June 5 in freethought history…

thomasjeffersonJune 5, 1824 – Former US President Thomas Jefferson complains, in a letter to John Cartwright (British political reformer who, decades earlier, supported America’s position in the Revolutionary War and refused a military promotion in protest), “…the judges have usurped in their repeated decisions, that Christianity is a part of the common law. The proof of the contrary, which you have adduced, is incontrovertible; to wit, that the common law existed while the Anglo-Saxons were yet Pagans, at a time when they had never yet heard the name of Christ pronounced, or knew that such a character had ever existed.”

June 5, 2011 – American author Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91.

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