July 11 in freethought history…

voltairepantheonJuly 11, 1791 - The National Assembly of France inters the remains of philosopher, author and satirist Voltaire (1694-1778) in the Pantheon, France’s secular mausoleum. His sarcophagus was transported in a Roman-style chariot on which was inscribed the words “Oh gods, give us death rather than slavery.”

July 11, 1955 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law legislation mandating that “In God We Trust” appear on all coins and bills. The phrase would become the national motto in 1956.

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