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March 31 in freethought history…

March 31, 1858 – Freethinker and peace activist Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner is born in London, England. She wrote an extensive biography of her father, Charles Bradlaugh, the United Kingdom’s first openly atheistic Member of Parliament and founder of the National … 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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March 28 in freethought history…

March 28, 1794 – France’s short-lived Cult of Reason ceases to exist with the beheading of its last leaders. Fueled by anti-clericalism, the Cult of Reason was a civic religion that sought to focus the French populace on Enlightenment values like Truth and … Continue reading

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March 26 in freethought history…

March 26, 1944 – Biologist and atheist activist Richard Dawkins is born in Nairobi, British Kenya. He has written numerous books for general audiences, including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on … Continue reading

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March 25 in freethought history…

March 25, 1811 – Oxford expells student Percy Bysshe Shelley for authoring and distributing a pamphlet titled “The Necessity of Atheism.” Shelley went on to become one of the most influential poets of the Romantic movement. He died in Italy … Continue reading

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March 23 in freethought history…

March 23, 1900 – Philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm (whose books include Escape from Freedom and The Art of Loving) is born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1966 by the American Humanist Association. He … Continue reading

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March 20 in freethought history…

March 20, 1904 – Behaviorist, inventor and philosopher B. F. Skinner is born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his theories on human behavior, which emphasized lack of free will and conditioning by repeated experience. He was also an … Continue reading

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March 18 in freethought history…

March 18, 1898 – Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage dies in Chicago, Illinois, aged 71. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s suffrage … Continue reading

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March 13 in freethought history…

March 13, 1791 – Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, Part I, is published in London, England. (Part II would be published eleven months later.) In this landmark book, Paine asserted the sovereignty of the individual, government by assent of the … Continue reading

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March 9 in freethought history…

March 9, 1957 – Biologist, Pharyngula blogger and atheist activist Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is born in Kent, Washington. Myers has been a lightning rod for controversy: he was criticized for desecrating a Eucharist; he was denied entry to a … Continue reading

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