Category Archives: cults

May 7 in freethought history…

May 7, 1794 - French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre declares the Cult of the Supreme Being, the short-lived Deistic state religion created to replace the revolutionary Cult of Reason, which was itself intended to replace the official Roman Catholicism of the Ancien Regime. The Cult … Continue reading

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November 10 in freethought history…

November 10, 1793 – The first (and last) national Fête de la Raison (Festival of Reason) is organized by leaders of the French Revolution. Fueled by anti-clericalism, the short-lived Cult of Reason was a civic religion that sought to focus the … Continue reading

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October 29 in freethought history…

October 29, 1997 – Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan and the modern Satanist movement, dies in San Francisco, California, aged 67. LaVey’s brand of Satanism is an atheistic philosophy that sees Satan merely as a symbol … Continue reading

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October 22 in freethought history…

October 22, 1844 – Jesus Christ did not return, nor did the world come to an end, as predicted by Baptist preacher William Miller. This “Great Disappointment” threw the Millerites- many of whom had sold their possessions and put their … Continue reading

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July 28 in freethought history…

July 28, 1794 – French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris. With him died the Cult of the Supreme Being, the short-lived Deistic state religion created to replace the revolutionary Cult of Reason, which was itself intended to … Continue reading

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Podcast #222 – Phil Robertson’s Atheist Fantasies

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is at it again. This time he entertained a Vero Beach, Florida prayer breakfast by gleefully describing the hypothetical rape, torture and murder of an atheist family. Classy. Plus: Give credit where credit’s due: Afghanistan’s new … Continue reading

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Podcast #216 – Merry Christmas…and Hail Satan???

Blowhard Bill O’Reilly has declared victory in the War on Christmas. But who’s been fighting this war? Christians cry foul whenever Jews or atheists or Pastafarians or (gasp!) Satanists want equal time at the county courthouse, but they forget that … Continue reading

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Podcast #192 – Secular Safe House

We interview Troy Fitzgerald, founder of Secular Safe House, a new organization devoted to providing a voice, support and safe refuge for those coming out of religion, cults, or as LGBT. Troy shares his personal account of leaving a cult … Continue reading

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Podcast #187 – Karen Stollznow (God Bless America)

We interview linguist Karen Stollznow, author of God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States (available in paperback and for Kindle). Also check out her ebook Haunting America. Karen has spent two decades writing about a diverse array … Continue reading

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Podcast #152 – Staise Gonzalez vs Helen Ukpabio

We interview Staise Gonzalez of Houston Atheists about her recent protest against Helen Ukpabio, Nigerian preacher, demon-hunter, and outright nutcase. We also discuss the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Republican lobbyist Edwina Rogers as executive director of the Secular … Continue reading

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