November 2 in freethought history…

November 2, 1955 – Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder (with husband Dan Barker) of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and co-host of Freethought Radio, is born in Tomah, Wisconsin.

November 2, 1978 – British activist and former radical Islamist Maajid Nawaz is born in Essex, United Kingdom. As a youth he was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group that favors a pan-Islamic state ruled under Shariah. Shortly after 9-11, he was imprisoned in Egypt, where he eventually became disenchanted with the movement, citing a lack of distinction between faith and ideology. Since 2008 he has worked with the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank.

November 2, 1987 – Scientist, atheist, skeptic and feminist Jennifer McCreight is born. She is perhaps best-known for organizing Boobquake, a 2010 event intended to mock a Muslim cleric’s comments that societal ills and natural disasters (including earthquakes) were caused by immodestly dressed women.

November 2, 2002 – Godless Americans March on Washington attracts over 2,000 participants and includes speeches by Ed Buckner (then Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism), freethought leader Margaret Downey, activist Michael Newdow and several others..

November 2, 2004 – Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh is assassinated in Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist outraged over van Gogh’s short film “Submission,” written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (then a former member of the Dutch parliament), which exposes violence against women sanctioned by the Quran.

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