Category Archives: free speech rights

The SnideShow Episode 009 – Heterodox Academy

Listen: 009 – Heterodox Academy I speak with Chris Martin, member of the board of directors of Heterodox Academy, an organization of academics that seeks “viewpoint diversity” to offset the perceived liberal slant in American universities. We discuss the recent disinvitations … Continue reading

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The SnideShow Episode 005 – Atheism in the Time of Trump

Listen: 005 – Atheism in the Time of Trump I interview David Silverman, president of American Atheists, about the dangers posed by the Donald Trump administration to the separation of church and state. David is also the author of Fighting God: An … Continue reading

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Podcast #254 – Pence and Insensibility

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Republican Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: A new Pew poll shows evangelicals and so-called “nones” falling in … Continue reading

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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 20 in freethought history…

May 20, 1958 - Radio talk show host and political commentator Ron Reagan is born in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for the fact that his liberal political views contrasted sharply with the conservatism of his parents, the late President … Continue reading

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May 12 in freethought history…

May 12, 1937 – Comedian George Carlin is born in New York City. He was well-known for his frank and transgressive stand-up comedy that touched in nearly every subject, including politics and religion. In a classic rant on religion, Carlin said,”When … Continue reading

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May 5 in freethought history…

May 5, 1921 - Lesbian activist Del Martin is born Dorothy Louise Taliaferro in San Francisco, California. With longtime partner Phyllis Lyon, she co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (America’s first lesbian organization) in 1955, and in 1964, Martin and Lyon co-founded … Continue reading

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May 3 in freethought history…

May 3, 1880 – English atheist Charles Bradlaugh, recently elected as a Member of Parliament, requests to be allowed to affirm his oath, rather than take the religious Oath of Allegiance. A political scandal unfolded over the next six years, which … Continue reading

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April 29 in freethought history…

April 29, 2006 - Economist John Kenneth Galbraith dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, aged 97. Born in Canada, Galbraith spent his adult life in the United States, where his influence extended to the social and political: he was a speechwriter and advisor to … Continue reading

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March 30 in freethought history…

March 30, 1940 – The Supreme Court of New York rules against Bertrand Russell regarding his dismissal as Professor of Philosophy from College of the City of New York. The Court ruled on three grounds: that Russell was not a … Continue reading

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