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2011-10-11
October 11: Fidei Defensor

Henry VIII (1521): Defender of the Faith It was on this date, October 11, 1521,* that Pope Leo X conferred the title Fidei Defensor, which is Latin for "Defender of the Faith," on England's King Henry VIII. That Medici pope, whose profligate spending and perverse pleasures were the outrage of Rome, was a staunch opponent […]

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2010-12-29
December 29: The Murder of Thomas Becket

Had Becket but served his king with half the zeal that he served his God, he would not have been left naked to his enemies.

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Week in Freethought History (July 22-28)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, July 22, but in 1822, Moravian monk and amateur […]



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