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April 22 in freethought history…

April 22, 1864 – The US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864, changing the composition of the one-cent coin and authorizing the production of a new two-cent coin featuring the phrase “In God We Trust”–the first time such wording … Continue reading

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November 13 in freethought history…

November 13, 1861 – With the American Civil War well underway, Baptist minister Mark R. Watkinson of Ridley, Pennsylvania, writes to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, lamenting the lack of recognition of God on America’s currency. Watkinson recommended “God, … Continue reading

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Podcast #231 – Arian Foster: NFL Star, Atheist

An ESPN profile of National Football League’s Arian Foster (a running back with the Houston Texans) highlights the fact of his atheism in a sport (and a state) that’s notoriously religious. Meanwhile, evangelical poster-boy Tim Tebow (well known for his history … Continue reading

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July 11 in freethought history…

July 11, 1791 - The National Assembly of France inters the remains of philosopher, author and satirist Voltaire (1694-1778) in the Pantheon, France’s secular mausoleum. His sarcophagus was transported in a Roman-style chariot on which was inscribed the words “Oh gods, … Continue reading

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Bill seeks to reaffirm In God We Trust as national motto

Oh, boy, here we go again. Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) has introduced a resolution seeking to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto. Why? The national motto is no danger of being changed, and surely our elected representatives … Continue reading

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Podcast #126 – Matthew Chapman (The Ledge)

We interview Matthew Chapman, writer/director of the new philosophical thriller The Ledge. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler, The Ledge explores a tragic love triangle involving an atheist, an evangelical Christian, and the woman they both love. The … Continue reading

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Georgia may get IGWT license plates

Here we go again.  Georgia has decided it’s time to redesign the state’s license plates, and to help pick the new design, they’re enlisting the help of the online community. They’re posting six designs on a state website for netizens … Continue reading

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Podcast #120 – 20th Century Twain

We present “20th Century Twain: Mark Twain’s Final Years and Freethought Legacy,” John’s presentation on March 20th to the Humanists of Georgia.  It’s a discussion of the last 10 years of Mark Twain’s life, and a look at some of … Continue reading

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SCOTUS declines to hear Newdow’s IGWT appeal

It’s not a loss, but it’s not exactly a victory, either.  The Supreme Court has refused to hear Michael Newdow’s appeal after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the national motto “In God We Trust” is not a … Continue reading

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Podcast #116 – Darwin Day vs In God We Trust

We look at two non-binding resolutions currently in the works within the new US House of Representatives: one in support of Darwin Day (February 12th), and another looking to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto.  Guess which … Continue reading

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