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 historical dispute, December 25th has also been associated with other religious holidays of the Roman world, including the end of Saturnalia and the birthday of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun).

December 25, 1910 – Scholar and attorney Leo Pfeffer is born in Hungary. He was one of the foremost proponents of separation of church and state, acting as lead counsel for the plaintiff in Torcaso v. Watkins, in which the Supreme Court affirmed that neither the federal nor state governments may invoke religious tests for offices of public trust. Pfeffer was named Humanist of the Year in 1988 by the American Humanist Association. He died in 1993, aged 82.

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