Monthly Archives: April 2016

Podcast #247 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA, Part 2

More fallout in the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous law that prevents local governments from passing LGBT protections. Bruce Springsteen and former Beatle Ringo Starr are among the artists who have cancelled shows in the Tar Heel state. Meanwhile, Mississippi … Continue reading

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April 20 in freethought history…

April 20, 1884 – The Roman Catholic Church issues Humanum Genus Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry, condeming Freemasonry, public (secular) education, the equal rights of man, and democracy. April 20, 1986 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair steps down as president … Continue reading

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April 19 in freethought history…

April 19, 1882 - Charles Darwin dies at Down House, Kent, England, aged 73. He was the co-discoverer, with Alfred Russel Wallace, of evolution by natural selection. His books include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The … Continue reading

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April 18 in freethought history…

April 18, 1857 - Attorney and civil rights activist Clarence Darrow is born in Kinsman, Ohio. He is best known for leading the defense in famous 20th-century cases like Leopold and Loeb and the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial. Darrow was active … Continue reading

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April 17 in freethought history…

April 17, 1790 – American printer, scientist, inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aged 84. A world-famous polymath, Franklin is credited with the invention of the lightning rod (criticized by some clergy for impiously warding off the … Continue reading

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April 16 in freethought history…

April 16, 1963 – The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. releases his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” a defense of nonviolent civil disobedience in opposition to racism, written in response to “A Call for Unity” from eight white Alabama pastors, who … Continue reading

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April 15 in freethought history…

April 15, 1889 – African-American civil rights activist Asa Philip Randolph is born in Crescent City, Florida. Randolph was a key figure in the fight to end discrimination in the defense industry and the US military, and he was head … Continue reading

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April 14 in freethought history…

April 14, 1950 - Geneticist Francis Collins is born in Staunton, Virginia. Collins is best known as former head of the Human Genome Project and as current Director of the National Institutes of Health. He has sparked controversy for his outspoken … Continue reading

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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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April 12 in freethought history…

April 12, 1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human being in space and the first to orbit the earth. Contrary to popular belief, Gagarin, who kept his Christian faith under wraps to avoid antagonizing Communist authorities, did … Continue reading

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