Plunging its roots into Ancient Greece (Plato), through the Middle Ages (Villon), then Renaissance (Rabelais), triumphing with the Enlightenment of the 18th century and the French revolution, the Freethought has been the work of all those who refused revealed truths, imposed by authorities, and who once dared to stand up and say no to obscurantism and oppression.
A great period in this history took place in the Reformation, at the beginning of the 16th century. The Reformation was altogether a social rebellion in Wurtemberg and a rebellion against dogmas from Rome to Geneva. Many religious sects set up then and among them those of free enquiry which did not acknowledge any revealed religion. Erasmus was the purest figure.
Founded in 1847 by the meeting of conscious militants from the dawning republican and labor movement, who aimed at secularism for School and State, and the intransigent struggle against religious oppression, the Freethought included in its ranks the most famous personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries. François-Vincent Raspail, Auguste Blanqui, Victor Hugo, Littré, Paul Bert, Fredinand Buisson, Aristide Briand, Clémenceau, Emile Zola, Romain Rolland, Victor Basch, Edouard Herriot, Anatole France, Jean Jaurès,Bertrand Russel, Jean Rostand were among its members.
The Freethought rests on four basic principles that whole generations of free thinkers have implemented:
Free Thinkers are free individuals, that’s why, in joining the Freethought, they commit themselves not to take parts in religious ceremonies for themselves and for their under age children and they have secular funerals.
Considering that republican institutions must regain strength and vigor, freethinkers demand:
The Freethought calls on all citizens who acknowledge those principles to join its ranks in order to work for the political, social and cultural emancipation of Mankind.
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