6th April 2013

“Traveling across America to speak on freethought and abolitionism during the 19th century, white feminist atheist Ernestine Rose was smeared as being a 'thousand times below a prostitute.'”

Sikivu Hutchinson

3 Responses to “6th April 2013”

  1. RJ Says:

    she’s lucky if all that the morons did was call her names.

    usually, that brain-level isnt happy with less than murder.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Just a couple of quotes concerning E.L.Rose from both sides:

    “We know of no object more deserving of contempt, loathing, and abhorrence than a female atheist. We hold the vilest strumpet from the stews to be by comparison respectable.” —Rev. G. B. Little, 1855

    “[H]er [Rose’s] right to [speak] is no more to be questioned than yours is to preach to your congregation or mine to speak on temperance. We live in an age and country where free thought and free speech are acknowledged in theory as they should be in practice.” —Rev. Armory Battles, 1855

    And then one from her:

    “Do you tell me that the Bible is against our rights? Then I say that our claims do not rest upon a book written no one knows when, or by whom. Do you tell me what Paul or Peter says on the subject? Then again I reply that our claims do not rest on the opinions of any one, not even on those of Paul and Peter, . . . Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters.”

    She was responding to a religious heckler at Seventh National Woman’s Rights Convention, New York, November 25–26, 1856

    She was born in Poland the daughter of a Rabbi, and in researching her what I find most amusing the the way that the articles from Jewish sources (JWA.org – Jewish Women’s Archive, http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org) ignore her atheism. When the Boston Investigator, described as a free-thought journal for which she frequently wrote expressed anti-Semitic leanings, she mounted what is described as a “spirited” defense of her heritage, prompting one Jewish editor at another journal to mention that she had shown “some of the old leaven of the Jewish spirit.”

  3. RJ Says:

    jeff at 1837

    i rest my case.