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November 12 in freethought history…

November 12, 1815 – Suffragist, feminist, abolitionist and social reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born Elizabeth Cady in Johnstown, New York.  Among her many works was The Woman’s Bible, a feminist commentary on scripture, written in collaboration with several other feminist … Continue reading

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November 8 in freethought history…

November 8, 1614 – Japanese ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu expells 300 Japanese Christians as part of the Christian Expulsion Edict, which banned foreigners and the practice of Christianity. November 8, 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeats Richard M. Nixon, becoming America’s first Roman … Continue reading

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October 31 in freethought history…

October 31, 1517 – According to tradition, German friar Martin Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various clerical abuses within the Catholic Church, including nepotism and the sale of indulgences. … Continue reading

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October 19 in freethought history…

October 19, 1946 – Author Philip Pullman is born in Norwich, England. He is best known for His Dark Materials, the award-winning trilogy for young adults that was condemned by religionists as sacrilegious and blasphemous. He courted further controversy with his … Continue reading

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October 10 in freethought history…

October 10, 732 – Frankish forces under Charles Martel defeat the Islamic invasion of France at the Battle of Tours. The battle marked the “high tide” of Islamic power in Western Europe (of course, it was not until 1492 that the Spanish … Continue reading

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October 6 in freethought history…

October 6, 1868 – Neurologist Charles Judson Herrick is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1918, and named Humanist of the Year in 1956 by the American Humanist Association. He … Continue reading

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September 15 in freethought history…

September 15, 1525 – Dutch Roman Catholic priest Jan de Bakker (aka Johannes Pistorius) is burned at the stake in The Hague by order of the Inquisition. He rejected the doctrine of transubstantiation, condemned indulgences as idolatry, and protested clerical celibacy by … Continue reading

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September 12 in freethought history…

September 12, 1880 – Journalist H. L. Mencken is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was well-known for colorful, curmudgeonly cultural commentary in which he spared no one and nothing. He wrote dozens of books, most notably his essay collection Prejudices (seven … Continue reading

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September 9 in freethought history…

September 9, 1996 – Mary Doria Russell’s first book The Sparrow, a science fiction novel about a disastrous Jesuit mission of first contact with aliens, is published. The novel was a bestseller that sparked intense controversy due to its theological content and … Continue reading

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August 25 in freethought history…

August 25, 325 – Council of Nicea concludes in what is now Turkey. Convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I, the most notable product of this council of bishops was the formulation of Nicene Creed and the concept of the (not … Continue reading

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