Monthly Archives: September 2015

September 30 in freethought history…

September 30, 1875 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant, in a speech to a convention of the Society of the Army of Tennessee, says, “Let us all labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security … Continue reading

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September 29 in freethought history…

September 29, 1995 – American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her younger son Jon Garth Murray, and granddaughter (through her elder son, estranged Baptist minister William J. Murray III) Robin Murray O’Hair are murdered in a San Antonio hotel room by former AA … Continue reading

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September 28 in freethought history…

September 28, 1949 – Albert Einstein writes to a man named Guy H. Raner, Jr. (with whom he briefly corresponded), “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal god is a childlike one. You may call … Continue reading

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September 27 in freethought history…

September 27, 1877 – Biologist Oscar Riddle is born in Cincinnati, Indiana (yes, Indiana). He was best known professionally for his research into the pituitary gland, but he came to national attention in 1936 when, as a vice president of the … Continue reading

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September 26 in freethought history…

September 26, 1833 – English atheist and activist Charles Bradlaugh is born in London. He founded the National Secular Society and became one of the first open atheists (if not the first open atheist) elected to the British Parliament. He … Continue reading

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September 25 in freethought history…

September 25, 1789 – The United States Congress approves, for ratification by the states, a slate of twelve amendments to the Constitution. With Virginia’s ratification on December 15, 1791, ten of these amendments became the Bill of Rights, ensconcing freedom of speech … Continue reading

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September 24 in freethought history…

September 24, 1717 – Prolific correspondent Horace Walpole, youngest son of long-serving Prime Minister Robert Walpole, is born in London. Walpole’s disdain for organized religion and pious presumption is apparent in his thousands of letters. Here’s a sample: “I hate … Continue reading

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September 23 in freethought history…

September 23, 1800 – Thomas Jefferson, just months away from his controversial election, in which he would unseat one-term President John Adams and become the third President of the United States, writes to Dr. Benjamin Rush (a signer of the … Continue reading

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September 22 in freethought history…

September 22, 1927 – Dora Russell and husband Bertrand Russell open the Beacon Hill School in Sussex, England. This small school featured a professional staff devoted to the Russells’ progressive views. Eschewing a rigid curriculum, Beacon Hill offered a Montessori-like … Continue reading

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September 21 in freethought history…

September 21, 1866 – Herbert George Wells is born in Bromley, Kent, England. As H. G. Wells he became on of the greatest and most influential science fiction writers of all time: his books include War of the Worlds, The … Continue reading

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