December 18 in freethought history…

festivusDecember 18, 1997 – The Seinfeld TV show airs the episode “The Strike,” which introduces the world to Festivus, a cheaper, nonreligious, idiosyncratic alternative to mainstream celebrations like Christmas and Hanukkah. Festivus, which has become a pop cultural phenomenon, is actually observed on December 23.

December 18, 2013 – The Indian state of Maharashtra passes the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act. Originally proposed by rationalist and activist Narendra Dabholkar in 2003, the “Anti-Superstition Act” was intended to protect the public against various types of fraud and abuse that exploit common superstitions. Unfortunately, Dabholkar was assassinated just months before the Act was passed.

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