November 1 in freethought history…

larryflyntNovember 1, 1942 – Pornographer and free speech activist Larry Flynt is born in Lakeville, Kentucky. The founder of Hustler magazine, Flynt has been at the center of a number of First Amendment controversies (famously dramatized in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt). He was shot and partially paralyzed outside a courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia by a white racist outraged over an interracial photo shoot that appeared in Hustler.

November 1, 1945 – Indian rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is born.  He founded Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (the “Committee for Eradication of Superstition in Maharashtra”), which sought to educate the public about superstitions and belief in so-called holy men who bilked followers hoping to be cured of illnesses. He also fought for the rights of untouchables, and in favor of a state law (the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Ordinance”) to protect consumers from “fraudulent and exploitative practices.” Dabholkar was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in August 2013.

 

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