Six weeks before her death, Rose gave a copy of a speech, "In Defense of Atheism," to the London Freethinker. An Atheist to the last, Rose said there was nothing in it to alter.
“Dissent is the mark of freedom,” wrote Bronowski, “These freedoms of tolerance have never been notable..., even when the dogma was Christian. Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetimes.”