Monthly Archives: June 2015

Listen tonight on WRFG

If all goes as planned tonight, I (John C. Snider) will be one of the guests (along with Skepticality’s Derek Colanduno) on the Fifth Tuesday Series on WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta, Georgia. We’ll be discussing “freethought and non-belief,” although … Continue reading

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June 30 in freethought history…

June 30, 1860 – Biologist Thomas “Darwin’s Bulldog” Huxley and Bishop Samuel “Soapy Sam” Wilberforce exchange jibes during a discussion on evolution at the Oxford University Museum in Oxford, England. No direct transcript of the conversation exists, but it was … Continue reading

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June 29 in freethought history…

June 29, 1895 – English biologist Thomas Huxley dies, aged 70. Huxley’s work in comparative anatomy led to his conclusion (widely accepted by scientists today) that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Huxley was an energetic advocate for colleague Charles Darwin’s theory of … Continue reading

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June 28 in freethought history…

June 28, 1971 – The US Supreme Court rules in Lemon v Kurtzman that a state may not reimburse private schools for private teachers’ salaries. More generally, and more importantly, the opinion establishes the Lemon Test; to wit, government action must have a secular … Continue reading

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Podcast #227 – Murder at Mother Emanuel

We discuss the issues surrounding the recent massacre by a racist terrorist of nine black worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, including race, religion, politics, gun control and the Confederate flag. Plus: Do you watch Orange Is the … Continue reading

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June 27 in freethought history…

June 27, 1829 – Englishman James Smithson dies in Genoa, Italy, aged 63. Born Jacques-Louis Macie in 1765 in Paris, he was the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson (a.k.a. Sir Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland). Well-educated and well-traveled, Smithson was an … Continue reading

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June 26 in freethought history…

June 26, 1822 – Former president Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse (smallpox vaccine pioneer and co-founder of Harvard Medical School), says, “Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, … Continue reading

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June 25 in freethought history…

June 25, 1903 – British novelist Eric Arthur Blair (nom-de-plume: George Orwell) is born in Motihari, India. He was the author of two of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century: 1984 and Animal Farm. Of religion, Orwell said, “As … Continue reading

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June 24 in freethought history…

June 24, 1842 – Writer Ambrose Bierce is born in Ohio. Bierce wrote many celebrated short stories, perhaps most notably the Civil War tale “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” His most enduring work is The Devil’s Dictionary, a satirical … Continue reading

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June 23 in freethought history…

June 23, 1912 – Computer scientist Alan Turing, World War II codebreaker and father of the “Turing Test, ” is born in London. He was persecuted in the UK for his homosexuality, and committed suicide on June 7, 1954.

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