January 22 in freethought history…

georgeholyoakeJanuary 22, 1906 – British secularist and publisher George Jacob Holyoake dies in Brighton, England, aged 88. Holyoake was a prolific writer and lecturer, and a leader in England’s nascent freethought movement. He was the last person convicted of blasphemy in the United Kingdom. Holyoake, who adopted the label agnostic, also coined the words “secularism” and “jingoism.”

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