April 27 in freethought history…

marywollstonecraftApril 27, 1759 – Pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft is born in London, England. She is best known for her bestselling and influential book Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Wollstonecraft died due shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley), author of the seminal science fiction novel Frankenstein.

April 27, 2007 – In an interview published in the May 7, 2007 issue of New York magazine, when asked if anyone in the George W. Bush administration was an atheist, Christopher Hitchens responded, “I know something which is known to few but is not a secret. Karl Rove is not a believer, and he doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but when asked, he answers quite honestly. I think the way he puts it is, ‘I’m not fortunate enough to be a person of faith.’” Rove has since refuted this claim, once telling an interviewer, “I called Mr. Hitchens after he made his erroneous statement and as the true gentlemen he is, he apologized. He has seen a quote in which I remarked on my admiration for the faith of White House colleagues which I felt was deeper and richer than mine and misquoted it. I am a practicing Christian who attends a bible-centered Episcopal church in Washington and an Anglican church in Texas.”

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