NON-BELIEVERS ARE TO BE ADMIRED
WE HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE


ONE EACH WEEK
AND SALUTE THE HONORABLE POSITION
OF FREETHOUGHT PIONEER

 

July - week one

Hypatia - Scholar, philosopher, scientist, head of Alexandria University (fifth century). In 415 she was torn apart and brutally beaten to death by Christian monks who considered her a pagan.

 

July - week two

Sir Julian Huxley - Zoologist (1887 - 1975) "Evolution may lay claim to be considered the most central and the most important of the problems of biology. For an attack upon it we need facts and methods from every branch of the science--ecology, genetics, paleontology, geographical distribution, embryology, systematics, comparative anatomy--not to mention reinforcements from other disciplines such as geology, geography, and mathematics." from Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, 1963.

 

July - week three

Lillian Hellman - American playwright (1905 - 1984) "Fashions in sin change". from "Watch on the Rhine", 1941. Other successful plays turned movies - "The Little Foxes", 1939 and "Another Part of the Forest".

 

July - week four

Robert Green Ingersoll - Lawyer, champion of Women's rights, and American lecturer (1833 - 1899) might have become a national political figure if he had not declared, over and over, in city after city, that religion is a childish superstition which impedes human progress.

"Who can estimate the misery that has been caused by this infamous doctrine of eternal punishment? Think of the lives it has blighted--of the tears it has caused--of the agony it has produced. Think of the millions who have been driven to insanity by this most terrible of dogmas. This doctrine renders God the basest and most cruel being in the universe....there is nothing more degading than to worship such a god." - from Heretics and Heresies

 

July - week five

George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) - English novelist (1819 - 1880) "Fatally powerful as religious systems have been, human nature is stronger and wider, and though dogmas may hamper they cannot absolutely repress its growth." from "Felix Holt, the Radical", 1860.