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December 4 in freethought history…

December 4, 1975 – Philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt dies in New York City, aged 69. Raised in a family of secular, assimilated Jews, Arendt (who claimed “no religious affiliation”) fled Europe for the United States during World War … Continue reading

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Podcast #238 – War on Christmas Special

It’s War on Christmas! There is no War on Christmas–there’s only a war on the alleged War on Christmas. Example: A new group called Faith Driven Consumers has published the so-called Faith Equality Index, which ranks major companies on, among … Continue reading

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November 6 in freethought history…

November 6, 1836 - American theologian and philosopher Francis Ellingwood Abbot is born in Boston, Massachussets. He served for a time as a Unitarian minister, but was ultimately dismissed for being insufficiently Christian. He pioneered “scientific theism,” which sought to reconstruct … Continue reading

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October 30 in freethought history…

October 30, 1459 – Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini dies in Florence, aged 79. He is best known for his discovery, in a German monastery, of the only surviving manuscript of De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”), an instructional poem … Continue reading

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October 26 in freethought history…

October 26, 1880 – The town of Liberal, Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia by freethinker George Walser. Walser’s intention was to provide a religion-free zone. He hoped to attract nonbelievers from far and wide–and he did attract a few. … Continue reading

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October 22 in freethought history…

October 22, 1844 – Jesus Christ did not return, nor did the world come to an end, as predicted by Baptist preacher William Miller. This “Great Disappointment” threw the Millerites- many of whom had sold their possessions and put their … Continue reading

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Podcast #236 – Baba Brinkman (The Rap Guide to Religion)

We interview Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman, whose new album The Rap Guide to Religion, is available starting October 23rd. Brinkman has carved out a distinctive niche in the rap world, frequently infusing his lyrics with philosophical, literary, scientific and skeptical … Continue reading

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October 19 in freethought history…

October 19, 1946 – Author Philip Pullman is born in Norwich, England. He is best known for His Dark Materials, the award-winning trilogy for young adults that was condemned by religionists as sacrilegious and blasphemous. He courted further controversy with his … Continue reading

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October 12 in freethought history…

October 12, 1915 – Former president Teddy Roosevelt delivers a speech in which he condemns “hyphenated Americanism.” He said, “One of the most important things to secure for [the citizen] is the right to hold and to express the religious … Continue reading

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October 7 in freethought history…

October 7, 1975 – British-Australian musician Tim Minchin is born in Northampton, England. His highly entertaining live performances  blend a wide range of musical genres with raucous, often blasphemous, comedy. An outspoken atheist and skeptic, Minchin performed “The Pope Song” … Continue reading

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