Monthly Archives: August 2013

This Week in Freethought History (August 25-31)

Read about forging the Shroud of Turin, American feminist activist Barbara Ehrenreich, Confucius, philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, writer Maurice Maeterlinck, investor Warren Buffet, scientist Hermann von Helmholtz and more …

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August 29: Maurice Maeterlinck (1862)

It was on this date, August 29, 1862, that Belgian symbolist playwright, poet and Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck was born Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck in Ghent, Belgium, into a wealthy, French-speaking family. Education under Jesuit control and literary restrictions

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August 26: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

It was on this date, August 26, 1941, that American feminist, democratic socialist, and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich was born Barbara Alexander in Butte, Montana, the daughter of a copper miner and a liberal Democrat. An award-winning columnist and essayist,

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August 25: Forging the Shroud of Turin (1978)

Shroud of Turin (1978) It was on this date, August 25, 1978, that the famous Shroud of Turin, still venerated as the burial cloth of the crucified Jesus, went on public display for the first time in 45 years. Since

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This Week in Freethought History (August 18-24)

Read about the King of Siam’s Eclipse, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft, What is a saint?, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, What is a church?, comedian Stephen Fry and more …

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August 24: Stephen Fry (1957)

It was on this date, August 24, 1957, that English actor and comedian Stephen Fry was born in Hampstead, London and reared in no religion. After being expelled from two schools and spending three months in prison for credit card

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This Week in Freethought History (August 11-17)

Read about the Great Agnostic Robert Ingersoll, Spanish dramatist Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Cuban revolutionist Fidel Castro, American writer Russell Baker, French political theorist Pierre Sylvain Maréchal, American film director James Cameron, topless Femen activists fighting the patriarchy and more …

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August 17: Femen Cuts the Cross in Kiev (2012)

Femen founder Anna Hutsol says, “Feminists can’t be religious … There is no such thing as Orthodox or Catholic feminists or, most absurdly of all, Islamic feminists. It’s ridiculous. They are antagonistic ideologies; mutually exclusive.”

Posted in Politics, Religion, Social Reformer

August 15: Sylvain Maréchal (1750)

It was on this date, August 15, 1750, that French writer and political theorist Pierre Sylvain Maréchal was born in Paris. Trained as a lawyer, he found employment at the Collège Mazarin as an aide-librarian. Maréchal was an admirer of

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August 12: Jacinto Benavente (1866)

It was on this date, August 12, 1866, that Spanish dramatist Jacinto Benavente y Martínez was born in Madrid. One of the most important Spanish dramatists of the 20th century, Benavente wrote over 170 plays, including La comida de las

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