Category Archives: skepticism

Podcast #258 – Live at DragonCon 2016

John Snider (sans David Driscoll, sadly) presents another live show at DragonCon’s Skeptrack in Atlanta. He’s joined by Mandisa Thomas (founder and president of Black Nonbelievers) and Gina Colaianni (student activist and former president of Kennesaw State University’s Secular Student … Continue reading

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Podcast #257 – Is Intelligent Design Dead (or Just Regrouping)?

We discuss a recent article by Donald Prothero in Skeptic magazine, in which he looks at the state of the Intelligent Design movement, ten years after its stinging defeat in Kitzmiller v. Dover. The overwhelming majority of scientists are against … Continue reading

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Podcast #255 – Is Kaine Able?

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Democratic Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: The recent leak of emails from the Democratic National … Continue reading

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April 30 in freethought history…

April 30, 1789 – George Washington is sworn in as the first President of the United States of America. While it has become traditional for presidents to tack on “so help me God” after the official oath of office, it is … 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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April 1 in freethought history…

April 1, 1908 – American psychologist Abraham Maslow is born in the Bronx, New York. Much of his work focused on positive psychology, and he is the source of the now popular saying, “If all you have is a hammer, … Continue reading

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March 24 in freethought history…

March 24, 1846 - Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage is born in Cicero, New York. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s … Continue reading

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March 21 in freethought history…

March 21, 1925 – Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signs the Butler Act, a state law prohibiting school teachers “to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead … 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 7 in freethought history…

March 7, 1844 - Anti-obscenity crusader Anthony Comstock is born in New Haven, Connecticut. His lifelong obsession with the morality of others first evidenced in his complaints while serving in the Civil War against fellow soldiers who swore. Comstock founded the … Continue reading

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