November 25 in freethought history…

andrewcarnegieNovember 25, 1835 – Capitalist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. He came to the United States with his family in 1848, and eventually became one of the most wealthy men in history (making his money in the steel industry), but is best remembered for the establishment of countless public libraries and numerous philanthropic organizations (many still in existence) that bear his name. On religion, Carnegie had this to say in a private letter: “The whole scheme of Christian Salvation is diabolical as revealed by the creeds. An angry God, imagine such a creator of the universe. Angry at what he knew was coming and was himself responsible for. Then he sets himself about to beget a son, in order that the child should beg him to forgive the Sinner. This however he cannot or will not do. He must punish somebody–so the son offers himself up & our creator punishes the innocent youth, never heard of before–for the guilty and became reconciled to us… I decline to accept Salvation from such a fiend.” He died in 1919, aged 83.

November 25, 1926 – Atheist and women’s rights activist Anne Nicol Gaylor is born Anne Nicol in Tomah, Wisconsin. She founded (with husband Paul Gaylor) the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) in 1976, which continues to be led by her daughter Annie Laurie Gaylor and son-in-law Dan Barker. She died in 2015, aged 88.

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