Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 31 in freethought history…

August 31, 1989 – African Americans for Humanism is founded by Norm R. Allen, Jr. AAH “supports skeptics, doubters, humanists, and atheists in the African American community, provides forums for communication and education, and facilitates coordinated action to achieve shared objectives.” … Continue reading

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August 30 in freethought history…

August 30, 1926 – Paul J. Gaylor is born in Springfield, Missouri. He was the husband of the late Anne Nicol Gaylor, founder of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Mr. Gaylor also served in the leadership of the FFRF until … Continue reading

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August 29 in freethought history…

August 29, 2004 – The short film “Submission“–written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, and produced/directed by filmmaker Theo van Gogh–airs on the Dutch television network VPRO.  The film depicts Muslim women wearing … Continue reading

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August 28 in freethought history…

August 28, 1749 – German writer, scientist and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is born in Frankfurt-am-Main. A polymath who made enduring contributions to literature, philosophy and science, he is one of the most celebrated figures in all of German … Continue reading

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August 27 in freethought history…

August 27, 1963 – Author, academic and African-American activist W. E. B. Du Bois dies in Ghana, aged 95. He was a co-founder of the NAACP and the author of such highly regarded works as The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in … Continue reading

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August 26 in freethought history…

August 26, 1798 – France’s revolutionary National Constituent Assembly issues its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Inspired by Enlightenment philosophy and earlier documents such as the American Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of the Rights … Continue reading

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August 25 in freethought history…

August 25, 325 – Council of Nicea concludes in what is now Turkey. Convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I, the most notable product of this council of bishops was the formulation of Nicene Creed and the concept of the (not … Continue reading

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August 24 in freethought history…

August 24, 1957 – Actor and comedian Stephen Fry is born in Hampstead, United Kingdom. During his (thus far) 34-year career, Fry has shown himself to be an accomplished entertainer in theatre, movies, television, radio and more. He is also … Continue reading

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August 23 in freethought history…

August 23, 2007 – Letters written by the late Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa (1910-1997) are made public, revealing that, despite her public proclamations, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun admitted to friends that she did not feel the presence of … Continue reading

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Podcast #231 – Arian Foster: NFL Star, Atheist

An ESPN profile of National Football League’s Arian Foster (a running back with the Houston Texans) highlights the fact of his atheism in a sport (and a state) that’s notoriously religious. Meanwhile, evangelical poster-boy Tim Tebow (well known for his history … Continue reading

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