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  •  Freethought Day refers to freethinkers (7+ / 0-)

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which I linked to in the newsblock a few days ago, has its basis in the freethinkers:

    In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women's right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery.
    From the dictionary:
    somebody who does not accept dogma: an independent thinker who refuses to accept established views or teachings, especially on religion
    The day was selected because it tied in with the end of the Salem Witch Trials.
    The seminal event connected to Freethought Day is a letter written by then Massachusetts Governor William Phips in which he wrote to the Privy Council of the British monarchs, William and Mary, on this day in 1692
    There! Now you have the rest of the story.

    Excellent hovers for the day after the debate. It reminded me of this comment from E.J. Dionne:

    But [Paul Ryan's] main tasks on Romney’s behalf were to keep the momentum from last week’s debate going and to keep the campaign colloquy focused on Obama’s weaknesses. In this, he failed. The news is likely to shift again toward the problems with Romney’s ideas, and with Ryan’s own.
    So even if the debate only made us happy (which is a BHD, imho), it refocused the attention on Romney's awful ideas.

    Ha! I got political commentary stuck in your anchors. One of those kind of days. Nothing seems to be in the right place.

    Thanks for the anchors, Floja Roja.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 12:07:27 PM PDT

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