Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 28: Terry Pratchett (1948)

“There is a rumour going around that I have found God,” says Pratchett. “I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.”

Posted in Writer

This Week in Freethought History (April 21-27)

Read about religion vs. science in “Inherit the Wind,” “In God We Trust” on US coins, Shakespeare and God, churches vs. libraries, godless DNA described, H.C. Bastian, General Grant vs. theocracy, Mary Wollstonecraft vs. sexism and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

April 26: Henry Charlton Bastian (1837)

It was on this date, April 26, 1837, that English physiologist and neurologist Henry Charlton Bastian was born in Truro, Cornwall. He graduated with an M.B. from the University of London in 1861. Bastian married in 1866 and eventually produced

Posted in Medicine, Science

This Week in Freethought History (April 14-20)

Read about the churches and slavery, Leonardo da Vinci, Anatole France, the Dark Ages of Pope Benedict III, the creationist film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” the Branch Davidian Conflagration, the Columbine Massacre and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

This Week in Freethought History (April 7-13)

Read about Francis Xavier, Buddha, musical satirist Tom Lehrer, the ASPCA vs. Christian animal cruelty, the last execution for witchcraft in Germany, Mahavira – the most famous leader of Jainism, Christopher Hitchens and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

Cruising with Tacky Art

Arguably a penis is a sex organ and breasts are not. But isn’t it just weird, considering the way the athletes are posed, that their masculinity is missing?

Posted in Rant

This Week in Freethought History (March 31-April 6)

Read about René Descartes, Abraham Maslow, Camille Paglia, early environmentalist John Burroughs, comedian David Cross, philosopher Thomas Hobbes, Mormon church founder Joseph Smith and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

The “Religion” of Baseball

I’ve heard baseball is a “religion” to some people, but I never thought it was meant LITERALLY! I saw the Orioles, Opening Day, April 5, 2013, defeat the Minnesota Twins 9-5. But… I cannot understand why the Orioles had to

Posted in Rant, Religion

April 4: Raid on the YFZ Ranch (2008)

It was on this date, April 4, 2008, that the raid on the YFZ (“Yearning for Zion”) Ranch, owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), by Texas Child Protective Services began in Schleicher County, Texas.

Posted in History, Politics, Religion

April 4: David Cross (1964)

It was on this date, April 4, 1964, that American actor and stand-up comedian David Cross was born. Known chiefly for his HBO sketch comedy series “Mr. Show,” and his role as Tobias Fünke in the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development,”

Posted in Entertainer
John Mill