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May 21 in freethought history…

May 21, 1921 – Nuclear scientist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov is born in Moscow. He turned from designing nuclear weapons for the USSR to opposing their proliferation. He also advocated for human rights, including freedom of speech, for … Continue reading

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May 14 in freethought history…

May 14, 1940 – Anarchist and atheist activist Emma Goldman dies in Toronto, Canada, aged 70. Born in Russia in 1869, she emigrated to American in 1885. She wrote, “The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any … Continue reading

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May 10 in freethought history…

May 10, 1872 - Victoria Woodhull, advocate for “free love” and women’s rights, becomes the first female candidate (representing the Equal Rights Party) for President of the United States. Sorry, Hillary. May 10, 1967 – Author and documentarian Jon Ronson is … Continue reading

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May 6 in freethought history…

May 6, 1862 - Philosopher and social reformer Henry David Thoreau dies in Concord, Massachusetts, aged 44. He is best known for his memoir Walden; or, Life in the Woods (a call for simplicity, thoughful living, and closeness to nature) and his … Continue reading

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April 21 in freethought history…

April 21, 1910 - American writer, lecturer and raconteur Samuel Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain) dies in Redding, Connecticut, aged 74. Widely considered one of the greatest American novelists, his works include Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was outspoken on a … 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 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 4 in freethought history…

April 4, 1964 – Comedian David Cross is born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is well-known for his stand-up comedy and as co-creator (with Bob Odenkirk) of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series Mr. Show. Although raised Jewish, Cross identifies himself as … Continue reading

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Podcast #246 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA

So-called Religious Freedom Restorations Acts are meeting with mixed success at the state level. RFRAs are ostensibly about protecting religious freedom, but they’re really just pandering to religious conservatives who want to discriminate against the hated gays (just like Jesus would have). … 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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