Category Archives: catholicism

May 22 in freethought history…

May 22, 2013 – Newly elected Pope Francis delivers a homily, in which he seems to imply that atheists may go to Heaven: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, … Continue reading

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April 20 in freethought history…

April 20, 1884 – The Roman Catholic Church issues Humanum Genus Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry, condeming Freemasonry, public (secular) education, the equal rights of man, and democracy. April 20, 1986 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair steps down as president … Continue reading

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Podcast #245 – Thank God for Science

We are bemused and befuddled by the tendency of the pious to thank God for their good luck (especially when it comes to medical recoveries), but ignore the direct and obvious contributions of medical researcher, doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc. (And … Continue reading

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March 10 in freethought history…

March 10, 1762 – Jean Calas, a merchant wrongly convicted of the murder of his son, is sentenced in Toulouse, France to “death by the wheel.” Calas had already been cruelly tortured by stretching and being forced to drink excessive quantities of water. … Continue reading

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February 18 in freethought history…

February 18, 1546 – German friar and religious reformer Martin Luther dies in Eisleben, Saxony (in what is now Germany), aged 62. In 1517, Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various … Continue reading

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February 17 in freethought history…

February 17, 1600 – After being found guilty of heresy by the Roman Inquisition, Dominican friar Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome. Bruno accepted (the then heretical) Copernican heliocentrism, but also theorized that … Continue reading

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February 15 in freethought history…

February 15, 1564 – Astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Italy. He is best known for his discoveries by use of the newly developed telescope, including the four largest moons of Jupiter. Galileo was infamously convicted by the … Continue reading

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February 13 in freethought history…

February 13, 1633 – Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face the Inquisition on charges of heresy, for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun in contradiction of Roman Catholic doctrine. He would eventually be found … Continue reading

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December 3 in freethought history…

December 3, 1893 – Irish physicist and science popularizer John Tyndall dies in Haslemere, England, aged 73. He vigorously promoted the separation of science and religion, in direct contradiction to contemporary Roman Catholic teaching. In response to the observation that, in … Continue reading

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November 27 in freethought history…

November 27, 1955 – Science educator Bill Nye is born in Washington, DC. He is best known for his children’s show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired from 1993-1998. He is the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, a … Continue reading

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