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There are 2 entries for this date: Wallace v. Jaffree and Angelina Jolie
Wallace v. Jaffree

Wallace v. Jaffree

On this date in 1985, Wallace v. Jaffree was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, forbidding school officials to direct "silent prayer" and meditation for the purpose of prayer in public schools.

"Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom of mind, so also the individual's freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority. At one time it was thought that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Mohammedism or Judaism. But when the underlying principle has been examined in the crucible of litigation, the Court has unambiguously concluded that the individual freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all."

—-Justice Stevens for the majority, Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38, June 4, 1985. For more about the Jaffree case, see here. Read about Ishmael Jaffree.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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Angelina Jolie

On this date in 1975, Angelina Jolie (née Angelina Jolie Voight) was born in Los Angeles to actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She majored in film at New York University, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as a youth. Angelina Jolie has been in almost 40 films to date, including an oscar-winning performance in "Girl, Interrupted" (1999). Other critically acclaimed and box office hits include: "Beyond Borders" (2003), "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001, sequel 2003), "Changeling" (2008) and "A Mighty Heart" (2007). Jolie has gained a reputation as a bold and controversial actress, especially for her roles in "Foxfire" (1996) and "Gia" (1998). Jolie serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has traveled extensively to war-torn, impoverished countries including Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Pakistan. She has children with partner Brad Pitt, also a freethinker.

“. . . There doesn't need to be a God for me. . .”

—-Angelina Jolie, The Onion, A.V. Club, Sept. 7-13, 2000

Compiled by Bonnie Gutsch

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Freethought of the Day

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