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January 21 in freethought history…

January 21, 1738 – American patriot Ethan Allen is born Litchfield, Connecticut Colony. Best known for his daring exploits during the Revolutionary War, Allen was also a politician, frontier philosopher and early advocate for smallpox inoculation. In later life he self-published … Continue reading

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June 25 in freethought history…

June 25, 1903 – British novelist Eric Arthur Blair (nom-de-plume: George Orwell) is born in Motihari, India. He was the author of two of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century: 1984 and Animal Farm. Of religion, Orwell said, “As … Continue reading

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June 8 in freethought history…

June 8, 1809 – Thomas Paine dies in New York City, aged 72. British-born Paine was an influential propagandist for both the American and French Revolutions. Like many of America’s Founders, Paine was a Deist who declared, “My country is … Continue reading

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