November 27 in freethought history…

November 27, 1955 – Science educator Bill Nye is born in Washington, DC. He is best known for his children’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired from 1993-1998. He is the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, a fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and was both criticized and praised for his 2014 debate with creationist Ken Ham. Nye was named Humanist of the Year in 2010 by the American Humanist Association.

November 27, 2007 – The film The Golden Compass, based on the Philip Pullman novel, premieres in London on November 27, 2007. Blasted by religionists for its veiled anti-Catholic themes, and by secularists for its watering down of Pullman’s source material, the film received mediocre reviews from critics. While the film made money, it failed to meet expectations, and plans for sequels were scrapped.

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