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Podcast #247 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA, Part 2

More fallout in the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous law that prevents local governments from passing LGBT protections. Bruce Springsteen and former Beatle Ringo Starr are among the artists who have cancelled shows in the Tar Heel state. Meanwhile, Mississippi … Continue reading

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April 17 in freethought history…

April 17, 1790 – American printer, scientist, inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aged 84. A world-famous polymath, Franklin is credited with the invention of the lightning rod (criticized by some clergy for impiously warding off the … Continue reading

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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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Podcast #246 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA

So-called Religious Freedom Restorations Acts are meeting with mixed success at the state level. RFRAs are ostensibly about protecting religious freedom, but they’re really just pandering to religious conservatives who want to discriminate against the hated gays (just like Jesus would have). … Continue reading

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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 27 in freethought history…

March 27, 2006 – Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem dies in Krakow, Poland, aged 84. Despite living and working behind the Iron Curtain, he achieved worldwide fame through such books as Solaris, The Futurological Congress and The Cyberiad. His works … Continue reading

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March 3 in freethought history…

March 3, 1959 – In an interview published in LOOK magazine, Senator John F. Kennedy says, “Whatever one’s religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all … Continue reading

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March 1 in freethought history…

March 1, 1781 – The Second Continental Congress ratifies the Articles of Confederation, thus officially creating, from thirteen former British colonies, the United States of America. It may surprise pious 21st century historical revisionists to learn that our “godly” forefathers made no … Continue reading

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February 3 in freethought history…

February 3, 1983 – At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5018, declaring 1983 the Year of the Bible. Among other things, the Proclamation stated, “The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding … Continue reading

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January 23 in freethought history…

January 23, 1891 – John Ballance, Premier of New Zealand, dies in office of complications from abdominal surgery. Having witnessed sectarian riots in his native Ireland, Ballance was a confirmed secularist and co-founder of the Wanganui Freethought Association. January 23, 2003 … Continue reading

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