ATHEIST MILESTONES FOR FEBRUARY An Atheist Calendar Compiled by Gipson Arnold, President,
ATHEIST MILESTONES FOR FEBRUARY
An Atheist Calendar
Compiled by Gipson Arnold, President, Atheist Network.
Feb. 2, 1859 - H. Havelock Ellis was born - Ellis was a
pioneer psychologist and sex researcher. He was also a non
believer who saw religion as having both positive and
negative effects on people. "A religion can no more afford
to degrade its Devil than to degrade its God", "And it is
in his own image, let us remember, that Man creates God."
(Impressions and Comments).
Feb. 2, 1970 - Bertrand Russell died - Russell was an
atheist writer, philosopher, and mathematician. "I say
quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized
in its churches, has been and still is the primary enemy of
moral progress in the world." (Why I Am Not a Christian, 1957).
Feb. 7, 1906 - Charles Chilton Moore died.
Feb. 10, 1843 - Richard Carlile died - Carlile was a
prolific English writer and one of the most influential
freethinkers of the early 19th century. He published the
Deist, the Republican, and The Lion anti-Christian
periodicals and was imprisoned for blasphemy in 1819. "The
whole of religion has been one uniform curse to the human
race . . ." (As to God).
Feb. 11, 1847 - Thomas Edison was born - Edison was a famous
American inventor and industrialist. He was a non believer
and critic of religion in his private life. He attracted a
lot of angry response when he expressed his views publicly,
and later granted interviews on the subject of religion and
immortality that were clearly more apologetic. "So far as
religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake.
Religion is all bunk. My mind is incapable of conceiving
such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and a man may
have a soul; but I simply do not believe it." (Do We Live
Again?, a published essay).
Feb. 12, 1809 - Charles Darwin was born - Darwin was an
English naturalist who proposed a theory of evolution based
on mutation and natural selection. "I gradually came to
disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation . . .
Disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last
complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and
have never since doubted even for a single second that my
conclusion was correct."
Feb. 12, 1828 - George Meredith was born. Meredith was an
English poet, novelist, and literary critic who befriended
G.W. Foote after his prison term for blasphemy. "The man or
the country that fights priestcraft and priests is to my
mind striking deeper for freedom than can be struck
anywhere." (from a letter written Sept. 3, 1874).
Feb. 14, 1564 - Galileo Galilei was born - Galileo was an
Italian physicist and astronomer who was brought before the
Inquisition and forced to renounce his view that the earth
circled the sun.
Feb. 16, 1834 - Ernst Haekel was born - Haekel was a German
biologist, freethinker, and proponent of evolution. Among
his most noted works were Natural History of Genesis (1868),
and The Riddle of the Universe (1899).
Feb. 20, 1850 - Charles Knowleton died - Knowleton was an
American freethought writer and pioneer of birth control
rights. He was author of Elements of Materialism (1829),
and Fruits of Philosophy (1832).
Feb. 22, 1840 - August Bebel was born - Bebel was a German
atheist and socialist politician. He was a leader of German
workers, but received several prison sentences for his
political opinions. "Christ came, and Christianity arose ...
But originating in Judaism, which knew women only as a
being bereft of all rights, and biased by the biblical
conception which saw in her the source of all evil,
Christianity preached contempt for women." (Women and
Feb. 23, 1868 - W.E.B. DuBois was born - DuBois was a
scholarly black historian, poet, and propagandist recognized
as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was raised in a
religious environment, but grew towards agnosticism.
Despite his unbelief, much of his writings contained
religious metaphor until the later years of his life.
Feb. 26, 1899 - Charles Chilton Moore goes to prison for
distributing "obscene" [atheist] literature through the mail.
Feb. 26-27, 1957 - Atheist Charles Smith participated in
hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation of
Supreme Court nominee William J. Brennan, who was a
Catholic. He brought his lawyer and two Catholic books that
clearly stated how Catholics in positions of political power
are supposed to follow church teachings whenever they differ
with secular laws.
Feb. 28, 1857 - Alfred F. Loisy was born - Loisy was a
French Catholic priest who openly expressed disbelief in
church teachings, and advocated separation between church
and state. He was excommunicated from the church in 1908.
"It seems to me that the notion of God has never been
anything but a kind of ideal projection, a reflection upward
of the human personality, and that theology never has been
and never can be anything but a more and more purified
mythology." (My Duel with the Vatican, 1924).
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