Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 31 in freethought history…

May 31, 1965 - Brian Keith Dalton (“Mr. Deity“) is born. May 31, 2011 – Alcoholics Anonymous of the Greater Toronto Area “delists” from their events calendar two local agnostic groups—Beyond Belief and We Agnostics—for issuing alternative versions of AA’s famed … Continue reading

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May 30 in freethought history…

May 30, 1778 – Voltaire (born François-Marie Arouet) dies in Paris, aged 83. An avowed Deist, he was a writer, philosopher and public wit well known for his criticisms of organized religion. He thought Christianity “assuredly the most ridiculous, the … Continue reading

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May 29 in freethought history…

May 29, 1998 – Former US Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater dies, aged 89. A lifelong Episcopalian, Goldwater was not especially pious, declaring, “If a man acts in a religious way, an ethical way, then he’s really … Continue reading

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May 28 in freethought history…

May 28, 1883 – Indian independence activist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is born. An atheist who favored abolishing the caste system and dismissed cow-worship as superstition, he nonetheless promoted hindutva (“that Hindu identity is inseparable from Indian identity”) as a way … Continue reading

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May 27 in freethought history…

May 27, 1989 - 30,000 Muslims, angry over the publication of Salman Rushdie‘s novel The Satanic Verses, demonstrate in London’s Hyde Park, calling for Britain’s blasphemy law to be extended to include Islam. The mob attack a small group of counterprotestors, … Continue reading

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May 26 in freethought history…

May 26, 1955 – Indian activist Sanal Edamaruku, son of influential rationalist Joseph Edamaruku, is born. Continuing his father’s work, he is president of the Indian Rationalist Association and founding president of Rationalist International. A smiling Edamaruku famously “survived” a … Continue reading

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May 25 in freethought history…

May 25, 1925 – John Scopes is indicted in Tennessee for teaching evolution. As reported by the New York Times, “John T. Scopes, young Dayton (Tenn.) high school teacher, tonight stands indicted for having taught the theory of evolution to students … Continue reading

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May 24 in freethought history…

May 24, 1543 – Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies in Frombork, Poland, aged 70. Copernicus is best known for advocating a heliocentric model of the Solar System, in contradiction to the long accepted geocentric model. During his lifetime, he privately circulated … Continue reading

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Podcast #225 – How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps

Ryan Cragun makes his fourth appearance on the podcast, discussing his new book How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps: A Toolkit for Secular Activists. His broadranging suggestions include taxing religious institutions (and thereby unshackling them from IRS regulations … Continue reading

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Podcast #224 – Alice Dreger (Galileo’s Middle Finger)

We interview Dr. Alice Dreger, author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, in which she discusses recent controversies involving bioethics researchers and activists—herself included. Dr. Dreger is the professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the … Continue reading

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