Category Archives: civil rights

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 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 9 in freethought history…

May 9, 1960 – The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first commercial birth control pill. “The Pill,” as it was called, offered an unprecedented level of reproductive freedom to women. It was, predictably, praised by some as a … Continue reading

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Podcast #248 – Cruz Is No Lucifer, but Trump Might Be the Anti-Christ

Recently retired Speaker of the House John Boehner told a Stanford University audience that  Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and “the most miserable son of a bitch” he’s ever worked with. Nobody’s less happy … 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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April 28 in freethought history…

April 28, 1927 – Civil rights activist William Lewis Moore is born in Binghamton, New York. Moore was murdered in 1963 near Attalla, Alabama, while on a solo protest march, in which he intended to walk from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, … Continue reading

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April 27 in freethought history…

April 27, 1759 – Pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft is born in London, England. She is best known for her bestselling and influential book Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Wollstonecraft died due shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mary … Continue reading

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April 26 in freethought history…

April 26, 1995 – American socialist and civil libertarian Corliss Lamont idies in Ossining, New York, aged 93. He was director of the American Civil Liberties Union for 30 years, and like many leftists of the early 20th century, first praised … Continue reading

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