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April 20 in freethought history…

April 20, 1884 – The Roman Catholic Church issues Humanum Genus Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry, condeming Freemasonry, public (secular) education, the equal rights of man, and democracy. April 20, 1986 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair steps down as president … Continue reading

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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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September 29 in freethought history…

September 29, 1995 – American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her younger son Jon Garth Murray, and granddaughter (through her elder son, estranged Baptist minister William J. Murray III) Robin Murray O’Hair are murdered in a San Antonio hotel room by former AA … Continue reading

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August 27 in freethought history…

August 27, 1963 – Author, academic and African-American activist W. E. B. Du Bois dies in Ghana, aged 95. He was a co-founder of the NAACP and the author of such highly regarded works as The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in … Continue reading

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June 17 in freethought history…

June 17, 1963 – The US Supreme Court rules in Abington v. Schempp and Murray v. Cutlett, that public school-sponsored Bible readings are unconstitutional. Young Ellery Schempp (whose family was active in the Unitarian Universalist movement) kept a relatively low profile in … Continue reading

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June 3 in freethought history…

June 3, 1968 – Madalyn Murray O’Hair debuts her atheist radio show on KTBC radio in Austin, Texas, brazenly announcing “You are going to hear, for the first time in American history, on a major radio station, the very first … Continue reading

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