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February 26 in freethought history…

February 26, 1564 – The infant Christopher Marlowe (birthdate uncertain) is baptized in Canterbury, England. A renowned playwright and poet who greatly influenced his contemporary William Shakespeare (they were born the same year), Marlowe is best known for his plays, … Continue reading

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February 20 in freethought history…

February 20, 2015 - Indian politician and rationalist Govind Pansare and his wife are assassinated by gunmen (presumably right-wing Hindus) near their home in Mumbai, India. He was 81. Pansare was involved in left-wing politics, but also opposed the taboo against inter-caste marriages, … 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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November 28 in freethought history…

November 28, 1938 – Indian academic and rationalist M. M. Kalburgi is born in Yaragal, British India. In 2014 he upset Hindu right-wingers by criticizing idol worship, going so far as to say “one can even urinate on idols.” In … Continue reading

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November 26 in freethought history…

November 26, 1933 - Indian politician and rationalist Govind Pansare is born in Kolhar village, Maharashtra, India. He was involved in left-wing politics, but also opposed the taboo against inter-caste marriages, Hindu superstitions regarding the conception of male children, and the … Continue reading

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November 1 in freethought history…

November 1, 1942 – Pornographer and free speech activist Larry Flynt is born in Lakeville, Kentucky. The founder of Hustler magazine, Flynt has been at the center of a number of First Amendment controversies (famously dramatized in the 1996 film The … Continue reading

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October 1 in freethought history…

October 1, 1847 - British women’s rights activist Annie Besant is born Annie Wood in London. She married young but soon separated from her clergyman husband, becoming a prominent lecturer for the National Secular Society, advocating for women’s rights and socialist … Continue reading

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September 14 in freethought history…

September 14, 1793 – Scottish philosopher and revolutionary John Oswald dies supporting the French Revolution at the Battle of Les Ponts-de-Cé, France. Born in Edinburgh between 1755 and 1760, Oswald served with the British army in India, where his exposure to Hindu … Continue reading

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Podcast #232 – Rev. Barry Lynn (Author, God and Government)

We interview the Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the author of the new book God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience (available in … Continue reading

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August 19 in freethought history…

August 19, 1921 – Television screenwriter and producer Gene Roddenberry is born in El Paso, Texas. Roddenberry’s Star Trek (which aired from 1966 to 1969) presented a near-utopian 23rd century Earth: enlightened, progressive, free of racial hatred and almost devoid of religion. Star … Continue reading

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