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Charles Bradlaugh
1833 - 1891

Radical British atheist who won election to the British Parliament in 1880, but fought for six years to be able sit without swearing on the Bible to take the oath of office.


Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.