November 5 in freethought history…

November 5, 1933 – Population control advocate Werner Fornos is born Werner Farenhold in Leipzig, Germany. During and immediately after World War II, he made several illegal attempts to emigrate to the United States. He was eventually adopted by the Fornos family and became a legal citizen. He served in the Maryland General Assembly, and was involved with Planned Parenthood and the Population Institute, and founded Global Population Education. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1991 by the American Humanist Association. He died in 2013, aged 79.

November 5, 1885 – Historian and philosopher Will Durant is born in North Adams, Massachusetts. He is best known for writing (with his wife Ariel) the 11-volume Story of Civilization and The Story of Philosophy (originally published as a series of Little Blue Books by the Haldeman-Julius Publishing Company). While Durant was respectful of religion, he criticized misguided attempts to reconcile Biblical creationism with the scientific understanding of evolution. While studying religion in college he discovered  “that Christianity was only one of a hundred religions claiming special access to truth and salvation.” He died in 1981, aged 96.

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