SkepSun #149 (08_02_2015)

On Freethought Radio Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker tell us about a Jesus sign on city property, “In God We Trust” on patrol cars, Ten Commandments on high-school property, atheists barred from Boy Scouts, and a Tennessee freethought proclamation proposed. After talking about fish, large and small–Melville’s Moby Dick and Rupert Brooke’s Heaven–Annie Laurie and Dan interview Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers about his recent victory overturning capital punishment in that state.  After Freethought Radio, Gordon Bonnet tells about a woman in Duck, West Virginia supposedly with a math degree who has calculated the that the author of the book of Genesis had less than one chance in 479 million to get the order of creation events correct without divine inspiration. Say what? Then, continuing with our portraits of the giants of Freethought and radical reform from this region in the 19th Century, we’ll hear about an extraordinary woman whom you’ve likely never heard of: Matilda Joslyn Gage. Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, the foremost authority on Gage, enlightens about this amazing woman “lost from history.” Wagner is Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, which in 2010 opened Gage’s home in Fayetteville, NY to the public as an innovative museum. We’ll hear her talk from last year’s Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative conference held at CFI in Amherst, New York.


Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) from Fayetteville, NY: suffragist, Native American rights activist, abolitionist, freethinker.

Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) from Fayetteville, NY: suffragist, Native American rights activist, abolitionist, freethinker.

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