Monthly Archives: November 2015

November 21 in freethought history…

November 21, 1694 – Voltaire is born François-Marie Arouet in Paris, France. An avowed Deist, he was a writer, philosopher and public wit well known for his criticisms of organized religion. He thought Christianity “assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and … Continue reading

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November 20 in freethought history…

November 20, 1946 – Everson v Board of Education is argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. At issue was the legality of local school boards to reimburse parents for transportation of children to private, religious schools. The Court … Continue reading

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November 19 in freethought history…

November 19, 1938 – Media mogul Ted Turner is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Beginning with his father’s Atlanta-based billboard business (which he inherited in 1963), Turner expanded his ventures to include CNN (the world’s first 24-hour cable news channel), Turner Network Television … Continue reading

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November 18 in freethought history…

November 18, 1939 – Canadian author Margaret Atwood is born in Ottawa, Canada. She is the multi-award-winning author of such novels as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. While much … Continue reading

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November 17 in freethought history…

November 17, 1866 - Freethought/anarchist activist and writer Voltairine de Cleyre is born in Leslie,  Michigan. Named after 18th century philosopher Voltaire, she was an atheist from an early age: her parents sent her to a Catholic school in Ontario in hopes of a … Continue reading

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November 16 in freethought history…

November 16, 1954 – Jon Garth Murray, atheist activist and younger son of atheist legend Madalyn Murray O’Hair is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He never escaped the shadow of his mother’s considerable fame (or infamy, depending on your view), but … Continue reading

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November 15 in freethought history…

November 15, 1902 – Atheist activist and author Goparaju Ramachandra Rao (“Gora”) is born in Chhatrapur, British India. Along with his wife Saraswathi Gora, he founded India’s Atheist Centre, which still operates today. Gora wrote numerous books on atheist topics and was … Continue reading

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November 14 in freethought history…

November 14, 1856 – Scottish rationalist/secularist John Mackinnon Robertson is born on the Isle of Arran. A prolific journalist and writer, he was a Member of Parliament in the UK from 1906-1918. For a time he was a prominent member of … Continue reading

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November 13 in freethought history…

November 13, 1861 – With the American Civil War well underway, Baptist minister Mark R. Watkinson of Ridley, Pennsylvania, writes to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, lamenting the lack of recognition of God on America’s currency. Watkinson recommended “God, … Continue reading

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November 12 in freethought history…

November 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 … Continue reading

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