Freethought of the Day

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There are 3 entries for this date: Carolyn Hax , Sonia Johnson (Excommunicated) and "Witches Bull" Issued
Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax

On this date in 1966, author and advice columnist Carolyn Hax was born in Bridgeport, Conn. She attended Harvard University, graduating in 1988 with undergraduate degrees in American history and literature. She then worked as a writer and editor for different publications, including Army Times and The Washington Post. In 1997, she began her advice column, called "Tell Me About It" for the Washington Post. The "Carolyn Hax" column now runs three days a week in over 200 publications, with the goal of giving honest advice to those who ask for it. She has contributed to several books, and published her own book in 2001, "Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat . . . and 56 Other Things Not to do While Looking for Love."

Hax, in an interview published by the Washington Post on May 30, 1999, said she bases her advice around the Golden Rule. This maxim was repeated by many cultures, including the ancient Greeks and Chinese, and was first recorded by the ancient Egyptians. "You don't have to believe in God to see it is the perfect, working guideline for doing unto others," Hax said. She was married to her column's cartoonist, Nick Galifianakis, until 2001. Galifianakis continues to illustrate her columns. Hax married Ken Ackerman in 2002, and they have three children together.

“Your happy atheist advicemaker proudly presents the serenity prayer…”

——Hax’s self-description in her advice column, May 28, 2013.

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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Sonia Johnson (Excommunicated)

Sonia Johnson (Excommunicated)

On this date in 1979, Equal Rights Amendment supporter Sonia Johnson was excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) for supporting women's equality and exposing the role of the Mormon Church in lobbying against the defeated constitutional amendment.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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"Witches Bull" Issued

On this date in 1484, Pope Innocent VIII's notorious "Witches Bull" (Bull Summis desiderantes) was issued, officially commencing the witchhunts. Historians estimate that victims put to death as a result ranged from 600,000 to more than 9 million, over the 250 years of the witchhunts.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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Freethought of the Day

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