November 12 in freethought history…

elizabethcadystantonNovember 12, 1815 – Suffragist, feminist, abolitionist and social reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born Elizabeth Cady in Johnstown, New York.  Among her many works was The Woman’s Bible, a feminist commentary on scripture, written in collaboration with several other feminist activists. She died in New York City in 1902, aged 86.

November 12, 1867 – British freethinker Joseph McCabe is born in Macclesfield, England. Raised by a Roman Catholic family, he spent several years as an ordained priest before eventually drifting into freethought. He was a founding member of the Rationalist Press Association and a prolific lecturer and writer. A great many of his writings were printed in America as Little Blue Books by Haldeman-Julius Publications. He died in 1955, aged 87.

November 12, 1968 – The Supreme Court rules on Epperson v Arkansas, striking down the state’s prohibition against teaching evolution in the public schools.

November 12, 1999 – Writer/director Kevin Smith’s comedy film Dogma, starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and featuring a notable cast of supporting players, is released in theaters. The film’s treatment sparked controversy due to its treatment of Catholicism, but earned $30 million plus on a budget of $10 million.

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