May 26 in freethought history…

sanaledamarukuMay 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 tantric guru’s attempt to murder him on live television using only mental power. In 2012 Edamaruku investigated a “miraculous” drip of water from a Christ-statue’s toe in Mumbai and traced it to a seeping drainpipe. Infuriated Catholics complained under a statute prohibiting “outraging religious sentiments.” Fearing arrest and under threats of violence, Edamaruku fled to Finland where he lives in exile.

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