May 7 in freethought history…

cultsupremebeingMay 7, 1794 - French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre declares the Cult of the Supreme Being, the short-lived Deistic state religion created to replace the revolutionary Cult of Reason, which was itself intended to replace the official Roman Catholicism of the Ancien Regime. The Cult of the Supreme Being lasted only a couple of months (although it managed to have one big Festival), effectively ceasing to exist with Robespierre’s execution by guillotine in July 1794. It was formally banned by Napoleon in 1802.

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