August 1 in freethought history…

August 1, 1895The Woman’s Bible, Part I, is published in the United States. Written by an international committee of 26 women led by pioneering suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman’s Bible provided feminist commentary on the recently released English Revised Version (which itself was intended to revise the King James Version of 1611). It was, of course, denounced as the work of the Devil, and the controversy was not quelled by the publication of Part II in 1898. Said Stanton: “We have made a [fetish] of the Bible long enough. The time has come to read it as we do all other books, accepting the good and rejecting the evil it teaches.”

August 1, 2001 – Roy Moore, the recently elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, holds a press conference to announce that he has installed–overnight–a 2.6-ton granite monument to the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

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