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December 29, 2014
Pig in a Blanket – Hate Crime?

Guest Post by R J Evans, 12/28/2014 (By permission of The American Heathen blogsite) Now that christmas has come and gone, and the deluded have paid homage to the birth of their mythical sky-brat, our thoughts turn to the new year a-head. Unless you’re the douchebag who thought it would be funny to steal the […]

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December 19, 2014
December 19: Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol (1843)

It was on this date, December 19, 1843, that British author Charles Dickens’ immortal work, A Christmas Carol, was published in London. Unlike his novels, A Christmas Carol was not first serialized: in fact, Dickens wrote it quickly to get out of debt from a recent American tour and a poorly selling prior novel… To […]

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July 4, 2012
Guest Opinion: A Message for Independence Day

A Message for Independence Day By Joel Price Published 7/1/2012* Reprinted by permission of the author As we approach the Fourth of July and we anticipate the ubiquitous flag waving, the parades, politicians' patriotic prattle, and sky-filled fireworks, I am reminded that: It is often proclaimed, "America is the greatest nation ever!" I actually recoil […]

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April 28, 2012
This Week in Freethought History (April 22-28)

(The following is a transcript of a LIVE broadcast by John Mill. “This Week In Freethought” airs on the American Heathen® internet radio show. Air date of this particular segment: 04/28/12) Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s an affirmation that we as […]

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April 7, 2012
This Week in Freethought History (April 1-7)

(The following is a transcript of a broadcast by John Mill, the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer. “This Week In Freethought” airs on the American Heathen® internet radio show, Saturdays 8:00pm-11:00pm ET on ShocknetRadio.com. Air date of this particular segment: 04/07/12) Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar […]

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March 24, 2012
This Week in Freethought History (March 18-24)

(The following is a transcript of a broadcast by John Mill, the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer. “This Week In Freethought” airs on the American Heathen® internet radio show, Saturdays 8:00pm-11:00pm ET on ShocknetRadio.com. Air date of this particular segment: 3/24/12) Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar […]

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March 8, 2012
March 8: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841)

It was on this date, March 8, 1841, that The Great Dissenter on the US Supreme Court, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr was born. His distinction as The Great Dissenter arose from many legal dissents issued on the Supreme Court that nevertheless were incorporated into common law. Holmes once wrote (in dissent): “the best test of […]

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March 7, 2012
March 7: Aristotle (d. 322 BCE)

It was on this date, March 7, 322 BCE, that Greek philosopher and student of Plato, Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης, Aristotélēs), died in Euboea. Born on an uncertain date in 384 BCE in Stageira, Aristotle studied with Plato until the older philosopher’s death in 347 BCE, when Aristotle may have been 37. Although a student of Plato, […]

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March 7, 2012
March 7: Luther Burbank (1849)

It was on this date, March 7, 1849, that American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank was born (1849). Although benefiting from only an elementary school education, at age 21 he used his inheritance to buy a plot of land and developed the first of more than 800 strains and varieties of plants throughout his 55-year […]

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March 6, 2012
March 6: Gabriel García Márquez (1927)

It was on this date, March 6, 1927, that Latin-American journalist, novelist and short story writer Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Although brought up culturally as a Roman Catholic, Márquez once said, “If God hadn’t rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.” And it is clear that […]

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