September 13, 1872 – German philosopher and anthropologist Ludwig Feuerbach dies near Nuremberg, aged 68. He is best known for his influential book The Essence of Christianity, a critique of religion, translated into English by the novelist George Eliot.
September 13, 1969 – The animated adventure Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! premieres on the CBS television network. The kid-friendly adventure featured four teenagers and the eponymous talking Great Dane, who solve supernatural mysteries that always turn out to be frauds or scams. Scooby-Doo–whichÂ has spawned several spin-off series and two live-action feature films–has entertained generations and nurtured scientific skepticism to the present day.
September 13, 2001 – Two days after Islamic terrorists hijacked four jetliners, destroying the World Trade Center, damaging the Pentagon and killing 3,000 innocent civilians, the “Reverend” Jerry Falwell, with fellow televangelist Pat Robertson’s concurrence, blames liberals. “The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this,Â andÂ I know that I’ll hear from them for this,” said Falwell, speaking on Robertson’sÂ television show The 700 Club, “but, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroyÂ 40 millionÂ little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'” Robertson was–and is–an idiot.
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