ATHEIST MILESTONES FOR MARCH An Atheist Calendar Compiled by Gipson Arnold, President, Ath

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ATHEIST MILESTONES FOR MARCH An Atheist Calendar Compiled by Gipson Arnold, President, Atheist Network. Mar. 5, 1935 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. died. see Mar. 8, 1841. Mar. 7, 1849 - Luther Burbank was born - Burbank was a famous American botanist and Freethinker. Burbank would probably be best described as a Deist or Pantheist. "Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature. . . Do not terrify them in early life with the fear of an after-world. Never was a child made more noble and good by the fear of a hell." (The Training of the Human Plant, 1907). "Those who take refuge behind theological barbed wire fences, quite often wish they could have more freedom of thought, but fear the change to the great ocean of scientific truth as they would a cold bath plunge." "Most people's religion is what they want to believe, not what they do believe." (Why I Am an Infidel, 1926). Mar. 8, 1841 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was born - Holmes was a famous American Jurist, philosopher, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. "(But) in these torments endured by the faithful, Wendell Holmes had no part. To him it mattered not that Darwin made the Garden of Eden a myth and Jonah's whale a monster to frighten children . . . For Holmes the core had been taken out of Christian theology a generation ago, when the Unitarians disavowed the doctrine of original sin. Man lost his fear of hell-fire - and on that day gave back Christian doctrine to the preacher as irrelevant to life. After that, disbelief in Genesis I was a small thing. Wendall Holmes had achieved it without the least struggle. He was born to it." (Yankee From Olympus - Justice Holmes and His Family, 1945 by Catherine Drinker Bowen). Mar. 8. 1948 - McCollum v. Board of Education was decided. Mar. 13, 1938 - Clarence Darrow died - Darrow was a famous American lawyer and Agnostic orator. see Apr. 18, 1857. Mar. 16, 1751 - James Madison was born - Madison was the 4th U.S. President and supporter of state/church separation. Mar. 18, 1891 - Earl Warren was born - Earl Warren was a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed by Dwight Eisenhower. Mar. 21, 1806 - Benito Pablo Juarez was born - Juarez was a President of Mexico who enacted extensive laws to dissestablish the Catholic Church in that country. Mar. 23, 1837 - Richard A. Proctor was born - Proctor was a professor and Freethought lecturer. He lectured some in New Zealand. Mar. 24, 1826 - Matilda Joslyn Gage was born - Ms. Gage was a feminist, birth control advocate, and an Atheist. She worked for years with Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. "(D)o not allow the Church or the State, to govern your thought or dictate your judgement." "The careful student of history will discover that Christianity has been of very little value in advancing civilization, but has done a great deal toward retarding it." (Women, Church and State, 1893). Mar. 28, 1868 - Maxim Gorki was born - Gorki was a Russian Marxist who promoted the "superman" ideal of Friederich Nietzche and was labeled as a "God Builder" due to his interest in forming a utopian society in the U.S.S.R. "Paradise is one of the crass fictions invented by the high priests and fathers of the church . . ." (Culture of the People). Mar. 28, 1902 - Corliss Lamont was born - Lamont is an American philosopher, writer, and Humanist. He won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1977, and is honorary president of the American Humanist Association. Among his notable writings are The Philosophy of Humanism (1949), The Illusion of Immortality (1959), and Freedom of Choice Affirmed (1967). "If an awakening into a blessed hereafter were as much a law of Nature as our daily awakening to a far from blissful morrow, no God would be required to play cosmic philanthropist to a suffering humanity." (The Illusion of Immortality). Mar. 29, 1790 - John Tyler was born - Tyler was the 10th President of the United States, and a supporter of state/church separation. "The United States have adventured upon a great and noble experiment, which is believed to have been hazarded in the absence of all previous precedent - that of total separation of church and state. No religious establishment by law exists among us. The conscience is left free from all restraint and each is permitted to worship his maker after his own judgement . . . Such is the great experiment which we have tried; our system of free government would be imperfect without it." "The body may be oppressed and manacled and yet survive; but if the mind of man be fettered, its energies and faculties perish, and what remains is of the earth, earthly. The mind should be free as the light or as the air." (quoted in Houst. Chron. 5/5/90) Mar. 29, 1824 - Friederich Buchner was born - "Education must be founded upon knowledge, not upon faith; and religion itself should be taught in the public schools only as religious history. . . ." (Man in the Past, Present, and Future). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Mar. 26, 1993 - Edwin H. Wilson died at age 94. Wilson was the first editor in 1928 of The New Humanist magazine, the first editor of The Humanist, and a primary author of both A Humanist Manifesto in 1933 and Humanist Manifesto II in 1973. Wilson was also a pastor in a number of Unitarian churches. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1979.

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