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March 13 in freethought history…

March 13, 1791 – Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, Part I, is published in London, England. (Part II would be published eleven months later.) In this landmark book, Paine asserted the sovereignty of the individual, government by assent of the … Continue reading

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February 9 in freethought history…

February 9, 1619 - Philosopher and freethinker Lucilio (“Julius Caesar”) Vanini is executed by the Parliament of Toulouse, France for atheism and blasphemy. Vanini was not, in fact, an atheist (more a pantheist). Nonetheless he denied the immortality of the soul; … 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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