Freethought Almanac

Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2011-05-16
May 16: “Rerum novarum” Issued (1891): Churches v. Workers

As with every other social reform, it was only after the Freethinkers had built the train and started it on the track that the churches felt it safe to climb aboard.

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2011-05-15
May 15: Votes for Women

A husband could beat his wife, or sell her, take all her property and her children. Down to the 19th century, women were denied the vote because the law specified only men.

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2011-05-05
May 5: Karl Marx

"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand of their actual happiness."

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2011-05-01
May 1: May Day General Strike (1866): Churches v. Workers

But for a brutal history of suppressing labor rights, anti-Communist hysteria, the efforts of workers and freethinkers, and the indifference of the churches, the US would be celebrating Labor Day on this day instead.

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2011-04-27
April 27: Mary Wollstonecraft

Wollstonecraft argued that to obtain social equality society must rid itself of the monarchy as well as the church and military hierarchies.

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2011-04-24
April 24: Library of Congress Established

The betterment of humankind was not a high priority of Christian Europe, or of the Muslim East. It was never considered that humanity could be improved.

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2011-04-14
April 14: First US Abolitionist Society

Christians were more concerned with saving souls than freeing bodies, and in took the rise of Rationalism and Freethought, and the realization that without a social policy they would become irrelevant, before the churches found their voice.

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2011-04-10
April 10: Founding the ASPCA (1866): Churches and Animal Cruelty

QUOTE: Since it was Christian doctrine that animals have no souls, there was no Church prohibition against ill-treatment throughout the Middle Ages.

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2011-03-29
March 29: Wilhelm Liebknecht

Socialists had a sort of religion to begin with. “Have we not that which forms the strength of religion,” Liebknecht pointed out, “faith in the highest ideals?”

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2011-03-21
March 21: Benito Juárez

It was the atheist Benito Juárez who said, “Among individuals, as among nations, peace is the respect of others' rights."

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

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January 8: The Last Execution for Blasphemy?

We do not know if god-belief or the Trinity would have long survived the assaults of Thomas Aikenhead, so we can be sure it is a good thing that we have priests with no other useful function than to protect us.



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