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January 14 in freethought history…

January 14, 1944 – Former evangelist and actor Marjoe Gortner is born Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner in Long Beach, California. Coached by his parents (who came from a long line of preachers), Marjoe became child preacher, a prodigy famous for … Continue reading

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December 20 in freethought history…

December 20, 1837 – Freethought publisher Charles Chilton Moore is born near Lexington, Kentucky. Moore was a pastor when, as Moore himself told it, he invited a distant cousin to read and discuss with him a selection of books both for … Continue reading

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December 6 in freethought history…

December 6, 343 - The “real” Santa Claus–Greek bishop Nikolaos of Myra–dies in what is now Turkey at the age of 73. He may have participated in the First Council of Nicaea, which approved the Nicene Creed. Folklore involving the miracles of … Continue reading

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November 27 in freethought history…

November 27, 1955 – Science educator Bill Nye is born in Washington, DC. He is best known for his children’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired from 1993-1998. He is the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, a … Continue reading

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November 26 in freethought history…

November 26, 1933 - Indian politician and rationalist Govind Pansare is born in Kolhar village, Maharashtra, India. He was involved in left-wing politics, but also opposed the taboo against inter-caste marriages, Hindu superstitions regarding the conception of male children, and the … 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 20 in freethought history…

November 20, 1946 – Everson v Board of Education is argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. At issue was the legality of local school boards to reimburse parents for transportation of children to private, religious schools. The Court … Continue reading

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October 28 in freethought history…

October 28, 1914 – Medical researcher Jonas Salk is born in New York City. He developed the polio vaccine, which saved countless lives. Within a decade of the vaccine’s introduction, worldwide cases dropped from hundreds of thousands annually to a few hundred … 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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Podcast #235 – Linda K. Wertheimer (Author, Faith Ed.)

We interview Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance. Most people understand that the Constitution prohibits religious indoctrination in the public schools, and that the Supreme Court has repeatedly supported that position. … Continue reading

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