October 6 in freethought history…

October 6, 1868 – Neurologist Charles Judson Herrick is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1918, and named Humanist of the Year in 1956 by the American Humanist Association. He died in 1960, aged 91.

October 6, 2007Freethought Radio, a weekly broadcast hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, debuts on Air America.

October 6, 2013New York magazine publishes an interview with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in which he admits, as a devout Catholic, that he believes in the Devil, and asserts that the reason Satan’s Biblical-style activity is absent in modern times is “because he’s smart. What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way… I mean, c’mon, that’s the explanation for why there’s not demonic possession all over the place. That always puzzled me. What happened to the Devil, you know? He used to be all over the place. He used to be all over the New Testament… He got wilier.” Scalia then scoffs at his interviewer’s skepticism: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.”

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