Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 31 in freethought history…

March 31, 1858 – Freethinker and peace activist Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner is born in London, England. She wrote an extensive biography of her father, Charles Bradlaugh, the United Kingdom’s first openly atheistic Member of Parliament and founder of the National … Continue reading

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March 30 in freethought history…

March 30, 1940 – The Supreme Court of New York rules against Bertrand Russell regarding his dismissal as Professor of Philosophy from College of the City of New York. The Court ruled on three grounds: that Russell was not a … Continue reading

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March 29 in freethought history…

March 29, 1824 - Philosopher and physiologist Ludwig Büchner is born in Darmstadt, Germany. He was a foremost German proponent of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories, and published a number of scientific books in which he vehemently advocated an extreme materialist view (which … Continue reading

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March 28 in freethought history…

March 28, 1794 – France’s short-lived Cult of Reason ceases to exist with the beheading of its last leaders. Fueled by anti-clericalism, the Cult of Reason was a civic religion that sought to focus the French populace on Enlightenment values like Truth and … Continue reading

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March 27 in freethought history…

March 27, 2006 – Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem dies in Krakow, Poland, aged 84. Despite living and working behind the Iron Curtain, he achieved worldwide fame through such books as Solaris, The Futurological Congress and The Cyberiad. His works … Continue reading

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March 26 in freethought history…

March 26, 1944 – Biologist and atheist activist Richard Dawkins is born in Nairobi, British Kenya. He has written numerous books for general audiences, including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on … Continue reading

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March 25 in freethought history…

March 25, 1811 – Oxford expells student Percy Bysshe Shelley for authoring and distributing a pamphlet titled “The Necessity of Atheism.” Shelley went on to become one of the most influential poets of the Romantic movement. He died in Italy … Continue reading

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March 24 in freethought history…

March 24, 1846 - Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage is born in Cicero, New York. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s … Continue reading

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March 23 in freethought history…

March 23, 1900 – Philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm (whose books include Escape from Freedom and The Art of Loving) is born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1966 by the American Humanist Association. He … Continue reading

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March 22 in freethought history…

March 22, 1638 – The Massachussetts Bay Colony expells Anne Hutchinson for religious dissent. She moved with her family and a number of like-minded settlers to what is now Portsmouth, Rhode Island; soon thereafter, when it looked like Massachussetts might … Continue reading

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