ATHEISM: “The Utility of Religion” / Atheist Experience / Tracie Harris and Clare Wuellner ☮

Tracie Harris & Clare Wuellner

HAPPY HITCH DAY! “The Hitch” / Documentary / Christopher Hitchens ☮

CAPITALISTS AND CLERGY: “Freethought of the Day” / Rosa Luxemburg ☮

On this date in 1871, Rosa Luxemburg was born in Russian Poland to a middle-class Jewish family. A revolutionary agitator by her teens, she moved to Zurich, in part to avoid possible imprisonment. She studied at the University of Zurich, receiving her doctorate in 1898. From Warsaw, Luxemburg tried to help the Russian revolution. She wrote more than 700 pamphlets, articles, speeches and books, advocating mass strikes by proletariats. She was in and out of prison, once for advocating during World War I that German soldiers turn their guns upon the government and overthrow it. In 1919, she and two leaders of the German Communist Party, which Luxemburg helped found, were arrested. She was knocked out, shot and thrown in a river. Although socialism, not freethought, was her life’s passion, she wrote the article “Socialism and the Churches,” in 1905, first published by the Polish Social Democratic Party. Luxemburg, who strongly believed in freedom of conscience, sought to show that the church, originally considered a refuge for workers, was now clearly oppressing them. D. 1919.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “Spotlight on Freethought” / Freedom From Religion Foundation / Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor ☮

What is Freethought? FFRF Co-President Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor discuss freethought in history. Learn more about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at

CHRISTIANITY: “I Don’t Understand” / AronRa

While on a working vacation in Cancun, I had to respond to a couple of State Senators in the Hoosier state pushing a bill to promote Creationism as an alternative to reality in public schools.

WINTER SOLSTICE: “Solstice Tribute” / Freedom From Religion Foundation ☮

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h/t: Freedom From Religion Foundation

Enjoy the real reason for the season — the Winter Solstice — the shortest, darkest day of the year. This natural event signals the ‘rebirth’ of the sun and the natural New Year. It has been celebrated for millennia in the Northern Hemisphere with evergreen decorations, feasts, festivals of light and gift exchanges.

Download your free MP3 of FFRF Co-President Dan Barker’s “Solstice Tribute.”