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SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (RNS) Settlers transformed West-Central New York into a hotbed of radical social and religious ideas, including Mormonism and Spiritualism. A new Freethought Trail highlights the prominent atheists and agnostics who also called the region home.


  1. Nohahim Ben Elohim


    I have a bit of information for you all. You know the way everyone in the world is convinced that Israel is “God’s” chosen people because of what is written about them in scripture? They are not; in fact the Old Testament of the bible is all about them becoming the first nation on earth to be deceived by Lucifer as “the LORD” that APPEARED to Abraham and Moses and not “God” at all. “God” Himself has shown Me this is The Truth. He also has shown Me that He as “God” in Gen 1:1-2:3 KJV is not the same entity as “the LORD God” of Gen 2:4-3:24 KJV, who is Lucifer in all actuality. He forms a man of flesh from “God’s” already created earth with SIX BIG BANGS! Then he makes more from the ground and a being with his own two hands..then CURSES “God”s” earth because HE IS A BASTARD!

  2. Thanks for this interesting article on the Freethought Trail and the men and women whose histories are celebrated. I’m putting this trail on my to-visit list so I can celebrate this aspect of U.S. religious history.

    It’s this sort of diversity–the willingness to depart from the standard fare of so many religious pages–that makes RNS the leader in religious news. I’m a happy subscriber!

  3. barbara leigh-kaplan

    Sorry to be picky, foks, but language matters. They CHARTED a new course – as in “map”. Charter has nothing to do with it. Maps are charts. We discover uncharted (unmapped) territory, not unchartered.

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