Monthly Archives: December 2015

Podcast #240 – GOP in Crisis

The Reverend Franklin Graham (prominent Protestant fundamentalist and son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham) says he’s quitting the Republican Party. Why? He says it’s because Republicans aren’t standing on principle. He cites as an example the Republican-dominated US Congress passing a … Continue reading

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December 31 in freethought history…

December 31, 1961 – Atheist and feminist blogger and activist Greta Christina is born in Chicago, Illinois. Her books include Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, … Continue reading

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December 30 in freethought history…

December 30, 2007 – Backlash within the freethought community against so-called New Atheism continues with journalist Brendan O’Neill’s essay published in The Guardian. He characterizes the recent works of writers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and novelist Philip Pullman as little … Continue reading

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December 29 in freethought history…

December 29, 1859 – Rationalist and Ethical Culture leader Mangasar Magurditch (“M. M.”) Mangasarian is born in the Ottoman Empire, in what is now Turkey. He was educated in a Western-style Christian school in Constantinople and at Princeton University. Mangasarian was … Continue reading

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December 28 in freethought history…

December 28, 1976 – The People’s Assembly of Albania adopts a constitution that effectively declares the country an atheist state that “recognizes no religion whatever and supports atheist propaganda for the purpose of inculcating the scientific materialist world outlook in people.” Religious freedom was … Continue reading

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December 27 in freethought history…

December 27, 1831 – Charles Darwin begins his celebrated five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. December 27, 1946 – British journalist and humanist Polly Toynbee is born Mary Louisa Toynbee on Isle of Wight, England. She is current Vice President and former President … Continue reading

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December 26 in freethought history…

December 26, 1921 – American entertainer and TV personality Steve Allen is born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen in New York City. He was the first host of the longrunning Tonight Show on NBC, among numerous other accomplishments. Allen was … Continue reading

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December 25 in freethought history…

December 25, 336 – The first documented evidence of Western Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, although there was no (and never has been any) evidence that such a person was born on that date. Although there is some … Continue reading

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December 24 in freethought history…

December 24, 1968 – The Apollo 8 astronauts broadcast live, reading the Creation story from the book of Genesis while orbiting the Moon on Christmas Eve, leading to a lawsuit by atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair. The case was later dismissed by … Continue reading

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December 23 in freethought history…

December 23, 1998 - The first “modern” Festivus is observed, according to the Seinfeld episode “The Strike.” Although the show (which actually aired on December 18) provides a fictitious origin from the character George Costanza’s childhood, the true origins can be found … Continue reading

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