October 12 in freethought history…

teddyrooseveltOctober 12, 1915 – Former president Teddy Roosevelt delivers a speech in which he condemns “hyphenated Americanism.” He said, “One of the most important things to secure for [the citizen] is the right to hold and to express the religious views that best meet his own soul needs. Any political movement directed against any body of our fellow citizens because of their religious creed is a grave offense against American principles and American institutions. It is a wicked thing either to support or to oppose a man because of the creed he professes. This applies to Jew and Gentile, to Catholic and Protestant, and to the man who would be regarded as unorthodox by all of them… Washington and his associates believed that it was essential to this republic that there should never be any union of Church and State; and such a union is partially accomplished wherever a given creed is aided by the State or when any public servant is elected or defeated because of his creed.”

October 12, 1971 – The musical Jesus Christ Superstar, by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, makes its Broadway debut.

October 12, 2012 – The satirical short film “Fist of Jesus,” in which Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and unwittingly launches a zombie apocalypse premieres at Spain’s popular Sitges Film Festival.

October 12, 2012Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, the second installment in a three-film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, is released. It is universally panned by critics and earns $3.3 million at the box office against a budget of $10 million.

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