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Letters to a Young Muslim

Hardly anyone would disagree that Islam is at war. But who defines what it is to be a Muslim? And who exactly are the combatants? These two questions are almost impossible to answer, and without answers it is nearly impossible to solve the … Continue reading

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May 18 in freethought history…

May 18, 1872 - Philosopher and activist Bertrand Russell is born in Trellech, Wales. Aside from his career contributions to philosophy, mathematics, linguistics and computer science, he was a lifelong critic of war and an advocate for progressive social causes. He … Continue reading

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May 8 in freethought history…

May 8, 1988 – Robert A. Heinlein dies in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, aged 80. One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, his books explored philosophy, religion, sexuality and taboos. He is best known for his novels … Continue reading

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May 2 in freethought history…

May 2, 1860 – Theodor Herzl, journalist and father of modern Zionism, is born in Budapest, Hungary. Raised by assimilated Jews, Herzl considered himself an atheist. Widespread persecution and anti-Semitism throughout Europe convinced Herzl that Jews should create a homeland, preferably … Continue reading

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April 3 in freethought history…

April 3, 1962 – The US Supreme Court hears Engel v Vitale, a case that originated in New Hyde Park, NY, where a group of families sued to end the public school’s practice of opening the day with a generic … Continue reading

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March 22 in freethought history…

March 22, 1638 – The Massachussetts Bay Colony expells Anne Hutchinson for religious dissent. She moved with her family and a number of like-minded settlers to what is now Portsmouth, Rhode Island; soon thereafter, when it looked like Massachussetts might … Continue reading

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March 15 in freethought history…

March 15, 270 - The “real” Santa Claus–Greek bishop Nikolaos of Myra–is born in Patara, Lycia (on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey). He may have participated in the First Council of Nicaea, which approved the Nicene Creed. Folklore involving … Continue reading

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March 8 in freethought history…

March 8, 1948 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules, in McCullom v Board of Education, that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional. The plaintiff–Vashti McCullom, whose son was the student at the center of the case–recounted … Continue reading

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February 17 in freethought history…

February 17, 1600 – After being found guilty of heresy by the Roman Inquisition, Dominican friar Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome. Bruno accepted (the then heretical) Copernican heliocentrism, but also theorized that … Continue reading

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January 31 in freethought history…

January 31, 1934 – Helen Kagin is born Helen McGregor Smith in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. A career anesthesiologist, she co-founded Camp Quest (a summer camp for children of nonreligious and freethinking families) in 1996 with husband and fellow atheist activist … Continue reading

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