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2011-02-22
February 22: George Washington

Wrote Thomas Jefferson, “I know that Gouverneur Morris, who pretended to be in his secrets and believed himself to be so, has often told me that General Washington believed no more in [Christianity] than he did.”

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2011-01-29
January 29: Thomas Paine

Paine wrote, “the Bible and the Testament are impositions upon the world” and that “religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”

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2011-01-10
January 10: Thomas Paine Publishes "Common Sense"

Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest... is worth enquiring into.

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2011-01-04
January 4: Freethinkers in the Fabian Society

Some of the better-known Fabians include atheist-turned Theosophist Annie Besant, the virulently anti-Christian dramatist George Bernard Shaw, the atheist novelist H.G. Wells, and Rupert Brooke, the Agnostic poet.

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2011-01-03
January 3: Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero may have adopted only a public profession of belief in immortality. “On the Nature of the Gods” gives the arguments for and against, but like a politician he takes neither side.

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2010-12-19
December 19: A Christmas Carol

What enraged the clerics of Dickens' day was not capitalist excess, but that Dickens took Christ out of Christmas. Scrooge is shamed into changing his narrow, grasping, capitalist ways by being shown for the first time their human cost.

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2010-12-09
December 9: Richard Carlile

"The fable of a god or gods visiting the earth did not originate with Christianity."

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2010-12-09
December 9: Peter A. Kropotkin

In a work called Anarchist Morality, Kropotkin recognizes the foundation of morals has nothing to do with religion.

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2010-12-05
December 5: President Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren (1782) It was on this date, December 5, 1782, that the 8th President of the United States (4 March 1837 - 4 March 1841), and the first US President born in the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in New York. Of Dutch ancestry, he attended the Dutch Reformed Church. A […]

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2010-11-29
November 29: Religious Toleration

"On no account should the church allow infidels to have power over the faithful or to be set above them in any way. ... The church is above the state ... kings must be subject to priests." (Thomas Aquinas)

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May 28: Corliss Lamont

Supernatural entities simply do not exist... [O]ur cosmos does not possess a supernatural and eternal God... As science advances, belief in divine miracles and the efficacy of prayer becomes fainter and fainter.



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