saturnalia, actor Brad Pitt, Dickens takes the Christ out of Christmas, philosopher Sidney Hook, musician Frank Zappa, and more …

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2013-12-14
This Week in Freethought History (December 8-14)

Read about the first published atheist – Baron d’Holbach, American actor John Malkovich, Spanish Arab-Muslim philosopher Averroës, French composer Hector Berlioz, French novelist Gustave Flaubert, the failure of the Council of Trent, Sir John Oldcastle and the Lollard heresy, and more …

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2013-12-07
This Week in Freethought History (December 1-7)

Read about American comedienne Sarah Silverman, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes, American actress Julianne Moore, British writer Samuel Butler, “Monty Python’s” last “Flying Circus,” American inventor Thomas Edison, American linguist and progressive activist Noam Chomsky, and more …

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This Week in Freethought History (September 15-21)

Read about President William Howard Taft, Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, French philosopher Marquis de Condorcet, scientist Steven Pinker, the execution of Giles Corey, muckraking author Upton Sinclair, novelist and social reform writer H. G. Wells and more …



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